Meet the Kids: Anthony

Meet the Kids: Anthony

Can you imagine not being able to speak?

It’s a reality for Anthony. He has seen so many speech therapists and finally his family was given a name for the condition that makes him unable to speak, Apraxia. He is a little boy with so much to say and is terribly frustrated that nobody understands what he wants and needs. Recently, he started working on an iPad at school. He took to it right away and is so excited that he can communicate at school. The iPad has to stay at school, so what Anthony needs is an iPad at home – but it is too much for the family at this time. Variety KC believes every child should have a voice and Anthony’s family is looking forward to finally being able to communicate with him. There are so many kids like Anthony; only an iPad away from communicating. Help give another child a voice, donate today!

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.