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Living The Nightmare

About 7-8 years ago, I wrote the below blog post for another site, but, wow, does it ring true for today’s experience. The past post was titled, “Preparing For The Nightmare.” I changed one word, from preparing to living. How one word can make a big difference. Check out the below post.

If you found yourself in an emergency situation, such as a natural disaster, would you know what to do? I realize that many people do not like living their lives on the what ifs, and I am not asking you to, but I do believe it is important to be prepared. Therefore, being prepared does involve taking the what ifs into consideration so that the proper precautionary measures can be taken. I have been thinking about emergency preparedness a lot lately as I listen to the natural and human inflicted travesties occurring across the world. When thinking about these types of situations, it is always important to have a plan of action; what to do, where to go, and what to take. The best advice I can give you is, know your environment because doing this and having a plan of action can increase the probability of a better outcome. To learn more about emergency and disaster preparedness for individuals with disabilities, you can check out So do you have a plan of action?

A Powerful Message By Loren Eiseley

Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.

  One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.

As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.

He came closer still and called out  “Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?”

The young man paused, looked up, and replied “Throwing starfish into the ocean.”

“I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” asked the somewhat startled wise man.

To this, the young man replied, “The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.”

Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, “But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can’t possibly make a difference!”

At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, 

“It made a difference for that one.

Loren Eiseley

Mindful Mentoring

Who knew there was a whole month dedicated to mentoring? Yes, January was National Mentoring Month. This podcast will shed some light on how you can incorporate mentoring into your life as a seeker, or even as a mentor.

Happy 10th Anniversary!

Being the champion in technological accessibility, Apple has opened many doors for people, including those with disabilities. No one is left out. I became a Mac user in elementary school. In fact, it was the first computer I had ever owned. I was re-introduced to the Apple line in 2010, when I was on the market for a new phone. This time around, I was a blind user, unlike my experience in elementary school, thus my needs were different. When I was in the market for a new cell phone, I had done research on the best accessible phones for those with visual impairments, and the iPhone came up as one of them. Although the accessibility feature for the iPhone was fairly new for the iPhone, Apple was generating buzz. Particularly, for their built in screen reader, VoiceOver.
 Initially the sales person, through my cell phone carrier, was hesitant in selling me the phone because of the touch screen. I told him about the positive reviews I have heard about it, to which I was told that if it didn't work out, I could bring it back. Let's just say that I did not take back the phone, and in fact, I have had several iPhone models since then. Here are 10 ways the iPhone is accessible.
1. Voiceover; text to speech program for those with visual impairments. Verbally speaks out loud what is on the screen. In addition, some people with dyslexia use this feature as well.
2. Zoom Text; Magnification capability for those with low vision.
3. Magnifying glass; A real magnifying glass, but on the phone. Point the iPhone to whatever needs to be magnified.
4. Camera; Allows independence for taking pictures. People have the option to set a timer for selfies, while telling how many people are in the frame. The camera also tells the position of the people in the frame.
5. FaceTime; Allows people the option to see each other when conversing, such as hearing impaired individuals. Sign language is at a person's fingertips.
6. Dictation; This feature is not only a time saver and convenient, but it helps those who my not be able to type for varying reasons, such as a disability.
7. Siri; The built in assistant that many have grown to love. You can ask Siri anything, to which she always has a clever response. Information gathering made easier.
8. Hearing Aids; Made for iPhone hearing aids allows a person to control what they hear through Bluetooth technology. A person can adjust volume, etc., making participation in conversations easier.
9. TTY Capability; Built in software allows a person to make TTY calls without added hardware.
10. Switch Control; Allows people to have access to their phone with no need to touch it. Good option for those with physical impairments that impact movements.
 These are just a few accessibility options that the iPhone has to offer. So, as a tribute to 10 years of my iPhone use, how about you take full advantage of this amazing device, by noticing all that it has to offer?

Website Provides A Protective Factor For Students

Protective factors can enable a person to make it through the hard times; seeing the light at the end oft eh tunnel. Protective factors can be family, friends, social groups/networks, etc. For example, an arena where pressure exists and suicide ideation is high, some colleges are seeking to provide emotional support. Following up on the previous post that was written on this blog about college student’s experiences and challenges, this website is a resource to help address those same issues. The website is called, “You At College” and can be found at The site is a joint collaboration between Grit Digital Health and Colorado State University. The website runs on three core principles; succeed (Success in personal and educational/professional life), thrive (Thrive in physical and mental health), and matter (Finding purpose and connecting with others).      When a student first uses the website, they are given a test that examines the student’s qualities in succeed, thrive, and matter. Based off of the test results, the website then suggests news stories, videos to students, and links to other materials. Check out the site and see what you think.