Six WAVE Country children receive assistive-technology gifts

Six WAVE Country children receive assistive-technology gifts
Buddy Bikes helps some children with cognitive challenges spend time with their families.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The families of six elementary school children who face special challenges received assistive-technology devices on Tuesday.

The devices were distributed through the Spalding enTECH Lending Library, through the support of a grant from Kosair Charities.

The assistive-technology gifts being distributed provide therapeutic, educational and sensory benefits and may help with communication and speech. They include a Buddy Bike, in which child can ride a bicycle along with a parent.

A Buddy Bike was presented to the Banover family.
A Buddy Bike was presented to the Banover family. (WAVE 3 News)

For Heather Banover’s child, getting a buddy bike is a way to enjoy life and spend time with his family.

“It was around $2,100 when I priced the bike and so insurance doesn’t cover things like that because it’s not durable medical equipment," Banover said. "And so I knew that, as far as our family of five, we could not afford that without the blessings of Kosair Charities.”

Other gifts presented included Apple iPads, which have a range of apps designed for children with special needs; and a Tobii Dynavox Eye Gazedevice, which uses eye tracking technology to help generate speech.

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