Carson is autistic and does not verbally communicate. He requires a device to express his needs and wants, as well as feelings such as anger, pain or joy. Carson could only communicate with others via an iPad and software specialized in assisting autistic individuals with communication and expression.
Carson’s parents work full-time as well as care for Carson and his two siblings, including an autistic brother. Psychiatric appointments, medications, special services and general care have placed the family under financial strain. HCCI providing Carson with the iPad and required software has helped him significantly and made it significantly easier to communicate with his family and friends.
Aletha and Jake come from a family of five children, where their mom and the three oldest children have hearing loss. With so many hearing aids for the family, it is hard to keep up with the cost of replacing and maintaing them for four people. HCCI was able to help Aletha and Jake by providing them with new hearing aids.
Aletha says, “I can hear everything and understand my teacher. I am so thankful for my hearing aids!” Her brother Jake says, “Thanks for my hearing aids! They are really improving my school work. It is so much easier to hear the sounds in spelling. Thanks to Hear Indiana and HCCI, I have better hearing!”
Taylor was able to pedal an adapted tricycle on her own, however she did not have the balance or strength to ride a commercially available tricycle. Taylor has Down Syndrome and several developmental delays. Speech therapy and riding an adapted tricycle are two therapies that help Taylor grow, develop and thrive as a little girl. Taylor’s mom works full time, but her insurance and Medicaid wouldn’t cover this type of equipment for home use. HCCI was able to fill this gap and get Taylor a tricycle that was specially fitted to her needs and will grow with her for many years to come. Now Taylor enjoys riding around her neighborhood and is building strength and confidence as she does so.
Eric has very high frequency hearing loss and needed new hearing aids, but Medicare would not cover the cost. With some help from HCCI, Eric was able to receive the new hearing aids he needed. Eric is getting along great with his the new aids and his mom is thankful there was someone who was able to help Eric get the equipment he needed to thrive as a little boy.
Meet four year old Therese and see her new power wheel chair. Watch the video of Therese using her chair and how excited she was for the help that HCCI was able to give her!
Five year old Ethan just wanted to ride his bike with his brothers. His family was unable to pay for the adaptive and therapeutic tricycle he needed and insurance wouldn’t cover it. The use of the tricycle would increase flexibility in arms and legs, prevent contractures, improve strength, and improve endurance and lung function. Ethan and his family spend alot of time outdoors and camp most of the summer. A tricycle is something that would allow Ethan to play with his brother and cousins and be independent while doing so. Ethan has been described as a very outgoing, determined little boy. He enjoys being outside with his two older brothers and enjoys camping and fishing. HCCI was able to make Ethan’s wish come true and he can now ride around the campground with his brothers.
Meg has been hard of hearing since she was born. She received her first set of hearing aids when she was in kindergarten. Now an 8th grader, Meg still had her original hearing aids and had made them last twice as long as they are usually used. Technology has advanced in the past few years and the newer hearing aids have an increased ability to reduce background noise. They also offers blue tooth ability for technology assistance in school, such as with headsets and e-learning. Meg is off to high school next year and learning is at a much faster pace. HCCI was able to help Meg get new hearing aids so she is able to adapt and keep up with her classmates.
Emma is autistic with delayed motor and cognitive skills. She used an adaptive tricycles during therapy, but only for one hour once a week. Her therapist had recommended having one at home for more frequent use to help Emma develop her motor skills. Emma’s dad works full time and her mom was seeking a nursing degree, but insurance and Medicaid would not cover the cost of the bike. HCCI was able to step in and give Emma the bike she needed. This bike enhances Emma’s development, both socially and physically which will have an impact for years to come.
One year old Ezekial needed more than just his physical therapy. Leg braces were essential in helping him move and begin to walk. His mother stays at home to care for him and his father works seasonal jobs outside the home, but falls short of qualifying for many assistance programs. The family could not afford the required leg braces to assist Ezekial’s mobility.
HCCI was able to step in and provide Ezekial with the leg braces, leading to the mobility he so desperately needed to grow and thrive.
For the last several years, Frito Lay has been a major supporter of HCCI by donating memorabilia items to our fundraising efforts or donating money that goes directly to help Indiana children in need. This year is no exception! Frito Lay hosted their annual golf outing, where they raised and donated much needed funds to HCCI. This gift will help children receive the adaptive equipment they needs, such as hearing aids, adaptive tricycles or therapy equipment.
HCCI appreciates the continued support from Frito Lay and on behalf of children like Aiden, Danielle and Benjamin we thank you for your continued generosity!