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iPad wish granted for East Providence teen with autism

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By: Melissa Randall


Twitter: @MelissaARandall

Jeffrey Antonio is like most teens these days. On his wish list is an Apple iPad. But for the East Providence high–schooler this gift isn't all about playing games, or going online, it's about communication. Antonio, 18, has a severe seizure disorder, autism and is non–verbal.

"He will be able to have a voice and speak to us. And tell us that he loves us, and when he misses us. And what he needs and what he wants," said Lisa Antonio, Jeffrey's step-mom.

Jeffrey received his new iPad thanks to Children's Wishes.  

They heard about the teen's story and decided to step in and help.

 "I've been out of work due to an injury and it's an expensive thing and it's something that we're very grateful for that he could get and receive," said Gary Antonio, Jeffrey's dad.

"It's something he never expected, so I think he's really just overwhelmed right now," said Lisa.

Jeffrey's is not just any iPad. His comes specially equip with everything Jeffrey will need to help him grow and develop. Tech 911 Inc. of Warwick worked with the teen's school, The Groden Center, making sure a good balance of fun, and educational apps are at his fingertips.

Children's Wishes is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 years of age with life-threatening illnesses.

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