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$ 269
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An iPad mount for her wheelchair so that Mealani can express herself.

Posted Nov 3, 2017
Mealani has been using iPad minis during her speech therapy sessions. She is able to navigate 4-6 cells on the iPad mini using TouchChat 90% of the time to communicate what toy she would like to play with. She has recently used the iPad to express feelings and was able to say she was happy. She has been a quick learner using TouchChat for communication and with it, she will be able to communicate her wants and needs with staff members.

Learn More About Mealani

Mealani is 6 years old and lives in Mountainside, NJ

Mealani is a stunning girl whose winning personality and expressive eyes captivate everybody she meets. A lover of toys and cartoons, she can frequently be found playing with her Barbie dolls or stuffed animals. Mealani is an active and motivated student who loves school and interactive teaching toys. A quick learner, she is learning to use sign language to communicate and is asserting her independence by propelling herself in her wheelchair without assistance. Mealani has been in the foster care system since 2013. She has resided in a long term specialized care facility since her initial placement, but she would thrive in a home setting. Mealani is diagnosed with respiratory disease and a swallowing delay. She requires a feeding and breathing tube, but she is making great progress with regard to breathing on her own and staff is hopeful that she will eventually no longer need the breathing tube. She is also learning to communicate through an iPad application. Through the iPad, Mealani is able to express her feelings and needs. While Mealani is a very inquisitive child, her unfortunate lack of being able to speak makes it difficult to know what she wants to do or how she is feeling. Mealani is able to use an iPad at school, but cannot bring the school's iPad out of the classroom and therefore, has a difficult time conveying her wishes to staff without it. Having her own iPad would transform Mealani's ability to express herself.

The Wish Story

Aug 15, 2017

NJ Division of Child Protection & Permanency requests this wish for Mealani.

Nov 3, 2017

One Simple Wish posts the wish to the website.

Nov 3, 2017

*OSW Crowdrise grants the wish for Mealani! Thanks *OSW Crowdrise.

Nov 7, 2017

One Simple Wish sends the gift to the NJ Division of Child Protection & Permanency for Mealani.

Jan 29, 2018

NJ Division of Child Protection & Permanency receives the wish!

Jan 29, 2018

Mealani receives the gift from NJ Division of Child Protection & Permanency!

Thank you so much for granting Mealani's wish! She absolutely loves the iPad and has been making great progress in her communication, much to everyone's delight. We can't thank you enough!

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