Bubbly 8 year old Jade and her little brother Boyd, 6 are making the most of what the world has to offer them, even though neither can walk.
When we first met them in May 2012, these pocket dynamos from Cockatoo in Victoria were both born with intellectual disabilities and global developmental delays resulting in a number of challenges for them both. And while Boyd could manage to get around by crawling, Jade relied on her wheelchair.
A single parent household, the family of 5 lived in their own home which had been modified where possible to meet the needs of the children. However with Jade and Boyd getting bigger (and heavier), and the only access to and from their elevated home being via stairs, it had become imperative to have a ramp constructed for them to negotiate their way between the house, the yard and the car. With the children attending the nearby Mt Evelyn Special Development School, and modifications having already been made to the property, moving from their current home was not a viable option.
We were thrilled that this great little community of ours was able to raise $990 gap funding for the construction of the ramp.