Friday, July 29, 2016

Help Dominick Get Back His Freedom

The following is an expert from Dominicks gofundme page:

Dominick has two huge problems that are creating impenetrable barriers to his independence. First, his hoyer lift (the lift that gets him from the bed to his wheelchair) is old and unsafe. This standard lift, slides under his bed, lifts him, and puts him down in his chair. It also has a large bar near his feet and his feet often get stuck, causing him to bend and sometimes fracture his toes. The idea of this happening causes him such anxiety that Dominick hesitates getting out of bed, even when it's a necessity.

The second problem is his wheelchair. A highly documented mess from day one, Dominick's wheelchair is about three years old and has been fixed well over 20 times and has had the base replaced at least once. He's had the Attorney General of the state where he got the wheelchair involved, and while efforts have been made to help him, the company that provided the wheelchair is absolutely unwilling to rectify the problem. Dominick is fighting with his insurance company to get a new wheelchair, but it's a slow going process and until he gets one, he spends most of his time in bed. Now with the addition of the lift problems, he spends all of his time in bed.

I am sure these problems may seem trivial to some because Dominick does have equipment, but the reality is, if Dominick's toe gets cracked on the lift, it hurts or is a problem for sometimes weeks. If he spends the day in his wheelchair, his body aches for two days after he's been in it. This is when there aren't additional problems like his recline feature breaking and tilting his chair back in a laying position (this has happened more than once) or his mechanicals malfunctioning and sitting him in positions and not allowing him to move (this has happened, as well).

https://www.gofundme.com/nhwwpdnw

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Shout Out To All My Blog Readers.

Here is a chart with all the people who who have read my blog this month sorted by country, web browser and operating system. Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to take a look at my blog.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Updated list of blogs I follow.


Here's an updated list of the blogs I follow. If you have any suggestions please leave the links in the comments.
 
Autisticate Dalmayne
http://autisticatedalmayne.com/feed/

A good place to start | The Autistic Beekeeper
https://autisticbeekeeper.wordpress.com/feed/

A Memeful of Bitterness Helps the Pathologizing...
https://salomesplatter.wordpress.com/feed/

Acting NT
http://actingnt.blogspot.com/

autism wars
http://theautismwars.blogspot.com/

Autism Women's Network
http://autismwomensnetwork.org/

Autistic Academic
https://autisticacademic.com/

Autistic Hoya
http://www.autistichoya.com/

Autistic SHS
http://autisticshs.blogspot.com/

chavisory's post-it notes
http://chavisory.tumblr.com/

CONFESSIONS OF A DISABLED DIVA
http://confessionsofadisableddiva.blogspot.com/

crippledscholar
https://crippledscholar.wordpress.com/

Disability Thinking
http://disabilitythinking.com/

Dr. Temple Grandin's Official Autism Website
http://www.templegrandin.com/

Girl With The Cane
http://www.girlwiththecane.com/

How Did We Get Into This Mess?
http://www.thismess.net/

Journey of IsaJennie
https://journeyofisajennie.wordpress.com/feed/

Judy Endow
http://www.judyendow.com/

Just Being Me...Who Needs "Normalcy" ...
http://whoneedsnormalcy.blogspot.com/

Look Me In The Eye
http://jerobison.blogspot.com/

michellesuttonwrites.com
http://michellesuttonwrites.com/

Musings Of An Angry Black Womyn
http://www.angryblackwomyn.com/

Natasha Lipman
http://natashalipman.com/

NEUROCOSMOPOLITANISM
http://neurocosmopolitanism.com/

NeuroTribes
http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes

Person first language versus identity first lan...
https://mydisabilitymatters.com.au/feed/

Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/

slowwalkersseemore | Musings and insight from m...
https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com/feed/

Squidalicious
http://www.squidalicious.com/

Star In Her Eye
https://starinhereye.wordpress.com/

Sublime Mercies
http://www.sublimemercies.com/

thAutcast.com
http://thautcast.com/drupal5

The A-Typical Avenger
http://autisticavenger.blogspot.com/

THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO AUTISM
http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/

Treasure in Barren Places
https://leithincluan.wordpress.com/

Un-Boxed Brain
http://un-boxedbrain.com.au/

Under Your Radar – Undercover life as...
https://visualvox.wordpress.com/feed/

Unstrange Mind
https://unstrangemind.wordpress.com/

vodkadietcokes – An attempt to unders...
https://vodkadietcokes.wordpress.com/feed/

Yes, That Too
http://yesthattoo.blogspot.com/

Saturday, July 16, 2016

A little bit about me and what I do.


I just wanted to say a quick hello to all of my readers and give you a little background about who I am and what I do. My name is Joshua White and I am the founder and Vice president of the Autistic Students & Allies Network of Nash Community College in Rocky Mount NC. My partner and I are caretakers of 2 children. 1 of which is autistic and the other has sensory integration issues. I started this advocacy organization as an extension of the advocacy I was already doing on behalf of my family, and I wanted to use my position as an honour student to make my college administration aware of issues that affect autistic students on our campus. I am currently getting ready to graduate summa cum laude with my associates of arts and I plan to transfer to Appalachian State University in the spring to pursue my Masters of Social Work to make a career for myself as an autistic advocate.

So in case you were wondering what I am all about there you go. Hope you all have a great weekend and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave me a message in the comments.

Here are the links to my social media:

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Help Michelle Diamond purchase a hippocampe wheel chair to start a wheel chair share program in Newport News Virginia

The following is from the gofund me page of Michelle Diamond:

Hello my name is Michelle Diamond. I live on the east coast in beautiful Hampton Roads, Virginia

My son Miller Diamond has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and is a full time wheelchair user.  We are an active family. We love the beach, hiking, camping, and anything outdoors related!

The problem is power chairs are very expensive and fragile.  There are many occasions where Miller's chair just can't navigate the terrain.

This chair is the solution to all those problems. The Hippocampe is an all terrain chair.  The beach, woods, and slopes are all covered!

The funds we raise will not only allow Miller to enjoy the great outdoors once again, but will allow all residents in our city the opportunity to get outside and flourish!

This chair will be the start of a loaner program we wish implement in Newport News. There will be a calendar set up and you can "check out" equipment just like you would in the library! The great thing is the whole thing folds up and can fit in any car!

We will get the ski's, balloon tires, the arm rests, the harness, and transport bag.

We are very thankful for every dollar we can raise. If the program is a success we would love to bring more of our sister cities in on the project!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cat magick


Earlier this spring my partner and I rescued 4 kittens out of a storm drain after their mother had been run over and killed by our neighbour. He put the dead momma cat in the storm drain and the kittens lived off of her milk until we came and found them all. We lured them to the top of the storm drain with cat food and got them all out one by one. We are not allowed to have pets where we live so we have to hide them in our house because we don't have the heart to take them to the pound and leave it up to chance. My partner invoked the cat goddess Bast to protect our house and family and these 4 kittens were her gift to us for honouring her so it is our responsibility to make sure these cats get to live.

When we got the kittens inside they were covered in ticks and fleas and we used tea tree oil and pulled all the ticks off and then gave them a bath in dawn dish detergent and washed them up and fed them and they've been with us ever since. We did not save these cats just to take them to the pound and have them put to sleep if nobody wants to adopt them. I feel a sense of duty to those cats because if we don't take care of them nobody else will.

My parents offered to help us bring them up to the PETA mobile neuter and spay clinic in Norfolk VA, but the reneged at the last moment because they said they don't want us to get kicked out if we get caught. I think that they are worried that if we lose our place I'll ask to come back to live with them. So we're going to have to find a way up to VA to get to the  mobile neuter and spay and vaccination clinic. We can't go much longer because those kittens are driving fast to puberty class and there's no way we could hide them if they started going into heat and spraying everywhere. So after we get back from our wedding in Boone we're going to have to make it our mission to get these cats sterilized and vaccinated so we can make sure they are healthy and taken care of.

These cats bring great joy to our home but we are risking everything because having animals here is a violation of the lease, but it's a risk we're willing to take because we believe that the goddess wouldn't have blessed us with those cats if we couldn't handle it. I want to see what the guidelines are for therapy animals and see if we can't get accommodations to keep them. I refuse to let those kittens die scared and alone in the gas chamber at some animal control facility. It's not going to happen.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Blog Roll Call

I wanted to give a shout out to all the great writers that I follow. I'm going to share a list of the blogs I follow. If you have any you think I should read post them in the comments.


Autisticate Dalmayne
http://autisticatedalmayne.com/feed/

A good place to start | The Autistic Beekeeper
https://autisticbeekeeper.wordpress.com/feed/

autism wars
http://theautismwars.blogspot.com/

Autism Women's Network
http://autismwomensnetwork.org/

Autistic Hoya
http://www.autistichoya.com/

Autistic SHS
http://autisticshs.blogspot.com/

Disability Thinking
http://disabilitythinking.com/

Dr. Temple Grandin's Official Autism Website
http://www.templegrandin.com/

Journey of IsaJennie
https://journeyofisajennie.wordpress.com/feed/

Look Me In The Eye
http://jerobison.blogspot.com/

michellesuttonwrites.com
http://michellesuttonwrites.com/

Musings Of An Angry Black Womyn
http://www.angryblackwomyn.com/

NeuroTribes
http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes

Radical Neurodivergence Speaking
http://timetolisten.blogspot.com/

slowwalkersseemore
https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com/feed/

thAutcast.com
http://thautcast.com/drupal5

THINKING PERSON'S GUIDE TO AUTISM
http://www.thinkingautismguide.com/

Treasure in Barren Places
https://leithincluan.wordpress.com/

Un-Boxed Brain
http://un-boxedbrain.com.au/

Under Your Radar
https://visualvox.wordpress.com/feed/

Unstrange Mind
https://unstrangemind.wordpress.com/

Yes, That Too
http://yesthattoo.blogspot.com/

Sunday, July 3, 2016

I'm relaunching the neurodiversity t-shirt fundraiser.

I had such a positive response to my last t-shirt fund raiser that I decided to do another. I am a community college student in North Carolina and I'm graduating with my Associates in Arts next semester and I plan on transferring to Appalachian State university to pursue my Masters of Social Work.

I live with my partner and her 2 kids on a fixed income and we are trying to save up for the move next year but with only 1 source of income we are having trouble saving and there are a few things we absolutely have to take care of before we can move that are going to require more financial resources than we have. Right now my most pressing issue is getting my drivers license, because neither my partner or I drive and we are the caretakers of 2 neuro divergent children and we have trouble getting them back and forth to all their doctors and therapy appointments, and we can't get them involved in activities they are interested in because we have no way to get them there.  I am trying to save up to pay for behind the wheel lessons because that will be the only way I can get access to a car to take the road test, and behind the wheel is extremely expensive.

We raised 50 dollars during the last campaign and that's not going to be enough to cover the behind the wheel class so I'm going to relaunch the campaign and see what happens. By purchasing a shirt you get a one of a kind shirt to show your support for neuro diversity and you get to help the family of an autistic college student trying to get out of poverty and make a better life for themselves.