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The Children's Ability Fund provides funding for specialized equipment to enhance the independence of children with disabilities ... throughout central and northern Alberta.


For more client stories and information about our programs, please visit our website at www.childrensabilityfund.ca.

 
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Keyaan is a 5 year old boy who has a diagnosis of Dravet syndrome. He is a bright and happy boy who lives with his mother but experiences multiple seizures as part of this syndrome.

His new stroller relieves some of the daily challenges around mobility experienced by Keyaan and his mother. This stroller will be used extensively to go on community outings and used on a daily basis to take him back and forth to school…allowing Keyaan to conserve his energy for learning at school and playtime at recess with his peers. 

The stroller is light weight and folds easily making it easy for Mom to handle.  It also provides a safe place to administer post seizure care if needed. When Keyaan experiences seizures that renter him unconscious, the stroller allows safe transportation home in this unconscious state. 

Keyaan's mom writes…I really appreciate this stroller more than you may know. He has had many seizures while we were out and I needed to care for him in the stroller with rescue meds. My nurse also really appreciates it. 

                                                                                              ... Keeyan's Mom 


 
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In the past 2 years Noel has sadly slowly out grown our old stroller that we invested in once we knew Noel had long-term mobility issues. This was our go to equipment for long outings like shopping, going to the Zoo and Emergency room visits.
After a lot of debate, we decided on a new model and we were blessed when The Children’s Ability Fund and The Cerebral Palsy Association of Alberta funded the stroller. 

The stroller wasn’t even an hour old before I put it to the test. The best thing is Noel didn’t want to get out of it when it was time to leave! That same night we got to do something as a family that we avoid doing…Going for a family walk. Her wheelchair is great but has issues with things like curbs and her other equipment she has out grown so much that it’s dangerous trying to go over a curb.

Noel loved the stroller so much that she spent a good portion of Saturday sitting in it and watching cartoons. The only thing that got her out of it was when her respite worker came to play!

The stroller doesn’t just enrich Noel’s life but the whole families. Since we picked it up our life has been brighter. Thank-you to The Children’s Ability Fund for making this dream come true!

                                                                                                ... Noel's Family


 
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Jessie has a diagnosis of Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome is a rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder that affects the way the brain develops, causing a progressive inability to use muscles for eye and body movements and speech. It occurs almost exclusively in girls. Jessie is not able to stand or walk independently and is not able to transfer herself from her wheelchair to a car seat. It was becoming very difficult for her parents to lift her into the vehicle.

The Children’s Ability Fund was able to contribute $10,000 toward the cost of this power seat lifter for Jessie and her family.

“We are able to travel more places because the transfer in and out of the vehicle is now painless and much easier than having to use physical strength. Thank you very, very much! We are very, very happy!”

                                                                                                 ... Jessie’s mom  


 
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Edie's Family... We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Children's Ability Fund together with its staff, donors and supporters. Through the grant that was given by Children's Ability Fund (and with the help of other charities), we were able to purchase an accessible van for our daughter, Edie.

Edie is a sweet little girl and she's getting bigger. Her condition affects her mobility so having an accessible van greatly helped our family in terms of transportation. It saves our backs from injury and pain from frequent lifting. 

Edie loves to go to different places and we would love her to actively participate in the community which provides a sense of independence and belongingness. It's the second time that Children's Ability Fund helped us. The first time was providing the specialized stroller that she's using right now which gives her a good trunk and head support. The specialized stroller can also be used in the accessible van because it has tie downs.

Again, Thank you so much Children's Ability Fund for making this possible!