Posted in Advocating for special needs, baby, baby boomers, Blogging, Business, children, communication, Education, elderly, emergency, family, pregnancy, tagged American Sign Language, awareness, bridges, children, communication, community leaders, developmental delays, elderly, expert, families, first responders, hearing impaired, hospital, interview, Louise Sattler, medical profession, open doors, school psychologist, sign language, special needs, teaching sign language, Video on September 6, 2009|
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Today I did an interview with Louise Sattler who is the creative owner/operator of http://www.signingfamilies.com. Louise is an expert trainer at workshops and classes that teach American Sign Language to help people communicate with one another. She is also a certified school psychologist who has an awareness of the importance of the need for families and community leaders to learn sign language. Sign Language opens doors and bridges gaps for people who are hearing impaired, or who may have developmental delays or special needs. Communication is something that many people take for granted.
Put yourself in the position of a person who is hearing impaired, or a person who lives with special needs; and, consider some environments they they may experience differently than you; such as a trip to the hospital or emergency room. How different would the experience be for you if you were the one who had difficulty making your needs known to the health care professionals. Or say you are an elderly person who is experiencing hearing loss…how are you going to communicate with other residents or say the staff? How about shopping or getting educational services at college or in elementary school? How about ordering a meal in a restaurant? Do you see how the quality of life can be improved for people impacted in this way? Can you see how sign language could open doors for people if others in the community took the opportunity to learn it from someone like Louise or through her DVD’s?
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If you are interested in learning more about Louise and her educational services please listen to the interview here: http://www.rapidcashmarketing.com/lorrainesinterview/signingfamilies.htm
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Posted in abuse, death, emotions, family, Frustration, government, grief, hopes, horror, Impact, leadership, life, loss, loyalty, media, mental and physical health, military, news, observations, opinion, pain and misery, parenting, Patriotism, politics, protect, publicity, relationships, Remembering, respect, sadness, service, stress, support, tagged abuse, American, conflict, cost, death, death toll, decisions, emotions, exploitation, families, family members, feelings, George H. Bush, goals, grieving, Impact, loss, media, military, opinion, Patriotism, photos, policy, President Obama, recommendation, respect, Robert Gates, sacrifice, sadness, service personel, support, thoughts, war on February 27, 2009|
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There is a debate brewing about whether news media should have access to photograph the coffins of returning military men and women, killed in the line of duty, when their bodies are returned to Dover Air Force Base. There is strong controversy about whether this should be allowed or not. In 1991, President George H. Bush enacted a ban on the photographing of the coffins. It just was not allowed to happen, by the order of the President.
This has been a matter of contention. Some people believe that allowing the photographs could make an impact on the minds of the citizens of the United States as to the cost of war; as the death toll rises from the wars in recent years. There are many who feel that by not seeing the evidence of the coffins, people would not understand the depths of the sacrifice that our service persons were making. In effect, out of sight…out of mind. (more…)
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Posted in armed forces, Celebration, children, comfort, communication, courage, elderly, emotions, encouragement, Faith, family, giving, grandchildren, help, Holiday, holidays, home, Honor, Impact, inspiration, joy, kids, life, love, military, news, Patriotism, relationships, respect, service, support, teens, well-being, writing, writing for children, writing project, tagged Activities Directors, Air Forces, armed forces, Army, cards, cards of encouragement, caring, celebrate, Celebration, children, Coast Guards, comfort, community, country, danger, emotions, encouragement, families, holiday cards, Honor, Impact, Make2Tell2, Marine Corps, Marines, men, military, nation, Navy, nursing homes, overseas, Patriotism, program, project, sacrifice, school children, service, support, thanks, troops, United States, Veteran's Day, women, youth groups on November 13, 2008|
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This week we celebrated two very special things here in the United States: one was Monday, November 10th which was the Marine Corps Birthday…and yesterday, which was Veteran’s Day. Both dates give honor to our military men and women. We should celebrate our armed forces because they sacrifice so much for us. We have men and women who are seperated from their families, often in dangerous situations; defending our country and those in other countries who need defended.
We have some pretty awesome troops who need support. I have heard about a wonderful program that does just that. It is a program that would be a wonderful project for school children or teen youth groups across the nation. Activity directors in nursing homes would also be a great source for this project. Even former Veterans can continue to serve their country by reaching out to those who presently serve our great country in the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and the Marines.
The idea behind http://www.make2tell2.com is to make 2 cards of love and tell 2 others about the project. They can be holiday cards or just cards that express respect and caring. This is a great way to lift the spirits of those serving our country when they need an emotional pick me up. These cards can express patriotism, faith, gratitude, caring, support, encouragement, and communicate comfort to those who need it!
Please spread the word…get involved…support our troops today. It doesn’t take much effort and it can mean so very much to the individual who receives it. After you make the cards…please send them to: Make 2 Tell 2, 991 Road
325, Harvard, NE 68944 This is also a great way to teach young people about service and about community. We all need encouragement at times…this is a wonderful way to do that for our troops overseas; it can have a tremendous impact on our military personel. Thank you!
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Posted in Business, celebrity, children, competition, dance, Dancing With The Stars, Dancing With The Stars, elderly, entertainment, family, inspiration, television, tagged age, airport, Business, children, Cloris Leachman, competition, Dancing With The Stars, elderly, entertainers, entertainment, families, inspiration, opinion, personality, Recap, Risky Business, salty language, season, standards of behavior, television on September 29, 2008|
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It can’t be helped; tonight, i am going to miss Dancing With The Stars. It is my guilty pleasure to watch this show. I look forward to the season; when it is out of season. I need to run to the airport to pick up my hubby from a business trip. He is more important than watching television…but, on the other hand, i am glad that Dancing With The Stars always has a recap on Tuesday nights, of the show the night before. This way, i can catch up…since i am going to miss it tonight. I hate to have to miss it; in it’s first showing…but, at least i will get to see the stars in action tomorrow night.
Since this is the second week of the season, i hope that they haven’t changed their formula from the previous season…or, i will be very disappointed. The early stages of the season…it is supposed to run fairly predictable with who leaves week by week according to skill or lack of skill…although, some have fallen for Cloris Leachman’s personality; and, kept her on a week or so longer than they should have in my opinion. No matter, in a few short weeks, the true competitors will be in place and you will begin to see real growth in those who remain in the competition. In the meantime, the show is an enjoyment for the most part.
In having Cloris, the oldest competitor in the history of Dancing With The Stars…maybe they should have called it Risky Business! After all, a fall could be serious business for someone who is in their 80’s. It is somewhat inspirational to have her set an example of remaining active in body and spirit when we age; however, Cloris has set a bad example with her behavior and her salty language.
Maybe Dancing With The Stars should have a clause in their agreement with the entertainers on standards of behavior allowed on the television show; since it is watched by families with young children as audience members.
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