Have you ever called my show before? I love answering all your questions but I rarely know what happens once we hang up.
Last week, I was able to help a woman named Yasmine who lives in Arizona. She wanted my advice on purchasing a tablet for her daughter. After we spoke, she wrote a beautiful blog post describing her experience. I'd like to share it with all of you.
Here's the back story.
Yasmine's daughter, who has autism, started her own online T-shirt business. The laptop she was using to create the T-shirt designs broke and Yasmine was curious about affordable replacement options.
I advised her to look into subsidies and grants that the government or her daughter's school may be offering for students with disabilities. Yasmine did some research and came across Arizona's Technology Access Program (AzTAP). This organization provides access to assistive technology for people with disabilities.
In her blog post, Yasmine says she applied for assistance for daughter's iPad and was quickly approved!
From Yasmine's Blog:
"Well long story short, I need to replace it so that Mona can create her t-shirt designs. In order to make her designs she needs to be able to run Photoshop—and now a vicious cycle begins. No computer, no Photoshop, no designs, no business….that simple. And to top that off, she wants an IPAD Pro for a certain app as well—another cool thou easily!
Well being a single mom, my cash is limited, you know how it goes. I was at a total loss as to what to do. I soon thought of a syndicated radio show that I usually get to hear after work on Saturday’s: The Kim Komando Show. She gives great advice, and being a Phoenician herself, it kind of feels like she’s family (and only recently I found out that I had interviewed her husband--the not-so-famous Barry Young of KFYI in Phoenix--about 20 years ago as part of my radio assignment---again another story for another blog day. What a small world right?) Anyway, I went online and emailed Kim hoping for a email response. But before I knew it, I was on the show with Kim herself. A miracle! Her voice was like a breeze of fresh air. (You can hear the call here: www.facebook.com/kimkomando/videos/10152518577274979/ )
She was so delightful to chat with. It was like chatting with a friend on the phone. Her advice for me was to look into my daughter’s disability department at her college and her State’s DDD representative, to see if they have some kind of programs for disabled persons. (Wow! Why didn’t I think of that? But then again, I am only human!)
And she was right. I contacted them the next day, and found out that there is such a program in Arizona. The program is Arizona’s Assistive Technology Act Program, or AzTAP. (funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration). I filled out all of the applications online, and my daughter was quickly approved for the discounted electric technology that she needs. Eureka!!!
Thank you Kim, for your amazing kindness and compassion for those desperate, distant voices on the other end of the phone line. And thank you, AzTAP.org for being available for family and individuals that need it. My problem is solved."
If you've called my show in the past and you've had a similar experience, I'd love to hear from you! If you need some digital advice, click here to send me an email. You can also call 1-888-825-5254 while I film the show on Fridays between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. PST, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. EST.
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