Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hands of Change

Disability Awareness at JC, originally uploaded by nodakwheeler.

It has been way to long since I've posted but things have been pretty busy lately. Here's an update on a few of the things I've been up to.

Today I was one of three speakers that did a disability awareness presentation at Jamestown College. The program is called Hands of Change and it involved speaking to two classes of education students about what it's like living with a disability. It was great to share our experiences and show that having a disability is just a part of our life and that it doesn't define us as people. The local gal from the Freedom Independent Living Center was there to talk with us and explain the services they provide to people with disabilities. It was a great afternoon and I was glad I could participate.

A couple weeks ago I finished the 2005 Fall newsletter for the vent support group I operate. The newsletter can be viewed at http://www.geocities.com/npvsn/october05newsletter.htm It has been great meeting many new people and providing vent users a place to communicate.

I've been staying busy with other advocacy work and trying to start a grassroots group here in Jamestown. It's so important to bring people with disabilities together to discuss issues and advocate for positive system changes.

The fall weather has been great and it's been so nice to be able to be outdoors enjoying it. The weeks ahead will be keeping me busy but I hope to have another new post on here very soon.

Take care,

The Nodakwheeler