Sunday, November 30, 2008

My Latest Photoshoot

I had Brittany come over last week to work on some of her graduation pictures and we took a variety of shots. I thought that I would share a few with you. I own a Nikon D50 that I call "Frank" I also have a Nikon speedlight which I refer to as...can you guess? Flash! Together they become Frank-n-Flash! Yes I know that Halloween is over but I enjoy the nickname. I know it is a bit odd to name my technology items like my computer(Tabitha), cameras (Frank, George, and Ringo) and external hard drive (Lacey), but it keeps life interesting; besides people name their cars...Right?

Anyway, back to Brittany. I shot her in my new house which was such a joy and I had the opportunity to use different backgrounds throughout the shoot. Check this out ;)

She brought her kitty with her for a few shots. Her kitty was amazingly good and I think she actually liked the attention.

After several changes of clothes we decided to do a couple of shots that were a little more mooody. So I created a couple of black and whites.

She wanted something serious, so I gave her serious...

We had an amazing day and we had lots of fun and we have tons of pictures that I will put on the new website that I am developing. I hope you enjoyed these.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving in Perspective

Reporter "What are the best things about life?"
Brendon: "Having one."

Man! **sniff sniff**

I'm going to hug my kids

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Changes in Education for Children with Disabilities

The time has come and Butler County is implementing the updates applied to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) of 2004. Ohio updated the special education rules, effective July 1, 2008. The purpose of the update to requirements is to improve and ensure that children with disabilities have equal opportunity, full participation in education, independent living and economic self-sufficiency.

In her introduction letter to the Operating Standards for Ohio Educational Agencies (OSOEA) serving Children with Disabilities hand book, Susan Tave Zelman, Superintendent of Public Instruction lists the new emphasis on the following standards:

• High expectations and support;
• Intervening services provided as early as possible;
• Evaluation of research-based interventions;
• Highly qualified teachers;
• Flexibility in requirements in reevaluating student progress and needs;
• Instruction in general curriculum, presented in settings with non-disabled peers as much as possible;
• Goals and services for transition into life after high school; and
• Equal participation in education and school activities for those in nonpublic school.

Access to OSOEA handbook is available here via PDF.

More changes are being taken into consideration and there is a public review and comment period for this draft document that is open until 5:00 p.m. on Nov. 21, 2008. To review and submit feedback on the manual or for more information go to the OSOEA

Early screening is very important and If you suspect your child has a disability, contact the special education director in your school district. Here is a contact list for local schools in the Butler County Area
• Edgewood City School District: 867-7572
• Fairfield City School District: 829-4311
• Hamilton City School District: 887-5000
• Lakota Local School District: 644-1212
• Madison Local School District: 420-4778
• Middletown City School District: 423-0781
• Monroe Local School District: 539-2536
• New Miami Local School District: 863-0833
• Ross Local School District: 863-6150
• Talawanda City School District: 273-3572

Sunday, November 9, 2008

I'm Home

This is my new house. As you can see it is all flat and there are no steps. Jon is still getting things from the exterior of our old house but for the most part we are moved and we can consentrate on getting settled in our new home.

We have gotten started on the dining room that once had the same style paint job as the living room shown here. A white wall with one boarder going all the way around the living and dining area. A little lower and it could have been considered chair rail decor but it was about a foot and a half to high on the wall for that. Well I had different plans in store for my dining room, this shows it in transition. I'm not finished but I thought it would be cool to share my progress.

Please stay tuned... More to come

PS... if you are wondering how I painted, a broom handle and a roller goes a lonnnnnnnngggggggggggg way : ) Jon has to do the edging at the ceiling but for the most part I was able to do most from my wheelchair.