Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Aeir Apparent

How've you been?

I haven't really had much of a chance to post here, we have been dealing with so much lately. For me, it has been a multifaceted medical mystery, for Heather some very scary and painful visits to the ER (but also a super cool announcement of an engagement), and Eric has had some stuff going that you can read about at his blog too. We are all super busy. Always seems to be that way, huh?

All of the iPads for Missions 3 and 4 have been delivered, we have some iPosts to get written, and we will. It's been a bit of a slow start to getting Mission 5's rocket off the launching pad, but if you have seen my MRI or the photo of Heather's toe on Facebook, well...I think you will understand that we both (and I am smiling as I type this) are still committed to this, we are just making sure we pace ourselves, know what I mean?

In the meantime, a good friend of mine who is, surprisingly, from outside our SN Community, sent me a link to this article, called Aeir Talk Gives A Father’s Autistic Kids A Voice. The App for Communication looks very promising, and when I get some time I intend to download it and give it a shot.

How can you NOT do it for only $1.99!?! Hell we paid fifty bucks for iCommunicate, which we think is pretty groovy, and if this is as cool as it looks like it could be then hey, two bucks is a freaking STEAL!

Hope you all are doing well. We'll be back with more soon.


Monday, March 26, 2012

One Small Step

As we wait for some of the iPost materials to trickle in and for some Verification stuff to get sorted out to ship out the last of the M:4 iPads, just want to take a moment to point you in the direction of something that is, without doubt or hesitation, worth a few minutes of your time.

In our world, in the universe of the Special Needs community, we seem to spend much of our lives as parents picking up the pieces. Trying to patch holes in our lives. Trying to keep our families together, trying to put out this fire or that, and battling obstacles both within ourselves and put before us by systems that seem to care so little about the children they claim to serve.

Moment of Purity seem so rare sometimes, don't they?

They happen, they really do. And it is important that all of us stop and take a second to bathe in the warm wonder of those experiences when we happen to be fortunate enough to be granted a gift of such a treasure from one of our own children. But isn't it equally as important, as members of this community, when we become aware of one of our own who is savoring the beauty of something that will be timeless in their lives, to also bear witness?

Do we not owe it to them, and to ourselves, to stop, turn our heads, and take heed?

I say yes.


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Updates. Everybody Loves 'Em

A message just arrived in my Inbox. Sending me a link to the USPS website, which is looking REALLY good these days, in case you have not been in a while. I'm liking it a lot more than I ever have. The latest news on the iAndrew shipment?

Arrival at Post Office
March 22, 2012, 8:13 am

That means that hopefully today it will be signed for.

The grin, it is so toothy. :)

Some iPads await paper, others are at various stages of their Verification and/or shipments. But this is always the fun part, yes? It's the old Heinz ketchup commercials on steroids. After the dust settles this weekend time to dig the heels in on some fund-raising.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

M:4 Results

Not going to have a bunch of fanfare or hoopla, just going to get right to it.

Since Mission 3 was very distinctively about trying to choose Recipients ourselves based on our own reasons individually, we wanted to go another route entirely for Mission 4. Also, since it had been so long since we had fired up Mission 2 back before Christmas, we decided to attack the Candidate List sequentially.

Ultimately, the decision was made to do it in Absolute Sequence, from those who signed on the earliest.

Therefore, the Recipients for Mission 4 are as follows:


Parents or other sponsors, if you have not already started the process of Verification, please do so at your earliest convenience. The iPads are already here, they only need to be shipped after completion of that process. Andrew's, from Mission 3, is en route. His Mom, Rebecca, sent an IEP instead of #1 and #2 on the Verification Page, and that speeds things up dramatically.

Congratulations to the new kids on the block. It will be great to see everything unfold.

Now let's get cooking on Mission 5, and remember, this is a group effort, a community effort. It is always worth keeping that in mind!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Mission 4

Long time no...hey wait a minute. Don't have to say that this time around, cause we are on a ROLL.

Mission 3 is in the process of fulfillment. The Recipients have been contacted, it is a matter now of just getting all the Verification worked out. I reached out to all three Parent Contacts today and heard back from everybody, now it is a matter of connecting the Recipients to each of the people who selected them.

That is a bit different than how it has gone down before. In the past it was always me handling all that kind of communication.

Taking a different approach this time.

We'll still ship out the iPads when the time comes, but wanted to have this third Mission be personalized between the family and the person who selected that family. Made the most sense, especially since the person making the selection is going to be writing the blog about it.

Now, regarding Mission 4.

We plan to do something involving sequential order. Exactly what, I'm not sure. Whether it is covering the first four on the list, or a different type of sequence generation, we haven't decided yet. There wasn't enough time for all of us to confer with each other.

The real news here is that we are focusing on the list as it stands, with no new Candidates to be added for the time being. Want to get some progress going and get some families taken care of.

Talk to ya Monday...

PEACE. (I think?)