Alex Bundy has been non-verbal all of his life, until he met Abilitree's Assistive Technology Coordinator. This year, for the very first time in 26 years, Alex chose his own Halloween costume.
Silvia Bundy, Alex's mom, says he started to speak about two years ago.
She said "I was surprised, like really? Okay!"
Abilitree's Assistive Technology Coordinator, Charlene Weirup, introduced Alex to Proloquo2Go, an app available for purchase. The app helps boost Alex's confidence and acts as his voice when his words aren't there. But, it's not just Alex that can benefit from the app.
"It could be someone that's experienced a stroke at any age," Charlene said. "It turns their world upside down and we have to be able to support that and bring them to their new normal."
Alex is just one of the many voices waiting to be heard. In 2016, there were 16 people that benefitted from Abilitree's Assistive Technology Program. In 2017, that number jumped to 42. This year, there's more than 60 people, and some are on a waitlist.
"I think that it's an area in this community that's underserved, and I think we have an opportunity to help a lot of people," Charlene said.
This Giving Tuesday, we are choosing to support those who don't have a voice, those who don't truly have independence. Join us by donating to Abilitree.
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