Update: Please read the July 10, 2016 update about this campaign including info about a Youtube channel dedicated to Benben as well as video documentations which include, among others, his use of autism apps and mobile technologies. Read the update here:
More videos to be uploaded soon...
Intro (created May 2016):
Darius Ben (we fondly call him Benben) is our 10-year old son diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder when he was 2 years old. He has since attended Early Intervention Program, Early Childhood Program, and Middle Childhood Program classes along with Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy sessions. He still continues to attend Middle Childhood Program classes. He has developed his skills in gross motor, psychomotor skills, self-help and housekeeping (daily chores) skills. However, at age 10, he still has not developed his speech skills. Benben is still unable to utter a single clear word or phrase (although he is able to utter words randomly such as 'ate' - which means elder sister or 'dede' - which means milk, or 'eat' - which is his favorite thing to do :).
The purpose of this campaign is to help raise modest funds for Benben to purchase and use Proloquo2Go AAC (Augmentative Alternative Communication) app on the iPad. The current iPad Benben is using is also old and would require a replacement if funds permit.
Update (June 17, 2016) - Thanking everyone for the support and backing for Benben and this campaign and extending the campaign (till 30 July 2016) based on requests of some even as the original goal has already been reached.
Update (July 8, 2016) - Shared a 2011 video on Youtube which best describes and explains 'Apps for Autism'. We also hope to upload and share some videos on this campaign site to show how Benben has been using Apps for Autism for speech augmentation (and other learning goals).