Top 10 Christmas Wish List 2011

Please take a peek as the first “Top 3″ items won’t take a bite out of your money budget – Just a small bite out of your time budget!

  1. Share the Different iz Good website , Facebook page – facebook.com/DifferentizGood and our Gift a Voice Project with your online community.
  2. Donate any used cell phone, smart phone, iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad for the Foundation’s Gift a Voice Project.
  3. Host a Gift a Voice Cell Phone Drive.
  4. Apple Gift Cards
  5. iTunes Gift Cards
  6. Amazon Gift Cards
  7. New iPod Touch or iPad
  8. Buy stuff from the Different iz Good store
  9. Cash Donations – Any Amount (Cash, Credit Card or PayPal)
  10. Sponsor a person with communication disabilities:

Approximately $600 will buy one NEW iPod Touch, Proloquo2Go (or similar) AAC Application, iMainGo speaker/case or similar and a cover (exact cost will depend on needs of recipient).

Approximately $1,200 will buy one NEW iPad, Proloquo2Go (or similar) AAC Application,  speaker and a case/cover (exact cost will depend on needs of recipient).

If you’d like more information about our Wish List items please comment below, comment on our Facebook Page or send an email to list @ differentizgood . org.

Gift a Voice FUNdraiser – Vino for Voices

Whose ready to have some FUN while at the same time raising money for the Turning Views Foundation, Different iz Good and Gift a Voice?

Clark is our next Gift a Voice Recipient

We’ve got a great time scheduled for Wednesday, March 30th, from 6-8 pm at Kona Gold Coffee and Wine Bar y’all! An informal night of fun, wine, chocolate (Dorinda’s Chocolates to be exact!! YUM) and appetizers.

March 30, 2011, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Kona Gold Coffee & Wine Bar
3304 South McCarran Blvd Reno

Over TWENTY FIVE donations for our over the top awesome raffle!  Ranging from Jewelry to Gift Certificates to Wine to Oil Changes to Massages to Bread Baskets to Chocolate to Limousine services to Dental Exams to Books to Chiropractic Exams and all things in between!!

100% of the event fee goes to our Gift a Voice project.  Kona Gold is donating the space, the wine and the appetizers and Dorinda’s Chocolates is donating the chocolate.  Kona Gold is also donating all their tips for the night to our Foundation!!

Bring your inactive and used iPhones, smart phones and cell phones for donation to our Cell Phone Recycling for a Voice Drive.  Receive (1) One FREE raffle ticket for each phone donated.

Join us and support those in our lives with special needs and those with communication disabilities!

Help us spread the word about our Vino for Voices event by sharing with your Facebook Community and pressing that little ole “Like” button below!! We appreciate it times a million y’all!!

(After check out please print your PayPal receipt as that is your ticket to “taste”!!)


Sponsored and hosted by:

Delicious Mouth Watering Chocolate Provided by:

Bring Your Smile ‘Cause Photography Provided by:

Filming Provided By:

Valentines for Voices


Hurry y’all!  No time to spare on this one.  Need to get these mailed on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (February 7, 2011).  Those of you in Reno have a bit more time as we can hand deliver for ya! 😉

**These Valentine-Grams will be hand made by Fairy Princess Lillian Darnell**

Fairy Princess Lillian

3 Versions of Valentines to choose from – $5, $25, $50 –

$5 Valentine: Your sweetheart, friend, parent or child will receive a Valentine-Gram via email with a special message from you and us letting them know you helped purchase a voice for someone with communication disabilities.

$25 Valentine: Your sweetheart, friend, parent or child will receive a Valentine-Gram via US Mail with a special message from you and us letting them know you helped purchase a voice for someone with communication disabilities.

$50 Valentine: Your sweetheart, friend, parent or child will receive a Valentine-Gram AND a silver plated pewter pendant prayer box via US Mail with a special message from you and us letting them know you helped purchase a voice for someone with communication disabilities.

Round Prayer Box

Cylinder Prayer Box


Valentine Options




Luke T from Valdosta Georgia

Introducing Luke T from Valdosta Georgia y’all!  Luke is our next Gift a Voice recipient!  We are blessed and grateful to be able to assist Luke in communicating his wants and needs to family members and those around him.  Imagine knowing what you want to say and not being able to articulate it?  Let’s help this handsome young man!!

Luke T is a happy, energetic and curious 2 year old. He brings great joy to his family and friends. He lives with his mother, father and 8 year old sister, Maggie. Luke appears to be a normal little boy in every way, except that he does not speak. It is obvious that he wants to talk. Whenever prompted, he makes a genuine effort to try to repeat words or sounds. However, very few utterances or approximations are clear enough to be called words. He does get frustrated when he can’t communicate his wants or needs.

He interacts well with other children and adults, making eye contact, smiling and gesturing in lieu of words. He loves to go to the park and swing. He also likes to go to the mall. He plays peek-a-boo, chase, and jumps on the trampoline. He adores his big sister, b.k.a. “Gee Gee”. He enjoys going to gymnastics class and playing with puppies.

Please share with your Facebook Friends y’all!! Thanks much!

The Gift of a Voice

We are so very grateful to Sparks News Tribune for writing about the Foundation’s Gift a Voice Project on December 23rd.  Jessica Carner did a fantastic job articulating my passion and the amount of information given to her.  Debra Reid did a fabulous job taking the photographs.  They both know their stuff!!

Jessica titled the article “The Gift of a Voice” and I am thrilled with it.  Would love to hear your thoughts in the Comments section below or on the Different iz Good facebook page.  Click on the image below to read the article.

Thanks Jessica, Debra and Sparks News Tribune.  I and the Turning Views Foundation and Different iz Good community send you a great big Thank You!!

The Gift of a Voice - Sparks Tribune Article

Happy Holidays and Thank You

Thank you for your support, donations and sharing of the website and facebook page.  Because of YOU the Different iz Good movement and the Gift a Voice project have taken off like a rocket!

Please enjoy this beautiful card we created for you, your family, friends and online community.  We encourage you to share the “card” as much and as often as you would like.

Thank you from me, Camilla, and from the Different iz Good community!!

Let’s Clarify That

The article in today’s Sparks Tribune about the Foundation’s Gift A Voice project prompted some questions that I’d like to address.  Here are the specific questions asked:

  • The Foundation’s legal status? – Turning Views Foundation is a Nevada nonprofit corporation.
  • The Foundation’s tax status? – Turning Views Foundation is awaiting 501(c)3 designation from the IRS. ***Update**** The Foundation is a 501(c)3 entity!
  • The $1000 necessary, considering it is used/donated iPhones and a $200 software program. Can you break down this figure? –

Direct wording from the Sparks Tribune article is – “The cost of an iPhone with the necessary applications installed and a  speaker to amplify the sound is about $1,000.”

The AAC Application, Proloquo2Go, costs $189.99 from the iTunes store. This is a specialized Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) application.

There are 3 versions of an iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.  An iPhone 3Gs that’s 8GB starts at $99, an iPhone4 that’s 16B starts at $199 and an iPhone4 that’s 32GB starts at $299.  An 8GB iPod touch is $229, a 32GB is $299 and a 64GB is $399. There are actually 6 versions of the iPad.  A 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi is $499, a 32GB iPad with Wi-Fi is $599, a 64 GB with Wi-Fi is $699.  A 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is $629, a 32 GB iPad with Wi-Fi + 3G is $729 and a 64 GB with Wi-Fi + 3G is $829.

The speaker/case, iMainGo, for the iPhone and iPod touch costs $39.99 from Amazon.  I have not priced cases and/or speakers for the iPad as of yet.

My “about $1,000″ statement was my own attempt of picking a generalized figure for the general public.  For the Foundation this amount will vary depending on each recipients needs and whether or not we are using a donated device.  Being that this is a very young nonprofit organization, having only had one recipient to date and the fact that there are so many different price points the figures used throughout our website are generalized.

The following is a break down of items purchased and donated for gifting to 6 year old Elizebeth in Missouri who is hearing and speech impaired:

  • Donated 3G iPhone
  • USB Power Adapter – $29.00
  • iMainGo Speaker/Case – $39.99
  • Proloquo2Go Application – $189.99
  • Shoulder Bag – $19.00
  • Cost of Shipping – (Not shipped yet – Hope to ship today or tomorrow)

Thank you very much to the individual who asked these questions.  We will be adding a page on the website with a biography and photo for each of the Board of Directors in the next few days.  If anyone has additional questions or would like further clarification please don’t hesitate to ask in the Comments below, on the Different iz Good Facebook Page or via email to info @ turningviews . org.

Top 10 Christmas Wish List

Why Different iz Good Exists!

We received a GREAT suggestion on the Different iz Good Page on Facebook.  Kimberly Phipps-Nichol says, “Create a Top 10 Different iz Good Wish List that’s easy for us to share and re post.”  Thanks Kimberly for such an awesome idea! Please take a peek as the first “Top 2″ items won’t take a bite out of your money budget – Just a small bite out of your time budget!

  1. Share the Different iz Good website , Facebook page – facebook.com/DifferentizGood and our Gift a Voice Project with your online community.
  2. Donate any used Mobile phones, MP3 Players and Tablet Readers for the Foundation’s Gift a Voice Project.
  3. Apple Gift Cards
  4. iTunes Gift Cards
  5. Amazon Gift Cards
  6. AT&T Gift Cards
  7. New iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads
  8. WordPress Website Guru to create a fabulous Different iz Good website
  9. Cash Donations – Any Amount (Cash, Credit Card or PayPal)
  10. Sponsor a person with communication disabilities:

Approximately $600 will buy one NEW iPhone or NEW iPod Touch, Proloquo2Go (or similar) AAC Application, iMainGo speaker/case and a cover (exact cost will depend on needs of recipient).

Approximately $1,200 will buy one NEW iPad, Proloquo2Go (or similar) AAC Application,  speaker and a case/cover (exact cost will depend on needs of recipient).

If you’d like more information about our Wish List items please comment below, comment on our Facebook Page or send an email to list @ differentizgood . org.

Recycle and Give a Voice to those Without

Let’s give ’em something to talk about y’all!  It’s official! We’ve just received our first media coverage about our recycling project.  Thanks to Reno News & Review for taking an interest in Turning Views Foundation’s efforts to collect last generation iPhones, iPods and (soon) iPads. These devises are much much more than a phone or a device to house all your favorite songs.  They literally give a voice to those without one.  We are in the midst of a communication evolution that has shifted in such a way to include a segment of the population like never before.  1 of every 8,000 people in the United States has a communication disability. You can read more about my thoughts on this topic at The Evolution of Communication.

These mobile, compact and cool Apple devices can be used as speech generating devices for those that communicate with sign language or who aren’t able to articulate words.  By installing an application like Proloquo2Go one can communicate and express themselves using a modern hand held device.  The community for socializing and conducting business has exponentially increased for those who have a communication disabilites.  Insurance companies and Medicaid do not cover these; but do cover big clunky speech generating devices that cost anywhere from $5,000-$10,000. Let’s be clear here though.  We do understand that there are instances where these devices are the right fit for someone.  We are not discounting their usefulness and need.

We would like to officially thank Robin Snegg Krueger with Disability Resources/New2U Computers, 50 E. Greg St in Sparks, Nevada and Alicia Detriech of Mac-O-Rama, 4690 Longley Lane, Reno, Nevada for their involvement with our “Gift a Voice” Project! If you are local to Reno, you can drop off your last generation devices at either of these locations.  Alicia, owner of Mac-O-Rama (an authorized Apple service provider), will reset the devices so no worries about your personal information.

If you are not local to Reno you can mail your device to Mac-O-Rama, For Turning Views Foundation, 4690 Longley Lane #22, Reno, NV 89502 (make sure it’s packaged to protect!)  Thanks and we would love to hear your Comments!