Abigail’s Story

“Abigail is a child, like many other children with special needs, who has been put down and pushed aside and not really given an opportunity to utilize her capabilities,” said Tim Runner, an advocate for special needs kids.

Diagnosed as autistic, Abigail is a very high functioning eleven-year-old girl with a natural gift for playing the guitar. Although Abigail was not given the opportunity to participate in music through her school, KidScholly has enabled her to do so.

Abigail enjoys sharing the new songs she learns during her guitar lesson.
Abigail enjoys sharing the new songs she learns during her guitar lesson.

“Too often in the schools it’s assumed that the child can’t do certain things and that’s where KidScholly comes in,” said Tim. “It gives her the opportunity to do something that she wants to do while earning that opportunity.”

For her community service, Abigail visited a child diagnosed with cancer at her local children’s hospital. Abigail’s service hours were spent bringing the child toys and visiting her while she received treatments. “It was a gift to the community and I think it was good for Abby to see something that she had never seen before,” said Abigail’s mother, Ana.

After she completed her service hours, Abigail began taking private one-on-one guitar lessons. Participating in guitar lessons has been more than just a hobby for Abigail. “It’s good for her to be able to express herself and just focus on the music. It helps her,” said Ana.

Learning how to play the guitar has increased Abigail’s self esteem and has boosted her interest in learning how to do new things.

“I hope that Abby does stay with guitar and someday she shares her passion with other kids, autistic or not,” said Ana.

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Adia’s Story

“I did it all by myself. I just picked up a pencil and started doing stuff with it,” said Adia, a fourteen year old high school student from San Juan Capistrano.

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Adia proudly displays one of her favorite drawings!

Adia has always had a natural talent for drawing. Without any previous formal training, she was able to teach herself different drawing and shading techniques starting from an early age.

“She was always doodling and would always color on everything, including my bills,” said Adia’s mom, Nicole, with a laugh.

However, after being introduced to KidScholly, Adia was able to begin taking professional drawing classes which has allowed her drawing abilities to flourish.

“Right now I’m learning how to use charcoal because that’s a different style. It not only teaches me a different style, but it actually helps the way I draw because it gives me a different sense of how to start off a drawing,” said Adia.

KidScholly also equipped Adia with copic markers which are ideal for shading and creating depth in drawings. “Instead of using just one color throughout the whole drawing, they actually can create depth whenever you go over an area with the same color,” said Adia.

Adia gathers inspiration for her drawings from whatever is around her. Whether it’s her own mood after a long day at school or experimenting with new techniques, “I’m always trying to widen out my varieties of what I can sketch,” said Adia.

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