Empower the Non Verbal Project Completed
It gives us great pleasure to announce that we have recently completed a unique project called “Empower the Non Verbal”. Through this project, we have provided a number of equipments and speech soft wares to a number of non-verbal children in Sydney.
For this special project, we have teamed up with Wangee Park School; a school that operates for children with special needs in Campsie. Including autism, epilepsy and cerebral palsy, Wangee Park has 35 students with a range of severe intellectual disabilities.
After our first contact with Wangee, the school management has brought to our attention that some of their non-verbal students have demonstrated challenging behaviours due to inability in expressing themselves.
In collaboration with Wangee, we have developed a project to assist these children to achieve their full potential. After running a campaign for three months, we have raised the necessary funds to a number of non-verbal students and provided them IPADs equipped with a communication application called Proloquo2Go.
In order to deliver the equipment and speech software to these non-verbal children, an ARO delegation paid a visit to the school on 25 August 2015. Our delegation consisted a number of project coordinators and volunteers as well as students of the Amity College who have supported the campaign financially. The delegation was warmly welcomed by Anthony Bulmer, the Principal of the Wangee Park School and other teachers. During his welcoming speech, Bulmer stated that he is overwhelmed by the support that the ARO is providing to their students. Through these equipments, his students will be able to communicate with their families, teachers and friends easily.
During the visit, our CEO Cihan Tumen has expressed that the Australian Relief Organisation takes pleasure by developing charitable activities for its local community. After thanking the Wangee Park teachers for their great work in looking after these special children, Tumen concluded that the ARO community is delighted to deliver some relief to the students, and their family, teachers and friends through this campaign.
Finally, the giftwrapped equipments were delivered to students by the ARO project coordinators and the Amity College Students.
Highlight of the function were the canvasses prepared by the Wangee Park students for the ARO and the Amity College. Coloured handprints of all Wangee Park students marked the day and put a smile on everyone’s face.
We look forward to work with Wangee Park in the future.
To view the video of our project please click here