Donate today to help us provide vital sensory equipment to people like Ryan.
House with No Steps receives no direct government funding for sensory equipment and therapy in our Community Support program. Can you help us fill the gap by donating a gift today?
Your donation will help us provide vital sensory equipment, including individual Sensory Boxes for people like Ryan – who could lose what abilities they have without them.
23-year-old Ryan has not had the easiest of lives. Born ten weeks early, he developed severe cerebral palsy after his brain was starved of oxygen.
As a result, Ryan has quadriplegia, limited eyesight and an intellectual disability. He can’t walk, he can barely move his hands, and he has to cope with painfully stiff muscles.
Fortunately, none of these challenges have so far diminished Ryan’s enjoyment of life. In fact, with the expert support of House with No Steps’ community participation program team, Ryan’s one of the happiest people you could meet.
He’s able to join in with daily trips, help prepare meals and socialise with his friends. He enjoys computer games, plays musical instruments and has great fun using the hose to water both the garden and his mates.
Our community choice program has helped give Ryan a purpose in life. Which is why we are so concerned about the risk of Ryan losing his ability to take part.
Despite his severe disabilities, Ryan is able to join in with almost every activity right now. Best of all, he recently acquired an electric wheelchair, and so for the first time in his life he’s able to get around without depending on others.
Ryan’s loving his new-found freedom. But his carers are very concerned that it could all be lost without specialised equipment to stimulate his senses and fine motor skills.
A Sensory Box is a personalised container, filled with tools and technology designed to stimulate vision and encourage the use of fine motor skills.
These items can be as simple as a set of coloured lights, or as complex as an interactive projector. But what they all have in common is that currently we have no budget to pay for them.
That’s why we need your help today
. In total, we’re trying to raise $104,000 to plug the gap in our funding, furnish our carers with sensory equipment and provide people we support like Ryan with their own Sensory Boxes.
Without access to such tools, the worse case scenario is that Ryan’s abilities could decline to the point where he might lose the ability to control his wheelchair and miss out on some of his favourite activities – which would be a devastating blow for him.
Hopefully, it will never come to that. And your donation today to help us purchase sensory equipment and fill Sensory Boxes will help make sure it doesn’t.
Thanks so much for your help.