**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.
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.
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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.