Help Eme use a computer this summer

$2,215 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 45 months
Less than a year ago, you helped us raise $2000 to get Eme a state of the art SMART Brailler. At the time of our original campaign, the Brailler was the main tool Emerie used to learn to read and write in Braille Code - which is a series of raised dots Eme reads with her fingers. We had tried to get Eme's school to get her the SMART Brailler - a current learning device -  for over  3 years to no avail. It took your help to make it happen!

Now, we're back in need of more help  for Eme...and unfortunately, the amount needed is much higher. Eme needs high dollar assistive technology devices so she can simply use a computer at home. 

It it will likely come as a great surprise to everyone to know that Eme cannot do a simple Google search on a computer at home. Think about that for just 5 seconds. Forget about playing games...we just want her to be able to look up a single word on Google or in the dictionary on her own. She's will be going into 4th grade and she can't use a computer at home. 

We have asked for years & years for Eme to have access to the same assistive technology devices at home that she uses at school.  When school ends, Eme will not have access to the screen reading technology that reads what is on the computer screen, nor will she have an electronic Braille display to use with a computer which enables her to type/input words in her language - which is Braille.

Prince William County Public Schools will be taking her assistive technology equipment away at the end of the school year, and it will sit on a shelf over the summer.  We are tired of asking, and begging & pleading during IEP meetings as we are forced to build a case for why our #LittleBlindGirl needs year round access to assistive technology. It's a no brainer. SHE IS BLIND. 

Eme is 8 years old and is going blind from a very rare degenerative retinal condition called LCA (Lebers Congenital Amaurosis). LCA is genetic & is the most aggressive form of RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) that impacts infants & children. Eme was likely born blind, but her condition was not identified until she was 3 yrs old.

Both of her parents are sighted and her 4 siblings are sighted. Eme is the only person in their family that is blind and learning Braille. 

The most frustrating part of this is that there are laws in place that are supposed to help our special needs kids. And, we all assume that those laws work. But they're not working for Eme. No one on Eme's IEP team other than her parents will make the recommendation that a blind child needs assistive technology year round to have access to an education. We've asked many times. Our kids' education does not stop when school is out for the summer. Sighted kids have complete open access to billboards, labels on food & toys in Target & Walmart, TV shows, movies, and a gazillion books in the libraries. Our little blind girl has NONE of that access to literacy & concept development. And the county is going to take away her specialized assistive technology talking Braille tools that give her just a small precentage of the access our sighted kids have. It's ridiculous that I even have to launch this campaign.

Please know that we hate having to do this, but we can't get the school system to do what we know is right & just & completely within the letter of the law. So, we must find another way.

Please know that we thank you for your consideration & for reading this far! Please consider sharing this campaign to help us get the word out & maybe, just maybe, Eme will be able to do a Google search this summer without asking her sisters to do it for her & to read it to her. 
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Woop! Eme picked Blue for her SMART Brailler! Good news is that she'll have a SMART Brailler in her classroom! Thanks to each of you!! You made this happen!!!

Join us at www.EmesArmy.org or on Facebook @EmesArmy to watch her learn & grow with it!!
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I am speechless & SO grateful that each of you have made this happen! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This $2000 will get us one SMART Brailler for Eme - now to figure out how to get the second one so she can have one at home & one at school. (They're big & clunky like an old typewriter.) WOW! We can't thank you enough. If it were up to us, every blind kid would have this tool & in the US they would be provided by our tax dollars that support our public schools. We hate that we had to "figure out" how to get this blind educational tools ourselves. Again, thank you!
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Holy smokes! EmesArmy of supporters just grew by leaps & bounds!! One of our #littleblindgirl supporters shared something somewhere & our morning $1300 total just blasted to $1755 - whoever you are, wherever you are...THANK YOU! If you're facebookers, please like Eme's page at Fb.com/EmesArmy &/or follow her blind adventures on Instagram & Twitter @EmesArmy. #EmesArmyROCKS
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$1300 is our Thursday morning magic number! Please share Eme's story & SHARE her campaign on your pages & let's bring that Brailler home for Eme! We need $700 - ask everyone taking the "cold water challenge" to name Eme's Brailler campaign as their charity of choice! A cause with a visible tangible result - getting a blind kid a $2000 tool to help her learn to read & write. Thank you for your support of Eme.
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Sandy Mitchell
45 months ago

That is crazy that as big a county as Prince William and supposed to be so up to date that they would not provide this to a blind student. They obviously don't want her to advance like they do sighted children. I am really disapoinyed with this school. Their library doesn't even have a Braille book that she can check out to read like other children!

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$2,215 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 65 people in 45 months
Created May 29, 2014
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45 months ago
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45 months ago
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Ann-Marie Kinzler
45 months ago

I have a severely disabled child and I know the difficulties involved in obtaining the right equipment. Best of luck, Eme! Your future is bright!

SK
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Sarah Keitt
45 months ago

Shameful that PWC could not find the money to purchase this equipment.

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45 months ago
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45 months ago
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45 months ago
Sandy Mitchell
45 months ago

That is crazy that as big a county as Prince William and supposed to be so up to date that they would not provide this to a blind student. They obviously don't want her to advance like they do sighted children. I am really disapoinyed with this school. Their library doesn't even have a Braille book that she can check out to read like other children!

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