Giving people without speech new ways to talk


OARC News - SPRING 2017 - Cover Story 


2-year-old Charlotte is learning to communicate with an iPad!

Submitted by Marnie Loewen

Charlotte & LarissaCharlotte’s snowman was first to greet me as I walked towards her family home.  Charlotte helped her mom, Leanne build Frosty by stomping around in the snow with her newly acquired walking skills!  Leanne has offered to share her family’s experience in getting their 2-year-old’s communication underway. 

I entered their home to find Baba tending to Charlotte’s little brother, Ellis.  Mom says Charlotte is enamoured with Ellis and has a hard time leaving him alone!  Leanne describes Charlotte as loving and having a happy smile.  She loves to hug her favorite people. Charlotte’s dad, Dylan took her to a birthday party where, true to form, she hugged a stranger who resembled Charlotte’s daycare support worker, Larissa!

Charlotte has recently been diagnosed with Angelman’s Syndrome (AS).   Only some children with this Syndrome will ever be able to speak a few words. As well, they understand more than they are able to communicate to someone . . . 

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 Winter 2017 Newsletter


We want to recognize our generous funders who have allowed us to recently expand our library: Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg Foundation, Wawanesa Insurance, 
Red River Cooperative, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Hydro Employees' Charitable Donations Committee and many friends of OARC through Tribute Gifts and donations.

Thank you to The Winnipeg Foundation along with the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba for funding our first ever Camp yAAC in 2016 where children with communication challenges were encouraged to talk with their speech-generating devices (SGD) throughout the day while participating in fun camp activities and making new friends.

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