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Sat Dec 8, 2012, 08:47 PM

Imagine life where your kid's disability forces you to ask for help to save their quality of life.

For those of us with two working legs, life is usually a pretty cool place. We can hop over curbs, jump over cracks, leap over a puddles. But people in a wheelchair face a different battle. Access is a terrible problem for people in wheelchairs. I know, I have five students in wheelchairs this year.

We face challenges every day in our quest to make the world a place that they can reach from their chairs.

A wheelchair accessible vehicle sounds like a luxury but it isn't. You have no idea how difficult it is for a person in a wheelchair to use public transportation. In my town the Social Security Office is on a steep hill. If you're in a wheelchair and can't be dropped at the door, it means you have to fight gravity as you struggle to go from the busstop to the doors of Social Security. To get special bus service you have to be able to make it downtown to the bus office to apply, then again to be interviewed (to see if you are disabled enough to be considered) and then you have to go yearly to prove that, despite what might be a severe disablity, you haven't gotten all better from your spina bifida or your severe cerebral palsy or to make sure that that big chunk of brain that was removed after your car accident hasn't grown back. It can be a terrible struggle just to get to the doctor.

Public Transportation might not even be a possibility for the fragile or those who can't get cold. There are some families that must go to the dr constantly to keep their special needs kids healthy. A wheelchair accessible vehicle can be a must for these families. They aren't a luxury, they are a necessity.

Wishadoo is currently asking help for a DUer and his family to be able to buy a new engine for their wheelchair van. I know a lot of people read my posts and so I will use this platform to ask you to check out Wishadoo and consider helping this family fix their van.

I currently have a post on DU, at the top of the Greatest Page with 5184 views. If all of those people had just donated ONE DOLLAR, the van engine would already be fixed. So, I will use my gentle powers of persuasion to say, "c'mon DU, let's see if we can pull together once again to make something happen." We could have this done in a weekend if we get the word out.

Let's get this van fixed: http://www.wishadoo.org/wishlist/139/help-for-new-engine-for-disabled-van/


'Tis the season for an act of kindness.

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Reply Imagine life where your kid's disability forces you to ask for help to save their quality of life. (Original post)
DonRedwood Dec 2012 OP
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OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #2
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deek Dec 2012 #5
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deek Dec 2012 #11
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JanT Dec 2012 #12
OneGrassRoot Dec 2012 #13
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deek Dec 2012 #17
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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:09 PM

1. This post was in response to OneGrassRoot's post (link)

I'm hoping to help get the word out.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021948565

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #1)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:11 PM

2. OMG, you just showed me what I need to do...

but I may ask you to do it every time because you're an EXQUISITE writer!!!

Thank you so very, very much. Beautiful.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 09:25 PM

3. I really appreciate DU for giving me a forum that lets my inner writer get a chance to flex his stuf

I worked as a writer for many years and do love writing personal essays. I love DU for letting me chatter away happily to myself...with the added bonus that some people read and actually enjoy my scribblings. :0) I wish more people would give the art form a go. Personal stories are like no other means in trying share how you've formed your opinions, not just what those opinions are. Sometimes it is the journey that has the impact and not the destination that you've arrived at.

I would be happy to do a little heart-string tugging for you, my friend!

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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 8, 2012, 10:32 PM

4. I could do that for wishadoo too...

a nice clear monologue about the person and why this need is so important.

I think it is important that wishadoo has a counter that goes down so people can feel part of moving those numbers. We give on KIVA and I think that is one of their best features. Makes you feel like you want to jump in and help. :0)

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 07:12 AM

7. I agree. I've asked the programmer about that...

See, here's the thing.

Wishadoo is simply providing the space. Hopefully people will have a PayPal account so people can donate to them -- directly -- no middle person at all. When they don't have a PayPal account it gets trickier but there are ways of doing it, and certainly snail mail is an option, though not optimal.

The only widget I've found that shows the progress of donations -- a counter, as you say -- can only be created by the person who owns the PayPal account. It can be a bit tricky to set it up and most of the people who have posted at the Wishlist aren't overly technically inclined.

I'm still trying to find something that can at least be manually updated to show progress. Do you know of such a script or tool or widget? I don't think I've searched for a "counter script" or anything using the keyword counter, but I'll do that today.

I would LOVE for you to write for Wishadoo, about anything that moves you. I'd love for others to write about the various issues facing us, enlightening others, opening hearts, and showing how a bit of empathy and compassion can change the course of things, one person at a time.

There's a lot more there than meets the eye.

We should chat. I'll PM you in a bit.



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:28 PM

8. I am computer illiterate

I just know on KIVA there is a real sense of accomplishment when your donation clicks that person a little closer to their goal. It also gives a sense of urgency--"oh, the one I want to donate has 85% of what they are asking for, I'd better donate now".

I'm not criticizing wishadoo mind you...not at all. Just know advertising and marketing (my old life before I became a teacher) and those little buy-ins are so important when you are asking people to donate.

:0) Sorry this post hasn't gotten the K & R's it needs to be heavily read. I hope a few people made it over to help.

D

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 12:49 AM

5. You are the sweetest

The public transportation system in our area requires 24 hour notice for wheelchair users, plus,it is not available after 5 pm nor on weekends. Additionally, it is very unreliable. My daughter and my respite worker were left stranded at the mall recently. They simply never came to pick them up! The bus company had shut down their live phone system early and only had the answering system on. Fortunately, the crisis did get resolved. The entire trip to the mall ended up taking over 8 hours.

My daughter requires tube feeding and meds every 3 hrs, which was not planned for. Sitting in a chair for that length of time is very unhealthy for her skin. The bus crisis also dug into my alloted state respite hours.

Life does become a bit more complicated than you can imagine if you have never experienced it with increased mobility/medical needs.

Thank you for you support.

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Response to deek (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 02:02 AM

6. Your message is most certainly worthy of its own post!

But I had no idea until a couple of years ago when I got my first student who used a wheelchair.

I'm ready to start heading to the city council meetings to start howling about the sidewalks near my school.

I'm sorry about your fiasco to the mall. So far we've been lucky but those buses are ALWAYS horribly late.

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Response to deek (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:44 PM

9. Deek

Is this your family we are talking about? Feel free to PM.

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Response to DonRedwood (Reply #9)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 04:05 PM

11. yes

We are the ones who tried to win the new van last year and now need a new engine.

Thank you again.

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Response to deek (Reply #11)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:32 AM

16. I wish I could do more

I understand your struggle and know how precious those respite hours are.

My very best to you!

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 01:55 PM

10. + Infinity!

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:05 PM

12. i didn't know wishadoo was there

thanks to DU. i bookmarked the site and sent $5 donation to help with the van. it was easy. Thanks DonRedwood for your work to bring this to the attention of more people.

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Response to JanT (Reply #12)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:12 PM

13. Cool!

Thank you, JanT.

Nice to "meet" you, btw.

I'm the founder of Wishadoo, and DonRedmond was absolutely wonderful to create this OP and link to the Wishlist Post in question.

Glad you bookmarked it. Hope you visit regularly and join. It's a social network, like Facebook, without the Big Brother aspect and with more focused intent of "doing good."



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Response to OneGrassRoot (Reply #13)

Sun Dec 9, 2012, 05:25 PM

14. sounds good

i have become less and less of a FB visitor as time goes on. i have narrowed my list of "friends" considerably. LOL

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Response to JanT (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 01:05 AM

17. Thank you Jan

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Response to DonRedwood (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 12:31 AM

15. Thank you Don

The donations are up to $55 now

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