This past weekend I was charged up by what I felt was a MISSION.
So, I wrote a letter and made some phone calls. In the near future I’m going to ask you all to take a minute and a stamp and get involved.
I wrote this to APPLE today: (This letter SUCKED to write!!)(I don’t do long letters.)(See how tightly my panties are bunched?)
November 16 of last year I probably wouldn’t have written this letter. Last year I would have written it with two working hands. And legs. Not from a wheelchair.
Last week I was talking with some parents of handicapped kids who were lucky enough to afford an IPad for their kids. How much it was a learning tool, it taught and it gave words to the voiceless, as well as let people in wheelchairs play with their children again.
But, we also talked about the family members, the parents, the handicapped people themselves that mourned how the cost is prohibitive.
These aren’t people trying out a new toy for the first time. This is a little boy making friends because he’s able to say his name. It’s a teenage girl than had hearing problems feeling normal because she could download a movie and listen at a volume that didn’t hurt. It was a mom, using the the Kindle app to hold her child in her arm and read her a story again….in a large font, with one hand.
Apple offers a great discount so students who are working to get their education can afford to get technology. I think that’s great. I always have.
I’m sad to say it took having strokes and having my life changed to see there’s a need for a handicap discount. These are people who have to spend their money on medication, on treatments, therapy, doctors, special toys, clothing, house adjustments, accessibility, equipment, care givers….they look forward to a lifetime of these costs.
I took many issues to the media. I was lucky enough to be on the Oprah Winfrey show, the Today Show, in Redbook, numerous newspapers as a blogger.
I never had a reason as important as this.
We’ll see if they respond a hefty discount. I hope so.
I can hope, right?
It’s easy to whine loud enough, stamp my feet on Apple’s doorstep and get the IPad discounted, or even free, for me.
It’s harder to get it discounted for EVERYONE who needs it.
When have I ever picked the easy way?