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Wheelchair Wraps: A Crazy Idea or the Next Advertising Trend?

Filed under: Living with a disability,Work — by at 9:32 pm on Monday, January 11, 2010

Coming home the other day, I noticed a parked car with several large stickers; quite possibly advertising. That got me thinking…

Front view of Comet scooter Why not paid advertising on my mobility scooter?

People tend to look my direction when I drive by, so why not put something in front of their eyeballs? And earn money while doing it?

Seriously.

Advertisers wrap cars, buses, trucks, and segways. Why not scooters and wheelchairs?

Here’s the benefits, as I see them:

  • People look anyway. Give them a message to look at.
  • Advertising on a scooter/wheelchair is unexpected and would catch attention.
  • I can go where cars, buses and trucks can’t.
  • No other advertisers are currently advertising in that way or in that space.

Back view of Comet scooter Looking at my scooter, I see two potential places for advertising really are visible:

  1. The basket on the front (shown in the photo above). This way the basket can easily be removed for situations when advertising would not be appropriate.
  2. The back of my chair. This place would not interfere with my use of the scooter or in photos.

Interested? Contact me to discuss this opportunity before someone else does! Seriously!

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How Blogging Increases My Confidence

Filed under: Blogging,Motivation — by at 12:12 am on Saturday, January 9, 2010

Blogging has unquestionably increased my confidence when interacting with people face-to-face; particularly when meeting people from the blogosphere.

A bold statement, I realize. And how can it be when blogging entails spending hour upon hour at computer, typically alone? I began thinking what confidence really means.

The Oxford Dictionary offers these definitions:

1 firm trust (have confidence in his ability). 2a a feeling of reliance or certainty b a sense of self-reliance; boldness.

But, in my mind, something was missing. That’s a dictionary definition, but what does confidence really mean, at least to me? Then it struck me in simplicity and clarity:

Confidence is a sense of familiarity.

Allow me to explain how I rationalized this myself and see if it makes sense to you too:

By sharing my experiences, opinions and ideas on my blog and by leaving comments on others’ blog, people get to know me beyond my cerebral palsy or even before the cerebral palsy. Likewise, I get to know them through their written words. Hence, when we have the opportunity to meet in-person, there’s familiarity. They already know there’s more to me than my difficult-to-understand speech and my jerky movements, and, for the most part, we can bypass the initial awkwardness and carry our online relationship into the real world. And, from that, I gain confidence in my ability to approach people.

That confidence has led me to do things that I may not have otherwise. For example, I had been wanting to have my dog-eared and sun-faded copy of ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income autographed by its two authors Chris Garrett and Darren Rowse – both top-notched and well-respected bloggers in the blogosphere. They are what I’ll like to be when I become a grown-up blogger.

ProBlogger book autographed by Chris Garrett and Darren RowseLast year, after giving my rockin’ presentation at SOBCon, Chris was still seated at his table without a crowd around him. Taking a deep breath, I wheeled over and handed him the book. He kindly obliged.

At BlogWorld, with my presentation following Chris’s and Darren’s panel, I thought I’d have the perfect opportunity to ask Darren for his autograph. Unfortunately, the crowd wanting to ask them questions was too large; I had to get up on stage and set up for my presentation. I missed my opportunity and disappointedly thought I might not another chance to meet up with the Aussie blogger.

Then, while waiting for the last keynote to begin, I spotted Darren sitting in the last row across the aisle from where I was. Now was my chance! Pulling out the book from overstuffed laptop bag and taking another deep breath, I wheeled over and tapped him on his shoulder. Not sure he knew me from blogger Eve, I was surprised he knew who I was and that he apologized for missing my presentation. He also kindly obliged.

Thank you, Chris and Darren. Without blogging, I doubt I would have had the confidence to approach two industry leaders.

What does confidence mean to you? What might you accomplish in 2010 if you had the confidence?

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What is in a word? The evolution of disability language continues

Filed under: Advocacy,Living with a disability — by at 3:36 pm on Wednesday, January 6, 2010

In a previous post, I shared one indicator of a society’s regard for the disabled lays in the terms used to label them. Words like cripple, invalid and handicap – used to dismiss, discard and devalue individuals seen as different – slowly disappeared as the social model of disability “gave way to the empowerment of people with disabilities through the development of a vigorous disabled identity and self-advocacy movement.”

For the first time in history, we were empowered to name the labels that define us. Although the discussion continues, sometimes at ad nauseam, the current acceptable terminology is people-first language, which puts the person before the disability. But, even here, there are issues with the word disability.

As Mama Terapeuta, a linguist and mother of a young daughter with cerebral palsy,  explains in her post Hablemos (En serio) de Discapacidad, loosely translated by Google Translate to "Let’s Talk (Seriously) Disability":

…disability is defined in opposition to performance and to some extent also health. It is classified by different degrees of ‘problems’ and to define explicitly that ‘trouble’ capabilities must be compared with what is normal for one. What can I say … To me this is a reason for not using the word disability.

With the term "disability", there needs to be an ability, a norm, in order for there to be a disability; disability is measured against an ability and is a measure of inferiority, of being less than.

Rather, Mama Terapeuta favours "functional diversity" – a phrase now commonly used in the Hispanic community. If I understand her correctly, functional diversity acknowledges the differences in abilities, the diverse ways of doing or functioning, while not implying inferiority or less than.

In my mind, “functional diversity” definitely has merit over “disability”. However, I wonder if using the term in the English-speaking community would lead to confusion rather than enlightenment, at least until the term catches on. I’m also left wondering if other cultures have equally thought-provoking terms.

What are your thoughts on this evolution of language?

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My 21 Goals for Making 2010 Awesome

Filed under: Motivation,Work — by at 12:32 pm on Sunday, January 3, 2010

One candle burning brightly Its that time of year again – time for creating lists of goals on clean sheets of paper in attempts of improving upon the old year and making the most of the New Year. Here are 21 of my bloggable goals for 2010 in no particular order other than in which they came to mind:

  1. Sell the remaining 200 copies of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself.
  2. Find a way to make my book available on the Amazon’s Kindle.
  3. Do a beta launch of <still secret project>.
  4. Extend my reach in social networks and with social media.
  5. Get my efforts in social networks and with social media working seamlessly and smoothly.
  6. Relaunch my <still secret project> in a major way.
  7. File taxes DURING tax season.
  8. Redesign this blog’s theme with accessibility in mind.
  9. Learn enough php to complete #8.
  10. Attend a taping of Oprah’s show.
  11. Further develop the “Faith the Talking CFO” concept and produce a series of YouTube videos.
  12. Create an ebook or book from my <still secret project>.
  13. Write one guest post per month.
  14. Create a 2011 photo quilt calendar to sell on Cafe Press.
  15. Comment on 10 blogs per week.
  16. Redo www.BooksbyGlenda.com to generate enough revenue to cover domain and hosting costs.
  17. Send 20-25 cards per month with SendOutCards.
  18. Continue the Accessibility 100 series.
  19. Complete the From Special Education Classroom to University Graduate mini-series. 
  20. Participate in the Vancouver Blogathon in July. 
  21. Feed 100 people in need Christmas dinner.

I will check back after the first quarter with a progress report

What are your goals for making 2010 your most awesome year ever?

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