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!
One of Noa’s greatest pleasures in life is spending time outdoors with her family. Today, at age 11, Noa has outgrown her bike trailer and family outings are at a standstill. Variety KC believes all kids should Be Active, Be Social, and Belong…and that means Noa belongs back on the bike trails with her family. Noa will have her new trailer in time for summer fun, but there are so many more kids like her that need larger equipment as they grow. Can you help? Visit www.varietykc.org. Thank you!
An early diagnosis and intervention can be critical to a special needs child with delays. That’s why Variety loves seeing requests from therapists for their two-year-old clients who could improve communication with an iPad and the appropriate apps. In Joshua’s case, his therapists say that he is bright and inquisitive and is mastering cause and effect games on his LeapPad – he is ready for the next step. And Variety is ready to help, thanks to generous and caring partners, Joshua will have his “voice.” Won’t you help Variety to help others like Joshua? Visit www.varietykc.org.
Jackson is just a toddler, but he loves technology. Even though Jackson is non-verbal, and hasn’t learned sign language, he has learned to make requests through a picture exchange system. His therapists recognized that an iPad and apps have great potential for Jackson. Through his iPad he will be able to communicate his wants and needs, respond to teachers, and “talk” to family and friends. Variety KC gives children like Jackson a voice. And through communication comes inclusion! Help us make sure all kids can Be Active, Be Social, and Belong. Visit us at www.varietykc.org.
Aiden is a 14-year-old young man right here in our area. In fact, all kids served by Variety KC are your neighbors, fellow community members, and friends. Aiden’s diagnosis is severe autism with seizures, he is non-verbal. When Aiden’s healthcare provider approached Variety for an iPad to help him communicate, she actually requested “a lifeline,” because that’s exactly what it is! A way for Aiden to engage more fully in life. Of course Variety will help…and we invite you to join us. Getting involved with Variety just may be a lifeline for you too. Visit www.varietykc.org.
Six-year-old Anthony can understand more than he can express. He can even repeat some of what you say to him, but can’t initiate a response. Can you imagine the frustration? Variety can…and that’s why Anthony is receiving an iPad with TouchChat app to help him communicate at school, at home, and with friends. It is life-changing and you can be part of that change! Visit www.varietykc.org today!
Sometimes Variety receives really time-sensitive or emergency requests. Maybe it is a helmet for shaping the head of an infant and weeks matter. Or, maybe it is like Layna’s situation, where the family is lacking a safe way to transport her. When it comes to acting fast, Variety has amazing community partners who also step in, like the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. Together we funded a van modification so that Layna could travel securely and have a chance to experience more in life! To become a Variety KC partner, contact us through email@example.com.
Five-year-old Izabella lives with her grandmother and uncle who do the best they can to help her progress in school despite a diagnosis of autism. Izabella’s teachers and therapists suggest an iPad to help with 24/7 communication and alleviate some of the frustration that some times leads to biting. She uses an iPad and apps at school and is making great gains. Keep it up Izabella! Variety KC has an iPad for you. Doesn’t every child deserve a voice? Help us make that possible, visit www.varietykc.org.