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.
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!
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!