UPDATE: *Nolan is fully sponsored!!!!! Yay! So surprised and ecstatic 🙂
Update 2017: Though he is sighted, *Nolan is attending Anjali School for the Blind (read more here on my blog and here on their official webpage) in his foster home, Courage Home Purple, with co-foster mothers Nikki and Merissa alongside some teachers from the local community.
At school, he practices using his communication device, an iPad using the app Proloquo2Go, which can be programmed with ‘speech’ where he can build sentences and an output device reads the sentences, so he can communicate more easily with the world around him. *Nolan knows ASL, but his cerebral palsy affects his hands. Using the augmentative communication device, he can communicate more clearly and interact with more people on a daily basis. He also learns academics at his personal educational level at school.
He receives regular physical therapy on-site and can walk using custom orthotics, though he quickly and consistently outgrows them. *Nolan prefers to scoot on his knees or crawl rather than walk, because it lets him get where he wants to go faster than walking. This also protects his ankles, as without AFOs (custom orthotics), his ankles can be damaged by walking. He is thriving and enjoys being the eldest brother in Courage Purple, where he lives with his two co-foster moms (and one of their adopted daughters) and 12 foster siblings.
Original Post June 2014
I’m writing this post on behalf of Nikki, who is the co-foster mom of 12 kids with varying special needs, alongside her co-foster Merissa in Courage Home Purple at Sarah’s Covenant Homes (SCH). *Nolan is a very special guy who was born with cerebral palsy, is D/deaf, and has a cochlear implant (in India, it is difficult to communicate through sign since it is not prominent – the CI helps him function in his environment, where children with disabilities have to work very hard to be accepted [I have another post that addresses this cultural issue]). He’s a very bright boy who loves to learn and is attending school for the first time in his life.
Now that *Nolan’s been accepted to a school (the 6th school they’ve attempted), his tuition needs to be paid. SCH depends on the goodness of others, and is run entirely on donations. *Nolan needs a school sponsor(s) that can pledge $100, $50, or $25 per month. They’ve stepped out in faith that the funds will come in so that *Nolan can continue to attend a school where he is loved and valued just as he is – cochlear implant, CP, and all.
Below is a Facebook post written by Nikki.
*Nolan is sleeping beside me, and after I post this status I am going to wake him up and get him ready for his third day of school. He fell asleep last night squealing with excitement because he saw me lay out his uniform and he knows that means that today is a school day.
I am getting calls from the school asking when I am going to pay his tuition. I have promised them I will pay by Monday. SCH has a TON of expenses right now with school starting and so many new children going to school. Schools in Hyderabad [India] are not cheap. We NEED help to send this boy to school. It is our most urgent need right now. I know I have been posting about it a lot lately, but I need to reach out for help as there are so many expenses right now and we simply can’t afford it.
If you are able to sponsor him monthly, please let me know. We need either 1 sponsor at $100/month (full), 2 sponsors at $50/month (half), or 4 sponsors at $25/month (quarter). If you are unable to help, could you do me a favour and share this on your [web/blog/facebook/etc.] page?
*Nolan’s story is an amazing one. It seems that so many things in his life require us jumping over a hurdle to get there. God always provides. With his cochlear implant, we had to face a doctor refusing to work with him because he is “mentally retarded”. With school, we visited 5 schools who all said there is no way he can go to his school – he drools, he will “disturb the other children”, the parents will complain. We finally went to school #6, which is the school who has been so welcoming to him and has an inclusion policy. God provided the school and I know He will put my baby on the hearts of a few people and provide the funding through them.