Friday, December 2, 2011

All I Want For Christmas Is Steve Jobs to Come Back, But NOT as a Freakin' Zombie!

If you've followed my personal blog, blogzilly, for any length of time, you pretty much know the full story behind a charitable foundation that sprang forth from an iPad contest gone disastrously wrong over the Spring and Summer earlier this year.

That organization, which came to be known as Mission: iPossible!, went on to complete its Mission One project at a pace I think everyone, myself included, was stunned by.

In some unreal number like 76 days or some such, the Special Needs Community pooled its collective resources, came together and raised slightly more than $11,000.00 to purchase and ship 20 iPads to 20 kids with communication-related disabilities.

Well, we're at it again. Wanna find out more? Then JUMP!

Even this morning, I was finishing up a discussion with one of the Masters of This Website. We were discussing Its Nature. The fact that it is a Website About Media and Pop Culture.

All true.

The man is a wizard. And a genius. And so a post like this almost doesn't even belong here. But I am a contributor, and I have a somewhat unique...perspective. It is unique first and foremost because of course, we are, ALL of us unique. But it is also unique because I believe that once you have a child with a disability you become something drastically different as a person.

Nothing can, or should, ever be the same for you.

Online, on this here World Wide Web, I used to write about toys and tits all the time. Now I still do that when I can...but I write a lot more about my son, and about my family, and I seek to understand my place in this universe in ways I never did before. While playing with toys and staring at tits.

And since I do have access to this space, and you all, I wanted to share with you this info, in case you or anyone you know has a disability or a child with one, who might want to enter a little Christmas giveaway our little organization is doing over the next two weeks. I think for this, the toys and the tits can wait, yeah? :)

When we did the fulfillment of Mission One, and sent iPads to 20 different kids from 20 different families, I was shocked, even though I suppose I should not have been, by the diverse mixture of kids and their disabilities from that group, which from a personal perspective I found interesting, because it allowed me a fantastic opportunity as a Special Needs father to see a lot of aspects of how the technology helps kids in many very subtle and different ways.

I gained as much from the experience as I put in, maybe even more. But I have written about that ad nauseum in my own blog, I'm sure most people are fairly tired of my going on and on about what the entire experience has meant to me.

What's most important, most paramount, it what the experience has meant for the kids. I still hear from some of the families.

After the first Mission was over, we took a break to assess where we wanted to take the overall organization. We had something in mind, and needed to wait on it because we needed some more info. In the meantime, while we figure things out, Heather, author of Little Wonders, managed to have 2 iPads come her way, and so we decided to give those away to 2 families for Christmas.

That will be our Mission Two until we can get the details worked out on the larger project.

All the details can be found over on the Mission: iPossible blog. You know the place. It's the one where you hear the crickets chirping. ;)

So if you can, spread the word, let people know that the iPads are already in hand and ready to be given, we don't even need to raise the funds. Otherwise, Heather is just going to send them to me and I will use them to prop up one end of my sofa since it is uneven and they are the PERFECT width.


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