Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Blogger For The Day -- AC Airshow -- Thunder Over The Boardwalk

Guest Post by Kate Vecchione
It was a day I will never forget. Planes, noise, crowds, food and fun all in the same place, The Atlantic City Air Show! And added to that it was my chance to be "blogger for a day." Thanks to Karen Martin from the Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority I had a chance to see and talk to lots of people in the media tent and I also got a birds eye seat to see the incredible stunts. And thanks to this blog I got to post my first blog post! TY! 
One thrill, meeting Adam Joseph from Channel 6. Wow! I got an autographed picture and everything.
So if your family is looking for a fun way to spend a summer day in August next year, check the dates for Thunder Over The Boardwalk and make your hotel reservations early--there aren't many available come August, so plan ahead, mark your calendar now to call and check what the date for it is for next year!
The Air Show has some designated handicapped seating for wheelchairs, so if you are bringing someone who is in a wheelchair, get there early to grab your spot! Bet they go fast! If you have a child who is disabled try using your stroller. Go Air Show!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Meal Organizer Tutorial

The folks over at Young and Crafty developed a tutorial for a meal planning organizer to help organize your shopping so you only shop once a week and you have your recipes all ready to go!

Thought this would be a great idea for anyone moving out on their own who is a rookie at meal planning.

It uses 8 decorative clothes pins and scrapbook paper. To see the tutorial, visit Young and Crafty. 

It makes a fun craft project to do with staff and it's also a practical way to get your meal planning organized.

You might want to use the computer to type out your recipe cards if your handwriting isn't the best. See, you wondered how your mom kept all that stuff straight! I bet her recipe box wasn't as pretty as this!

So have fun, enjoy crafting and enjoy the final product. (Oh, and invite me to dinner when it's finished so I can see the final product!)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

AboutOne: Making Organization Easy

Kate's new house

Moving out on your own? Everyone does it eventually.  But sometimes it presents a bigger challenge than others. If you have developmental disabilities, moving out presents you with a whole new set of problems to deal with you may not have had to consider before. One of the most important, ORGANIZATION! You need a way to track your expenses, paperwork for Social Security, Welfare, the Housing Authority and the myriad of other social service and government agencies you get benefits from. You need a safe place to keep track of all your personal paperwork or health issues or personal physicians and pharmacies. You need to remember to pay bills and file them. Sound complicated? AboutOne can help you take the complication out of organizing. AboutOne is the online organizer that can help you keep track of all of those things all in one place.

AboutOne Logo Courtesy of AboutOne

This photo at the top (NO NOT THE squirrel logo from AboutOne) is my daughter, Kate. At 33, Kate moved out on her own. Not unusual for a woman her age, but Kate has intellectual disabilities that make living on her own just a little bit harder than it is for some other kids. But like every other kid she wanted a place of her own (and face it, after a certain age you REALLY don't want to live with mom and dad.

The trick was keeping track of ALL the paperwork Kate needed to take care of in order to live on her own. She had to apply for food stamps, housing assistance, keep her SSDI (Social Security Disability) and Medicare and Medicaid assistance up to date. All this requires filing huge amounts of paperwork! Every year. Forms that would make a college grad cringe, let alone someone with intellectual disabilities. But now that AboutOne is here to help her, Kate will have a single place to keep all the information she needs, no more hunting through files, it's all stored right on her computer. AboutOne can show Kate how to get organized and stay organzied.

And best of all, AboutOne is FREE! An important fact for anyone living on a fixed income!

AboutOne lets her track:
  • Receipts and  Paperwork
  • Artwork, Photos, Videos and Notes
  • Your Journal
  • Health Records
  • Education History
  • Home and Car Maintenance
  • Pet Records
  • And More!

AboutOne advertises as "the fast, easy way to organize your busy life." It makes filing her government paperwork needed for living independently so much simpler! It has made the transition to living on her own easier (though still not a piece of cake!)

AboutOne lets Kate track any mail that pertains to all these agencies but it also lets her track her appointments with doctors or social workers on the calendar feature, it lets her scan all her mail into AboutOne for easy access for the next time she has to file paperwork for these agencies, and helps her keep her address book all in one place so she can send out her Christmas cards.

And AboutOne will let her expand to fit her own specific needs. She can file bank statements, payroll stubs, tax information all in one place. It also lets her track her medical contacts and pharmacy phone numbers and her contacts at Community Transit and The ARC of Chester County.

AboutOne Keeps All Your Info Safely In One Place!

AboutOne has all the things that drive Kate 'nuts' when she can't find them safely filed all in one place that's easy for her to access! And the best thing? AboutOne is easy enough that Kate can do it herself! Thank you AboutOne!  You've helped Kate move out with less stress and better organization! And thanks to you, she's more independent than ever. 

If you need a way to organize your life, even if  you aren't disabled, AboutOne offers you an easy and inexpensive way to do it. Sign up today and start getting your life organized!

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