The touchscreen functionality of the iPad combined with innovative apps tailored to the special needs of a child with autism or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), make these tablets an extremely powerful tool for children. But with a price tag above $500 and apps that can cost hundreds of dollars, it’s not easy for many families to afford the technology.
We-Care.com partners, the National Autism Association (NAA) and the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (GSF), established their own programs to raise money for and accept applications from in-need families to ultimately distribute the tablets. The GSF’s Project Mariposa has already delivered 188 iPads and the NAA’s Give a Voice Program has made communication possible for children all over the country. Seeing the potential and impact of an iPad in the hands of a child with autism or SMA, We-Care.com decided to support these respective programs in December during a campaign called iCan. In just one month, We-Care.com users earned $13,048.12 in donations, enough to provide 23 iPads to kids in need!
On July 18th, the first iPad made possible through We-Care.com’s iCan campaign was granted to an 11-month-old girl named Lylah. After receiving the iPad Lylah’s parents sent this note, “Our Lylah June just turned 11 months. Her neurologist told us she wouldn’t live past 18 months. When we got her diagnosis news we packed up our family for Boston to see SMA specialists that told us she is a Type 1/2. They gave us hope for the future. She gets to use an iPad on occasion in therapy and she loves it. Since her movement is limited because of SMA, she lights up to be able to create cause and effect on the iPad. She also loves Facetime. There is something about seeing her relatives on the video screen that makes her happy. If there is one thing we have learned since her diagnosis, it is that we will do everything we can to make this girl happy. This iPad is for her future. FUTURE. Lylah is currently thriving and we know the iPad will bring her so much joy.”
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