. . . do not write joke “End of the World” good-bye posts without pre-writing and scheduling a follow up post. I know anyone who actually read my last post would have realized it was a joke; however, having a post titled “Good Bye and Thanks!” as the last activity on the blog for three months does not inspire confidence nor does it attract new readers.
I am sorry for being so quiet lately. We have had an unexpected guest stop by the AT household. Some of you may actually know the guest yourself – Murphy. I cannot say that we have sent Murphy packing yet, but we at least found him a hotel room nearby so that we get some family time without Murphy hanging out.
I am hoping to be able to at least write an occasional entry, but I am not sure how frequent I can update here. Please feel free to use the comment section to ask questions or start a conversation.
I got an exciting email today from Footpath Pictures. The US Television rights for their documentary CERTAIN PROOF: A Question of Worth was just acquired by Starz Entertainment. Apparently, Starz will be airing the broadcast premiere sometime in 2013. Do you think it is too early to set my DVR?
I seriously recommend this film to anyone and everyone. It is especially impactful if you have a connection to an individual that happens to have both motor and communication disabilities.
Announcing the National Television Broadcast Premiere of CERTAIN PROOF
For those of you who have not heard of this documentary it is a powerful set of stories. Here is how they describe the film on their website:
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Certain Proof: A Question of Worthis a feature documentary about three children living with significant communication and physical disabilities, who struggle against the public schools in an emotional battle to prove their worth.
Over the course of two and a half years, “Certain Proof” follows the lives of Kay, Josh and Colin, three children with cerebral palsy. Despite multiple disabilities, they fight to prove that they are able to learn and deserve to be taught. Colin finds “No Child Left Behind” has exceptions; Kay combats harsh stereotypes inside middle school; and Josh faces continual doubt that he can learn at all. They and their families dare to hope in a striking testament to the complexity of the human spirit.
Here is a link to their trailer:
Wow, almost two weeks since my last post and this one isn’t exactly going to be focused on Assistive Tech either. I am hoping to get back to writing later this week, but most likely next week some time. I occasionally am asked to speak at various conferences, workshops, presentations, etc. More often than not I am asked to speak not regarding AT, but to provide a dad’s point of view on raising an amazing child that happens to have special needs.
This particular time I am being asked to talk about emergency preparedness for families with children that happen to have special needs. Not that I am an expert in the field. I am just a dad that has done some practical preparation for some of the emergencies that our family experiences from time to time and some of the emergencies that we (thank God) have not experienced yet.
I am curious if this is a topic that people would like me to spend some time writing about here. Let me know in the comments. Also, I would love to hear about any tips or tricks you use for emergency preparedness in your homes.
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Ok, now you that you get a bit of my sense of humor, let me just say a quick hello to everyone out there. You may be asking “why are you blogging?”, “do you have anything interesting to say?” All I can say is that I have been tinkering with Assistive Technology (AT) for the past few years or so; actually creating solutions that range from No Tech to High Tech, and dreaming up / mentally designing even more solutions (often Extreme Tech). Often when I shared the results of my tinkering to other parents or professionals in the disability community I found it sparked conversations about other AT solutions. On the encouragement of a few of those people I am starting this Blog as a place to enlist the entire Internet into the discussion of AT.
I am hoping that sharing a few of my solutions may help families beyond ours, and I invite others to share their solutions with our family. As a side effect, if my writings here help to increase awareness about some of the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities in accomplishing daily tasks then all the better.
Feel free to check out my “Who Is AT Dad?” and “What is Assistive Technology?” pages for a bit more about me and AT in general.