Latest News: Different iz Good Status

As of September 2013 we are no longer a 501(c)3. This endeavor needed and deserved more time, love and funds than I was able to give to it. However, we had a GREAT response during our 3 years and gifted either an iPad, iTouch or iPhone to about 20 recipients who were in need!

This website and blog will stay live and we will continue to spread the Different iz Good message. In fact, I foresee a Different iz Good book in the not so distant future. I will be asking for your stories as the book idea comes together. Be sure to subscribe to my personal blog if you are interested in submitting your Different iz Good story as that is where I will post when ready. You can choose to subscribe via your email or a reader.

I am still personally paying the wonderful accounting firm that handled the 501(c)3 IRS paperwork/book for the organization. The remaining balance is $235.00. If you are interested in helping with that you can donate here or continue to send in cell phones. Once the accounting firm bill is paid in full I will disable the donate buttons on this site.

We also have just a few Different iz Good t shirts remaining. If you would like one, comment here and we will be in touch.

Thank you to everyone for your support, love, kindness, and donations during our 3 or so years. We couldn’t have accomplished all that we did without YOU!!

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CHANGE: New Year, New School, New Teachers

(Guest post by Monica McDivitt – Monica blogs at Like a Butterfly)

Have you ever felt this way??

This summer I tried desperately to figure out the best way to introduce Samantha to her new teachers and new school without focusing solely on her disabilities. Samantha is hearing impaired, cognitively delayed, motor delayed and does not have verbal communication skills. Transitions from one environment to another are usually most challenging because, in actuality, one cannot simply sit down and tell Samantha what is going to happen next because she does not understand this level of communication. Samantha is often confused and afraid during transitions and this often leads to resistance and discontent. Consequently, I am often left with a sick feeling – like I have abandoned or mislead her in some way. I also feel as if Samantha is left wondering “What happened?” As her mother, the one thing I can do to make it better for Samantha (and myself) is to help her teachers, paraprofessionals, therapists and other service providers to know and understand who she truly is, what her strengths are and what she enjoys the most. To do this, I needed to figure out a way to provide a substantial amount of information in a comprehensive but concise manner. If you have ever felt this way, then there is something you can do to help ease your mind and heart- make a portfolio about your child.

When I handed a big binder full of information about Sam to her new teacher on Sam’s first day of 6th grade, I was told it was a “teacher’s dream.” When Sam got out of school that day, a substitute teacher greeted me and told me how smart I was and congratulated me on doing such a nice job. I smiled and really appreciated the compliment but I love and care about my Sam and this is why I did it, not because I am “smart” or wish to be “supermom.” Sam is my world and I want people to know her and understand her like John and I do.

Yes, it took some time and effort but she is worth it and your child is too! Hope this helps someone. 🙂

Things I included:

Our Vision for Samantha.
Samantha Facts
Samantha’s Family
What Makes Samantha Unique?
History of Sam

I am Sam. Sam I am.
If You Knew Sam Like I Know Sam…

Early Childhood Intervention, PPCD, Elementary
Evaluation, School Photos & Artwork

Genetics Report
How 18q- Affects Samantha
18q- Syndrome

Sam’s Hearing Aids
Language Skills
Lunch Time with Sam.
More about Sam’s Needs
Contact Information

Magazine Articles including Sam
Different Iz Good Articles about Sam
People First Language

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D iz for Different Book Trailer

And here it IS y’all … the “D iz for Different” book trailer! Have FUN sharing it if you feel appropriate! Thanks y’all!

A % of sales will be donated to Turning Views Foundation (DIG) and The Chromosome 18 Registry! Happy Sunday! –Camilla Downs

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Spread Some Kindness

“A SIMPLE Kind Gesture Can Mean The WORLD To The ONE You Share It With …” –Camilla Downs

This is Gorgeous George in Manchester England. George and his Mum, Cheryl, were out buying a card. Cheryl was having one of those days. The clerks saw how HAPPY a blue balloon made George and kindly gave it to him. This kindness spread to Cheryl and uplifted her spirits.

Simple acts of kindness have a ripple effect like that of a rock thrown in water …. it spreads and then eventually comes back to you ….

Wednesday night an eWomenNetwork friend bought me a box of Dorinda’s chocolates. Yesterday I took some of that chocolate with me to pick up Thomas from school and shared with a friend. She texted me afterwards and said, “Thank You.” She said she had just experienced a heartache the size of Texas and my kind gesture is EXACTLY what she needed.

Spread some SIMPLE KINDNESS today … it truly does ripple in unexpected and magical ways!!! -Camilla

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