Archive | January 2016

And… Let the Races Begin

I’m sorry that I have been missing in action for a few days.  I started school Monday and I have been doing a lot of work.  I submitted a poem to the school newspaper and I am taking very demanding classes.  I’m taking American Music, Introduction to Philosophy, Physiological Psychology and Spanish.  I have been listening to the audiobooks while reading along.  I use a program called Learning Ally, which reads textbooks to me and that’s really helping me.  I had classes back-to-back today so I’m exhausted.

I am meeting new people.  I socialize at the pool table and that’s fun.  A lot of people seem to hesitate to talk to people with disabilities and I would like to tell people with disabilities that it’s OK to break the ice.  Why don’t you break the ice by starting the conversation with, “Hi”, “Hey”, “How’s it going?”.  Don’t wait for other people to initiate the conversation because a walker or a wheelchair may intimidate them.

 

Here is the poem that I submitted to the school newspaper.  I hope that you enjoy it

                                    Waiting for Love

The day of red, white and pink is coming

on a train smoking love, love, love from

its smokestacks. The train is carrying hearts

for waiting people at the Sunnydale train

station. Some are soldiers of Blue Town.

Others are soldiers of Lonely Town. And some

are soldiers of success, making a life from scratch.

 

I’m on the train on the Lonely car. Will a man be

waiting for me in Sunnydale or at the next station?

Is he on another car? Will he be waiting with open

arms, waiting to take me where eagles soar? Only time

will tell as I sit in my seat and pray for a better future.

PRC Success Story

Now that I’m a PRC user and liked PRC’s Facebook page, I stumbled across a success story of the products.  I would like to share it with you guys.  It talks about a guy named Wayne that goes from having a communication board to using a device with eye gaze.  It goes to show people that the right communication system can make a huge difference in the user’s life.  Here is the article.  I hope you enjoy it.

https://aaclanguagelab.com/blog/waynes-journey

A New Walker

So I got my new walker yesterday and I love it.  I got it from Walmart and I really can use it well.  I feel like I will really build my leg muscles with it.  It helps me walk front to back instead of side to side.  I can’t use the frontal walkers at all so I got a posterior one and it’s really helping me.  It’s still wide for the house but I am making it work.  My goal for 2016 is to become as independent as possible so that one day, I can get my own place.  But, until then, I need to practice certain things and get stuff in place.  I will keep you updated on how I do with it.

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope that you rang in the new year on a good and note.  I certainly did because I got my Accent 1400.  My Dynavox is getting up in years and I have been waiting four months or so for the device and it finally came.  I was estatic to get it since my Dynavox is really going.  I named it Baby.

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Above is Baby.  I got the WordPower and I think that it will be really helpful.  I wanted this to try to speed the rate up at which I communicate.  A lot of work has to go into it to customizing it to suit my needs but I am going to get assistance with that.  Thank goodness for Helen Hayes because they are helping me customize him.  Thank you Dad and everyone who helped me get this.  This was a much needed medical device and I got it in time for the spring semester.  Now I don’t have to worry about being speechless without an augmentative communication device.

Thank you everyone