BUT, I had to share some exciting news.
We recently put in our FAF funding application. This is a $2000 grant (maximum) available every financial year for families who have children with a disability. I don't know if it is just a NSW thing, but if you don't get this funding already, here is the link to their factsheet. Go get the funding!!!
Anyway, in previous years I have applied for useful but 'boring' items - for example we used the funding to purchase our twin Mountain Buggy pram - very useful, but not really fun.
I'm getting smarter at this funding caper as the years go on.
This year we applied to get an iMAC and some intellikeys.
I don't know if it is because the financial year is ending, but the application was approved in less than 2 weeks.
We love new toys. Especially technological ones.
We are getting the basic intellikeys package, along with overlay maker which allows you to customize many more 'keys'. (I will of course write a review once we've tried it out). It is basically a customizable keyboard for people who aren't able to use a regular one. We will start with using only 2 or 3 large 'keys' for Ashlea to practise pressing, and then see if we can build up from there. The long term goal being for her to be able to use some sort of a computer to assist with her schooling as we are not sure yet if she will be able to learn to write.
The timing is perfect, because at the moment Ashlea is obsessed with letters. Whenever she sees writing she says 'letters', and then will start naming random letters. At this stage she can't actually read or recognise any letters, but I am hoping this interest in letters (and singing the alphabet song) is a good sign for future literacy.
Don't you love it when funding just 'works'? And the best part is that in a few weeks it will be July and I can start thinking about what to apply for next. Any ideas???