Donate unwanted phones to aid communication
9:20pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
THE mother of an autistic boy is urging people to donate their old and unwanted mobile phones to fund an iPad that could significantly change his life.
Three year-old Tyler Knell, from Swindon, has Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), which means he is completely non verbal and has severe sensory disorder.
Mother Mandie, 35, is part of a 100-strong Facebook campaign to help secure iPads for Tyler and other children with ASD in the hope it could improve their lives.
The use of an iPad for children with ASD could substantially enhance their communication skills, and donations of 165 old mobile phones could allow Tyler to interact properly with those around him.
The scheme is being spearheaded by Hearts and Minds, a charity dedicated to supporting families and children affected by autism.
Mandie said: “The Hearts & Minds iPad scheme is amazing, because it will allow Tyler and other children like him to access technology that will help him to communicate with us.
“With an iPad, they are able to type a message or show us an image to speak to us, which will change their lives no end.
“We rarely see fundraising schemes for autistic children, so I’m delighted that we’re able to take part in the Hearts & Minds scheme.
“I’d like to encourage anyone who may have old or unwanted mobiles lying around at home to get in touch and help transform my son’s life.”
The organisation aims to raise the quality of life for individuals affected by the disorder and their families, by ensuring the provision of the highest standards in education, care and support. To date, the charity has raised more than £500,000 and has helped to educate and support many children and families.
Anyone with any unwanted mobile phones can call Mandie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the charity or the mobile phone scheme, visit www.heartsandmindschallenge.org.
Any parents with similar issues in Swindon can contact the Swindon Autism and ADHD support group via Facebook.
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