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iPad lost that helps nonverbal child talk

CHICAGO — A Chicago household is determined to discover a lost pill.

This isn’t any abnormal pill although. It’s an iPad with a particular program on it that permits their nonverbal child, an 8-year-old boy named Ethan, to speak with them.

Ethan utilizing the personalized iPad that helps him communicate.

The household was celebrating Ethan’s eighth birthday Monday when tragedy struck and the iPad went lacking. In their quest to search out the lacking pill, the household has searched the park, put up indicators and posted to social media, however nonetheless have but to uncover its location.

“They’re always living in their routine and when it changes, their whole world collapses, and that’s what’s happening,” mentioned Noemi Lopez, Ethan’s aunt. “He’s always smiling, he’s always laughing, but since the loss of his tablet, he’s just sad and crying and cranky.”

Diagnosed with autism as a toddler, Ethan was gifted the personalized iPad by Chicago Public Schools when he first began education. The household mentioned this system on it learns and adapts to Ethan as he will get older, so that it may possibly extra successfully talk for him, which makes it rather a lot tougher to interchange than every other given iPad.

“So, it’s basically growing with him as it goes and now at 8 years old, if we don’t get that one tablet back, it’s [like] we’re starting from zero,” Lopez mentioned.

The iPad is described as being in a tough, black rubber case with a black strap. If you or somebody has details about the place the iPad could also be, the household might be contacted via a GoFundMe page.

If it’s not recovered, those that have an interest could make a donation towards getting a alternative on the identical web page.

“They don’t understand that this is his voice, this is his life. Without it, he cannot communicate,” Lopez mentioned. “And people take it as, ‘just buy him another tablet,’ it’s not the tablet, it’s the program that it’s running on, and the information it has had for so many years, it’s his whole life.”

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