Monday, November 1, 2021

                                                         Decision making

When it comes to decision making, many people don't realize the impact it has in our lives and independence.  Many think that decision making is only major things like deciding where to live or work or maybe decisions that have to do with health. 
Our lives are full of making decisions.  Even the small things in life are decisions.  It's common for people to not see them as decisions instead "living life".  When we decide what to wear, what to eat whether to ask for help or accept help etc.. Those are decisions. 
In other words we have more experience than we think.  Use our experience to make bigger decisions. Below is a general way to make decisions:

Define the issue - does it need action? If so, now? Is the decision urgent?  
  1. Gather all the facts and understand their causes.
  2. Think about or brainstorm possible options and solutions.
  3. Consider and compare the pros and cons of each option - consult if necessary - it probably will be.
  4. Select the best option
  5. Explain your decision to those involved and affected, and follow up to ensure 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

My next book is finally done! After waiting for 10 years!!! Some of you know my first book was originally published in 2010 and redone last year.
Super Cyclist goes to his next adventure protecting the city while continuing to teach children the importance of believing in themselves.

Sunday, July 26, 2020

30th anniversary of the ADA

Today is the 30th anniversary of the passing of the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).  I was 15 years old when it was passed.  I have to say that it has had an enormous impact on my life.  I was born with spina bifida and have always used a wheelchair.  When I was growing up in the 80's I remember times when I was either unable to go places due to inaccessibility or had to rely on family or friends to carry me up steps to access things everyone else could.  Even sidewalks were not accessible due to the lack of curb cuts.  One of the reasons I learned how to do wheelies in my chair was so I could go up and down curbs due to the lack of curb cuts or businesses with a step at the entrance.  When I graduated from high school in 1993 and went to college the ADA was still relatively new.  Many businesses, schools, curb cuts and other services were not accessible yet. Since I didn't always have people around to help like I did when I was a child inaccessibility and segregation more noticeable to me.  
Since then I have noticed the wonderful impact that the ADA has had on my ability to access things and be a contributing member of society.  I have had the opportunity to watch communities improve.  Places are more accessible and attitudes toward people with disabilities have changed for the better. Of course it has also shown me how much work still needs to be done.  It has shown me that some segregation against people with disabilities still exist.  Not only do communities still lack physical accessibility but  people with disabilities still lack access to things like adequate health care and adequate health insurance.  As a social worker and a Certified ADA Coordinator I hope to continue working on the wonderful progress that our country has made toward inclusion for people with all disabilities and hope to continue to work on fixing the problems that still exist. 

Monday, March 23, 2020

Having a Support Network

Having a support network is very important.  It doesn't matter if you have a disability or not.  
When I started living on my own I thought that independence was living in an apartment by yourself or with friends and making decisions on your own.  As time went on I noticed life is full of times that we need a support network.
For me this includes times I am dealing with medical issues, financial issues or even times I just need someone to talk to and support me when I'm feeling down.  I also started to realize that I already have one.  I have family, friends and doctors etc. 
The people I have in my network have different roles.  For example I wouldn't necessarily go to my doctor for financial or emotional support and I wouldn't necessarily go to my friends and family for medical advice unless they are doctors or nurses themselves etc.
Support networks are different for everyone  Sometimes it may be a caseworker or a counselor to support you with financial issues or housing or living situations just to name a few.

Things To think about with support networks:
1.  Emergency: this can include ambulance, police
2.  (General support: friends and family)
3.  Medical: this includes all of your doctor, pharmacy
4.  Finances
5.  Counselor Or Caseworker

When setting up a support network it is important to put things that enable you to contact them. This includes the NAME, NUMBER and sometimes ADDRESS
Putting your support network somewhere that you can see or easily access is very important.  Ideas include on the refrigerator and in your cell phone and/or your iPad.

Monday, December 30, 2019

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John has always wanted to become a crime fighter - But when friends mocked his dream because he uses a wheelchair he refused to give up. He works day-in-and-day-out at growing strong and smart. He proves everybody wrong. Super Cyclist is a book for every child who, like John, holds tight to their dream of becoming more than their physical limitations.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

podcast interview: Independent Living on a personal level

I was recently interviewed by Roni Sasaki.  She is a skier who competed in the 1992 Paralympics. During the interview we focused on various things through my life that I have faced and overcome.  I have attached the link below
Dave Carl

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Setting Goals

                                                      Setting Goals

*everyone can achieve goals no matter what their situation is!*

1. Ask yourself what do you want to accomplish?
EXAMPLE: I want to become more active

2. Describe the goal: what does the goal involve?
EXAMPLE: I want to be able to get out and do things instead of being inside all day  watching TV.

3. List the “mini goals” that need to be met to achieve the goal.
**I say "mini goals" instead of steps because there are times in life when even the simple steps   
    are not easy to do and therefore are goals themselves.**

     -mini goal example: I will make a list of activities I enjoy doing.
        -by Monday

     -mini goal example: I will look up the names and contact information for places in   
      my area that provide the activities I am interested in.
         -by Tuesday

     -mini goal example: I will contact the places that provide these activities of interest     
      and ask for a description of what they do, as well as when and where they meet.
         -by Friday

     -mini goal example: I will check to see what transportation is available to attend the     
         -by Monday

     -mini goal example: I will set up transportation to and from the activity.
        -same day (the day before if public transportation)

4. Below each "mini goal" write a date to accomplish it