Voice for Maddie Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that focuses on supporting literacy and communication skills to ensure the basic challenges of life can be overcome by breaking through barriers for children with disabilities. We help empower families by giving them knowledge, resource and courage. Under the guidance from teachers, therapists and educators, families can learn together and from each other, with the ultimate goal of bringing out the voices of everyone with Angelman Syndrome.
We have started this non-profit organization on behalf of Maddie and all her AS friends and families.
We are dedicated to help families with Angelman Syndrome in their life-long journey by fostering a supportive community and providing resources that would enrich their children's lives so that they can grow to find independence.
As advocates for literacy and communication, we focus on supporting the development of essential skills ensure the basic challenges of life can be overcome by helping everyone with AS find their voice.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
AAC Includes all forms of communication (other than oral speech) that are used to express thoughts, needs, wants, and ideas. We all use AAC when we make facial expressions or gestures, use symbols or pictures, or write. People with severe speech or language problems rely on AAC to supplement existing speech or replace speech that is not functional. Special augmentative aids, such as picture and symbol communication boards and electronic devices, are available to help people express themselves. This may increase social interaction, school performance, and feelings of self-worth. The AAC devices are used to enhance their communication.