Several years ago, I had the honor of listening to a presentation by Kathie Snow at a CHASA Family Retreat. CHASA is the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association. www.CHASA.org
Kathie changed my way of thinking about individuals with disabilities. And especially my thoughts about having a child with a disability. I always considered myself as having progressive thinking, but Kathie’s message struck a chord with me. Her information about People First Language hit home. Words are important. Thoughts are important. Full inclusion is possible.
Please take a look at Kathie’s website http://www.disabilityisnatural.com/explore/pfl
Explore and be inspired. According to Kathie Snow, “People First Language is not political correctness; instead, it demonstrates good manners, respect, the Golden Rule, and more—it can change the way we see a person”
We are raising our son to live a full and real life, with every opportunity and expectation we have for our other two sons. Thank you Kathie Snow for your insight, intelligence and dedication to educating all of us.
Another individual that I admire is Kyle Maynard. Kyle is a son, brother, friend, speaker, business owner, published author, wrestler, and more. Kyle’s story and his determination to live his life with NO EXCUSES is a message for all, not just those with disabilities.
I highly recommend Kyle’s book. It is a great read…it took me only one weekend to read it.
We are raising our son just as Kyle’s parents raised him….with no excuses….and it is working for us.
My son is a young man, a brother, a cousin, nephew, grandson, student, friend, athlete, hard worker, Paralympic Hopeful, a dreamer, caring, affectionate and so much more. Oh, and he also happens to be paralyzed on his right side from a stroke he had at the age of 2 years and 3 months. This paralysis is called Hemiplegia or Hemipareses which is a form of Cerebral Palsy.
Anything is possible.
With three boys playing sports all year long, and hundreds of photos taken, I have found a great way to preserve these great moments in time. I take as many photos as I can and also use available photos from our team photographers. I have created one of a kind posters for my sons as well as friends and acquaintences. Through word of mouth, I have even expanded to design for businesses and others as well. I can even offer team and individual sports photography.
If you would like me to design something for you, simply email me at PattiCM4Life@comcast.net You will email me 5-10 photos of your athlete (other themes are available) along with the wording you would like and I will design your poster. If you are local, I will print the poster for you. Frames are available as well. If you are not local, I will design your poster and send you the jpeg. You will own the license to the design and can print however you’d like. Encorporating this little side business allows me to earn some gas money for all those games I am traveling to, so I thank you in advance for your business.
Posters make great gifts for graduates, birthdays, teachers and much more.
One athlete, multi sport, 20×30 print $55, frame available for $40 more. Jpeg only $45.
11×14 coaches gift, multi player, $45 for first, $25 for each additional, frame $40, jpeg only $100
8×10 additional prints $15 each, 8×10 frames $25
11×14 individual single sport $45, frame $40, 8×10 additional prints $15, 8×10 frame $25, jpeg only $35
11×14 graduation $45, frame $40, 8×10 additional prints $15, 8×10 frame $25, jpeg only $35
11×14 Dance $45, Frame $40, 8×10 additional print $15, 8×10 frame $25, jpeg only $35
20×30 Individual Band $55, Frame $40, jpeg only $45
11×14 Coach’s gift or Team poster $45 for first, $25 for each additional, frames $40 each
8×10 additional prints $12 each, 8×10 frames $25, jpeg only $100
Player banquet gift: 8×10 or 5×7. Please request quote based on number of players, size and framing.
11×14 individual cheer $45, Frame $40, 8×10 additional prints $15, 8×10 frame $25, jpeg only $35
11×14 Awareness Poster $45, $25 for each additional, Frame $40, 8×10 additional $15, 8×10 frame $25, jpeg only $35. Ask about fundraising opportunities. I am happy to donate a % to your organization!
11×14 Business $45, Frame $40, 8×10 additional print $15, 8×10 frame $25, jpeg only $35
Volume discounts available. Please request a quote.
20×30 single athlete, multi sport with newspaper articles $55, Frame $40, jpeg only $45
Team and individual player photo packages starting at $20.
Individual Action Photography. Pricing will vary. Call for quote.
4×6 wine label, jpeg only $35
8 1/2 x 11 (60 page) program book. Custom Design just for you. Call for quote. You can use your own printing company or I can suggest one for you.
Banner Designs: any size. I will design for you. Just need dimentions. Jpeg only $50
Other Options: funeral board, invitations, announcements, and anything else you can dream up, I can design for you. Please contact me for details and pricing.
Hosting an event or fundraiser? Silent Auction? Need raffle items? I would love to donate a FREE poster for your event. Contact me to set something up! PattiCM4Life@comcast.net
My son had a stroke at the age of 2. He has played all sorts of sports since he was 5. He does everything one handed as he is completely paralyzed in his right arm and hand.
See my post on his road to the paralympics. Here is a video of Danny on his local parks and rec team. Danny loves being a leader. Danny is also on his school team which he had to try out for. Only 15 kids made the team. Keep in mind that Danny’s school is one of the largest in our state and the competition is fierce. Danny’s team was so good, that Danny is on the 2nd-3rd string. That’s okay, he is constantly working to get better. He spends hours in the gym perfecting his shot and practicing his ball handling.
I hope that this video will inspire you to have HOPE for your child. ANYTHING is possible. GO DANNY!
My favorite football video. Makes me cry every time!!