Friday, July 31, 2015

Why We Needed The ADA



This is why the R-word has the meaning `of a person being sub-human and having no rights to me. That is how PWDs were treated before the ADA came about. Even at Ridge School we were told it was lucky, because some families would still put us in a room and exclude as from everything. I think my generation of PDW has seen the most change from laws and attitudes to the technology. Posted by

King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Friday, July 31, 2015

Thursday, July 30, 2015

George Washington University Drops Sat and Act Scores for Applicants



I think this is very cool because I am one who cannot take test. Maybe because I never had to study until I went to high school and college. That is why my GPA was so bad my first term at Towson U, I always did my work but suck on the tests and most grades are based on tests.

In high school I had like a 3.5 GPA, but the ACT  scores really hurt me starting college, even thou I work my ass off those score were more valuable.


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

Clients Always Have The To Express Feelings


So this is an email I just wrote to me Service Coordinator at Service Coordination incase I make to much noise.

I am very frustrated with UC2, the fired another one of my service coordinators.  This would be my 4th coordinator in 3 years.  I think it is very sad, because they use "paper work" as there reason to fire people. One coordinator quit only after a week on the job, because he did not like how things were run.

This week I am going to meet with Diane at UC2 to express how I feel.  I only wanted to inform you of the situation just incase.  I feel if I am a client of UC2, I should be able to  express when I feel they are letting their clients down. If UC2 feels people cannot do a good job, why hire them in the first place?


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Monday, July 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

BEMAA Art Camp Week 5: Your inner voice is there to help with more than peer pressure.



No matter what age one is someone will try to tell you what path to take and it might not always be the right one. This always happened in my life, because people think they are trying to make my life easy, but how do they know what I want in life.

My life has never been, or will be easy because I fellow my inner voice and 99% of the time it is right. Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

I have the next #seenontv idea, a hula hoop dog leach!



I have the next #seenontv idea, a hula hoop dog leach! I was thinking mostly for wheelchairs, but really only could use it. Everything is ok when dogs walk in a straight line, but that happens like 4% of the time.  Things go wrong when they turn, turn, backtrack, circle, circle! If there was a hula hoop around the chair, or over one's head nothing would get tangled! Not a hat, I don't want to be sued for broke necks, or people's heads being snapped off.


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Monday, July 20, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Budgets Are all Talk That People Think They Understand

Full Budget

This is just a interest chart to look at, not that I can understand it one bit. I know all these funds are meant to help #PWD, but by time it funnels down to the individual's service plan it is really pennies.

We always hear different agencies talk about tight budgets. I know there are a lot of people trying to do good with a small amount. The flip side is at some point I am sure some people are making money off of population that live on pennies a day.


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

BEMAA Art Camp Week 4: How best friends can help each other.


Another great day at BEMMA's art camp yesterday! Last week we talked about be bullied and trying to get help to solve them problem. It is best to keep telling another person about the problem until someone helps solve the situation rather then trying to get into a fight.

This week we did a 160 and talk about how best friend can help one another. I told the story about my best friend David Plumber from the Delray/Ridge days. He had CP too, but he could walk and David would always push me around school. In return I would always help him with since that was not his subject.

As you can see everyone can help each other in their own way.


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Wednesday, July 15, 2015

"Go forth and be HUMAN!"

Video


I can really relate to the third situation, because even the littlest of help can throw my whole system off.
This is along the lines of the presentation that Wifey and gave, we use stories and humor to get our message. This way people are learning without being told what, or what not to do.


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Monday, July 13, 2015

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Is It Ever Ok to Stereotype?


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Thursday, July 9, 2015

This morning Daisy and I were sitting in our bay window and I saw an old beat up pickup drive by with big Confederate Flag flapping in the wind.  my First thought was that driver has to be an good old boy douche bag. Is that really right of me since I am doing the same thing that people do to me by stereotyping me by the way I look.

Is this different, because this is a sign of hatred? Is it ok I judge someone to be part of a shameful part of America just by a symbol? When I spend all my life fighting against this?  Maybe this is where free speech comes into play?  You can express what ever one wants, but you also have live with what the masses believe about what you express.

The Word "Normal" is Obsolete

Video


The host of this TV show asks a young girl "do you ever wish your brother (who has autism) was 'normal?

This is vey good insight from a sibling of a person with a disability.  Really I think the word "normal" is obsolete, because it just means you blend into the ground and just became a number.

when you become "normal" life becomes boarding and you are not recognized for the gifts you have.


Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Thursday, July 9, 2015

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Day Programs Becomes a Job With No Breaks



When a person with a disability attends a "day program" do they have the option of taking days off? To me this becomes a job and even people who work have vacation, sick or personal days  to do as they will. Especially when the only time when it's ok to miss a day when one is sick, or for a Dr. appointment, or when they are closed.

So why should it be any different in the disability world, we also have business to take care of, or like an extra day take it easy.

Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Criptaedo Self-defense and Fitness for the disabled


I thought this would be good to share since I am doing the Art Camp at BEMAA. They also have one, or students that have a disability. Maybe they are willing to do this, because the Martial Arts are more about evoking the best out of each individual that can contribute to the group.

Posted by King Gimp - Dan Keplinger on Sunday, July 5, 2015

Saturday, July 4, 2015

My Odds 4th of July


Had to be when my Brother Paul and I were about 18 and 17. He and his girlfriend were going to O.C. for the night with another couple and they asked me to come along.  Maybe the were already married at the time, because we took a van.

We left in the middle of the night to miss traffic, so we were up all night and started to looking for a hotel. I think it was around 4pm before we got into the hotel room and we all took a nap. I remember Paul trying wake me up for the firework, but I did not what to get up. so I slept through the 4th of July and got up for the ride home.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Arts Participation among People with Disabilities




Very interesting article, It is just funny how art is still that to be as a luxury, or something that should be done on intellectual level.  When one still goes to a museum there are still expectations of how one should act. Don't point, if you talk you need to whisper almost everything what art is against.

Art to me, is just about expressing how one feels! Art does not need to be complex, or cost a lot to produce. Of course there are different level of art, but the commend thread of every form of  art is the power of  emotions.

Really the lack of art in disability community is sad, because art is the only thing that is not full of rules.  Being creative is freedom, there are no right or wrong. For people with disabilities it might be the only true freedom they would have.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Think flying is stressful? Try it in a wheelchair


This would be an awesome sight to see! Too bad there was GoPro‬ the time I was flying by myself and saw my ‎wheelchair‬ sitting on the tarmack as I felt the plane pulling from the gate!