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Help Riley Shine

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Lee Anne Carnell

THE STORY:

My almost-3-year-old grandson Riley was diagnosed with Autism this past Feb. Until recently he wasn't talking and had very little communication at all other than pointing at things. He's spent the last few months in a peer-model program through a local university, plus been involved with speech/developmental/behavior therapy, and will start pre-school next month! In the last couple of months he has begun talking and communicating and learning and sharing and it has been amazingly wonderful!! I am a school teacher that raised 3 children on my own, one of whom is deaf. All are in college and working toward doing well for themselves. My grandson and his mother are living with me to try and get on their feet a little bit, and as you can imagine, it's been overwhelming!

But...Riley has made SO much progress, and working at a school I see many different children with special needs, and I know the power that technology such as iPads are giving children that can't communicate or express on their own. I am not in a position to afford and iPad for him, nor is his mother, but would like to be able to give him every opportunity to thrive and succeed. He has SO much potential and we just want to give him a way to shine.

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