Media Partner #44: Bookshare

Originally posted on Disability Visibility Project:

Because everyone should have access to books, we’re extremely happy to have Bookshare as our 44th media partner!

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Based in Palo Alto, California, Bookshare has the world’s largest online digital library of accessible books for individuals with print disabilities. The following is the mission of Bookshare (from their website):

People with print disabilities deserve to enjoy reading as much as all other readers. Yet, currently fewer than five percent of the books needed by people with print disabilities are available in accessible formats such as digital text or digital Braille.

Bookshare®’s goal is to raise the floor of access so that people with print disabilities can obtain a broad spectrum of print materials at the same time as everyone else.

People with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities can look to Bookshare to dramatically increase the quantity and timely availability of books and newspapers in accessible formats. Further, Bookshare’s…

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To Heal Our Communities, We Must Treat Each Other As Family

Originally posted on eliminating racism, empowering women:

By Amy Hunter
Director of Racial Justice, YWCA Metro St. Louis

Amy Hunter, YWCA Metro St. Louis

What’s going on in Ferguson?

We have failed as a community to treat each other as kin. This is apparent in the way this incident was handled. If Mike Brown had been Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s son, he would still be alive. This is not about breaking the law, or being under the suspicion of breaking a law. Every adult, at some point of their lives, likely has broken the law, but it doesn’t have to cost a life. We have a judicial system to assess crime and punishment. The situation in Ferguson, where there is mistrust of that authority, exposes the issues that are deeper and more systemic, like failing educational systems, profiling, and the lack of trust between people that are different from one another. Today Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said there…

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Mental Health Awareness & Pay It Forward

Originally posted on Emily Elizabeth Pierce:

I have been trying to figure out a way to raise #mentalhealth awareness. After rattling my brain for a while I came up with a great idea and put it to the test.

Today I went into the New Cannan Ct Starbucks and #paiditforward without saying anything but buying a 10.00 gift card and telling the cashier I was paying it forward to the next customer. The customer was so happy and I was too!

Some may be wondering how this will raise Mental Health Awareness well obviously thousands of others need to do it also and like the ALS challenge people need to be nominated.

The only thing is you will need to take a picture of your receipt that you actually paid it forward or have someone record you. Unfortunately, I never got my receipt.

In the next 24hrs I nominate Jen Jennifer Kalaj , Gabriella Rodriguez …

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Why Facebook is for ice buckets, Twitter is for Ferguson (DigiDay)

Originally posted on ParkerMather:

Ferguson, Missouri, Michael Brown, shooting, social media

Jack White and Buzz Aldrin (Credit: Awesome People Hanging Out Together)

Ferguson has been all over the news and is the focus of This Week in Social Media. The following article appeared on It comments on the shooting of Michael Brown through the lens of social media: 

If you have checked your Facebook feed over the past week and a half, you have almost undoubtedly seen a friend participating in the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” the feel-good viral sensation aimed at raising awareness of and dollars for ALS research.

If, however, you spent more of your time on Twitter, you were more likely to have received harrowing updates from Ferguson, Missouri, where police officers (and now the National Guard) are trying to enforce order on a town demanding justice for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man gunned down by a police officer on Aug. 9.


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It’s Like A Birthday Party Every Day

Originally posted on US Healthy Kids:


“It’s like a birthday party every day.”

Reading that quote from a new Kindergarten parent describing the sugar overload at her child’s school took me back seven years to when my oldest started school. I was surprised to see so many practices that undermined student health such as using food as a reward, class parties overloaded with sugar, junk food fundraisers and schools used as ads for soda and fast food.  I navigated these sticky situations by trial and error until connecting with other parents and organizations who were working to create healthier schools.

To help more parents prepare for these kinds of predicaments, I published a series of posts on Dr. Alan Greene’s website with tips, resources and sample scripts.  These include:

We’ll also have a #LTKH (Let’s Talk Kids Health) twitter chat on Monday, August 25th…

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We Choose to Stand and Advocate

Originally posted on Emelie's Voice:

I’m going to put a video up today. The autism community right now is torn by the whole should we or shouldn’t we debate. There is a good chunk that started a movement and some others think it’s the wrong time. So before a debate ensues I will preface this video by saying that we live awareness every single day. Not just one month out of the year and if we wait we lose a teachable moment. This is the time when our many of our kids are struggling with transitions in adjusting to new schedules. People haven’t been around many of our kids for 2 or 3 months so they forget how our kids are in reality and need a reminder.

I’ve heard firsthand how this movement makes it sound like we are stealing ALS’s thunder and how it seems like we want a cure for Autism. The timing…

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What to Share (and Not Share) About Your Kids Online

Originally posted on Parent Voices.:

Where do you stand? Do you share pictures and other personal information about your kids online?

“…as far as social media goes do as you will. I respect people on both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between. I just think it’s important to really take a moment to think about where you stand every now and then—to be sure you’re being true to your family values.” 


Whether you share pics of your kids or not, read more from Amy Heinz at Using Our Words.

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