“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.
“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.