Crusade donations provide assistive devices for special needs children

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by WHAS11 editors

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Posted on May 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Updated Thursday, May 30 at 2:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The more doctors understand about our genetic makeup, the more they can intervene when things go wrong, but for one Kentuckiana girl, Elsie Wright, more research is needed to understand Angelman syndrome.

Until that breakthrough comes, Elsie is getting help thanks to the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Therapist Alison Amshoff  said she and Elsie take some time warm up with structured play before they tackle the task of using Elsie’s computer assisted communication program.  The goal is to give Elsie a way to make her needs known.

Computer assistive devices like Elsie’s, as well as scholarships, are being financed in part by grants from the Crusade. It's all part of Spalding University's ongoing effort to make sure that youngsters like Elsie get the assistance they need when they need it.

Elsie and her family said they're very excited about a new treatment being developed for Angelman syndrome -- a compound that could reverse its affects.


The 60th Annual WHAS Crusade for Children is June 1 and 2. One hundred percent of the proceeds benefit children across Kentuckiana like Elsie.

To download the Crusade for Children app click here for iPhone or here for Android.

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