Reaching Out

Find out how your kindness has helped bring structure, routine, excitement and learning to children amid a challenging 18 months.

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Find out how your kindness has helped bring structure, routine, excitement and learning to children amid a challenging 18 months.

In the latest Reaching Out you can read how your wonderful support has helped children with complex disabilities like Ernie, Arlo and Olivia during lockdown.

How you helped keep Ernie smiling through lockdown

Ernie has Down’s syndrome and faces many challenges. He recently had an operation which improved his hearing, but his vision has deteriorated further in recent years. Being lively and active boys, Ernie and his twin brother Ted found lockdown tough, but your support of our virtual activity sessions helped keep them smiling, as well as learning and developing through play.

Find out more about how you’re helping Ernie and Ted in Reaching Out.

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You helped open up Olivia’s world

Thanks to your support, 11-year-old Olivia’s confidence has soared during the pandemic. Olivia has a rare genetic condition which causes low muscle tone and energy, as well as some learning and communication difficulties. She loves going to her nearest Sense Centre, and she also loves taking part in activities via Zoom, particularly our virtual disco.

What Olivia has been up to? Find out in Reaching Out.

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Arlo’s learning fast – thanks to you

Arlo is four and loves numbers. Thanks to your support he's been having virtual one-to-one sessions with Diane, his Specialist Support Worker, every week.

At the beginning of lockdown he was counting from one to ten, but can now count to 100, and can even count backwards.

Read Reaching Out to discover more about what Arlo's been enjoying.

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We hope you enjoy reading your latest issue of Reaching Out. We couldn’t have done any of this without the wonderful support of people like you – thank you again for showing you’re a true friend to children who are deafblind and their families.

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