Ability Online donates iPad & MyVoice to Tyler Austin
In October 2011, the MyVoice team met a young man with Cerebral Palsy named Tyler Austin. Having tried many different communication aids unsuccessfully, Tyler and his parents Pam and Eric were searching for an AAC solution right for him. Using finger spelling on letters and short words on his wheelchair tray was simply not good enough.
After 20 minutes with an iPad and MyVoice, Tyler had mastered both the tablet and the MyVoice app. In minutes, he wheeled over to the hospital coffee shop and ordered his mom a coffee, greeting the staff person by name- “Hi Bev, may I have a medium french vanilla coffee”. Everyone was floored.
Having found a suitable communication system, the problem now was how to put it in Tyler’s hands. Five months later, June Chiu of the Holland Bloorview resource centre matched Tyler with Ability Online’s new funding program, Ability Gives. Together, Ability Gives provided Tyler with a new iPad and MyVoice provided the communication software.
A few days ago, we were delighted to join Michelle, Corey, and Adam of AbilityGives at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab to present Tyler and his family with their new iPad running MyVoice. It’s exhilarating to know that as a young person transitioning to more independent and adult living, Tyler is now equipped with tools for communication and learning suited to his capabilities.
See the full story at Abillity Online.
And here are some pictures from the event, showing Tyler using the iPad camera to add us to his MyVoice vocabulary:
Thanks to all the amazing people that made this great donation possible!