Children like Lillian are why the Turning Views Foundation and the Gift a Voice Project were created. The Foundation’s intent is to make a DIFFERENCE for those that are DIFFERENT. First, by providing to nonverbal and/or speech impaired children an iPhone or iPod touch so they can FINALLY have a voice and be able to communicate in a more fluid and modern way. – Camilla Downs
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.
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!