A new piece of equipment puts some "zip" into Variety kid Addie!

Variety kid Addie in her ZipZac! Paid for by Variety the Children's Charity of St. Louis.

She's not even 1 year old, but Variety kid Addie is already a social butterfly. 

Got a minute? She'll be sure to babble your ear off, even if she hasn't learned proper words yet. 

The flipside of that is that Addie hates to be alone. When her mother Kristy leaves the room, Addie starts to fuss almost immediately. Born with spina bifida, Addie can't crawl after Kristy, and it may be a long while... Continue Reading »

Fri, 05/29/2015 - 10:54
May disability news roundup: Google commits to innovation, parents push for inclusive toys

Makies dolls #ToyLikeMe

At Variety, we're always on the lookout for new developments when it comes to making life better for children with disabilities.

So we wanted to share some cool news items we've seen come over the newswire this month. With the way technology and awareness are moving forward, new and exciting things are happening in our field all the time!

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Google goes big: The tech giant has committed $20 million in grants toward funding innovative technology for people with... Continue Reading »

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 12:09
A $25,000 grant from Anthem will help Variety kids sleep safer at night!

SleepSafe Beds

Faith, a 5-year-old Variety kid, is about to start kindergarten this August. But to excel, she’ll need a good night’s sleep.

Born with a complex set of neurological challenges, Faith’s body frequently makes involuntary movements. Come bedtime, that can be a huge challenge: she might fall off a traditional bed, or trap one of her limbs in the guardrails of a hospital-style bed.

But thanks to an incredible $25,000 grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, a state... Continue Reading »

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 15:43
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