Webgrammar (well, really me) has a new site on the excellent social networking site, Ning. How come? It's been clear for some time that social networking is here to stay. Technology and communications change almost in the blink of an eye. And everything moves forward. I want to stay in the mainstream so I can give my best to my two ezine subscribers and to my clients. I decided to focus for now on Twitter and Ning. I'm also participating in a third social networking site that will be open to the public in October. It's for people who pre-bought Seth Godin's latest book. He's the Permission Marketing/Purple Cow guy. Amazing. Anyway, I happen to know all of my ezine subscribers are remarkable in one way or another, and some of them love to network ideas, projects, etc. Sure enough, I no sooner started the place when author/educator/marketer Hal Alpiar joined. You've got to read about his project, Tales on Wheels. And Helen Harris, a brilliant watercolorist, joined and graciously shared some of her exquisite work. We'll also be hearing about a startup nonprofit in the Pacific Northwest called Mossyrock Area Education Foundation, a comprehensive after-school project that finally took wing. Grammar. Sooner or later we'll touch on that, but for now, we're focusing on Tales on Wheels and the Mossyrock Area Education Foundation. Please consider joining us.
August 11, 2008 Waikato Times, New Zealand, Cash aid kicks off for Autism Assistance dogs' costs, Donations have already begun rolling in for the three Waikato families left with a $33,000 bill after Qantas blocked their Autism Assistance dogs from being taken aboard a plane at Los Angeles Airport. But the airline itself has not fronted up...
Laurie Roberts, columnist with The Arizona Republic, wrote Wednesday about a four-year-old who needs $5,000 in equipment. The state of Arizona has turned her down. What issues does she face? Hydrocephalus Cerebral Palsy Scoliosis Seizures Severe delays Doctors say Maria will be deaf and blind, and never able to feed herself or walk. But her parents know their daughter can do more if given a chance. Rather than blame the state, although of course this must be addressed, and is being addressed next Monday at a hearing, perhaps people could stay tuned to Roberts' blog and see how things turn our. If there's a further delay, then perhaps concerned people could send some money to the family. It's just that doctors have expressed concern that she must stand as soon as possible to hopefully avoid further deterioration of her little body. As Roberts says, the sooner she is upright, the better. I'll keep you posted. NOTE: Saturday's paper published an update. People came through, offering lots of help. The state will approve of the walker Maria needs. And the El Zaribah Shrine will provide the stander. What an outpouring of support for Maria's parents! And the article itself is an encouragement. Roberts quotes the grandmother of a child with disabilities: "Never give up on these children. They surprise us so much."
Karen Shirk, Executive Director of 4PawsforAbility, Inc., is featured this week as a CNN Hero. I'm webmaster for the site, and know a bit about what she does for this organization. Karen's enthusiam and commitment truly make a difference in the lives of many families, and she hopes her organization can grow in a healthy way so she can see increased numbers of families helped. Her agency's website is at http://www.4pawsforability.org - it's worth a visit. And be sure to read about her children. She has one adopted child at home, and three in Haiti awaiting the time when all the approvals can be made.