• Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Variety Voice


    PITTSBURGH - For the Davis family, even a simple stroll in North Park can be quite a production. Their 9-year-old daughter, Trinity, has cerebral palsy, and communicating with her can be difficult. 

    “After a while you can tell she is really getting frustrated because she is trying to tell us something, but we just don't know what she's trying to tell us,” said Bill Davis, Trinity’s father.


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    However, thanks to the gift of a specialized communication device from Variety, a nonprofit children's charity, Trinity can make her feelings known. 

    Channel 11’s Peggy Finnegan saw it firsthand. 

    Trinity’s dad asked her a question, and Trinity was able to use the technology to reply, “I want something to drink or eat.”

    Fifty devices, worth $1,200 each, have been given out through Variety's My Voice program. Special iPads are paid for by donors, foundations and businesses. 

    “This is really just an extension of our mission, which is to enable kids with disabilities to live life to the fullest and to participate in a normal life,” said Charlie LaValee, Variety’s CEO.

    The devices are specially designed with help from a speech pathologist to meet the needs of each individual child. The results are life-changing. 

    “One mom said, ‘I get to hear now my son, the thoughts in his head and the feelings in his heart,’” said LaValee.

    Variety is looking for 100 more eligible children with a communication disorder for the My Voice program. To learn more, CLICK HERE.

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