They are beautiful children trapped inside a world without a key.
Southgate School teacher, Candace Loaper, said, “They all know yes and know inside their heads. They have things they want to tell us they aren’t able to say.
Constance Loaper teaches “multiple disabilities” children, kids with autism, cerebral palsy and neurological disorders.
Communication has been almost impossible because most of these children cannot speak.
But recently, the Southgate teacher learned about a program where students could apply for free iPads.
The tablets come with special programs that help these kids express themselves.
Loaper said, “This is Jessica’s iPad. If Jess goes to school, she can say, ‘I love to read.’ Teachers would know to get a book.”
Circle K launched the program by collecting change at stores statewide.
United Cerebral Palsy Spokesperson, Michelle Jackson, said, “It’s amazing. We didn’t really understand the growth we would see in this kind of program. We’ve given away 70 iPads and we are so excited.”
Kristie Gore’s daughter, Lydia, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and was unable to engage with others, until now.
Gore told us, “It’s great to see that spark go off because for so many years you’re told your kid won’t do things. They don’t understand things. But a simple iPad from complete strangers, they learn cause and effect. It makes them light up and smile.”
The iPad has become their voice.
For the first time, these children can experience life without limits.