Conner van der Linde
Hello! My name is Connor and I will be 6 years old this year (2015). I like diggers, graders, rollers and everything construction related. I’m mostly like any other six year old boy. I say mostly because I’m not quite as abled as most other six year olds.
I was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around my neck, and was not breathing at all. I was resuscitated and placed in the NICU, where I spent the first 3 weeks of my life. But the damage was done. My parents, Mark and Carmen (nèe Peters) van der Linde, took me for an assessment when I was 4 months old, and it was confirmed that there were developmental delays. I have been receiving Therapy (Physio, Occupational and Speech) on a weekly basis ever since. Eventually a diagnosis was made and the neurologist called it: Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy.
When I turned three I had to move to a preschool and my parents placed me in the New Hope School in Pretoria, South Africa were I also receive all 3 therapies on a weekly basis.
Last year my speech therapist arranged for me to test an eye tracker. And it worked wonderfully. This device use your eyes as a mouse on the computer. This device would help me learn to write (type) in a much faster way than trying to write or type with a traditional head pointer on a touch screen computer.
The big problem is the cost of this machine (approximately 240 000ZAR). My mom and dad and lots of friends have started saving up for this machine but this is taking forever and I will not be able to get it by the time that I am going to Grade 1 where I want to learn to read, write and do sums.
Your support will help me to reach my full potential and attain greater independence and security. I want to show my family and friends that I am a “Legend in the Making!”
Connor’s team has a Gofundme fundraising page where they are doing a great job of achieving their goals. You can help Connor to communicate by contributing here. Make a contribution