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Please help us make a difference in the lives of children and their families by giving them the power of communication!

Our names are Mandy and Jeanie. We have each worked in the school setting as Speech Language Pathologists for the past 8 years. We work as a team with children ages 3 – 22 with different disabilities such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome, Intellectually Disabled; and Cerebral Palsy; as well as children with speech and language delays. We are very excited about the development of technology and how it can make a difference in our children’s lives. Without this opportunity we may never know the extent of these children’s dreams, everyday needs, and overall capabilities. Please help us help our children improve their communication.

50% of children with Autism have extreme difficulty learning to speak, 25% of them never will. While these individuals may not be able to speak, they have much to say. Apple’s iPad has specially designed communication “apps” that help give children a voice. As Speech Language Pathologists we are always searching for a way to help facilitate functional communication among our children. We work with children with severe handicaps and struggle everyday to have their voice heard for something as simple as saying “I’m hungry” or to share a feeling “I’m mad”. The iPad has the ability to give them that opportunity. We would work with them in the school setting and while out on Community Based Instruction to use the Ipad functionally.
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