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Dalton's touch-screen voice

Dalton has a voice

“ Dalton and his family are overjoyed as they get used to all the things he can now say to them. ”

He just wants to communicate with his family and have the power to express himself. However, 9-year-old Dalton suffers from speech problems due to his neurological condition, in addition to seizures and loss of nerve function.

When Make-A-Wish® volunteers arrive they discuss with the family the possibility of a speech device that would allow him to communicate.

Thanks to wish sponsors and donors, Dalton receives a touch screen device with pictures and words. He can select what he wants to say and the device verbalizes it for him – thank you, please, I love you – to name a few.

Dalton and his family are overjoyed as they get used to all the things he can now say to them.

“There are no words to explain what it means,” says Dalton’s mom. “It’s going to change our lives … it has already in the two weeks he’s had it.”

While Dalton works closely with his speech therapist to fully master his device, he enjoys asking for books, games and his Shania Twain CDs. Dalton’s wish gives him more control over his life.

 “It’s a dream come true. Isn’t it, baby?” His mom says.

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Dear Dalton, Hey! I love your story, it makes me wanna help.... well it is. See my best friend and I have a Religion Final on a charity, and we both chose Make-A-Wish for it. We (mainly her) came up with an idea that if kids in my school pay $1 they could have a dress down day (i go to a Catholic School... which has uniforms) and the money will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. So we told it to our principal and she approved! i hope the money helps you and other children out! You are in my prayers, and i hope someday your wish will be granted! God Bless! Love, Ali :)

May 23, 2010 - 5:59 PM


I want to thank Dalton for opening my eyes. I'm 14 and I complain about the most stupid things in life, like not having a phone. People don't realize how lucky they are!!! They have health, legs, arms, a voice, a family and a home, yet we complain because we don't have the new iphone 4, or a laptop etc.. And there are unlucky people with life-threatning illnesses and they're only wish is health, hands, feet, or a voice. Things people take for granted every day. So thank you Dalton!!! I hope you have a happy and wonderful long life!!!!!!!!! =)

October 21, 2010 - 2:14 PM


Dalton, I just want you to know that no matter how hard life gets you should never give up. God really does answer prayers; just from reading your story and not even truly knowing you as a person....i can already tell you are a genuinely kind person who just wants to be normal like everyone else. Since i have deaf parents I've learned to never treat anyone any differently just becauae of race or a disorder that one is born with. Everyone is the same in Gods eyes; and Dalton, you are one of the many twinkles in his eyes that shine bright day and night because you are so precious. God Bless You and remember to never let anyone put you down!!!

October 26, 2010 - 12:23 PM


Dalton, I am a student at Green Mountain College and as my final paper in my writing class, I have to write a paper on an organization I beleive is authentically patriotic, and I chose Make A Wish. Reading your story brought legitimate tears to my eyes as I am so excited for you. I work at a summer camp for people with special needs and aspire to be a teacher for those with special needs when I get out of college... I am so happy for you to be able to communicate with everybody. Good luck in everything you do! :)

April 04, 2011 - 4:36 PM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

Yadira F.

He looks so happy! and im sooo happy for him, beautiful!

June 11, 2013 - 6:26 PM


You are a really cool kid and I love how you get through your condition and am so happy for you that you can communicate with your friends and family now. Have a great time with your new voice!!!!!!

November 25, 2013 - 3:13 PM

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