Saturday, June 23, 2012

Happy Birthday - to me!

Shawn Bryant, AAPD intern - celebrating birthday

On Wednesday, the 13th,  I excitedly celebrated my 25th birthday! Celebrating that milestone in our Nation's capitol was definitely a fun experience. As I turn one quarter of a century, I've given thought to how I can make the next 25 years meaningful for those I represent.

 There are many who have worked to ensure I live a purpose driven life and I want to ensure that those like me have all they need to do the same I've spent a great deal of time thinking about how I can continue the gift of giving, and I believe my birthday month, would be the perfect opportunity. I've chosen to use my birthday to highlight the Easter Seals Capper Foundation, which  provides exceptional individualized services to ensure that people with disabilities and their families have opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities. This organization works with people just like me and it's because of organizations like this that I'm alive.

Birthday cake with candles
When I met with the Foundation about donating my birthday, I asked them what their needs were; although there are many ways to get involved, I wanted to know what would have the greatest impact on families. Considering this, it didn't take much time to decide I would be purchasing Ipads for the foundation to use in therapy for the people they serve. Software similar to the apps used cost around $7,000, when now you can buy and Ipad and the software for around $700.

To see how this technology is making such a significant impact, watch this video: Ipads, Apps & Autism.

Check out my giving page here to make a donation and share with your friends..

Please help me celebrate a birthday that many believed would never come by making sure others like me have a chance to reach it themselves.

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