30. August 2013 · Comments Off on Lessons in love and intergenerational hand-holding · Categories: advocacy, Gary's Son, parent education, violence

Hi,

My latest piece is up on the Good Men Project.  It’s called “We’re Not Gay, That’s My Son: Lessons in love and intergenerational hand-holding”

Click on the image to have a read.  And although this particular essay is not in the book, there are 41 pieces by moms, dads, kids, (and me) in the Dads of Disability book at www.dadsofdisability.com

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Thanks,

Gary

 

29. August 2013 · Comments Off on Intersection of UX, Marketing, and Disability · Categories: Uncategorized

Hi,

See my post about my local post office, marketing, disability, user design, and the picture below on my marketing blog at this link:

Mail slot with red tape

Click picture to enlarge. The text on the picture says: THE TOP MAIL SLOT HAS BEEN ELIMINATED TO MAKE THE BROOKLINE POST OFFICE COMPLIANT WITH THE ADA DISABILITIES ACT THE SLOT HAS BEEN DEEMED TO HIGH PLEASE USE THE SLOT BELOW FOR ALL MAIL. (All CAPS and the underline are their text, not mine.)

Warm regards,

Gary

29. August 2013 · Comments Off on More misinterpreted word power · Categories: advocacy, Gary's Son, parent education

Hi,

My son sometimes says the word “dark” when he sees African American, Indian, or other darker skinned folks.

ChessSet

No, he didn’t learn the derogatory term “darkie” from his family. He is just noting an actual, physical thing in the world from his perspective using his language to the best of his ability.

When he was smaller, it could have been written off.  Now that he is an early teen, it could become a problem.

Do you have any suggestions (esp. my friends of color) about how I can work with folks he may encounter who hear him say this?

Thanks,

Gary

(Image from Wikipedia, creative commons license)
27. August 2013 · Comments Off on Dr. Jane Goodall related project perks · Categories: advocacy, animation, Gary's Son, kickstarter

Hi,

In 2010, my son Alexander and I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Jane Goodall.  Afterwards, we struck up an ongoing correspondence via email. This is reflected in the Dads of Disability animation and will be reflected in one of the essays in the book.

 

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Dr. Goodall was good enough to send along some Mr. H Junior plushie Chimpanzees and collectible photos of herself and Gombe chimpanzee Freud taken by photographer Neugebauer.

 

One perk (two available) is a ten-pack of the Dads of Disability paper book, the Mr. H Junior, and the photo in a frame for $219 shipping included (US and Canada only).

 

 

jane-and-alexAnother perk (one available) is (a) Museum quality framed original animation artwork of Dr. Goodall from the project (click here to jump to the point in the video this art comes from) (b) A mat opening with the animators signature (c) A mat opening with the Gombe chimp photo (d) A hardcover of Dale Peterson’s Jane Goodall Biography (unsigned) (e) A Mr. H Junior plushie and (f) A ten-pack of the Dads of Disability paper book.

 

Other perks start at $9 for the eBook and $19 for an eBook/paper book combo.  Please visit the Indiegogo project page!  Like it from there and follow it, even if you can’t contribute.

Thanks,

Gary

Please Note:  The Jane Goodall Institute nor Dr. Jane Goodall explicitly endorse the Dads of Disability project. The donations of Jane Goodall related materials to the project were based on a personal correspondence between her and the author and you should infer no endorsement.

 

23. August 2013 · Comments Off on The anti-Ontario-autism-hate-letter experience · Categories: advocacy, Gary's Son, parent education, sites to visit, violence

Hi,

That damned letter from Ontario, Canada from that sicko abusing a family with a child with autism.  Enough said about it. (If you haven’t heard of it yet, here’s an introduction to it.)

I believe that there are good people in the world.  And that they outweigh the evil.  Here’s my example from Wednesday.

We were at the Squam Lake Science Center in New Hampshire. The whole blended family. It was almost the only day all summer that we were able to do something together.

A. was doing great when I picked him up from school – but he had a very severe 45 minute meltdown in the late morning.  (He was a delight before and after though.)  During the meltdown, despite my best attempts to keep him and others safe by removing us from the situation, he ended up grabbing a woman on the arm very hard and pinching and leaving a mark. Had this woman and her family been anything other than the angels that they were, there could have been big trouble. She was actually hurt a little bit on her arm, but we separated and I helped A. get to a safe place.

Later on, we saw the woman again and I profusely apologized to her and her husband. I asked her if she would be willing to have A. apologize to her with her standing a few feet away. The tantrum was long over and he was in control, and the lady allowed A. to apologize for hurting her.

It was this lady’s understanding and compassion — her acceptance of an unacceptable event in public — that makes me think that the “Ontario Letter” crap is the ultra minority of opinion. An opinion we must make note of and combat.  But of such utter insignificance in comparison to the good in most folks.

Gary

 

20. August 2013 · Comments Off on LinkedIn for Crowdsourcing Awareness? · Categories: advocacy

Hi,

A LinkedIn ad campaign for a crowdsourcing project – for a disability education book? Doesn’t sound quite right.

Or does it?

Content Marketing (or whatever we call it this week) is nothing if not an educated guess based on personas and research, try it, measure it, and adjust it. Then rinse and repeat. So, why not try a test?

LinkedIn allows me to directly address speech therapists, school principals, and physical, speech, and language therapists by title (amongst others), so why not try to reach out to them? They use LinkedIn too. I already was interviewed by an MSW for her blog because of my outreach on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn-campaign

And I’m sort of tired of being “afraid” that the tech and business folks that may hire me will avoid me because I am doing a side book project and/or I am a father of a child with a disability. Look, the list of amazing skills (technical, interpersonal, political, business, not to mention patience and time and budget management) I have honed because of the life I have experienced with my family–well, if you think they are negatives for my next full-time gig, I’d have to disagree!

Please support my Dads of Disability project with a pre-order through my Indiegogo project. And have a look at my marketing blog and portfolio (or email me for a resume) to hire me for my next amazing gig. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Have a great week,

Gary Dietz
gdietz@garydietz.com

(Cross posted to my www.garydietz.com marketing blog)

20. August 2013 · Comments Off on Free Sample / Pre-Order My Book · Categories: Uncategorized

APRIL 15, 2014

Book is available.  Click the PURCHASE link in the menu to find out how to buy.

Hi,

Now that I am on Indiegogo, I can say “please pre-order my book at a discount!” This little guy wants to be bought!  And discounts are steep if you support me with a pre-order.

Free thre-story preview!

 

Hey, see inside me for three sample stories RIGHT NOW!

 

 

Here are the pre-order options that you can find at http://www.dadsofdisability.com/igg  The book is scheduled for completion in April 2014.

  1. $9 for a PDF version. This is DRM-free. That means no pesky digital rights management and you can open it anywhere on any device that can read PDF files. The final ebook will cost more and have DRM on it to sell it in stores.
  2. $19 – Get the PDF file and a paper book. Shipping included in the US.
  3. $39 – Get the PDF and two copies of the paper book.  One for you and one for a buddy.  I ship them for you to TWO locations.  Shipping included in the US.
  4. $79 gets you a 6-pack of paper books. And $119 gets you a 10-pack of paper books.  Shipping included to one location in the US
  5. $349 – Framed artwork from the animation!  Only 4 left as of this writing!
  6. $499 – 50-pack bulk order of paper books
  7. $2000 – A site license for your university or hospital or agency to place an electronic version of the book on your intranet or password access Learning Management System

Thanks so much for your support!  Please share this post on Facebook and tweet it out with the hash tag #dadsofdis

Warm regards,

Gary