The students I serve have a wide variety of disabilities, which impact their ability to communicate. Most of my students are from low-income households, have limited or no access to technology, and are learning from home without hands-on materials and/or picture supports.
Unfortunately, with the abrupt ending of school, many of my minimally verbal students have been left without a means to communicate at home. Their communication systems, schedules, and picture symbols were left at school. Buildings are closed, but communication should not have to stop.
Parents are longing to functionally communicate with and provide structure for their children.
Children and families are getting frustrated. A way to help them is to provide pre-made tangible picture supports individualized to their home environment needs. I have the program to create the visuals electronically; however, I do not have the necessary materials.
In order to create supports, laminator, laminating sheets, printing paper, colored printer ink, and velcro dots are required. I will then be able to prepare lasting and durable picture schedules and symbols to aid my students in communicating their basic wants and needs.
Lastly, in order to follow the strict social distancing guidelines and keep everyone safe, I will need to mail these materials directly to my students. Envelopes and stamps will be a necessity for me to ship the materials in a timely manner. We are living in uncertain times. I want to do everything in my power to lessen the burden of the families that I serve. Please join me in providing the gift of communication. Your generous donation will make this happen!
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