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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Please Help!! (from my Mom)





I am participating in the iPad challenge through thepuzzlingpiece.com in order to get an iPad for Brianna & to raise awareness for Autism. I would appreciate it greatly if you would be willing to make a purchase to support this great cause & allow my daughter to have a voice. All you have to do is follow this link and put either my name-Kris Zimmerman or Brianna Zimmerman in the challengers line. It is very important that you put at least one of our FULL names in the challengers name space as that is how we receive credit. http://www.thepuzzlingpiece.com/products_ic.html It has to be one of the 8 items under the iPad challenge pieces tab, no other items on the website qualify.
After we sell 60 of the items we get an iPad. This challenge was started by a mom with a son on the autism spectrum & she's trying to get as many iPads as she can in the hands of children with autism. Please help mine & Brianna's dream become a reality! If you have any questions, feel free to email me & PLEASE forward this on to as many people as you can. It would be much appreciated!!
God Bless you all for caring!

Kris Zimmerman
dankris@dejazzd.com
kookinkris@gmail.com

Info on Brianna for those who don't know her.

My daughter, Brianna is 12 and is diagnosed with Rubinstein-Taybi Syndrome and PDD-NOS. She is VERY limited verbally & most people cannot understand the little bit of speech that she does have. She loves to interact with people but it's hard for her to get her point across if people cannot understand her speech. She uses some sign language but she also is also VERY limited in her fine motor skills. She has been using a communication book with flip pages and does well with it but that is limited because you can only carry around so many pages. She would benefit greatly having an ipad to use with a communication app such as Proloquo2Go so that she could have a "voice". She could also use it to type since she is learning to type & spell. I feel if she would have a way of communicating with a device like this she would better be able to express her wants and needs and therefore help in lessening her frustrations and prevent meltdowns. She has had access to an ipad while her TSS is here as she has one & Brianna is able to use it and her fine motor skills are developed enough that it is definately an option for her to use. She is able to read simple words, it is mainly sight reading, she isn't able to sound words out at this point. It would mean so much to Brianna and our family if she would be able to communicate with a voice so she can better interact with her classmates, friends, siblings and cousins so she can feel like an important part of society and not be frustrated because people don't understand her. Her teacher and Speech therapist are the ones that suggested an ipad for Brianna, they feel it would benefit her greatly in school, home and the community. We want her to be as independant as possible and this would help with her independance. She would be able to answer test questions at school, interact with her classmates, better participate in class, order food when dining out, interact with her three younger siblings and share what she knows as we all know she knows a lot more than what she is able to express at this point since her methods of communication are so limited now.