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Bible Hill boy gets the gift of a voice


TRURO, N.S. —

A seven-year-old Bible Hill boy recently received a gift that will make big changes in his life.

The Truro chapter of Autism Nova Scotia presented Caleb Clarke with an iPad he can use as a communication device.

“This means he can express himself,” said his father, Brian. “He can speak to us.

“He had been using a binder, which was great but limited. This will hold every world he’ll ever need.”

The Speak for Yourself app, which gives a voice to people who aren’t able to speak or are verbally limited, has been installed on the iPad. Caleb had been using one of these while attending Bible Hill Consolidated School.

“He was assessed at the IWK and caught onto it immediately, said Leah Poirier, coordinator for the Truro chapter. “Providing him with this fits with our vision to help people live their lives fully and it’s a good example of how funds raised through the walk help out in the community.”

The society also provides schools with apps so children can communicate with classmates and teachers.

More information on Speak for Yourself can be found online at https://www.closingthegap.com/speak-for-yourself-aac-changing-the-world-one-voice-at-a-time/

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Cineplex Entertainment has partnered with Autism Speaks Canada to present sensory friendly screenings of some films. The sound will be lower on these films and lights will not be turned down as far as for most movies.

To check for sensory friendly screenings, visit https://www.cineplex.com/Theatres/SensoryFriendly

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