Give up your voice for kids who can’t speak
On September 18, leaders in business, community, and government will give up their voice, and spend a day in silence to help change the lives of kids living with communication challenges. You can be the difference in a child’s life by supporting them and helping them find their voice. Help today by signing up, nominating a CEO or donating to Variety Silence the CEO.
As well as staying silent for the day, participants will raise funds to go towards enriching the lives of kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability – including WA kids with communication difficulties. Variety provides support to children through assistive technology grants and our Variety Motor Mouth Program, a holiday camp aimed at assisting children who have limited speech and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids to give them a voice.
First time Silence the CEO participant, Kim from P&N Bank, found the experience both challenging and eye-opening, not being able to talk for the day and putting himself in the shoes of kids who can’t verbally communicate. Read Kim’s full experience
How you help
Variety provides support to children through assistive technology grants and our Variety Motor Mouth Program, a holiday camp aimed at assisting children who have limited speech and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids to give them a voice. Every year Variety runs the Motor Mouth Program which caters for children who have complex communication challenges and rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) aids to be their voice. The Program involves camps and outings designed to develop the AAC device usage skills of both these children and their families, allowing them to build confidence to use their device in everyday life. This is just one of the many ways that your donation to Variety helps WA kids in need.
Variety Motor Mouth Camp
Variety Motor Mouth combines fun with intensive therapy and training for kids who cannot speak and use augmentative and alternative communication aids (AAC) and their families. While government funding is available for AAC devices – there is little access to ongoing training or support, often leaving parents feeling isolated and overwhelmed. With school holiday camps and regular social activities, Variety Motor Mouth helps kids and families to become confident communicators and create an AAC community network of support. It’s the only program of its kind in WA.
Cayla lives with cerebral palsy, affecting both her speech and motor skills, and participated at the Variety WA Motor Mouth Camp for two years. Being involved with the Variety Motor Mouth Camp has not only given her and her family the skills to use her AAC device to its full capacity but boosted her confidence to new heights.
How to get involved
1. Sign Up
Pledge your day of silence and register online.
2. Raise Funds
Start your fundraising page and reach out to your networks, friends and family for their support.
3. Go silent
Take the vow and experience your day of silence on September 18.