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This fundraiser ended on 07/14/12

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The parents of Ashlynne Knower are trying to raise money to help with the cost of her communication devices. We simply can't afford it.

Ashlynne is a 9 year old little girl with Autism. We are trying to raise money to buy her different things that help her communicate. One of the main things she needs is an Ipad and Autism apps. If you, or someone you know has a child with Autism, then you know how difficult it can be to find something that brings children with Autism into the "real" world and out of the Autism world inside their mind. Just imagine how hard it would be to not speak or communicate your needs/wants, or not know how to respond to a simple question like, "How was work/school? Are you hurt? Are you hungry/thirsty?" Now think about how a 9 year old child with Autism feels when they're asked those questions. Imagine how utterly frustrated and upset a child would feel. Things like the Ipad, computer, and other devices grab my daughter's focus and make her use both hemispheres at once. Ashlynne has used an Ipad with her speech therapist and did an amazing job. Her face glowed with happiness and when I looked into her eyes, I saw a completely "normal" little girl. Amazing how something so small can pull children out of their mind and change them into a child without a mental handicap. To see my little girl come out of her shell and talk, focus, and communicate like her peers do in school or the way a child without Autism is expected to was a miracle! Your donation will help buy Ashlynne her own Ipad, applications designed specifically for children with Autism, and go towards her carrier for service (our family uses Verizon). We are a very low income family and simply cannot buy what Ashlynne needs to be able to thrive. Also, in my area, we have no resources, support groups, or programs for children with Autism, so after I help my daughter I plan to help other children living with Autism by starting a new fundraiser for a different child each month. Please help Ashlynne overcome her disease and have the same life as other children do. Anything helps and every penny will be greatly appreciated!! Let's take a stand and defeat Autism together!
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