Giving people without speech new ways to talk

OARC Newsletter - FALL 2020 - Cover Story 

Ryder communicates in many different ways!

Submitted by Marnie Loewen

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Ryder is eleven years old and in grade six French Immersion at JB Mitchell School.  He has a twin brother Hayden, and older siblings Liam and Willa.  Ryder’s mom and dad (Rachel and Scott) describe him as a pretty chill and sociable guy. 

Ryder received his first iPad in 2014 at five years of age and in 2019 he received his replacement iPad.  His iPad sits in a sturdy Tobii Speech Case that has direct switch access and high end speakers.  Ryder uses the Proloquo2Go and Pictello apps with single switch access.

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 Fall 2020 Newsletter


We want to recognize our generous funders who have provided children with their own communication systems over the 2019-2020 year:  Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation, The Winnipeg Foundation - Kiwanis Club of Winnipeg Community Support Fund, Wawanesa Insurance, 
Federated Co-operatives Limited - Winnipeg Employee Giving Committee, Thomas Sill Foundation and many friends of OARC through Tribute Gifts and donations.

Thank you to our private funder, Carol J. Harvey and the Cerebral Palsy Association of Manitoba for funding our fourth Camp yAAC in 2019 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.

Our Board of Directors

Jackie Markstrom - President
Shellie Hatch - Vice-President
Jennifer Barthel - Treasurer

Donna Passey - Past-President
Ron Bryer - Director

Carol Conan - Director 

Penny McMillan - Director
Dorian Phillips - Director
Rina Urish - Director