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FOX Airs Deaf Mom’s Fight for a Milkshake

Filed under: Advocacy,Living with a disability — by at 3:49 pm on Friday, January 25, 2008

Karen Putz continues her fight after being denied service at her local Steak & Shake drive-thru because she is Deaf. FOX News aired her story late last night. Ironically, the online video is not captioned and a transcript isn’t provided, making it inaccessible to people who are Deaf and hearing impaired, as well as those who’d rather read the story for various reasons.

Is Heaven accessible?

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Deaf Mom Continues her Fight for a Milkshake

Filed under: Advocacy,Living with a disability — by at 6:41 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2008

Yesterday Karen was denied service at her local Steak & Shake because she is Deaf. Today she was interviewed by two tv stations. Here is the ABC interview. Don’t deny a woman her milkshake!

I’m proud of you, my friend!

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Deaf Mom Denied Service

Filed under: Advocacy,Living with a disability — by at 11:24 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2008

The Steak n Shake logo with a red circle around it and red line through it

Ironically, two days after Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the United States, my friend Karen Putz (aka DeafMom) was denied service because of her disability, her deafness. After picking up one child at one school and before picking up the next, she decided to treat her son and herself to milkshake at her local Steak & Shake drive-thru. Because she drove up to the window to place her order, rather than placing it at the speaker, which she can’t hear, the guy refused to serve her, even after she explained she is Deaf and requires accommodation as legislated in the Americans with Disabilities Act. He still refused to serve her.

Karen has contacted the corporate office and a lawyer. Tonight, with a crash course, she has set up a Twitter account where she plans to share updates on her fight for her rights. Please join our Viral Activism in Action!

Perhaps appropriately Do It Myself Blog has advanced to round two of the Canadian Blog Awards, in the Best Activism Category. Voting is now open until January 30th, 2008 11:59 PM PST. Thanks for your support!

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Sharing the Stories Behind the Cover

Filed under: I'll Do It Myself: The Book — by at 2:06 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2008

I'll Do It Myself by Glenda Watson Hyatt

Nancy Cleary of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing, Inc. did an awesome job in creating the cover for my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself. I was amazed and emotional when she emailed the mock-up! The cover captures so many aspects of my life.

Since the book has been out for over a year already (where does the time go?), I figured it is time I share the story behind each photo included on the cover.

A young Glenda standing at her walker

While in Kindergarten, each time I walked down the hall for occupational therapy, I was allowed to choose an artificial flower from a large cardboard box to fasten to my walker. Once my walker was covered in flowers, they were removed and I began again. Adults will use almost anything to bribe kids!

A young Glenda sitting in her red wheelchair, wearing her Brownie uniform with a smile across her face

I loved the Brownie Smile Song:

I’ve got something in my pocket that belongs upon my face,
I keep it very close to me in a most convenient place

I’m sure you couldn’t guess it if you guessed a long, long while.
So I’ll take it out and put it on – it’s a great big Brownie Smile!

Glenda riding in an equestrian class

Excerpt from I’ll Do It Myself:

Being atop a horse, I could separate myself from my wheelchair, which, although it enables me mobility, it symbolizes my disability. People instantly know I have a disability when seeing me in my wheelchair, and they approach (or avoid) me based on the stereotypes, assumptions and misconceptions they have about people with disabilities. On the horse, at first glance they do not see my cp in all its jerky, gross, misunderstood ways. For that brief moment, until they take a closer look or interact with me, my disability does not exist. They simply see me. That is the sense of freedom I feel atop of the horse.

On this day I won the gold medal at the BC Summer Games!

Glenda receiving her degree

After seven long years at Simon Fraser University atop Burnaby Mountain, I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in psychology and a minor in communications!

Newly married Glenda and Darrell sitting on a park bench, kissing

Our wedding day! Need I say more?

Kayaking for the first time! My brother-in-law Todd did most of the padding and kept us fair close to shore, just in case. That was an awesome day!

Glenda holding a puppy on her lap

So many people have asked me who is the cute dog on my bookcover That is Hailey, my sister-in-law Daphne’s rat terrier puppy – a real sweetie! (Daphne is a sweetie too!)

Ain’t life grand!

Update: Now available on the Amazon Kindle!

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Daydreaming at the Readers’ Café

Filed under: Readers Cafe — by at 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 16, 2008

A beautiful day on the beach at Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
(Photo credit: Gregory Runyan)

Hi and welcome to the Readers’ Café – a place to gather and to share.

Personally, I have had enough of the cold, wet and dreariness of winter. I’ve decided to treat everyone to enjoy some fun in the sun! Today we’re soaking up some warmth (with appropriate sunscreen, of course) on the beach at Hanauma Bay on Oahu in Hawaii.

Please help yourself to a cool beverage of your choice. Then spread out a beach towel, sit back, and soak in the sights and sounds. Join in the conversation by posting comments below. We’re a friendly bunch; no need to be shy.

Hit your internet browser’s REFRESH button to see new comments as others join in the conversation. All that I ask is that you respect others and keep it relatively family-friendly. Also, keep in mind that this is a public space, so share what you feel comfortable sharing publicly.

Today’s conversation starter:

  • If you could be anywhere doing anything in this moment, where would you be and why?
  • What is your wildest daydream (that you can share publicly)?
  • Have any of your daydreams ever come true?


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