Hope For Brady BLOG!!

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ORIGINAL project began March of 2011
Hope For Brady began as a project that was started by me to help my autistic son Brady, who was 4 at the time and non verbal, obtain speech therapy equipment that is not covered by his medical insurance. With the generosity of my design friends, It turned into a HUGE multi designer collaboration Blog Train towards this effort!! Below are some of the the previews for the designers who participated in this event this! At the end of the event the MEGA collab had earned enough money to get Brady his iPad and his communication program Proloquo2go which he sill uses today!
 The blog trains purpose in future years was to raise autism awareness and hopefully a few of the people who collected our goodies would purchase the MEGA kit at the end of the train.  This HUGE MEGA kit was created the first year we started the train. Each designers creations and blog addresses are noted in the Thank You Document that comes with the kit.
FYI to non digi scrappers...there are tutorials included in the "Hope For Brady" Mega Kit to help you LEARN to digi scrap! So what could be a more perfect time to start digi scrappin', and help a good cause in the process?!? 
Here my kit!

If you would like to get my kit, just CLICK HERE and all of my coordinating goodies can be found HERE


This is my son Brady at about 18 months old if you would like more info on Brady, you can visit his care page. Be sure to read the very first entry...it tells about the day of our diagnosis.
Brady has a very busy therapy schedule so unfortunately I have not updated his care page as often as I should, but it will give you some insight into a family who loves a special little guy who just happens to have Autism.
This is one of my FAVORITE pictures of Brady...it captures his loving little personality!
CLICK HERE to visit Brady's care page.

"Hope For Brady"
On March 8th I had a meeting with my son, Brady's development team. Those of you who know me, know that Brady was diagnosed at 2 and 1/2 years old with Autism. Brady is almost 4 now and still is unable to speak. At this meeting one of his therapists suggested getting Brady an i pad. She said there are MANY MANY apps out there designed specifically for kids with autism, to help them overcome their disabilities. One of the apps suggested would help Brady speak, as long as he can not. The app is very similar to a Dyna Vox but rather then costing $4-5000 like the Dyna Vox...the apps for speech are around $150-200. AND the i pad would serve multiple purposes rather then just communication. There are apps out there that will help exercise his little brain and hopefully get him caught up to his peers by the time he is ready for mainstream schooling. So I decided I was going to make a kit, an autism awareness kit for Brady...to help him get these tools. I mentioned my plans to a couple of my friends and BOOM!!! This little idea of mine has blossomed into something COMPLETELY AMAZING!!

From blog post on June 3rd, 2011...

Well guys...we did it!! We got Brady his iPad! Thanks to everyone who contributed to the design of the kit, and to all who purchased either the Hope For Brady MEGA kit or the BIG Bundle...we raised almost enough money to fully fund Brady's iPad! We are still working on earning the funds for the speech program, so if you would like to have a GREAT kit with tons of goodies, most elements and papers are not autism specific, but rather just in the colors red, yellow royal blue and light blue, so the kit would be a great buy for EVERYONE! You can get the MEGA kit if you CLICK HERE! 

This is Brady with my aunt, he is doing this neat little puzzle app we picked up for free. I was amazed when he started doing it, that he COULD do the puzzles! AND how quickly he can solve each puzzle! He has REALLY taken to the iPad. There are quite a few more learning apps we have put on the iPad, and Brady's speech therapist is working with us to customize some of the speech apps and pictures to make communication easier for Brady. He is making more consonant sounds, and his therapist is very encouraged by this and feels that even though at this time he has the verbal skills of a 12 month old...that with the basic sounds he is making and with the help of the iPad...she thinks he will be able to speak! 

Welcome To Holland
Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability - to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel.  It's like this......

When you're going to have a baby, it's like planning a fabulous vacation trip - to Italy.  You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum.  The Michelangelo David.  The gondolas in Venice.  You may learn some handy phrases in Italian.  It's all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives.  You pack your bags and off you go.  Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, "Welcome to Holland."

"Holland?!?" you say. "What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy!  I'm supposed to be in Italy.  All my life I've dreamed of going to Italy."

But there's been a change in the flight plan.  They've landed in Holland and there you must stay.

The important thing is that they haven't taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease.  It's just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language.  And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place.  It's slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy.  But after you've been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around.... and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills....and Holland has tulips.  Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy... and they're all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there.  And for the rest of your life, you will say "Yes, that's where I was supposed to go. That's what I had planned."

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever  go away... because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.

But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.

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©1987 by Emily Perl Kingsley. All rights reserved.  

Here is a list of all of the WONDERFUL and generous people who donated their time and talent for this Autism collab kit.
Below the list are the previews of their contributions!
Michelle of http://4mybabiesscraps.blogspot.com/
Amanda of http://amandacreation.blogspot.com/
Katie of http://justsoscrappy.blogspot.com/
Lynn of http://scrappersemporium.blogspot.com/
Kelly of http://craftytwinmommy.blogspot.com/

Mega Bundle Includes:
4 My Babies Scraps: 276 Elements, 54 Papers
Just So Scrappy & Crazy 4 Monograms: 129 Elements, 34 Papers, 6 Alphas
A-manda Creation: 107 Elements, 31 Papers, 2 Alphas
Delicious Scraps: 18 Elements, 4 Papers
Brenian Designs: 22 Elements, 8 Papers, 1 Alpha
Cinnamon Scraps: 26 Elements, 5 Papers
Scrappers Emporium: 5 Elements, 2 Papers
Snappy Scrappy: 9 Elements, 1 Alpha
Julie's Creations: 8 Papers, 1 Corel Paint Shop Pro Tutorial
Precious Pixels: 4 Papers, 12 Word Art Files, 1 Tag,  1 Adobe Photo Shop Elements Tutorial
A Grieving Mommy: 57 Elements, 12 Papers
Crafty Scraps: 30 Elements, 12 Papers
Best Kept Memories: 11 Elements, 4 Papers
DigitALE: 10 Elements, 5 Papers
Designz By DeDe: 9 Elements, 9 Papers
DigiTreats: 26 Papers, 1 Alpha
Linda on my CT: 59 Elements, 39 Papers
Jabi's Scraps: 32 Elements, 16 Papers
Life with Shal: 26 Elements, 14 Papers
Zabra Scraps: 18 Elements, 5 Papers

33 brag book pages
 34 quick pages
 4 cluster frames
and an alphabet flash card set of 26. 

My add on Kit! 

Quick Pages Included in the kit.

 An Alphabet flash card set with sign language prompts!

From Linda on my CT

Here are some layouts of Brady done by my scrapping friends with the "Hope For Brady" kit!
You will get a QP version of MOST of these layouts IF you buy the Mega Bundle of 
"Hope For Brady"
To see a larger view of ANY of these layouts, just click on it! Then click on your back button to return to this list!