Recipient Spotlight: Charlotte

Four-year-old Charlotte used a speech-generating device to communicate for two years. Due to decreased fine motor skills resulting from cerebral palsy, the device became a source of extreme frustration. It now took Charlotte almost a full minute to locate and touch the screen on her device just to complete a single word. Charlotte needed a new way to a communicate.

A visual tracking system would not only help, but could significantly expand Charlotte’s vocabulary. Once limited to just 8 words, she would have access to 45. However, this device was expensive, even with insurance covering a portion of the bill. Fortunately, Charlotte’s speech therapist reached out to the Orange Effect Foundation who awarded $4,232 for a Nu Eye Tracking System. Using this device, Charlotte is able to communicate even better than before and with more than one person at a time. Charlotte’s world has become limitless.



A native of Cleveland, Maureen graduated from Cornell University and the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs. She is a former congressional liaison with a background in nonprofit communications. Maureen believes strongly in the mission of the Orange Effect Foundation as she has a nephew with autism and a daughter who benefited significantly from speech therapy.

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