A Centennial Student

A centennial student is granted his wish
Posted on 06/03/2021
Elaan Das Bakht is an 11-year-old, grade 5 student, at Centennial Public School in the Physical
Support Program (PSP). 
Elaan has cerebral palsy and requires use of assistive technology to communicate and access the world around him. He has learned how to use 
switches and an eye gaze computer systemHe has an infectious sense of humour and often gets his classmates and teachers laughing along with him. He specializes in knock-knock jokes and loves music. He also thrives in nature. He enjoys walking in his walker and going on community outings in his wheelchair. Going to school is one of his favourite activities. He is an avid learner and especially loves all the people in the PSP program.
His parents Natasha Bakht and Lynda Collins are also musical and will be able to share in many musical adventures with Elaan. 

Elaan has been in the Primary/Junior Physical Support Program for 4 years with his teacher, Jennifer Bygrave and Educational Assistant, Sean Fredette. When they learned the Make A Wish Foundation was granting a wish, as the experts in Elaan's needs they designed and selected assistive technology musical items that will enable Elaan to experience music. They volunteered their time after school to create this music cart. 

The cart is designed to be a musical sharing experience for Elaan and his family. Elaan's parents are musical and have visited the PSP and performed mini-concerts for the class. The cart has an iPad that is Bluetooth connected to devices and instruments that Elaan will be able to control with the use of switches. As his parents live in condominiums, the cart will be able to travel and tuck out of the way when not in use. 
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