Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Barking Dog

This warrants its own blog, but I have been working on another project. This has to do with the people at Be Extraordinary.

Several months ago, Chris and I were discussing how nice it would be to have a service dog who could alert people that I have something to say. Right now, I have to move my thumb up and down to get someone’s attention. Sometimes what I was going to say is no longer relevant. Also, I might forget. Additionally, sometimes people are unable to see my thumb moving to signal I have something to say. If only I had someone or something to make a sound for me...

Enter Be Extraordinary. Chris emailed them and they first thought I wanted to acquire a canine. No, Piper is quite enough for us now. Upon further review, they found I actually want a computer piece or a switch. The new item will be known as the “Barking Dog”. One day, three people from Be Extraordinary, along with two guys affiliated with the University of Arkansas (U of A), paid me a visit. They needed to see how my thumb and pinky would work with a variety of technologies. I am now officially part of the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center onAugmentative and Alternative Communication (RERC on AAC). The “Barking Dog” also happens to be the thesis project for a grad student at U of A. What I really like is that this exercise might be helpful for others who are nonverbal. It should also help me write more efficiently. 

Also, I decided to take back control of my hair. Once I told MIL, she didn’t waste any time before she was looking online for salon options. I think I might have said “I am sick of not being blonde”. After that, I sent one of my caregivers to check it out for accessibility purposes. Things like that didn’t matter before, but do now. I went to the salon as a brunette and left as a blonde. It’s as if little pieces of me are gradually coming back.
Blondie and hubby enjoy an orange popsicle.
Additionally, we are in the midst of a kitchen remodeling project. Photos forthcoming.


Unknown said...

So glad you got to go blonde again. Sounds like Springfield has been good to you!


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Unknown said...

This is going to be awesome! That was the only problem I had, not knowing for sure if you wanted to say something or not! Bi thought we communicated much better this time! Your hair looked awesome! I almost asked if you got it highlighted but Brack and Your nephew came in messing with Poper and dostractes me.

Anonymous said...

That is so swesome also this is a great pic of you Allison!�� Amy Jo

Anonymous said...

That is supposed to be a thumbs up sorry. Amy J

anakinsnana said...

This pic is beautiful and I am so glad I could help find you the right salon! They did a great job! It is so exciting to know that you are part of something that will benefit others....but then, that's pretty much what you've always done since I've known you. Love you DIL!

Unknown said...

I received an email from my college about joining Alison's caregiving team. I must say after reading her blog, I am so inspired and filled with hope. Please contact me if you need someone to join her caregiving team.



Unknown said...

I received a conversation on google hang outs but my cell and laptop are so old and I'm technically not savvy enough to figure it out. My email is Lauraleesouthard@gmail com.

Hope to hear from you soon.