This Wednesday my young son’s school will be holding a jog-a-thon fundraiser, with 25% of proceeds going towards the purchase of iPads for children with autism.
As the head of the parent organization that’s spearheading the fundraiser, I wanted to reach out to the kids at this tiny private school in the heart of Orange County, California, and hopefully convince them that true change begins with compassion and understanding, and inspire them to make a difference in another child’s life.
The kids range from preschool to seniors in high school, so I needed a way to appeal to all of them.
With some help from my husband, and some adorable children belonging to some amazing fellow autism parents and bloggers, I was able to put something together that I think resonated with the student body.
Special thanks go out to my husband, who helped me edit and put together the final touches, as well as to some amazing fellow autism parents who sent me touching, beautiful photos of their incredible children using their iPads:
Jim Walter of Just a Lil Blog
Flannery Sullivan of Living on the Spectrum: The Connor Chronicles
Lexi Sweatpants Magnusson of Mostly True Stuff
Sunday Stilwell of Adventures in Extreme Parenthood
Kristin McCarthy Macchi of Running to be Still
Beth Glidden Andersen of Maternal Instincts…flying by the seat of my pants
Anne Spence of Glass Half Full
The iPad has truly been a miracle in our non-verbal son Andrew’s life and he continues to learn to express himself in leaps and bounds with this priceless technology.
Seeing this device in the hands of those whose lives could forever be changed by this powerful tool would be a dream come true.
There are so many more Andrews out there, and they deserve a voice too.
Kids helping kids.
It doesn’t get any better than that.