Welcome to Different iz Good

**Update** As of September 2013 we are no longer a 501(c)3. This endeavor needed and deserved more time and love than I was able to give to it. However, we had a GREAT response during our 3 years and gifted either an iPad, iTouch or iPhone to about 20 recipients who were in need! Different iz Good .  . Spread the Word is the slogan and cause associated with the Turning Views Foundation, a 501(c)3 Nevada nonprofit corporation.

Go Here if looking for our Gift a Voice Project!

Be sure to also read this short post describing the content and explaining what YOU will find on our website.

Turning Views Foundation’s mission is to give a voice to those without through our Communication at Your Fingertips Presentation and our Gift a Voice Project. Through the Foundation’s Gift a Voice project we assist with meeting the basic human need of communication by providing Speech Generating Devices (SGD) in the form of an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad to those with speech impairments (speech is unintelligible) or who are nonverbal.  Our slogan is Different iz Good . . . Spread the Word!

Turning Views advocates for special needs children, teens and disabled adults by spreading the message of acceptance, that different is good by using our slogan of “Different iz Good . . . Spread the Word” in our campaigns.

Turning Views addresses the problem of the gap between what medicare and private insurance companies do not cover in regards to Assistive Technology devices.  According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, 7.5 million people in the United States have trouble using their voices for one reason or another.  This includes people who are nonverbal, speech impaired, autistic, hearing impaired or who have dysarthria, apraxia, aphesia due to chromosome abnormalities, MS, stroke, CP, brain injury and many other conditions.

Different iz Good and the Turning Views Foundation collects inactive/used cell phones, smart phones and especially iPhones (and iPod Touches). The Foundation will use the iPhones and iPods for the Gift a Voice Project.  All others are traded in towards usable devices.

Host a Cell Phones for Voices Donation Drive – It’s easy and no cost to you or your organization!

If you are local to Reno, Nevada you can drop off your devices at Mac-O-Rama, 4690 Longley Lane, Reno or Disability Resources/New2U Computers, 50 E. Greg St in Sparks or March of Dimes, 1000 Bible Way, Suite 43, Reno.

The Turning Views Foundation and the Different iz Good™ movement were founded by Camilla Downs. Camilla is Mom to Lillian Darnell, 10 yrs old, and Thomas Darnell, 6 yrs old. Lillian has a Chromosome 18 abnormality called 18p-. The main way in which this manifests is that Lillian is speech impaired (she’s about 90% unintelligible). Lillian uses an iPhone with an AAC Application called Proloquo2Go to speak.

Turning Views Foundation is a 501(c)3 Nevada nonprofit corporation. Go here for information regarding the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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  2. I was wondering if you help with conference funding for families with special needs. My nephew and niece have Chromosome 15q13.3 Microdeletion (there are around 100 people in the world with this.), AND Ectodermal Dysplasia. Of the 100 people they are the only two who have both. We are trying to go to the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasia in Florida. Where they can meet up with geneticists and dermatologists, and dentists. Thank you Evelyn Olive

    • Hi Evelyn! We don’t at this time; but this is something we hope to add in the near future. There are so many families that cannot afford to attend yearly conferences … no matter what their diagnosis. I may have some additional resources for you. Will post as soon as I have them.

    • Hi Evelyn! Here’s the additional information. Hope it is helpful in some way.

      FSA’s (flexible spending account) through an employer can be used to help cover costs. Medical conferences are covered to learn about a medical problem you or a dependent has.

      Registration could possibly be funded through one’s local Regional Center.

      And if a parent is a member of Lions, they my potentially assist.

      Don’t limit to only the information I’ve provided here. Check with ALL local agencies, Rotary clubs, ARC …. any organization or group that has helping families as part of their mission. You could also hold a “private” fundraiser for family and friends to participate in. Most family members and friends want to help if given the opportunity.

      I truly hope some of this information leads to finding assistance Evelyn. Thank you for reaching out to us!

    • Thank you tons Nora!! So appreciate your enthusiasm and offer! YES!! We would love to talk to you about how you and your fabulous products could assist our efforts! LOVE your platters!! LOVE the simplicity …. awesome!! When you get a chance please send me an email to camilla @ camilladowns . com and we can discuss further! So pleased to “meet” you Nora!! ;-)

  3. hi there. i was just told about your group. i had posted on the “speaking out apraxia” group on fb about asking anyone to donate an ipad to my son jacob. he was diagnosed with Phelan McDermid Syndrome about a year ago (there are about 700 in the world with this DX) . he is 6 1/2. he is completely non verbal, with autism… all those goodies. im teaching him to sign but he has a limited ASL vocab. what are the requirements for an ipad donation? i would love to have one for him for communication

    • Hi Amy! The Foundation’s main requirement is that the recipient must be speech impaired (speech unintelligible), minimally verbal or non-verbal as identified in a speech pathology report. We are NOT currently gifting iPads. We are, however, gifting iPhones to those who qualify and have the motor skills to use it. Visit the Gift a Voice Page to learn more and apply …. http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/ …. We have put together a list of other organizations gifting devices …. http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/other-organizations-gifting-devices/ … Be sure to visit each one of the sites as they may have their own lists of other “organizations gifting devices.” Our list may not be a complete listing.

  4. Hi! I just found your website and love all of the great information that you have! Especially the websites, connections and giving kids a voice! I work at an autistic center and absolutely love what I do! The quotes and pictures that you have running at the top of the page have captured me heart. Am I allowed to print them out to hang in my office? Kids with special needs are my everyday inspiration!
    thank you for all that you do!

    • I’m so glad you found us Lindsey and Happy you like our website and quote photos!! YES!! Please feel free to print and use for personal use … We just ask that you leave our copyright information in tact. Thank you Lindsey for asking!!

  5. Hi I have a son he is speech delayed he dont talk much just mamma and Dada he is 17 mths old he is receiving therapy for his speech and other delays he has i would like to reg him for the i pad to help him if i can receive the help he needs thank you

    • Hi Mary! Our application process is currently closed. The Foundation’s main requirement is that the recipient must be speech impaired (speech unintelligible), minimally verbal or non-verbal as identified in a speech pathology report. When it re-opens (we do not have an estimated time for when that will happen) we gift an iPhone to those who qualify and have the motor skills to use it. We are not currently gifting iPads. We have put together a list of other organizations gifting devices …. http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/other-organizations-gifting-devices/ … Be sure to visit each one of the sites as they may have their own lists of other “organizations gifting devices.” Our list may not be a complete listing.

  6. Hi I was wondering how I could get my daughter a iPad she has C.P and is legally blind and could benefit so much by having one.

    • Hi Ashley! Our application process is currently closed. The Foundation’s main requirement is that the recipient must be speech impaired (speech unintelligible), minimally verbal or non-verbal as identified in a speech pathology report. When it re-opens (we do not have an estimated time for when that will happen) we gift an iPhone to those who qualify and have the motor skills to use it. We are not currently gifting iPads. We have put together a list of other organizations gifting devices …. http://differentizgood.org/gift-a-voice/other-organizations-gifting-devices/ … Be sure to visit each one of the sites as they may have their own lists of other “organizations gifting devices.” Our list may not be a complete listing.

  7. My name is Anna Cain I’m in a new position with Easter Seals UCP as a Community Guide. As a Community Guide I assist adults and children with developmental disabilities in locating community and financial resources. I work with many families requesting assistance locating iPads to help their loved one communicate to the best of their ability. Currently I’m working specifically with an adult woman and a male child in the Union County North Carolina area. The adult woman has been showing great interest in utilizing a Leapster Pad her 4 year old niece received for Christmas. When the guardian of this adult woman told me of this success I mentioned to her many folks have been utilizing iPads for communication. The guardian is excited about this technology but does not have the financial resources to obtain such a wonderful communication tool. The male child has a diagnosis of Autism and has utilized an iPad at school when working with his speech therapist. His dad is a single parent and spends much time ensuring his son consumes a stricked diet designed to decrease behaviors. His dad would love for his son to have the iPad as a communication device. Given the family expenses associated with his son’s disability his dad simply cannot afford one more expense. Is there a way for me to obtain applications for these families to receive iPads? I would forward the applications to the families.
    I look forward to hearing from you at your soonest convenience.
    Sincerely,
    Anna Cain
    Community Guide
    Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Inc.
    704-888-8884

  8. I was wondering if you help with kids that can’t go to school, my daughter can’t attend public school and they want to do daytime with her but we can’t afford an ipad due to los of medical and medical traveling. Thanks for what you do

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