Happy 2024! It’s our heart’s desire to amplify remarkable people of impact, and we could not think of a more impactful person to amplify this #Amplifriday than Luke Verhoeff.
We all have had challenges in our lives, but Luke has lived those challenges without the ability to verbally communicate freely, and easily, to share his heart, his goals, and his feelings. He was diagnosed at just 3 ½ years of age with mild to moderate autism with a global developmental delay, and his family tried everything to help him. Recently, his mom Sandra, read a book about Spelling as Communication, and the ‘world of Luke’ has not only opened up for his family, but accessing the world is now better opening up for Luke!
Luke’s Mom shares, “We are thrilled to begin getting to know Luke on a much deeper level. Each time we have the opportunity to chat with him (via his Communication Partner/Practitioner Madison Imber of Mentoring Minds Autism Services—Calgary), we are enriched by his intellect, his creative and articulate writing, his incredible intuition, his sense of humour, and his love.”
"We are thrilled to begin getting to know Luke on a much deeper level."
How incredibly beautiful and touching.
What’s more, Luke and his Mom have developed a website to share Luke’s story with others at www.thisisluke.ca. We learn that Luke wants to raise awareness about non-speaking autistics and the challenges they face due to apraxia. His mission is to help non-speaking autistics express their thoughts, opinions, and dreams using the spelling on a letterboard as a communication method. Luke is dedicated to creating a change in the diagnosing system to ensure that other children like him are recognized as struggling with apraxia and deserve the letterboard method to communicate.
Luke – you are a remarkable person of impact. As is our team at Amplify Consulting Inc.’s commitment, we will donate $100 to a charity of your choice to further amplify both your remarkable impact and the charity’s.
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Watch a great interview with Luke and his mom on CFJC TV.
Amplify Consulting Inc. is a company that helps leaders, and their organizations amplify their impact through communications and stakeholder engagement. #Amplifriday is our passion project we started in 2018 to amplify remarkable people of impact to inspire you, honour them, and support local charities. You can join the #Amplifriday movement as a supporter. Reach out for details.