Thursday, April 19, 2012

Introducing the extraordinary Emma, and her new iPad

There’s someone I’d like you all to meet.

[Drumroll, please]

She’s charming; she’s inquisitive, she’s by far the most fascinating person you’ll read about today – and watch out world, because 12-year-old Emma has just got her hands on an iPad!

Emma, who lives in KZN with her mom, dad and big brother, is no ordinary girl… she has Asperger syndrome, which is on the autism spectrum.

Affectionately called ‘aspies’ in the special needs community, people like Emma are sometimes described as having high-functioning autism. This is because while Aspergers has all the challenges of autism such as trouble with social interaction and repetitive behaviours, those with the condition have well-developed speech and normal (and often way above average) intellectual development.

Emma is such a delight; I was thrilled when I drew her name as the first child with autism to benefit from the #iPadsforLionhearts drive. Thank you so much to Sarah and Phil for finding it in your hearts to part with your iPad – it could not have found a better new home.

Now, make yourself a cup of coffee and read this hilarious and insightful peep into Emma’s world. This is an article she wrote a while ago that appeared in AuTalk. I told you she is charming!


6 comments:

  1. Well done Stace! Emma is amazing!!!

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  2. Wow! Thanks for sharing the article! It definitely landed up in the right hands!

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  3. This is fantastic! Well done!

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  4. I recently read that article in AuTalk. Well done Emma and to you for your awesome iPad drive!

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  5. Small world... Emma's mum is a friend of mine! :D
    Way to go Stacey, for starting this initiative.

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Thanks for sharing, Lionheart readers. ROAR!