Wal-Mart Has No Heart

In a tiny community called Bonny Lake, WA., about 30 miles outside of Seattle, Brandi Hanvoid has been working at Wal-Mart as a greeter for the last 11 years. There is nothing so unusual about that; after all, Wal-Mart employs many people. However, Brandi was thrown from a car as a result of a car accident, causing her to have a traumatic brain injury. She loves her job as a greeter and it has been a major part of her life and a primary social outlet for her.

Speaking from my personal experience, it takes major planning to get somewhere on time and I live in a bigger city with nicer pavement than Bonny Lake. When one has to solely depend on the public paratransit system, as both Brandi and I do, wetter and colder whether makes it even more of a challenge to arrive on time. Yet, she cares so much about her job that she has traveled the four miles to Wal-Mart in her power chair when paratransit has been unable to take her to work. County roads are not in as good of shape as those in a city and much tougher to negotiate than city roads with any sort of mobility device. Wal-Mart gave her no accommodation. Suddenly, Wal-Mart fired her due to tardiness and absenteeism. This was not a new issue for her, so what changed? What caused Wal-Mart to let her go after 11 years?

This concerns me as I look for work and as others with disabilities try to work. We try very hard to accommodate the world around us. I wish this world would have a little more compassion!

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/disabled-walmart-greeter-fired-after-public-transit-delays-led-to-too-many-late-days/909006859

 

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Homework Help to Make It Less Stressful

Whether your child has special needs, ADHD etc., homework can be a difficult time for the parent and the child. As a kid, I used to put off my most challenging subject to the last because I hated Math so much. That was not a great strategy because I was I was tired by that time. Here is a video with good suggestions that may make it easier. Granted, creating a calm place to do homework may be hard to do in a small place like an apartment. Do the best you can. Options 4 and 5 are very helpful. Do you have any ideas or comments?children doing homework

 

https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/homework-study-skills/video-5-ways-to-reduce-homework-stress-for-you-and-your-child-with-learning-and-attention-issues

 

2 Haikus in One

2 Haikus in One

Noah’s Dove
Sign of peace and love,
Sent from the ark, Noah’s dove,
Returned until she found grass.

 

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Sage Equates to Wisdom

A sage one is wise,
Not a fool in grand disguise,
Like wine from the vine.

RonovanWrites #Weekly #Haiku #Poetry Prompt #Challenge #236 Sage&Vine

 

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Sociology Meets Disability

This is one of my first articles and I thought it was worth a repost because it says much about me.

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There are eight developmental steps/stages in Erickson’s theory. Each of these steps involve changes in the instinctual, physical, cognitive, and sexual areas; these work together to begin an inner response that results in either psychosocial success, or lack of success. The steps that are completed fully become virtues. The first stage is trust vs. mistrust. This stage goes from birth to eighteen months. This stage involves the infant and parent/caregiver relationship. The parent or caregiver is able to anticipate when the infant will awaken and get a bottle ready, get a new diaper etc. The parent or caregiver goes right in when the baby awakens. A parent or caregiver who expresses joy at seeing him will most likely have a happier infant with an ever growing and secure bond. Consistency like this will develop trust in the infant if his needs are met. Consistency and affection are the key factors…

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