Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt

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Author Offers Advice to Parents with Special Needs Kids

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 10:45 pm on Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Hiking a ravine
Turkey Run State Park, Indiana

After spending the day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (being so close, I just had to!), I drove over to Turkey Run State Park to meet blogger Jana. A quiet place to chat was what we both needed.

Being a woman about to embark on married life, I found myself offering Jana some advice. Jana is also serious considering fostering children with special needs. Because my parents were such a positive impact on my childhood, growing up with cerebral palsy, I also found myself offering advice to parents with special needs kids. Please help yourself to a cool beverage and join us for our chat under a shady tree.

With time travel involved, I’m heading back to Australia tomorrow! Until then, please vote daily so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). I have secured fourth place! My next goal is #3 by Labour Day. With your support, I know I can do it. Thanks!

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Internet Eliminates Communication Barriers for Some People with Disabilities

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 1:51 pm on Monday, August 27, 2007

I love you in American sign language
(Photo credit: Hannah Boettcher)

After driving nearly six hundred miles in my red Ferrari this weekend (yes, life is tough!), I pulled up in front of Karen Putz’s home in Bolingbrook, Illinois, shortly after she got her kids off to school. Not bad timing!

Karen is a deaf mom to three deaf and hard of hearing kids. Her husband is also deaf. Her dog Kaycie hears a rabbit breathing a half mile away! Through her involvement with Illinois Families for Hands & Voices, Karen is active as both a Deaf Mentor to families with newly identified deaf children in the Chicago area.

Over a box of still warm Krispy Kreme doughnuts, we discover that communication is the largest barrier that we both face, particularly in group settings. Those times can be the most isolating for us. The internet levels the playing for us, making communication much easier. Karen appreciates when people add captioning to videos and provides transcripts for podcasts, making those forms of communication also accessible to her. Please join us for our chat. There may be a couple of doughnuts left!

Tomorrow I am off to Indiana, home of the Indy. Sounds like a side trip is in order! Until then, please vote daily so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). With your support, I have secured fourth place! Thanks. Can we make #3 by Labour Day?

Finally, a reminder that an ebook version of my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself is now available, and autographed paperbacks are also still available. Order yours today. Gas for this Ferrari is expensive!

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Author Stops in Washington, DC

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 3:02 pm on Friday, August 24, 2007


Thomas Jefferson penning the Declaration of Independence felt an appropriate image for today. (Photo credit: Thad Zajdowicz)

From Queensland, Australia, I flew overnight to Dulles International Airport in the suburbs of Washington DC to meet with Susan Reynolds, a new media consultant.

Initially, like any good hostess unsure how to be around someone in a wheelchair, she fussed over me until I could share with the first etiquette tip when communicating with someone with a disability:

Relax. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you’re unsure of what to do.

Once reassured and comfortable in her living room, we had pleasant chat about how interacting online gives us the freedom to choose what and how much we reveal about ourselves, which can be quite liberating. Please join us. Thanks Susan for a great day!

I now pull out my US road map, jump in my Ferrari and leisurely make my way to Bolingbrook, Illinois, for Monday. Until we meet again, please vote daily so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). Only 65 votes needed to take fourth place. Together, we can definitely achieve that today. Thanks kindly!

Have a great weekend!

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Author Continues Her Book Tour on a Learjet

Filed under: I'll Do It Myself: The Book, Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 1:02 pm on Thursday, August 23, 2007

Looking out to Soutport on the Gold Coast, Australia
(Photo credit: Martin van Rensburg)

Today, the Ferrari is parked and the Learjet is warming up on the tarmac. I’m off to Queensland, Australia! (Is the universal Law of Attraction picking up these hints?)

I have the pleasure of chatting with Jacqui Dalling, mom to adorable Moo who has spastic cerebral palsy. She shares her experiences in her blog Terrible Palsy, which is described as:

A condition in which onlookers and people in the community tell parents how terrible life must be raising a physically challenged child. This condition manifests itself through pity and audible sighing of those around you. Terrible Palsy can be deceiving because you can be asymptomatic for weeks, months, or even years, and then just when you and your family are feeling really good about your child, it can present itself in the form of a condescending pat on the head or a blessing from an anonymous busybody. Best known treatment is to carry a list of snappy comebacks in your pocket or a large bag of peanut M & Ms.

Ah, yes, that pity strikes from out of nowhere, at any time! How do you prepare your child for that? I share a few thoughts with Jacqui. Join us for our chat. I’d love to hear your thoughts on dealing with pity.

Good news: my autobiography I’ll Do It Myself is finally available as an ebook! No taxes, no shipping required! Autographed paperback copies are also still available, as well as large-print editions – while supplies last!

Please join me Friday as I fly to Washington, DC! For now, please cast your daily vote so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). Only 110 votes needed to take fourth place. Together, we can achieve that today. Thanks kindly!

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Flat Tire Doesn’t Stall Author’s Tour

Filed under: Virtual Book Tour — by Glenda at 4:51 pm on Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Apache Trail, Arizona

From Saskatchewan, I drove all night to get to Mike DeWitt, Technology and Change Management Consultant, outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. And, wouldn’t you know it? I got a flat tire on a terrifying yet breath-taking stretch of the Apache Trail. Read the details…

What more do I need to say!

Please join me Thursday as, according to my tour itinerary, I am off to Australia! Meanwhile, please cast your daily vote so I may win the opportunity to be paid to blog for a year (be sure to click on “Vote for Glenda Watson Hyatt”). Thanks kindly!

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