Yesterday I had the chance to visit with the Anderson’s on my way back home after traveling for work. I was able to see first hand how our donation to Erron and her family made an impact. You may remember Erron was requesting donations for an iPad for her son Elijah who has Autism. She did a post here called Speechless where she talked about the huge act of selflessness that so many people made to help donate in this great cause. Check it out if you get a chance.
So last night Erron and Kyle showed me the iPad with all the applications they have installed to help Elijah learn and communicate. I saw first hand the progress Elijah is making with this device and that is amazing. At first when I saw this donation request from Erron I wasn’t sure how an iPad could help out someone with Autism, and last night I was shown. The iPad is an amazing piece of technology and it will help more people than I think Steve Jobs ever thought it would.
I’ve mentioned many times before here that we really want to impact people in many ways and one way we want to impact people is through donations and being able to give back to organizations and people exactly like this. I can tell you with 100% certainty that we would not have been able to donate as much as we wanted to without the business we are in. We’ve made many more donations this year already compared to any other year ever because of this business. So I can say Amway and World Wide Dreambuilders was the major reason why we were able to donate to Elijah’s iPad fundraiser and partially why he will be able to learn and communicate better. That’s amazing.
Also Lindsay and I donated two beautiful gift baskets to a Saskatoon Autism Gala utilizing products from Amway focusing on the Legacy of Clean and the Artistry line. Being able to utilize our business to make donations like this is pretty powerful. It really helps Erron out by getting some silent auction donations in there and we are proud to help out in that way. This is true World Wide Dreambuilders through and through which is about focusing on others and taking our eyes off ourselves and focusing on others. I love that we get to associate with a company like that, pretty powerful.
Please check out the link here and if you have it in your heart to donate a few more jewellery pieces from Erron so that she can donate the next iPad they get to another deserving autistic child that would be amazing. I think she’s 15 away and that’s SO close to be able to touch another life.
I came across one of my friends blogs during my regular “get caught up with my Google Reader feeds” and today’s post was a very cool post. Not only does it raise awareness with their son Elijah and his Autism but her blog entry informs us how we can help raise further awareness for Autism and help them out with a pretty cool promotion at http://thepuzzlingpiece.com
The promotion involves selling 60 necklaces or key-chains or a combination of both. If that is completed Elijah will receive a new iPad which has a lot of amazing apps that can help someone with Autism as she points out in her post.
If this came across last year or the year before I probably would have said sorry we cannot afford to do this. However because of the changes we made in our financial situation as well as the extra income we are making from our business we are able to look at other options for donations and take our eyes off ourselves and be more selfless. Not only that we have the ability to impact someone such as Elijah so that he can improve his learning and communication skills with others. We were able to purchase 5 of these key-chains and have asked Erron to send us only one and donate the other 4 as she sees fit. If you are able to, I challenge you to also do the same and help Elijah reach their goal of 60!
“The internet is abuzz. Steve Jobs may have never thought he would change the lives of thousands of autistic kids, but he has. His devices give voices to many bright, non-verbal kids with Autism, through apps like Proloquo2go and many others. Parents have been astounded to find that many of their non verbal kids are able to speak eloquently, in full sentences, with proper verb tenses, and correctly using figure of speeches, when given an electronic voice, and those who don’t can learn. Don’t believe it? Search #autism into Twitter and I guarantee in less that 5 minutes you find a link to some article about how the i-revolution has helped to improve communication for children with autism.”
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Today I received an Apple iPad to test out with work and see if it can fit in our business. So far its been pretty cool. The typing while it’s sitting horizontal is pretty sweet and almost like typing on a real keyboard. I almost don’t even have to look down at the keys, that’s important.
I’m a gadget guys so i love new technology like this and love the way we can integrate it into our lives. However i love unplugging once in awhile where i can just leave technology at home and say go hiking into the mountains and relax and not give a care what the rest of the world is doing. However technology is vastly becoming something that we cannot avoid. Could we be setting ourselves up for a huge meltdown? Possibly, you just never know!
So i ask you out there reading, what’s your favorite technology out there? How do you balance the simple life with technology of today?