Meet the Kids: Christian

Meet the Kids: Christian

The Liberation of Communication Devices

Can you imagine being a teenage boy and not being able to communicate all your thoughts, needs and wants? Christian is completely non-verbal and unable to express himself in a positive way. His therapists recommend a NovaChat, an assisted and augmented speech device. This device is more than a form of communication, it’s liberation! And what is more important for a young man entering his teens? Gracious Variety donors made it possible for Christian to receive his NovaChat, but there are so many more kids who would benefit from one. Can you help? Doesn’t every child deserve a voice? Donate Today!

Meet the Kids: Adysen

Meet the Kids: Adysen

Giving the Gift of Communication

Adysen is just four, but she is completely captivated with learning apps. She has a number of disabilities, including cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and Adysen is non-verbal. As bright as she is, not being able to communicate is really frustrating and shows up in her behavior at times. In addition, Adysen is one of five children. When her family goes out, Adysen isn’t always able to participate like her siblings and she gets bored and disruptive. However, when she has a tablet with activities of her own, Adysen is able to enjoy herself and enjoy being out and about with her family. With five kids and excessive medical bills, having a tablet of her own was only a dream….but Variety KC’s donors made that dream come true! Help us to help kids like Adysen to find their “voice” through a communication device. Donate today at VarietyKC.org. Thank you!

Meet the Kids: Zander

Meet the Kids: Zander

What Love and Communication can Achieve

Zander had a rough start in life, including being born addicted to drugs. He has multiple health challenges, but he has a loving adoptive family there for support! Because he is non-verbal, Zander needs a tablet to communicate. Being able to connect and share through communication is a necessary component to inclusion and VarietyKC donors want every child to have that inclusive opportunity to Be Active, Be Social, and Belong! Help give a “voice” to other kids like Zander today!

Meet the Kids: Kimmy

Meet the Kids: Kimmy

The Difference Communication Can Make

Kimmy is a sweet and kind young lady who is cared for by her grandparents. Because of her motor and communication deficits, Kimmy relies on full time care and continual therapy. An iPad would help her to communicate with her family and her therapists, but recently her Grandma had hip surgery, so her Grandpa has taken family leave to care for Kimmy. This has has put stress on an already tight budget and there is no money to buy Kimmy the iPad she needs. Generous Variety partners didn’t want Kimmy to go any longer than possible without a way to communicate, so they have made it possible for her to have her tablet and apps! There are so many kids like Kimmy right here is Kansas City, won’t you help Variety KC to help them get the equipment they need to Be Active Be Social and Belong? Donate Today

Meet the Kids: Nick

Meet the Kids: Nick

The Value of Communication

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.

Meet the Kids: Ryan

Meet the Kids: Ryan

Super Ears

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, donate today.