Meet the Kids – Evelyn!

Jocelyn is on the autism spectrum and is non verbal. She is a beautiful, bright little girl who uses limited signing and pictures to communicate her wishes and desires. She gets very frustrated when she cannot get us to understand what she wants or express more complicated concepts.

We are hopeful that with her wonderful teams at ABA and speech therapy, and the help of a communication device, she will continue her progress her overall ability to communicate and possibly gain verbal language. I want to give her every opportunity to for her future.

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Meet the Kids – Jionni!

Jionni is diagnosed with VSD, heart murmur, floppy infant syndrome, MED13L syndrome and associated symptoms, and visual impairment.

As time went on he had a hard listening to others, feeling overwhelmed especially with loud noises, big crowds and being sensitive to light. Jionni is nonverbal and it is difficult to understand his needs and wants. An ipad would be helpful for Jionni to get his needs met.

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Meet the Kids – Adam!

Adam has autism and is non-verbal. This doesn’t stop him from “speaking” to people’s hearts! So many people in the community have been changed by what Adam offers; friendship, a non-judgmental space to just be themselves, and love. Adam has a great sense of humor and the most beautiful smile! He is a hard worker, engaging and awesome to have on a team.

Non-verbal doesn’t mean non-productive, non-feeling or not important. Our son is learning employment skills both in the school and with an agency twice weekly. He is able to follow instructions and do an excellent job at the tasks that they have assigned. In 19 years, we have blown the lid off of what was initially expected from our son. We fully intend to keep paving the way and being advocates for change.

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Meet the Kids – Paxtyn!

Paxtyn is diagnosed with Helsmoortel-Van Der Aa syndrome, Neurodevelopmental disorder. If I were to describe my child with his disability I would say that he is a very bright, smart and happy kid and no matter what life throws at him he is always smiling. Advice I would give to help other parents better understand my child is, my child is just like every other kid. He is full of energy and just wants to be treated like a normal child would.

Paxtyn has to use a wheelchair or walker to get around and works hard at therapies during the week. If theres one thing he loves the most it is the tricycle. Paxtyn has a twin brother who loves going outdoors and riding bikes that we would love for both of our boys to be able to ride bikes together while out on family walks.

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Meet the Kids – Keagen!

Keagen was born with spastic triplegic cerebral palsy, hydrocephalus and an unspecified intellectual disability. In the last year he was also diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.

Keagen through everything has kept his amazing smile and personality. Due to Keagen’s contractures, hip dysplasia and severe scoliosis he can not just use a transport wheelchair. The stroller requested would allow Keagen to go places with his family and spend time with them. The stroller would allow Keagan increased independence and the ability to go to places he has not been before.

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Meet the Kids – Evelyn!

Evelyn is the sweetest and sassiest little girl. She has 1P36 deletion syndrome which means she is missing a piece of chromosome 1. For her this means that she has low muscle tone and developmental delays. She does not let this stop her.

She has made lots of progress since starting therapy at 10 months old. Her latest gain has been taking independent steps. Because communication is so difficult and can be frustrating, giving Evelyn a communication device will give her a way to tell her family her wants and needs.

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