Trowbridge mum's appeal for mobile phones to help autistic son
A Trowbridge mum is calling for donations of old mobile phones as part of a charity scheme which will provide her autistic son with an iPad.
Jo Burbidge, 37, who lives in Hilperton, believes the device will help the development of her nine-year-old son Joshua Duval, who has autism and an auditory processing disorder.
She needs to collect 165 phones as part of the project run by charity Hearts and Minds who will then give her an iPad.
Mrs Burbidge, who works for Wiltshire Council as a facilities support officer, said: “The scheme is amazing, because it will allow Joshua to access technology that we would otherwise not be able to afford to buy for him.”
Joshua, who attends The Mead Community Primary School, in Hilperton, has been using an iPad at school and has seen his communication skills improve.
Mrs Burbidge, 36, said: “His teachers are amazed at his ability to focus while he’s using it. We think having one at home will really help bridge the gap between Joshuna’s home and school life.”
Hearts and Minds is a charity which aims to improve the lives of those with autism as well as offering support to their families.
Ian McGrath, founder of the charity, said: “The therapeutic benefits of using interactive, easy to use technology, such as an iPad, have now been widely recognised and really can make a real difference. I’d like to encourage everyone to donate any old phones to help support Joshua and his family.”
When they receive the mobile phones Hearts and Minds then have them recycled.
Mrs Burbidge, who has two other children, rebekkah, seven, and Adam, one, said: “I’d like to encourage anyone who may have old or unwanted mobiles lying around at home to get in contact and help transform my son’s life.”
Anyone wishing to donate an old mobile phone can call Mrs Burbidge on 07595 331949 or email email@example.com and for more information about the scheme visit www.heartsandmindschallenge.org.
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