Peyton was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome which causes a range of developmental issues including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment. A dedicated iPad would help him develop his communication skills, as well as visual cues, reading and writing.
Peyton is a very active boy and found it difficult to communicate with his family, teachers and other support staff. Thanks to HCCI, Peyton loves his new iPad and practices his letter and number formations. It helps him to learn, as well as relax and cope when he feels overstimulated.
Kaiden loves his bike! We cannot thank you enough for purchasing the adapted bike for him. He loves being outside and this allows him to keep up with his brothers.
We will be sure to pay it forward. Thanks again for all of your help and kindness.
Travis, Misty and Kaiden Schaf
Dear Staff at Helping Challenged Children,
I am writing you to thank you for the amazing AmTryke bike my son Tommy received with the help of your organization. Tommy is nine years old and has Down syndrome. He has very low muscle tone and has been receiving physical therapy since he was a baby. Even with this extra help, he didn’t walk until he was four, and still needs therapy to work on muscle strength, coordination and endurance. His therapist at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Miswawaka, Indiana has been working with him to ride a trike for the past several years. He has made progress, but only has therapy twice a month, and hasn’t had a chance to practice in between, because we could not afford to get him the special trike he needed. Our therapist told us about Helping Challenged Children, and offered to write a grant for the trike.
I can’t tell you how grateful we are to have received the AmTryke- it’s amazing! Tommy has been riding it in our neighborhood every day! For years, he has watched his older brother and the other children in the neighborhood out on their bikes, and has not been able to join in. We are so excited that he can now get out and ride like all of the other children! Besides having fun, his therapist says it will be great for him to increase his endurance.
Please accept our deepest thanks for this wonderful gift, and may God Bless you for the work you do. We could never done this without your help.
Mary and John O’Callaghan
Parents of Tommy, Age 9
My grandson, Quentin, just received a new iPad this week from your organization. We are so grateful for your generosity. Quentin is nonverbal and uses his iPad to communicate with the ProLoquo2Go software. His current iPad is on the way out and some of the features are not working. We feared that his iPad would crash and thus, he’d lose his ability to communicate.
Using the iPad, Quentin can communicate his wants and needs. This picture is of him deciding what he wants to choose for a snack. He first chooses “I want” and then the item.
We are so thrilled that he has been able to use the iPad to communicate. It’s used at school as well. Thank you so much for providing this iPad to Quentin.
Mary Ann Harrison (Quentin’s Grandma)
Danielle is one of seven children, three of which were adopted and have special needs. Danielle, who has hearing loss, was adopted from China when she was six years old. HCCI was able to help provide Danielle with hearing aids that insurance couldn’t cover. Danielle was so excited to receive her hearing aids and was thrilled with the difference it made. She even reminds her mom to put them in if they forget first thing in the morning!
Caitlyn, who suffers from infantile cerebral palsy and congenital diplegia, loves to play outside with her brothers but couldn’t use a bicycle due to her special needs and training wheels didn’t provide the balance and stability she needed. An adaptive tricycle was needed.
Caitlyn’s step-father works full time and her mother stays home to care for Caitlyn and transport her to doctor appointments. With $1,000 monthly insurance premiums, her family didn’t have the financial means to provide an adaptive tricycle nor would insurance cover the cost.
HCCI was able to provide Caitlyn with an adaptive tricycle and now Caitlyn enjoys riding around her neighborhood, playing with her family and friends.
Thank you for the gift of sound! Adam loves his new hearing aids and it has made a world of difference. Thank you again!”
– Adam’s Mom
TOPSoccer is a free, community-based training and team placement program for athletes with disabilities. The program, staffed by local youth soccer volunteers, is designed to bring the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any players, age 8 and older, who have a mental or physical disability, to help them become valued and successful members of the local youth soccer community. TOPSoccer is a program of Indiana Soccer, a non-profit organization for Youth Soccer, who serves around 300 kids in 11 different TOPSoccer programs each year.
This valuable program relies on donations to equip the players with special soccer equipment, like ringing and beeping soccer balls for the visually impaired, larger soccer balls to help develop motor skills, special goals and more. HCCI was able to help each of the 11 TOPSoccer programs in Indiana, by outfitting them with some of the durable soccer equipment it takes to help these kids play.
“Thank you guys so much for making it happen! I can already see a change in his behavior and his listening skills since he has gotten the new aids. He says they are even better than his previous ones, so I know he is hearing more now than ever.”
– Benjamin’s Mom