Our Campaign Story

ends 31 Dec 2021, 11:59 PM

Ian (not his real name) is a Primary 5 student enrolled in Canossaville Student Care. He was born with profound hearing loss in both ears, and received cochlear implants before his first birthday.

Despite having the implants from a young age, Ian struggled greatly in communicating with others. He did not have any speech ability at seven years old, and resorted to drawing in an attempt to communicate with his mother.

In Canossaville, Ian receives speech therapy from the Canossian Child Development Unit. Our speech therapist recommended him to use an Augmented and Alternative Communication (AAC) device in the form of an iPad and Proloquo2Go, a communication app. The AAC enables Ian to communicate with others by selecting and typing out words and phrases on the device.

Ian has made much progress in the past year. Through speech therapy sessions, he has become proficient in the use of the AAC and is now learning to speak and communicate. Today he is a very bubbly and cheerful boy, always seen chatting happily with his friends.

By donating to the Canossaville Digital Fund, you will be directly impacting children like Ian to find their voice through the use of technology in their daily lives.

Thanks to the support of Tote Board's enhanced fund-raising programme, your donation to this fund will also be matched with an additional 40%. Partner us today in granting the gift of communication to children with hearing loss!

About Campaign

Technology plays a huge part in empowering our children with severe to profound hearing loss.

Children with hearing loss need more intense and intentional literacy instruction from the early years and throughout their development pathways for literacy acquisition.

Through iPad applications such as Proloquo2Go, our students who have difficulties with speech can finally find a voice to easily and more confidently communicate with others, especially with their families.

Other digital devices such as interactive smartboards allow our teachers to engage students especially those with hearing loss and other learning difficulties, more effectively and efficiently during lessons. It creates opportunities for students to practice collaboration and fosters closer interaction with the lesson materials. Multimedia content are also especially effective at keeping students engaged during class.

In response to our recurring needs in this area, the Canossaville Digital Fund is designated towards the purchase of digital equipment such as interactive smartboards and iPads, and their accompanying accessories and applications. Specific for our children with hearing loss, the fund will also be used for audio and equipment needs that support assessment and intervention.

Thanks to the support of Tote Board's enhanced fund-raising programme, all donations to this fund, will be matched with an additional 40%!

Grant our children the gift of communication today!

About The Charity

Canossaville Children and Community Services (Canossaville) runs Canossaville Preschool, Canossaville Student Care and Canossian Child Development Unit in the Aljunied-MacPherson area.

Our programmes cater to both mainstream students, as well as those with hearing loss, giving priority to the poorest living in the lower income neighbourhoods. We are open to all faiths and races and every child is empowered to develop their God-given talents to the fullest.

Founded by the Canossian Sisters in 1941, Canossaville operates under the guidance of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. We are licensed by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). Canossaville is also an approved Institution of a Public Character (IPC) and is authorised to receive tax-deductible donations.

SUPPORTED CAUSES
Children & Youth
Disability
Education
Social Service