As we prepare for our next Dreamscape Charity Stream, we are proud to announce a first and new twist on our typical event! On Saturday, June 1st, we will be teaming up with Twitch Streamer and artist Jade (PaintWithJade) for a 12-hour long stream, to raise money for the young students at Whispering Forest Elementary. From 10am-10pm, Jade will be demonstrating her true talents on the canvas. Just coming off her first ever showing in a gallery, she is excited to create a piece with a deep level of meaning. To Jade, “it always feels good as an artist when you are able to create something that represents something or has a greater meaning to it.” Continue reading« PreviousNext »
Jade Brings a New Creative Style to Dreamscape’s Next Charity Stream
Live Accessible Changes Lives for the Blind
Whether you were born with a visual impairment or developed one throughout your life, it can be extremely difficult to find the resources and tools you need. Over the years, accessibility concerns have been growing and a lot is being done to help the blind and visually impaired community. But while new accessible internet designs and assistive technology are being developed and implemented, we are still forgetting one thing… Knowledge. Where individuals or families impacted by a visual impairment may now be able to use assistive tech or access the internet, how do they know what tools and options are best for them? Or how they can research and learn about these new developments? That is where Live Accessible hopes to fill in the gaps.
Who is Live Accessible?
Live Accessible is a platform created to provide visually impaired people with resources and information they need to learn about the many programs, communities, technologies and more that are available to them. Additionally, they have a very active Youtube Channel, loaded with helpful tips and advice for the blind community. It was founded by Carrie Morales, a young woman who has lived her entire life with a visual impairment. Carrie was born with Aniridia, an eye disorder where the iris (colored part of the eye) is either partially or completely missing. This condition causes a loss of visual acuity and sensitivity to light. In addition, as Carrie got older, she developed Cataracts (age 6) as well as Glaucoma (age 15). Inside every eye, there is a natural lens that captures light to help us see. Cataracts cause this lens to become clouded and diminishes the ability of the eye to pick up light. Glaucoma is caused from a build up of pressure in the eye most commonly from excess fluid. The increased pressure in the eye damages the optic nerve, diminishing the connection between your eye and brain.
Carrie knows that life with a visual impairment/s can be difficult but it’s not just the disability that makes things hard. Growing up, one of the toughest difficulties she faced was the reaction from society. One of the effects of her visual impairments causes her eyes to move constantly. She does not always have a way to control it because her eyes are simply trying to focus on something they cannot. For her it was the reactions she would get from people in her every day life and the stereotypes that came with them. But she did not let this discourage her! With the help of her Teacher of the Visually Impaired (TVI) and different organizations providing her and her parents with resources, she was able to figure out what was out there to help her. Without these, she never would have known about the assistive technology or programs that could help her and her family. Additionally, through these resources she found the visually impaired community. Just being with and talking to people who understood what she was going through helped her to finally not feel alone.
Using Personal Experiences to Help Others
Despite these conditions and difficulties, Carrie has remained positive and now wants to use her own personal experiences to help others struggling with conditions/difficulties of their own. But she is not alone here! Her husband Pablo, who in his mid-twenties went completely blind, also brings his own unique experiences and perspective to Live Accessible. Pablo went from having perfect vision to being completely blind within a matter of hours due to a medical mistake. Additionally, they have a son, Pablo Joseph, who also has a visual disability. Together, they want to help those facing their own difficulties find the resources they need to fully equip themselves with the knowledge necessary to live a fully accessible life. Whether it be tech related, parenting advice for a child with visual impairments or parents with visual impairments, and much more! With a combination of constant resources and information provided on their site, along with the walk throughs, tips and tricks for the blind on their Youtube Channel; Live Accessible, wants to give people the knowledge they need to live a life without limits.
At Live Accessible, they are clean and clear with their goals and purpose. “We don’t claim to know everything but, we have a lot of experiences and want you to take advantage of them.” Dedicated only to helping people educate themselves and not feel as if they are alone!
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Joys and Challenges: Tips for Disabled People on Preparing for Parenthood
There’s a longstanding misperception that disabled people either aren’t physically able to be parents, or that they need extensive and ongoing assistance. Some people believe that an expectant disabled couple has twice as much work to do getting ready to be parents, having to accommodate both their disabilities and the demands of parenthood. In fact, they face the same challenges that any parent faces: their baby will need a crib and changing table, baby clothes, and the emotional support of loving parents. Getting up for a 3 a.m. feeding may be the hardest adjustment for any parent, disabled or not.
By the time they become parents, a disabled couple’s home has already been adapted to accommodate their physical needs. There may, however, be a few logistical arrangements to make depending on the nature of their disability. Most of these adjustments can be made with easily acquired special equipment. Just like any parent, disabled people are simply interested in making the job of parenting as easy as possible.
Taking care of the details
Getting ready for the blessed event means planning ahead, figuring out what you’ll need and what changes you might need to make. In most cases, standard baby equipment works fine, though it might be necessary to fine-tune things a bit. If your upper body mobility is limited, it might be necessary to adjust your baby stroller so that you can easily carry along a diaper bag, bottles, pacifiers and other essential items. If you’re in a wheelchair, you may need to purchase a special velcro strap that allows you to connect it to your stroller or baby chair, something many disabled parents have found a useful and efficient way to improve mobility. An adjustable crib is another highly useful item that makes things easier for parents and safer for baby.
Baby-proofing your home
Making your home safe for a child is a matter of identifying and anticipating potential dangers. You’ll need to get safety gates for the top and bottom of all stairways, and install baby locks that keep little hands from getting into cleaning supplies and medicine chests. Be careful to keep sharp kitchen objects well out of reach, and place special baby covers on the controls on your stove. If access is an issue, parents in wheelchairs may need to have a ramp or lift installed for safer front and back door access.
Get your rest
Well-rested parents may seem like an oxymoron, but you need to take care of yourself to give your child the care he or she needs. Set up a schedule so that you and your spouse take turns feeding your child and changing diapers late at night. Even if you’re an experienced parent, caring for a little one can be overwhelming. Try to arrange things so that you both get a little time away to recharge your emotional batteries. It’s an important consideration – you both need time to process your feelings and relax a bit.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) may be a viable option for parents who are having trouble conceiving. According to Qunomedical, the national average for IVF treatments is $12,000, while medications may cost as much as $5,000. Some insurance companies help cover the cost of treatments, but for most people IVF is a costly process. Consider borrowing from a retirement fund or taking out a home equity loan to avoid high-interest loans. It can be well worth it: the success and availability of in vitro fertilization have given hope to many infertile couples who have not been able to conceive. Since 1978, 5.4 million babies have been born worldwide with the help of IVF.
Joys and challenges
Disabled parents anticipate the same joys and challenges that all parents expect. But being disabled does not mean they’re not prepared for the difficulties of caring for a little one. Preparation is the key, and anticipating needs that allow you make any logistical adjustments well in advance.« PreviousNext »