Actress, mother, and activist, Holly Robinson Peete, has been working with AT&T to launch the Speak Hope campaign.
As part of the HollyRod Gift of Voice program, Speak Hope is a social sharing initiative which aims to provide tablets to children with autism. These tablets are equipped with special apps that allow children who have difficulty communicating to do so with more comfort and ease. Until June 30th, for every like AT&T receives on Facebook for this campaign, it will donate 1$ to Speak Hope. 1$ will also be donated for every tweet or re-tweet using #ATTSpeakHope.
Rodney Jr.was born to Holly and her husband, former NFL Quarterback Rodeney Peete, in 1997. He is one of 4 children, including his twin sister Ryan Elizabeth, and at age 3 he was diagnosed with autism. The HollyRod foundation was initially founded by the couple in 1997 with the aim to provide support for families living Parkinson’s Disease, an action inspired by Holly’s father’s own battle with the illness. In 2000 when Rodney Jr. was diagnosed, the foundation was expanded to provide funding for families affected by autism as well. Since its conception, the HollyRod foundation has put on many programs and events. Moreover, in 2010 Holly competed on Celebrity Apprentice where she earned a record breaking $597, 893 for the foundation.
Promoting the Speak Hope campaign, Holly said “a child is diagnosed with autism every 15 minutes. This issue is widespread.” The actress also pointed out the significance of this tablet technology for these children; “imagine kids who haven’t been able to develop speech or are hampered in communication are now able to express themselves.”
To support this initiative, remember to like or tweet by June 30th. As Holly says, “AT&T Speak Hope campaign is making it simple and easy for you to help”.