GRANTS for GOOD

From iPads to trampolines, grants of up to $5,000 from Morris Children's Fund Inc's Grants for Good program are helping to enhance the development and wellbeing of children with severe physical and multiple disabilities, and improve the quality of life for them and their families.

It is estimated that the cost of raising a child with a disability is three times higher than for other children. Our Grants for Good program recognises the ļ¬nancial difficulties faced by families with a child with a disability. The grants meet a need identified by the family, the cost of which is not met by NDIS or other government funding, and contribute to enabling the children and young people we support to live the life they want to live.

Since 2016 the Fund has made available $350,000 under this program. In 2020 all of families who received a grant reported that it made a considerable or major difference to their child’s well-being, and provided a considerable or major benefit to the family.

Here is how Grants for Good has helped some children and their families.

With computers now being widely used by people with disabilities, requests for laptops and iPads are on the increase among our Grants for Good recipients. Computers are just as much a part of the lives of children and young people with disabilities as they are for others. For children and young people whose disability means they are non-verbal this technology offers a way to communicate, and for young people hoping to find employment opportunities they are simply essential.

Samuel

Samuel uses his iPad to communicate with his mother, his teachers and staff at respite. Samuel is non-verbal, but through gestures, and pointing at photos on the iPad he is able to let people know what he wants. Samuel uses his iPad to communicate with his mother, his teachers and staff at respite. Samuel is non-verbal, but through gestures, and pointing at photos on the iPad he is able to let people know what he wants. Samuel also loves music so of course his iPad is loaded with his favourite songs. Samuel likes to sit and play on his iPad and listen to music, which his Mum says it makes him very happy. Samuel and his iPad are inseparable.

Mathew

In 2019, Matthew’s Grant for Good paid for an iPad. Matthew used the iPad to access the communication app he used at school, home and in the community. Matthew is now 16 and has gone from strength to strength with his computer skills and digital technology. This will very helpful in a few years’ time when Matthew hopes to find a work placement. In 2021 Matthew’s grant was used to purchase a computer of his own so no longer has to share with other family members. Matthew’s Mum says without the grant the family would have struggled to buy the computer for Matthew.

Sabastian

Sebastian’s grant was used to purchase outdoor play equipment including a swing and monkey bars which is bringing both leisure and therapeutic benefits. Sebastian can now play outdoors with his siblings which makes him more included in the family. At the same time the equipment is supporting his home exercise program and helping him achieve his therapy goals.

Fynn

Fynn’s grant bought a trampoline that not only helps with his balance and coordination, but is also a very worthy reward after he has worked hard at speech therapy. And, it's his own 'spare room' where he can lay down and look up at the sky!! Fynn's Mum says it's a joy to watch him on the trampoline, and especially to see him and his sister spending time on it together.

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