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Schuyler's Australian Adventure

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Schuyler Hudson is a remarkable young woman with a brain malformation that changes how she experiences the world but does not stop her from living a rewarding and meaningful life. Since the age of five, Schuyler has used assistive speech technology to help her communicate with and experience the world around her. Now eighteen, Schuyler is preparing to graduate from high school and begin her adult life, using AAC technology to help her find her own way even with her profound differences.

This summer, Schuyler has the opportunity to participate in a leadership workshop with a small group of fellow AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) users. The Dare to LEAD Workshop  will take place during the 2018 International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC) Conference  on the Gold Coast, Australia on July 26, 2018. Schuyler and the other eight selected participants will develop a plan for turning their proposed visions into future realities, initiating their journey to become leaders locally, nationally or internationally at ISAAC.

Please help Schuyler raise the funds to attend this unique and potentially life-changing opportunity with her AAC-using peers, as well as the leading professionals in the field of augmentative and alternative communication.

(NOTE: Schuyler cannot travel alone due to her disability, so we are raising funds for her plus one parent.)



Schuyler says:

Hello, my name is Schuyler Hudson, I’m eighteen years old. I would like to come to Australia and learn about how to lead and help people that are different like me. My little monster is called polymicrogyria, or P M G. It make it hard to talk, and sometimes it make it hard to understand things. It makes me different from everyone else. I want to be different, but I want to pick how I’m different.

I call my PMG a little monster because it is super small in my brain and it makes me a little hard to talk and remember something from a long time ago. I don’t think my monster is bad because he he is a part of me. I don’t think he’s a real monster but it fun to think of a little monster in my brain.

Because I want to travel and help, learn at Australia and I can be comfortable using my iPad to talk, that other kids can be comfortable using their iPad, I can teach them how use to talk to other people with their devices, I can meet new people who become my friends who have different kinds of monsters.

I hope you will let me come to Australia, and learn how to help people like me, and also help people in the whole world give people like me get a chance.
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We would like to thank our friends at Wristspect Sports Wristbands for their generous donation to Schuyler’s Australia fund. If you see Schuyler at the ISAAC Conference, ask to see her wristbands. They’re super stylish, and perfect for people with disabilities who have facial paralysis or muscle tone issues. They were game changers for Schuyler.
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Schuyler and I would like to thank everyone who generously donated to help Schuyler get to this workshop. A couple of wildly generous people have changed the game tonight, and because of that, and because of everyone else who stepped up to help us, Schuyler is going to have the experience of a lifetime. We love you all so much.
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Thanks to everyone who has continued to contribute to Schuyler’s Australia trip fund. It really means the world to us that so many people care so much about her development and her future.

We wanted to be transparent about one thing. We’ve been doing the numbers, especially plane fare, and so we’re going to increase our goal to $6,000. Not trying to pull some kind of bait and switch, just trying to make sure we’ve got things covered.

We’re hoping to purchase plane tickets soon. Thanks again for all your help!
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Schuyler and I want to take a moment to express our gratitude to PRC for their extremely generous contribution to help get us to the ISAAC Conference in Australia. It has been our privilege to be a part of the PRC community of users and professionals. We’re looking forward to seeing you all in July!
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