At the age of four, Dylan is such a fun and happy little fellow, but he is having such a difficult time communicating his wants and needs. Can you imagine how frustrating that must be? Recently his speech therapists introduced Dylan to a tablet and communication apps and a whole new world opened up to him. Having a tablet at home would be ideal, but insurance doesn’t cover it and the expense is just too much at this time. Caring Variety donors wanted Dylan to have a “voice” not just at school, but at home too – and Dylan is getting his tablet. Join us in helping other kids like Dylan, donate today at varietykc.org
Terry’s teachers say that he has an absolutely infectious personality and loves to learn. Being non-verbal stands in his way because of the frustration it causes, but with today’s technology and apps, we have a way to give Terry a “voice.” Communication is such an important part of inclusion and generous Variety partners understand that. Through his new technology, Terry will be able to engage more with peers and gain an increased sense of independence. That’s what Variety KC donors wanted for Terry. Help us to help other kids to find a “voice” – visit varietykc.org to donate today!
Isaac was born with a rare condition causing paralysis in his lower extremities, but that doesn’t stop Issac! He’s an active little guy and just loves sports! With the right kind of wheelchair, Isaac would be able to participate in a variety of wheelchair sports. Instead of sitting on the bench, he’ll be out competing – just like his brother and friends. Variety’s generous donors heard about Isaac and made sure he received the wheelchair he needed. Making sure all kids get a chance to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – find out how you can help at VarietyKC.org.
Nick is just four years old, but he certainly knows what he wants! The only problem is, he has trouble communicating it. His receptive language skills are within normal limits, but to communicate he relies on gestures or by taking your hand and leading you to what he wants. Today’s technology, tablets and apps, can give Nick the voice he desperately wants and needs – but insurance doesn’t cover that. However, generous Variety partners did! They have given Nick a “voice” and through that, a chance to engage with family, teachers and friends. Won’t you help other kids like Nick? Donate today at www.varietykc.org.
Kaytlynn is an active little girl that covers a lot of ground; that’s quite an accomplishment given her very restricted visual fields.
Traditional bicycles are too dangerous for her and the risk of falling is too great. However, a recumbent bike would allow her to safely ride bikes with her friends, but keep her safe by keeping her low to the ground. During the recent radiothon for adaptive bicycles, generous Variety donors were able to provide a recumbent bike for Kaytlynn and she
is back outside with her friends – exactly where she wants to be. Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike? Donate today at varietykc.org.
Amir has a rare chromosome deletion that causes cognitive impairment and mobility issues. He meets his challenges with a positive attitude and likes nothing more than to be engaged with his siblings and friends, especially outdoors. An adaptive bike would provide tremendous physical activity to help Amir strengthen his muscles, but the cost is not covered by insurance and it is too expensive for a young family.
During the recent radiothon for adaptive bicycles, caring Variety donors heard about Amir and his wish to ride bikes with his siblings and peers….and they made it happen! Happy Trails Amir! Help Variety help all kids to Be Active, Be Social and Belong – donate today at varietykc.org.
Kaden is a bright little boy whose disability makes it impossible for his body to move at will, but it does not affect his brain. Adaptive bikes come in so many forms, for so many different disabilities. An assisted bike, with either a co-rider or someone pushing from behind, are ideal for so many kids like Kaden. Having a Freedom Concepts Tricycle would bring him one step closer to where he wants to be….outside playing and interacting with other kids. During our recent radiothon for adaptive bikes, generous Variety partners pulled together to get Kaden his bike – a childhood pastime that every child should get to experience. Don’t all kids deserve to ride a bike? Donate today at varietykc.org.
Technology has made such wonderful advancements for helping children with special needs. The challenge is the cost. Raising a child with special needs is quadruple the cost of other children, so most children never get to take advantage of the amazing opportunities for their development. Six-year-old Ryan has bilateral hearing loss and his family just purchased hearing aids, or his “Super Ears” as Ryan calls them, in time for kindergarten next fall. His surgeon and therapists recommend a FM system that will allow teachers’ voices to be heard directly in Ryan’s Super Ears via the FM sound system. The cost of the Widex FM Dex on top of the cost of hearing aids just wasn’t doable at this time. So, Variety donors made it happen! Now, Ryan’s Super Ears are elevated to a super power! Help make the latest technologies available for all kids, visit www.varietykc.org.
You might think little Demetrious has had the cards stacked against him. Almost a toddler, Demetrious is a ward of the state. Diagnosed with multiple special needs, he received no medical treatment prior to custody. But, Demetrious is actually a lucky little fellow! He has a caring foster home and is receiving wonderful therapy and care and is making great progress. So when a request came in for an iPad for Demetrious, Variety didn’t hesitate and thanks to wonderful partners supporting Variety – his iPad is now a reality. Enhancing lives, there is nothing more satisfying. Join us! Visit www.varietykc.org today!