Telford Musician Uses His Performances to Collect Toys for Children with Autism
A musician from Bucks County is using his talents to collect toys for children with learning disabilities. Kelly Rule wrote about the musicians’s efforts for FOX 29 Philadelphia.
Irish musician Ray Coleman lives in Telford with his wife Jaclyn and their daughter Céilí, who was diagnosed with autism when she was two. While she is currently non-verbal, early intervention is teaching her other ways in which she can voice her wants and needs.
She started with pictures and is now using an AAC device that looks like an iPad. The apps allow the five-year-old to communicate about almost anything.
For her parents, the device is a game changer, but they know it is not readily available – and it is expensive.
This gave Coleman an idea. He decided to pitch a fundraiser for Autism Awareness Month at one of the spots where he usually performs his Irish music.
“I was only going to do one night and now there’s a whole month of stuff, people are calling me, donating money, they’re doing little fundraisers themselves,” he said.
So far, Team Céilí has managed to raise nearly $10,000 through an online fundraiser with the Eagles Autism Challenge.
Read more about Ray Coleman at FOX 29 Philadelphia.
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