Working with nonprofit partners, We-Care.com’s iCan campaign provides iPads to children living with autism or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The iPad’s touchscreen functionality, combined with innovative apps tailored to the special needs of a child with autism or Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA), make these gadgets extremely powerful tools. But the cost of a new iPad, more than $500, and the cost of learning and communications apps can make put this crucial technology out of reach of kids and families that need it.
We-Care.com partners, the National Autism Association (NAA) and the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (GSF), work to identify where iPads are needed and obtain funding to provide iPads where there is need. The GSF’s own program, Project Mariposa, has already provided 188 iPads. The NAA’s program, aptly named Give a Voice Program, has also 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 get involved and 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 September 19th, the sixth iPad made possible through We-Care.com’s iCan campaign was granted to Zion Hoskins. Zion’s parents wrote to the GSF, explaining, ”Zion was diagnosed with SMA Type 2 at 18 months. He is the happiest little boy I have ever met. He has had an impact on so many lives and continues to shine through everything his little body goes through. An iPad will help Zion in so many ways. Because of SMA, I will be homeschooling and this iPad will help greatly! Zion loves to learn new things and I know the iPad will help him with school because he will be need FaceTime to see his teacher. Also, he can barely hold a pencil to write so typing on a touchscreen that requires very little pressure will help tremendously! Buying an iPad is out of the question for us. Zion’s wheelchair needs a complete workup and work has slowed down a lot so money is tight right now. Thank you so much for considering him. And thank you for everything you guys do!”
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