The provision of Assistive Technology and Augmentative Assistive Communication devices to children and young people who are visually impaired, on the autism spectrum and non-verbal, and those with complex communication needs.
The Malta Trust Foundation’s E cubed project aims to empower, encourage, and educate children and young people up to the age of 35, who are visually impaired and those on the autism spectrum and with complex communication needs, through the provision of Assistive Technology (AT) /Augmentative Assistive Communication (AAC) devices.
Assistive Technology, which may be used at home and at school, helps individuals who are visually impaired to increase their access to the general curriculum, enabling students to read books and handouts, access diagrams and maps, as well as stimulate and strengthen a youngster’s vision where necessary.
The process of referrals for visually impaired beneficiaries by the Department of Education and the assessment and prescriptions for our beneficiaries who are on the autism spectrum and non-verbal and those with complex communication needs by the relevant professionals from the Access to Communication Technology Unit (ACTU) within Agenzija Sapport is ongoing. Through this collaboration The Malta Trust Foundation endeavors to support the procurement of AT and AAC devices for this cohort of children and young people on an ongoing and long-term basis.
The Malta Trust Foundation leads this project in collaboration with the expertise and technical advice of the Education Department, the Foundation for Inclusive Technology Accessibility, Agenzija Support, the Department of Speech and Language Pathologists, the Association for Speech Therapists, the Autism Parents Association Malta, the National Literacy Agency and the NGO Advice.
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Meet The Team
Project Coordinator (Devices and Therapies)
Ramona, mother of Nico – a child on the Autism Spectrum
Thanks to you, Eċċellenza and The Malta Trust Foundation I can say that finally Nico has found his voice. He can communicate really well with us and his LSE and therapist.
Everyone who works with Nico, remains amazed, as he can tell them what he wants through the device.
A few weeks ago, Nico had an ear pain. He first wrote down ‘ear mosquito’ followed by ‘go go doctor”. So, we took him to the doctor.
When the doctor checked his ear, he told us that his ear was so blocked that all he could hear was a buzzing noise just like a mosquito sound. We were speechless, as it was exactly what he wrote to us.
He also writes where he would like to go, e.g., splash and fun as he loves it, the park and many many more.
His language is also improving thanks to the device, it is not clear but we tell him to write it down and he writes it down.
Now he calls me MUMMY every day xxxx He can say, nanna, nannu, daddy, Amy and most of his class friends.
Thank youuuuu. Nico has finally found his voice ♥
Jo, Mother of Eli – a child on the Autism Spectrum
We can never truly begin to thank The Malta Trust Foundation for what they have done for our family. During COVID lock down Eli received his AAC device from the Malta Trust Foundation, he had just started to develop some speech however this was not clear enough to comprehend. Since having the device Eli has been able to not only increase his vocabulary but also pronunce words far better and form some sentences. The device helps Eli express himself more than he could ever before. We were able to use the device at the doctor when we knew he was in pain. He managed to use the device to tell us which body part was hurting him and get the help he needed. Having the device also gives us peace of mind that he would be able to communicate with others when we are not around such as when he is at school. It helps him break the ice when he first meets someone and is shy to start communicating with them. Our worry has always been how will he cope in a world where communication is key when we are not around. The device has been an absolute lifeline for us and hand on heart has been the bridge we needed to find Eli’s voice. From him telling us “I need help” to him saying “I want mummy” both on device has not only brought tears in our eyes but also hope in our hearts. Where as before we saw Eli’s future in regards to speech with a big question mark we now feel that there are endless possibilities for him.