“Provide a voice to those living with autism so that they may engage within a community rich in awareness, understanding, and acceptance.”
The mission of Jasmynn's Voice is to give iPads as an AAC (Alternative Augmentative Communication) device to those who have autism and struggle with language deficits/delays.
It is our belief that the iPad can be one of the many keys to unlocking silence for those with autism. Through educational apps, and apps designed specifically to “speak” for nonverbal kids/adults on the spectrum, there can be improvements in behavioral struggles, anxiety and frustration; all of these, accompany an inability to be understood by the “speaking, neurotypical” world.
Jasmynn was diagnosed with autism at age 3. By age 4 she had her 1st device, an iPod touch, that was loaded with the communication app Proloquo2Go. That was the beginning of our family discovering there was a lot more locked inside of our nonverbal daughter than anyone had imagined.
Jasmynn flourished with the device, quickly mastering hundreds of apps and moving on to the iPad when it came onto the market. The iPad opened avenues for Jazz which we wanted to invite others, who struggled with language like her, to join along on our journey. Hence, Jasmynn’s Voice came to exist.
Since beginning in 2012, we have given several hundred individuals the same opportunity to “find their voice” via the iPad. Through Jasmynn we are finding there is hope that our friends with autism are discovering how to unlock those silent words when given the tools and guidance to do so.
*NOTE: At this time Jasmynn's Voice is granting iPads in Southern Michigan only, specifically the counties of Branch, Calhoun, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne.