Jaylen is 6 years old and nonverbal. This is attributed to diagnoses, which include Down syndrome, autism, and expressive-receptive language disorder. Expressive-receptive language disorder is when a child has trouble expressing themselves and and understanding what others are saying. It can also reduce the ability to have a conversation and reduce the ability to form sentences.
Jaylen has made little progress with communicating through sign language and the use of pictures. An app for the iPad called LAMP Words for Life along with a keyboard would help Jaylen communicate daily and increase social participation at school and home. Jaylen’s family’s insurance wouldn’t cover the cost of the iPad, app, and iPad accessories; however, HCCI purchased the items for Jaylen.
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Karsten is 9 years old and has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. While autism affects each child differently, some common behaviors people with autism have include difficulty with social interactions and relationships, difficulty with communication skills, and trouble adapting to changes in their routine.
Karsten’s family knew that an Acrobat Swing would benefit him. This swing would help him with strengthening, motor planning (the ability to plan and carry out motor tasks), and calming or alerting him. However, his family’s insurance wouldn’t pay for the swing. HCCI was able to help Karsten and his family by purchasing the swing when other avenues failed.
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Brooklyn is not able to ride a traditional bicycle due to limitations with her mobility that come from diagnoses of microcephaly and Triple X Syndrome. Triple X Syndrome include weak muscle tone and problems with fine and gross motor skills. Even though an adaptive tricycle would benefit Brooklyn, her family couldn’t afford it due to other health expenses.
HCCI was able to purchase an adaptive tricycle for Brooklyn. Now she is able to ride a bike and participate in family activities such as walks and bike rides in the neighborhood.
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