Saturday, October 30, 2021

Windows 11 Mysterious Error - Duplicate Application Data Folder

 

 I Have To Reinstall WHAT??!??

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Windows 11 problems!

Yep, Windows 11 is brand new, so I expected problems. I didn't expect to see an error from Windows 10 in 2011 and 2013.


I just searched and the link I found above was from 2012, above, with a good explanation of why it happened. I just had one subdirectory. In that subdirectory were the files that should have been in the first iteration. Previous times I searched, I got forum entries about it from the dates I mentioned.

I saw one solution that called for renaming the offender and deleting it. When I tried that, I got a 3rd iteration that was just a link. In that link file were all the directories that should have lived in the 1st one. So I un-renamed them and did a system refresh.

The refresh didn't work, so I reinstalled keeping my files.
This worked, but I am having to reinstall all my software and apps that were on my C:/ drive. You can bet I won't be putting Poser or VUE on that C: drive!!

I have also formed some opinions on my spanking new Windows 11.

Pros:
I like the new look
It was very easy to figure out where things were

Cons: 
Less button space on the bar for the programs I actually use
Buttons I cannot remove and want to: Widgets and Chat
Cannot remove Windows Edge

Search defaults to Windows Edge no matter how I wail and complain that search won't use my default Google Chrome

Cannot easily change groups of extensions to certain programs

Windows Explorer still loses focus on the folder I'm working on
Windows Explorer still scrolls up or opens folders when trying to move files
Quick Access still adds files that I don't want pinned, and some can't be removed, even after unpinning

Overall, I like Windows 11 better than Windows 10, mainly because I'm not constantly brushing the stupid window with news and opening it accidentally! The widgets window behaves better, though I couldn't find any 3rd party apps to put there. Where is Google when you need it?? I would love to put my Google News there instead of Microsoft's pitiful excuse for a news server. At least Google has a vague idea of what I'd like to see there, and more ways to tell it what I want.

I already knew I was in for days of installing software and yes, dealing with passwords. I feel like that fella in the picture. But now I'm worried that I will do all these reinstalls and possibly have to go through it again. I'm going right now to set a restore point!



PASSWORD PURGATORY


I love this photo, by Pixabay on Pexels.

 I wrote a filk about it. Sing to the tune of, "What Do You Do With A Drunken Sailor?"

What Do ye Do When The Password's Fergotten?

Chorus:
Way hey ire she rises,
Way hey ire she rises,
Way hey ire she rises, 
Earlay in th' mornin'

What will I do, I forgot me password,
What will I do, I forgot me password,
What will I do, I forgot me password,
Earlay in th' mornin'

Told it to reset me password,
Told it to reset me password,
Told it to reset me password,
Earlay in th' mornin'

Check me phone, oh no, it's dead now,
Check me phone, oh no, it's dead now,
Check me phone, oh no, it's dead now,
In the midst of mornin'

Phone is chargin', send it to me email,
Phone is chargin', send it to me email,
Phone is chargin', send it to me email,
It is now mid-mornin'

Check me email but forgot that password,
Check me email but forgot that password,
Check me email but forgot that password,
Now it's towards late mornin'

Where's that security key, it's not on me,
Where's that security key, it's not on me,
Where's that security key, it's not on me,
Now it's really late mornin'

Guess it's time for lunch, now, Mateys,
Guess it's time for lunch, now, Mateys,
Guess it's time for lunch, now, Mateys,
Earlay afternoon, now

Tech support says go back to Google,
Tech support says go back to Google,
Tech support says go back to Google,
It's middle afternoon, now

Google says gotta wait 6 hours,
Google says gotta wait 6 hours,
Google says gotta wait 6 hours,
Time to get me home, now!
- Dannis Cole

I plan a TikTok of that soon!

This filk illustrates the problem with passwords, 2-factor authorization, and how we try to cope with it. Sometimes I have to call my daughter in. "Will you please type this [wailing deleted] password in for me...again??"

Passwords and the process of having to type in ever-longer and more complicated ones are discriminatory against people with disabilities. There! I said it!!

The number one obstacle in my life right now is passwords.

I use Google and Google Chrome to manage my passwords. It's usually easy, fast, and Google even has a password generator built-in. When it works.

If you change your password in an app, even on your computer, it will not be saved in Google. That means I had to change it AGAIN because of course, I had no clue what it was when I tried to log in after validating my account.

I am a writer. I do TONS of research. I have passwords on about 3500 sites. So multiply the above routine that many times and you'll see why I'm just about tearing my hair out!

And Google moved their menus around in Settings. I have memory problems. That means, I can never remember where to look for Password Manager. It's hidden from me in many submenus. Usually, I'm a Google fan. I got my email when you had to apply for it, that long ago. I have many email accounts, as many folks do to try to keep work and personal separate. I've just turned to Thunderbird [again, it's been many years] to try to deal with my tens of thousands of emails in each of many accounts.

I do own a Security Key. I tried several free Password Managers. The only one that really works for me is LastPass, but for a free account, I can only use it on one device: My Phone.

My Phone is the thing I get frustrated with and call my daughter in. "Can you make this thing do what I need to do right now??"

I learned how to use a personal computer in 1986 at what is now Chattahoochee Tech. Cellphones have not been my device of choice. The screen is too small for me to see what I'm doing. So I use various means to get my cell connected to my PC so I can text without getting very frustrated. Voice recognition refuses to get what I say right compared to people around me, so I gave up. I spend more time correcting what I said and the AI thought I said than I do just sending the stupid message.

We live in the 21st century. I expected robots, flying cars, and intelligent AI's. What I got is a cellphone I can't see, a computer that doesn't understand my voice, and passwords for everything.

I thought my security key would solve my Google problems. It hasn't.

I thought Windows Hello would solve my Google problems. It hasn't.

It's not just Google, to be fair. It's every company with a website gated with password entry. When, as a society, can we get rid of passwords and just use our fingerprints and faces and security keys???

And then there were keys for the softwares I am dying to use.

VUE

VUE 2016 has the most draconian process ever to install their legacy software. As you may know, e-on software's website got creamed by a hacker in 2018.

http://www.cgchannel.com/2018/01/e-on-launches-temporary-website-following-cyber-attack/

So, no longer is it enough for me to have my key for my copies of VUE 2016, VUE 2015, and VUE 11. I have files from all of these that have assets that aren't readable from other versions. Sigh.

No, I have to install and put in my key, 4 characters at a time even though it says that you can copy and paste the whole thing. There's not even an installer for my VUE 7 any more, so all those assets are gone.

Then I have to fill out the dreaded contact form for tech support. Tech support will send me a new key based on a number generated in the newly installed software. Tech support is very nice and all but it takes them 48 hours per request. I had trouble the last time, then I had to reinstall Windows 11. Yep. Haven't done it yet.

Poser 11 also has a horse-choker key to activate the software.

Family Tree 2017 also has a key.

Each of these softwares with keys has a password-protected website. Hello, Google!

Enough about passwords. Let's get to the other reason this PC setup is taking so long. 

Windows 11 problems! See next blog post.


It's Been A While

 

Photo by Craig Adderley from Pexels


Usually, folks enjoy the cooler Fall weather. Well, I'm struggling to get my new PC set up. I still need a USB Type C port free [there's only one so I need a Type C hub] and one of my hard drives is occupying it. I've been trying to stuff my 3D models from 2 old hard drives to two new 5 TB ones and moving pictures, 3D models, creations, stories and story ideas, old copies of my stories in case I have to prove to Amazon KDP [again] that yes, I did create those stories, and old receipts and utility bills etc for proof to Department of Family and Children's Services that I am, indeed, low income. Sigh. All of these things and more live on my many hard drives.

 I still have to get the files from the MSI machine onto them, but first I'm getting the most recent stuff organized. I've been working on this for days and days, which are melting all together!

I also still have to get my files transferred over from the incredible overheating Surface, and then there's files on the Lenovo laptop I used before the Surface, and I need to get the PC ready for a friend, that makes 4 computers needing my attention besides the shiny new Omen.

The 4th, by the way is a Chrome OS machine and the only one without any problems that's fit to give away!! I will combine the others into a Render Farm. But that project will have to wait.

In the meantime, while files chug away, I am learning how to do Unreal Engine 4, in which I hope to bring Adia, Scientist to life. So I'm also learning how to import 3D models from DAZ Studio over the DAZ to Unreal Bridge [is that like the Rainbow Bridge, I wonder?]. Then I can use the same models I use on my book covers to animate and act out my stories!! I might even use the settings to do my livestream. All on the back burner.

I have been doing test renders and all I can say is WOW! That was fast!

I am constructing a render on a commuter train car to be used in a future story.

I am also recruiting my daughter Maggie to help me update my X-Ray entries on Adia, Scientist and teaching her how to edit and catch my [too-many] typos. I have plans to fix all the typos in Adia, Scientist and formatting problems in anticipation of releasing it in paperback and hardcover.

But first, I have to get my PC fully set up.

I installed Thunderbird to manage my multiple email accounts and am moving all my newsletters to a new email. This is a nightmare, and all because of ...

PASSWORD PURGATORY!!!

See my next Blog Entry. This one's too long.

So, until I'm fully set up, my livestream is on hold. I will probably have to start from scratch :( But hey, that's life! Omeniae will get set up, and I will be on the air again! Probably, I'll start with short ones once I get the camera plugged in. That hard drive is now receiving my backup files. When I'm done, I can unplug it. Here's hoping it's on the USB C port!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

DanniStories's Post

I am waiting for a new PC or to get an interim one set up to continue my Livestream. Sorry for the inconveniences, Friends! It's part of being on Disabled Time.
By: via DanniStories

Sunday, September 5, 2021

04 Sep 2021 Disability and Anxiety/Depression

 


Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels

 SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders 

 https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline


World Health Organization Depression

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/depression


Self-care interventions for health

https://www.who.int/health-topics/self-care#tab=tab_1


Mental well-being: resources for the public

https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/mental-well-being-resources-for-the-public

Doing What Matters in Times of Stress

https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/9789240003927


#HealthyAtHome - Mental health

https://www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/healthyathome/healthyathome---mental-health


Relationship between Physical Disability and Depression by Gender: A Panel Regression Model

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5130183/


Screening for Depression

https://adaa.org/living-with-anxiety/ask-and-learn/screenings/screening-depression

https://adaa.org/understanding-anxiety/depression

You can use this to screen yourself for depression.

Frequent Mental Distress Among Adults, by Disability Status, Disability Type, and Selected Characteristics — United States, 2018

https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6936a2.htm


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Friday, September 3, 2021

03 Sep 2021 Disability and Education History



Photo by Max Fischer from Pexels

 Disability History: Educational Reform

https://www.nps.gov/articles/disabilityhistoryedreform.htm


Telling All Americans' Stories

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/index.htm


Disability History Featured Places

https://www.nps.gov/subjects/tellingallamericansstories/disability-history-places.htm


The Evolution of Special Education

Kelli J. Esteves and Shaila Rao

November/December 2008

Retracing legal milestones in American history. 

https://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/resources/1/Principal/2008/N-Oweb2.pdf


LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT

https://www.myeducationalsolutions.com/least-restrictive-environment-lre/


Thursday, September 2, 2021

02 Sep 2021 Disability and Public School

 

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

There is a lot more to discuss! I spoke mainly about schools in the USA but am open to discussing school in an international context. Here is what I found in two hours of my livestream:


What is the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)?

https://www.understood.org/articles/en/individuals-with-disabilities-education-act-idea-what-you-need-to-know


5 Most Common Learning Disabilities

https://www.masters-in-special-education.com/lists/5-most-common-learning-disabilities/


American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Facts For Families Guide

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/Layout/FFF_Guide-01.aspx?hkey=c2dc89fb-aac1-4308-9297-eedfe7755b92


This resource has a wealth of info on various topics. The ones I talked about tonight are:


School Services for Children with Special Needs: Know Your Rights

No. 83; September 2016

https://www.aacap.org/aacap/families_and_youth/facts_for_families/fff-guide/Services-In-School-For-Children-With-Special-Needs-What-Parents-Need-To-Know-083.aspx


Chronic Illness and Children

No. 19; Updated October 2015

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/The-Child-With-A-Long-Term-Illness-019.aspx


Talking To Kids About Mental Illnesses

No. 84; July 2017

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Talking-To-Kids-About-Mental-Illnesses-084.aspx


Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth

No. 122; May 2017

https://www.aacap.org/AACAP/Families_and_Youth/Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/transgender-and-gender-diverse-youth-122.aspx


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I think schools should:


- Allow students at least a 30 minute lunch. My older daughter had 15 minutes for lunch in 5th grade. I know because I ate with her on special occasions.

- Allow students recess twice per school day. I think all high schools should have parks where students can walk, jog or swing at recess, to blow off steam.

- All school systems should integrate mental health care in-school. They should have online therapy available during school hours. 

- All school systems should have a no-bullying policy, on or off campus. This should include colleges and universities. Bullying is abuse. Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated.

- Class sizes should be reduced. Teacher burnout is a sign that classes are too large and paperwork is too much. Reduce homework and reduce teacher workload. 

- Do less testing. Research shows that standardized testing is biased against ethnic groups. Many students suffer from test anxiety.

- Emphasize socialization and working together. Don't tolerate hate speech, name-calling, or making fun of people. Teach students to stand up to this in heathy ways. Have a therapist teach groups about positive communication.

- Make more partnerships between the psychological community and the education community. Child psychologists can show teachers more healthy ways to gain class cooperation.

- Students should have a Bill of Human Rights. Every student deserves a healthy school environment, free of bullying, discrimination, and public health threats. If a school cannot provide a safe environment, students should have a choice to attend remotely.

- Dannis Cole

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

01 Sep 2021 Disability and Homelessness


An attractive Black woman sleeps on a picnic table. By her is an umbrella and a few neat items. A clothesline is near her, tied to one of many trees.

Photo by NICE GUYS from Pexels


 People Experiencing Homelessness

https://www.ssa.gov/homelessness/?tl=0


US Interagency Council on Homelessness

https://www.usich.gov/


Case Studies: Connecting Supportive Housing and Health Systems to End Chronic Homelessness among People with Disabilities

https://www.usich.gov/tools-for-action/case-studies-connecting-supportive-housing-and-health-systems-to-end-chronic-homelessness-among-people-with-disabilities


Over 40% of homeless in U.S. have a disability

https://blog.easterseals.com/over-40-of-homeless-in-us-have-a-disability/


DISABILITY OVERVIEW

https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/disability_overview


HUD Releases 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report Part 1

Homelessness Increasing Even Prior to COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/hud_no_21_041


HOMELESS

https://www.hud.gov/faqs/homeless


Homelessness Among Individuals with Disabilities: Influential Factors and Scalable Solutions

https://www.naccho.org/blog/articles/homelessness-among-individuals-with-disabilities-influential-factors-and-scalable-solutions


We also talked about bullying in schools. I plan to make this a topic for discussion in a future livestream. I think schools should:

- Allow students at least a 30 minute lunch. My older daughter had 15 minutes for lunch in 5th grade. I know because I ate with her on special occasions.

- Allow students recess twice per school day. I think all high schools should have parks where students can walk, jog or swing at recess, to blow off steam.

- All school systems should integrate mental health care in-school. They should have online therapy available during school hours. 

- All school systems should have a no-bullying policy, on or off campus. This should include colleges and universities. Bullying is abuse. Abuse of any kind should not be tolerated.

- Class sizes should be reduced. Teacher burnout is a sign that classes are too large and paperwork is too much. Reduce homework and reduce teacher workload. 

- Do less testing. Research shows that standardized testing is biased against ethnic groups. Many students suffer from test anxiety.

- Emphasize socialization and working together. Don't tolerate hate speech, name-calling, or making fun of people. Teach students to stand up to this in heathy ways. Have a therapist teach groups about positive communication.

- Make more partnerships between the psychological community and the education community. Child psychologists can show teachers more healthy ways to gain class cooperation.

- Students should have a Bill of Human Rights. Every student deserves a healthy school environment, free of bullying, discrimination, and public health threats. If a school cannot provide a safe environment, students should have a choice to attend remotely. Schools should follow CDC guidelines, including masking and vaccination requirements. COVID-19 will not be the last pandemic to hit us.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

31 Aug 2021 Disability and Incarceration

A Black man with white hair stands in a jail cell with his hands outside the bars. He has tatoos on his forearms. His hands are relaxed and his shoulders are down. To me, he appears despondent.

I chose a picture of a Black man because people of color are disproportionally arrested and incarcerated compared to white people. Over half of people in US prisons are mentally ill. See links below.

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels

 History of Psychiatric Hospitals

https://www.nursing.upenn.edu/nhhc/nurses-institutions-caring/history-of-psychiatric-hospitals/


America's Long-Suffering Mental Health System

https://origins.osu.edu/article/americas-long-suffering-mental-health-system


Improving mental health for inmates

Using a variety of new strategies, psychologists in correctional settings are transforming care for people in prisons and jails

https://www.apa.org/monitor/2019/03/mental-heath-inmates


Fact Sheet: Incarceration and Mental Health

http://psych-history.weill.cornell.edu/his_res/imi.html


Serious Mental Illness Prevalence in Jails and Prisons

https://www.treatmentadvocacycenter.org/evidence-and-research/learn-more-about/3695#:~:text=SMI%20POPULATION%20ESTIMATES,number%20has%20grown%20since%20then.


Yes, U.S. locks people up at a higher rate than any other country

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/07/yes-u-s-locks-people-up-at-a-higher-rate-than-any-other-country/

Monday, August 30, 2021

30 Aug 2021 Disability and Media

 

A man and woman use Sign to carry on a conversation. Signed languages are based on gestures and hand shapes.

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels

Movies with Characters Who Have Physical Disabilities

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/movies-with-characters-who-have-physical-disabilities


TV Shows and Movies That Address Disability and Difference

https://www.parentmap.com/article/tv-shows-and-movies-address-disability-and-difference


Family Movie Night: 7 Films That Address Disability, Differences and Inclusion

https://www.parentmap.com/article/family-movie-night-films-that-address-disability-and-differences


Special Needs Documentaries

https://www.friendshipcircle.org/blog/2011/10/06/the-15-top-special-needs-documentaries/


LIVES WORTH LIVING

https://www.pbs.org/independentlens/documentaries/lives-worth-living/


10 MOVIES AND FILMS FOR ADULTS ABOUT DISABILITIES, ACCESSIBILITY AND INCLUSION

https://easterseals.ca/english/10-movies-and-films-about-disabilities-accessibility-and-inclusion/


Films With Disabled Characters

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls031084909/


 Article of Interest - Entertainment

Movies featuring characters with disabilities

https://www.bridges4kids.org/articles/2003/1-03/iCAN1-03.html

Sunday, August 29, 2021

GrannyHandicap 28 Aug 2021 Dementia



Photo by August de Richelieu from Pexels

I use a photo of a Black family because elderly Black people are twice as likely to have dementia as a white person. Hispanic folks are 1.5 times as likely. I attribute this to systemic racism and access to healthcare, though there is much more research needed. See the CDC link below, where these stats came from.

What Is Dementia?

https://www.cdc.gov/aging/dementia/index.html

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/dementia/symptoms-causes/syc-20352013


Fall Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/stillgoingstrong/

https://www.cdc.gov/stillgoingstrong/about/common-injuries-as-we-age.html


Prevent Falls and Fractures

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/prevent-falls-and-fractures

https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/fall-proofing-your-home


US Area Agencies on Aging

https://www.usaging.org/


Dementia research: What’s exciting the experts?

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/dementia-research-whats-exciting-the-experts


Consider joining a clinical trial or study in person or online. All types of volunteers are needed — people with dementia or memory problems, caregivers, at-risk individuals, and healthy volunteers.

https://www.alzheimers.gov/clinical-trials

I participated in this one!

https://www.alzheimers.gov/clinical-trials/boston-cognitive-assessment-online-cognition-testing?searchTrial=Ringgold,%20GA,%20USA&onlineOnly=true&page=1

As of today, the link worked and I instantly got an emailed link to the test. I scored 25/30, which is pretty good. Anyone over 50 can take it. Once you finish, you are emailed your result. It only took me about 10 min to take it online.

Friday, August 27, 2021

GrannyHandicap 27 Aug 2021 Fibromyalgia



A picture of myself from 1982. I was pregnant with my first daughter. At age 22, I had fibromyalgia symptoms but was undiagnosed. It was a hot day and I wasn't feeling very good. Despite how much pain I was in, I appear perfectly normal and was having a fun day despite all that was going on inside.



Fibromyalgia

https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm


Fibromyalgia 

https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/fibromyalgia


Is fibromyalgia real?

https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/is-fibromyalgia-real


Living with Fibromyalgia, Drugs Approved to Manage Pain

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/living-fibromyalgia-drugs-approved-manage-pain


Living with fibromyalgia. Consequences for everyday life

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1633377/


Fibromyalgia Pain Takes Toll on Everyday Life

Work, Relationships, Parenting Affected by the Chronic Pain Disorder, Survey Shows

https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/news/20110513/fibromyalgia-pain-takes-toll-on-everyday-life


Water Exercise for Fibromyalgia: Easing Deep Muscle Pain

https://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/features/water-exercise-for-fibromyalgia-easing-deep-muscle-pain

Thursday, August 26, 2021

GrannyHandicap 26 Aug 2021 Disability and COVID-19



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What Covid-19 long haulers should know about claiming Social Security disability benefits

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/08/14/what-covid-19-long-haulers-should-know-about-social-security-disability.html


Guidance on “Long COVID” as a Disability Under the ADA

https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/civil-rights-covid19/guidance-long-covid-disability/index.html


Other Coronavirus and SSA Resources

https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/


COVID-19 DISABILITY RESOURCES

https://www.aclu.org/fact-sheet/covid-19-disability-resources


Long COVID Can Be a Disability, White House Says

The Biden administration has released guidance and resources on long COVID and disability.

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-07-26/long-covid-can-be-a-disability-biden-administration-says


Data collected by the COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor, a rapid independent monitoring project that DRF/DRAF collaborated on with six other organizations, indicates a continued lack of access by persons with disabilities to food, medication, and essential supplies.

https://disabilityrightsfund.org/covid19/


COVID-19 and Long COVID-19 Coronavirus Resources

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/topics/coronavirus-covid-19-long-covid


Voices of People with Disabilities During the COVID19 Outbreak

https://www.internationaldisabilityalliance.org/content/voices-people-disabilities-during-covid19-outbreak



Tuesday, August 24, 2021

GrannyHandicap 24 Aug 2021 Mental Disabilities

 


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Mental disorders from World Health Organization at the UN

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/mental-disorders#:~:text=Mental%20disorders%20include%3A%20depression%2C%20bipolar,mental%20disorders%20such%20as%20depression.


San Francisco Chronicle

Mental illness and disability aren't crimes. Police can't keep being California's first responders

1 day ago

https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Mental-illness-and-disability-aren-t-crimes-16404110.php


The Mental Health of People with Disabilities

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/features/mental-health-for-all.html


Common Mental Disabilities

https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/mental-illness


What is Intellectual Disability?

https://www.psychiatry.org/patients-families/intellectual-disability/what-is-intellectual-disability



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Monday, August 23, 2021

GrannyHandicap 23 Aug 2021 Mobility Disabilities

 



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What is a mobility impairment?

https://www.washington.edu/accesscomputing/what-mobility-impairment

https://www.washington.edu/doit/mobility-impairments


Helps For Mobility Impairment

https://www.disability.illinois.edu/instructor-information/disability-specific-instructional-strategies/mobility-impairments


Equipment Commonly Used in Mobility Impairment

https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/rehabtech/conditioninfo/device



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How To Walk With A Cane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFMEmG6YKDI




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SCI FACTSHEETS

Maintenance Guide for Users of Manual and Power Wheelchairs

https://msktc.org/sci/factsheets/maintenance-guide-users-manual-and-power-wheelchairs


How to Keep Your Wheelchair Clean

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMRw-2l9c4A


How To Prevent Spinal Cord Injuries

https://www.spinalcord.com/spinal-cord-injury-prevention

https://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/shc/spinal-cord-injury-awareness


How Do I Know if I Have A Spinal Cord Injury?

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/spinal-cord-injury/symptoms-causes/syc-20377890


Spinal Cord Injury: Hope Through Research

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Hope-Through-Research/Spinal-Cord-Injury-Hope-Through-Research


Participate In Clinical Research

https://clinicaltrials.gov/


Wheelchairs, Mobility Aids,

and Other Power-Driven Mobility Devices

https://www.ada.gov/opdmd.htm


Prevalence of Disability and Disability Types by Urban-Rural County Classification – United States, 2016

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/features/disability-prevalence-rural-urban.html


CDC Disability and Health State Programs

https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/programs.html


Footless Jo Talks About Amputation Life

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvFroKGvBjvALxCTFzZXL5w

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Granny Handicap 21 Aug 2021 Blindness and Low-Vision Disibilities

 



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Tags: #Blindness, #LowVision, #Cataracts, #EyeDoctors, #Diagnosis, #Treatment, #LivingWithBlindness, #BlindDisabilityEquipment

I talked about blind friends I've known, then talked about these links. Let me know what you think! I didn't have anyone to talk to tonight.

What is blindness?

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003040.htm


What happens in an eye exam?

https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/eye-exam/about/pac-20384655


How Do We Prevent Blindness?

https://preventblindness.org/

https://preventblindness.org/focus-on-eye-health-expert-series/


What are kinds of blindness?

https://www.perkins.org/four-prevalent-different-types-of-blindness/


An End to Blindness?

New technologies could save the eyesight of millions

https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2015/treating-blindness-vision-loss.html


Resources for Vision Impairment

https://hadley.edu/welcome-hadley

https://www.loc.gov/nls/resources/blindness-and-vision-impairment/information-advocacy-organizations/


American Foundation for the Blind

https://www.afb.org/blindness-and-low-vision/disability-rights/advocacy-resources/disability-rights-resources


National Eye Institute

https://www.nei.nih.gov/


Lighthouse For The Visually Impaired and Blind

https://www.lvib.org/


American Academy of Opthamologists

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-assistive-devices

https://www.aao.org/eye-health/diseases/low-vision-resources


Technology for the Low-Vision and Blind

https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/low-vision-technology.html


Brain Implant For The Blind

https://www.technologyreview.com/2020/02/06/844908/a-new-implant-for-blind-people-jacks-directly-into-the-brain/


What Is Braille?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braille


Braille Institute

https://brailleinstitute.org/blog/sight-loss-blog/be-independent-again-with-assistive-technology-for-visually-impaired


My Fave Blind YouTuber, Molly Burke

https://www.youtube.com/user/MollyBurkeOfficial

Friday, August 20, 2021

Granny Handicap 20 Aug 2021 Relationahips and Being Disabled

 

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This is a huge topic, and I barely scratched the surface. What I thought I would find was more talk about the importance of good communication in all relationships, not just friends and dating! But I think I found some good sources.  


Making Friends When You Are Disabled  


[https://www.verywellfamily.com/making-friends-with-small-easy-steps-2162851#:~:text=Children%20with%20learning%20disabilities%20often,in%20everyday%20speech3%EF%BB%BF](https://www.verywellfamily.com/making-friends-with-small-easy-steps-2162851#:~:text=Children%20with%20learning%20disabilities%20often,in%20everyday%20speech3%EF%BB%BF)  


How To Make New Friends When You Have a Disability  


[https://disabilityhorizons.com/2019/04/how-to-make-new-friends-when-you-have-a-disability/](https://disabilityhorizons.com/2019/04/how-to-make-new-friends-when-you-have-a-disability/)  


Making Friends:  

Thoughts From Young Adults with Disabilities  

[https://publications.ici.umn.edu/impact/24-1/making-friends-thoughts-from-young-adults-with-disabilities](https://publications.ici.umn.edu/impact/24-1/making-friends-thoughts-from-young-adults-with-disabilities)  


Institute on Community Integration At University of Minnesota  

[https://ici.umn.edu/]


I experimented during the livestream with the Making Authentic Friends app. I put it on my phone after reading a few very negative comments.  


This app helps people with special needs make friends  


[https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/22/health/special-needs-friends-app-trnd/index.html]

Making Authentic Friends app didn't work very well for me. Kept losing focus and going back to the home screen on my Android phone. It was still running but popped up a login screen repeatedly and never finished looking for a friend for me.  


I am hoping folks will contribute to it so programmers can improve it. The concept of it is a good one, but apparently the folks abandoned the website and put all their hopes in the app. Unfortunately, the app developers didn't make sure the app was working properly before releasing it. I hope they will keep on with it until it is functional. I had high hopes for it. At one point when I was putting in my age, I got an error message saying I was outside of the age boundaries, yet it did let me register anyway.  


Meetup Groups for people with disabilities. I didn't see any much in my area, though there were scattered activities. Meetup depends on the folks who form the groups to create the activities. I would find it difficult to make an in person event because I never know if I can make it to a venue that day. I might experiement with this to create something for Zoom sometime!  

[https://www.meetup.com/topics/disability/](https://www.meetup.com/topics/disability/)  


Communication and Disability  

[http://www.nln.org/professional-development-programs/teaching-resources/ace-d/additional-resources/communicating-with-people-with-disabilities](http://www.nln.org/professional-development-programs/teaching-resources/ace-d/additional-resources/communicating-with-people-with-disabilities)  


Dating and Disability  

I would like to caution those who want to try dating websites in general that it is very hard to sort out who is there to genuinely meet someone and who are scammers. I haven't had the best experiences on dating sites but have known friends that did. Your mileage may vary!

Expert Dating Tips for the Best Disabled Dating Websites  

[https://www.vantagemobility.com/blog/dating-tips-and-sites-for-people-with-disabilities]


4 Part Series on Long Distance Relationships During COVID  

[https://blog.easterseals.com/love-is-blind-a-series-on-long-distance-relationships-during-covid-19/?_ga=2.129552970.733626551.1629504431-260975149.1629504431&pk_vid=e28f841038f172271629504460c3ba4e](https://blog.easterseals.com/love-is-blind-a-series-on-long-distance-relationships-during-covid-19/?_ga=2.129552970.733626551.1629504431-260975149.1629504431&pk_vid=e28f841038f172271629504460c3ba4e)  


Easterseals Thrive - Dating With Disabilities  

[https://www.easterseals.com/thrive/dating.html](https://www.easterseals.com/thrive/dating.html)  

Had a nice conversation with a married gentleman from Poland about how to get started writing! So I gave him this link:  

[https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-fiction]

If you are more interested in writing non-fiction there are still plenty of good articles on that, too, at Writer's Digest. My website and blog have a bunch of links for new writers also, and I love to talk about the Writing Life, too!  

GrannyHandicap 18 Aug 2021 Deafness, Communication and Barriers

 

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I've been posting the links we explore on the livestream to Twitter singly, but I think they make more sense in a group. So from now on, I'll post my after-the-livestream links in a blog post and post that link on Twitter.

Deafness and hearing loss

https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss

Making Listening Safe initiative from World Health Org
https://www.who.int/activities/making-listening-safe
file:///D:/2D/DanniStories/Social%20Media/Blogger/WHO%20Safe%20Listening.pdf

CDC Types of Hearing Loss
https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/types.html

Learn Fingerspelling [ASL Alphabet]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeAq4gkOEUY

20+ Basic Sign Language Phrases for Beginners | ASL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1desDduz5M

Bill Vicars - Learn ASL by immersion. You'll be amazed at how quickly you can start having real conversations in ASL.  Dr. Bill Vicars (Deaf/hh) of "ASL University" will teach you ASL using his innovative and interactive question-based approach.
Lesson 01
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaMjr4AfYA0

Guide to the Different Types of Sign Language Around the World
https://www.k-international.com/blog/different-types-of-sign-language-around-the-world/

What is it like to be Deaf?
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/what-is-it-like-to-be-deaf/

I did a crude version of the activity in the article. I didn't have earplugs handy, but my daughter had noise-canceling headphones. I described my experience. This would be worth repeating in the future on a Livestream!

All About Tinnitus
https://www.hearinglikeme.com/watch-understanding-tinnitus-with-dr-ben-aud/
Would have been better if I'd remembered to pronounce it TINNitus instead of TinnITUS lol!

This dissertation gave many suggestions about how colleges might approach helping minority Deaf students, in this case Black and deaf or Deaf students. The difference between deaf and Deaf is, Deaf is a person with a connection to Deaf Culture and community.

Obviously, a dissertation is not easy reading for laypeople, but I suggested just reading the Abstract and Conclusions. In these, the six Black and d/Deaf students who are the subject of the paper gave their views of how their school could have made their journey easier, without much effort on the school's part. In my opinion, all of their suggestions would apply equally to students with any disability, in any workplace, and in public and private schools for children.

They mentioned not wanting to be put in a box. Instructors seemed to want to group them by race or disability, but not both at once.

The suggestion that stayed with me most was of anyone teaching making a chart of disabilities across the top and class periods down the side, with a count of students. If this were visible while the instructor was lecturing, perhaps if he/she knew of a Black and d/Deaf student, they could include an example of a Black and d/Deaf person who advanced the subject field.

Imagine what that would mean to a person studying, to know of an example of someone like them, who became famous in that field. Especially if that student wanted to major in that field!

The comments from these 6 disabled students were well worth a read!

2014
The unexpected talented tenth: Black d/Deaf
students thriving within the margins
Lissa Denielle Stapleton
Iowa State University
https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/38930568.pdf

Next time we revisit what it means to be Deaf, I'd like to dive deeper into the controversy over possibly curing deafness, and the threat that presents to Deaf culture in the view of many people who were born Deaf. I would love to hear from folks who live with deafness and how valuable Deaf Culture is to them!


Thursday, August 19, 2021

Granny Handicap Livestream 19 Aug 2021 Disability Equipment

 


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Links We Talked About Tonight

A Look At The Range Of Disability Equipment Available on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Mobility+Aids+%26+Equipment&i=hpc&rh=n%3A3776631&_encoding=UTF8&c=ts&qid=1629420550&ts_id=3776631&ref=sr_pg_1

Of course, disability equipment is a HUGE category. I'm sure I missed a lot! 

Don't forget canes or a service dog for blind people [I know an animal is not a piece of equipment, but many blind people prefer a dog to a cane]. Also braille equipment for the blind or talking books or a computer with software that talks rather than displays pictures.

Many other disabilities require equipment that can't be bought off the shelf, like prosthetics. This is where grants come in.

How Do I Get The Disability Equipment I Need?

I forgot to mention this one! A good first step is to try United Way. They are a charity that offers a referral service with local sources in your area of the world. Have your pen and paper or note-taking app open and ready when you call!

https://www.unitedway.org/

https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1428401496031367168


https://pocketsense.com/financial-assistance-medical-equipment-8105202.html

This article talks about Medicare, Medicaid, Charity Sources and Grants.


Low Income Relief has a list by state of sources for free medical equipment

https://lowincomerelief.com/free-used-medical-equipment/


A family started this site to gather info about grants

https://www.disability-grants.org/about-disability-grants.html


Organizations That Give Your Old Medical Equipment a New Home - International

If you have equipment or supplies and want to donate or need them, these links might help.

https://www.goodnet.org/articles/7-organizations-give-old-medical-equipment-new-home

https://www.grantsformedical.com/charities-that-help-with-medical-equipment.html


Independent Living Centers - USA These facilities offer help to find free, gently used equipment, evaluate your home for hazards, many services. Staffed by handicapped people and federally funded. I've used them in several cities and even states. An excellent resource!

https://www.ilru.org/projects/cil-net/cil-center-and-association-directory


The State ADA Coordinator's Office. Every state probably has a similar office but it might not be named the same.

Here's the one for Georgia:

https://ada.georgia.gov/helpful-resources/technology-and-education/assistive-equipment-technology

Sometimes there are partnerships between charitable agencies to get disabled people the equip they need.

Atlanta, GA Area Goodwill/FODAC Partnership

https://medtrade.com/news/general-healthcare/fodac-and-goodwill-of-north-georgia-partner-to-help-people-with-disabilities-get-necessary-medical-equipment/

If you live in the UK

https://www.gov.uk/apply-home-equipment-for-disabled


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