Honorary Ambassador

Jack

                

Jack is a 14-year-old student at The Caroline School.  Jack was diagnosed with the devastating brain malformation lissencephaly when he was 13 months old.  The prognosis was bleak, but Jack has proven all of the doubters wrong!  He is happy and healthy and has a smile that lights up a room.  Jack is non-verbal, but he certainly is able to communicate with his eyes, his infectious laugh and his stubborn streak.  He’s also making great strides using a Tobi device and eye gaze with the help of Easter Seals BridgingApps’ speech therapists, Betsy Furler and Sara Witmer.  Although Jack is non-ambulatory and suffers from scoliosis, he continues to independently navigate his surroundings doing his own “commando crawl.” Thanks to his wonderful Easter Seals Children’s Therapy Program physical therapist, Missy Dafler, Jack has remained pain free and continues to gain strength.  In his 14 years Jack has overcome so much and touched so many lives. His days are very full and his favorite things to do are spend time with his younger brother and see his friends at school every day.  

Jackson

 

Jackson is a 3 years old boy who loves all things construction and sports!  He has never met a stranger and will talk your ear off all day long!  Shortly after turning 2 years old, Jackson was diagnosed with spastic, triplegic cerebral palsy. He has been a part of the ECI program and now The Children's Therapy Clinic for just over a year.  When he began with Easter Seals, he had no diagnosis and had a hard time crawling.  In the short amount of time since his very first visit he has become a walker, runner, t-ball player, and tricycle rider! His amazing team of therapists have changed his life forever!

Vincent and Cristen

 

Vincent was diagnosed prenatally with Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome, and since his emergency C-section birth has received a diagnosis of autism and a visual impairment in addition to multiple medical issues. His mother, Cristen, developed an interest in how technology could help children with disabilities improve developmental skills. She cofounded Easter Seals’ BridgingApps program which explores opportunities with technology and apps as well as local meetings for parents, therapists and teachers working with people of all ages and abilities.

After testing multiple options for communication, they discovered that the iPad complimented his fine motor skill delay and allowed Vincent to work independently. What a boost to his confidence and an ease to his frustration! Vincent is now 13 1/2 years old and is a happy person, who is thriving thanks to excellent therapy services, medical care and tons of love from Cristen, family and friends. He has been reading since age 3, loves all types of music, is learning to swim and is a whiz with an iPad. Today BridgingApps provides access to educational and therapeutic tools anywhere, anytime to children and adults with disabilities. For more information about BridgingApps, visit www.bridgingapps.org.

 

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