Wednesday, March 13, 2013

When The Dog Bites, When The Bee Stings

Curb cuts.
Accessible toilet stalls.
        tall toilets
        grab bars
Wide doors.
Folding wheelchairs.
Long curtain rods.
Lowered peepholes.
Lowered counters.
Disabled parking spaces.
Automatic door openers.
Accessible showers.
Flat entrances.

It's been a while since I've been on a road trip. Not since last year, in fact. This is typical, January and February aren't really good times for planning a training. So it's usually in March that we head out again.

After my lecture yesterday, having met wonderful people and having been asked a lot of questions, I was tired and very grateful for having been able to be there. 

On the car ride to the next stop, I 'Julie Andrewed' my day and came up with a list of a few of my favourite things. My list is definitely missing little white packages tied up with strings ... or anything near the like. However my list are just a few of the things that make it possible for me to get from there to here and back again.

Every one of those things, every one, had to be first thought of and then fought for ... to the men and women behind the thinking and the fighting.



Unknown said...

Hi Dave,

My name is Tim Rudkins and I work with a web TV production company (not a YouTube channel) based in Toronto. We are in pre-launch mode right now with two of our channels launching over the next few months. One of them ( is on-line so you can check us out a bit and see who is on the team. Still early going right now but it will give you a flavour of the one channel.

I was looking at your blog and was wondering if you would like to have a conversation about putting on a full web tv series? How our business model works is the following:

1. We find interesting people who we think we can work with and promote to a wider audience;
2. Together, we shoot a pilot or two and then our marketing/promotional team develops a sponsorship package;
3. If successful, we continue to shoot and promote the show on an ongoing basis.

Financially, depending on your level of involvement, you receive 30%-50% of the total revenues we receive from sponsors. You retain all rights to the material and can continue (in fact we encourage it) to do all your regular work as you wish. No catches at all. We think it is a compelling business model for all sides and is far better than the current models offered out there by YouTube, ITunes, etc.
Looking forward to your response.

Tim Rudkins

Anonymous said...

Dear Tim Rudkins:
I'm not Dave, so I can't speak for him. But regardless of whether you are able to move forward with Dave, I wanted to raise a voice about the importance of ensuring that all your programming is fully accessible for viewers who are deaf/hard of hearing, and for viewers who are blind. For deaf/hard of hearing people, this means incorporating the use of captions for all auditory content (yes, including a transcript of what is said ... but ALSO describing any important/relevant background sounds that contribute to an understanding of what is happening, the tone of discussion, etc., eg. sound of laughter or applause, noises that occur off screen, etc.). Closed captions allow individual viewers to toggle the captions on or off as desired.

For blind people, this means using audio description (i.e., a person would use natural pauses in the flow of dialogue to give a verbal/spoken description of visuals being shown on the screen, e.g. any action not made clear from sound, or contributing meaning or information not otherwise conveyed via sound).

Given that you are approaching a person who commonly speaks on disability issues, I am hoping you are already sensitized to the importance of disability inclusion and have taken steps to ensure that your broadcasts do not leave this portion of the population behind. But if this is not something you have done already, then I urge you to start taking action now. There are usually low budget ways to implement these practices with a little innovation and creativity (and research into the options).

J. Whitty said...

Hi Dave,
Thank you so much for traveling all the way to Kansas City to share some of your wisdom with us! I've already had the chance to share with two moms and our BCBA what I learned! My boys have had a lot of fun playing the public and private game (they are 7 & 8 years old). We've also discussed marriage. They didn't realize that their dad and I haven't always been together. My 8 year old says he wants to get married when he grows up and my 7 year old said, "I am NOT doing that!"
We will continue to work on those developmental milestones. Your talk was amazing and I thank you for sharing your stories!
Best Wishes,

Dave Hingsburger said...

Jenny, to hear that my talk made a difference and that you are already using some of the ideas means the world to me. Thank you so much for letting me know. I am sitting here grinning!!!