Kristina Grimmer's portfolios

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My Certificate of Recognition of Service in the Semester

CIS 102W Community Engagement Course - Spring 2014 - Tuesdays 12:15 PM - CRN 20774



To begin, the following sections are to be created in class on your ePortfolio system by Tuesday, 2/4/14, 2:15 PM.

(System is to be explained in class on Tuesday, 2/4/14, 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM.)

Questions on your ePortfolio system may be directed to Dr. Lawler ( or Ms. Sam Egan of the ePortfolio Group (

Please provide permissions to me and to other students in CIS 102W CRN 20774 to view your CRN 20774  AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services (ADS) e-Portfolio pages in the semester.

"Kristina Grimmer"

My Biography -  What I Am Bringing to AHRC New York City

I am a sophomore at Pace University. I am in the five year accounting program to obtain my BBA in accounting and MS in financial management along with a minor in quantitative business analysis. I am a peer leader for University 101 freshman seminar classes and also work in the library here at Pace. When I am home, I work at Forever 21 as a sales associate and occasionally working as a visual. I have volunteered at St. Charles Hospital, on Long Island, working with the nurses to organize files and paper work and also visited the patients to see if there was anything they needed. I have also volunteered at blood drives at my high school and a local farm called Bethel Hobbs Community Farm where I have planted crops and helped harvest crops. I am very involved on campus through my leadership role as secretary of Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of P.A.C.E. Board. I am also a member of two honor societies, Alpha Lambda Delta and Lambda Sigma.

My Biography in Graphic Representation (Optional)

In this section please optionally post your posted Biography in Wordle.


Biography of My AHRC New York City Middle / High School Partner in Graphic Representation

In this section, on Tuesday, 2/11/14, 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM, please post the Biography of your Middle / High School partner in Wordle and print the representation for her / him.

My Friends in the Course at Pace University

In this section please post a couple of color photographs of you and your colleague students in this course.


My Friends and Staff at AHRC New York City

In this section please post a few color photographs of you, your colleague students, and the staff of your AHRC New York City facility.

You may also post photographs of you and your partner if you have her / his family permission and her /his permission.

(You may only post the first name [not the last name] of your partner in any of your postings on your ePortfolio system.)

My Personal Journey on the Project at AHRC New York City

My Project at AHRC New York City

- View My Technology

In this section please post samples of your technology, including linked URLs to technology vendors.

You may be as creative as you like in this section (e.g. videos).

(You may NOT post videos on to youtube.)

You should begin this section by Tuesday, 3/25/14.

- View My Special Technology Tools (Optional)

In this section please post samples of your technology tools, including linked URLs to technology vendors, if your project is involving special technology tools (e.g. tablets).

You should begin this section by 3/25/14.


My Mid-Term Reflection Journal on [Book] Miracle Boy and on My Project

The book “Miracle Boy Grows Up: How the Disability Rights Revolution Saved My Sanity,” by Ben Mattlin, was very eye opening for me. Prior to this class, I had met a few individuals with mental disabilities. Although, I did not really have a clear understanding of how it affected their daily lives or how having this made them feel. So far this class, along with the book, has gave me a better understanding of these disabilities. These individuals are just like everyone else, they just happen to live with something that is more difficult to overcome; and quite frankly, a lot of times they handle it better and can become more successful and satisfied with life than many of us without the disability.


            Ben Mattlin’s story told throughout the book is very inspirational to me. Most people born with spinal muscular atrophy do not live for very long but Mattlin managed to beat almost all odds. He became so successful and accomplished things that some people without disabilities cannot even accomplish. He has graduated from Harvard, got married, had children, and has a career writing and working for NPR. He was born in the same time period as when the growth of the disability rights movement had really begun. So as the years went on his life was opening up to more and more opportunities. He really lives a normal life, like everyone else; he just needs a little bit more assistance at times. The reality is that individuals with disabilities are just like everyone else and are able to take on the same everyday activities and tasks that other people do. These activities may be challenging but often times they accomplish them even better than someone who doesn’t have disabilities.


            One quote from the book that really stood out to me was, “Over time I learn to bury, or re-bury, my frustrations and fears. I will not let bumps and barriers make me fearful or reticent. Rather, I remind myself that hardships build character. They make me a stronger person. It’s a guise I can maintain for only so long.” (Mattlin, pg.7) This reminds me of the people that I have so far encountered at AHRC. Whether just the people that work there and told us about the program, or people that have gone to the program before speaking to our class about self-advocacy, or my actual partner for the project, Evelyn, everyone I feel has had this kind of outlook. Everyone we have met and spoken to has had such a positive outlook on their current lives and the future. I feel this also directly relates to the two women who spoke to my class when we visited AHRC. These women left me feeling so inspired when I left the classroom. People, who grow up with learning disabilities or mental disabilities, grow up with many obstacles to overcome. These two women described their challenges that they constantly have to deal with but then went straight to talking about how they’ve overcome them and how they’ve gone on to accomplish their goals and live everyday like everyone else. Self-advocacy is a big thing that these women were focusing on. They work with individuals who make this self-advocacy possible. They teach them how to be able to support themselves and live on their own. They learn how to travel around New York City by themselves by taking the subway and bus systems. They also learn how to gain skills necessary to obtain jobs. Self-advocacy groups are a big part of these disability rights movement that are really detrimental for these individuals to have because they really leave a great impact on these individuals lives. I remember one of the ladies mentioning how difficult her life was, and how she was left in a group home that didn’t treat individuals well at all, and now she overcame that obstacle and got out of there and now she works for the senator of New York. It’s really incredible how much of a turnaround she has had and the success she has had, even with her disability and she doesn’t let it stop her. It is amazing to me how these individuals deal with these challenges, something I could’ve never dealt with, but handles it so well. They learn how to deal with the issues they have and how to overcome them. It can be tough on them, but now-a-days these individuals often have a great support system as well, whether from their families, or their support groups, that are able to guide them into the right direction and help them deal with their problems.


            Evelyn and I have begun working on our project for this class and it is going well. Each week we work on adding to the video we are creating, along with getting to know each other better. In the beginning, I was a little worried because Evelyn was very quiet and seemed nervous so I was scared she wasn’t going to open up to me at all or want to work with me. Every week though I notice she seems a little more open and each week we learn a little bit more about each other. Our project is going to consist of a video and some pictures of Evelyn and our progress in this class, along with capturing many of Evelyn’s favorite things. So far we have captured videos of her singing, which is one of her passions, and a video of her in the library looking at different books, a picture of the book she checked out, and a picture of us with our favorite snack, which we have in common, Nerds. I love working with Evelyn because not only am I learning more about her, I am also learning things about myself through this project. Prior to this class I have volunteered at a hospital which I really enjoyed. I got to speak with the patients daily, which really made their days and made them happy to have someone there with them for the time being. This reminds me of working with Evelyn. I feel like we both get really excited when we see each other and each time we have so much fun working together. This has made me realize how much I love to see other people smile, and be able to enjoy themselves, and become successful. Seeing Evelyn sing, and her telling me about band class, makes me happy because she is working towards something that she really enjoys to do. Something that other people may not be able to do, but luckily AHRC makes this possible for the individuals to be able to do different activities that they really enjoy. Working with Evelyn also reminds me of the book because Ben had to have an assistant with him many times to help him accomplish things, and although I am not serving as an assistant to help Evelyn, I think it is important to have someone to be able to speak to and share experiences with, to in turn be able to better yourself and grow as an individual.
            To conclude, I truly am enjoying working on this project with my partner, Evelyn. It is really an eye opening experience for me. The book by Ben Mattlin was a great story and I really enjoyed reading it and being able to write this paper on it. 



My Final Reflection Journal on My Project

In this section please post a full two page Journal reflecting on your personal service in the semester; on the relationship of you and your partner; and on what you learned in the semester.

In your opinion what was the impact of your project on your partner and you?

Your Journal should be an in-depth reflection, not boilerplate "blue sky" stuffing for an A Grade.

Your Journal is read and responded by the professor.

Your Final Journal is due by Tuesday, 5/13/14, Mid-Nite.


            Working with AHRC NYC and being a student of CIS 102W has been an amazing experience, leaving me with memories that will last a lifetime. I feel as though there are many valuable lessons that individuals can learn from those with disabilities. I hope to further explain my experience in the following paragraphs.

            I have had the pleasure of having Evelyn as my partner that I worked with from AHRCNYC this semester. I want to start off by saying that Evelyn is the sweetest woman and working with her has not only taught me a lot about her, but has also taught me a lot about myself as well. I could start out by saying all of the factual information that I know about Evelyn, but I would rather begin by saying all the things that I have noticed about Evelyn without her telling me about it. When I first met Evelyn I felt that this would be a hard class for me. I have never had much interaction with individuals that have disabilities; simply because I don’t know anyone personally that has any. I soon realized, though, that Evelyn and I were a great match and that a lot could be learned during this experience. I began to realize that just like I do, she had things that she is extremely passionate about. I also realized that technology is a great way for individuals, like Evelyn, to be able to express themselves. Luckily, AHRC NYC gives Evelyn and the other people who attend the program, the ability to work on these passions and learn other things. It also gives them the ability to learn to be independent and do things that maybe they couldn’t before, now by themselves. Evelyn has a passion for music and dancing, and thanks to her program, she is able to perform through her music class that she has. They put on performances very frequently and whenever I ask Evelyn how the performance was her face lights up when she talks about it. It is something that you can tell she loves to do, and this program is what gives her that ability to do what she loves and feel proud for accomplishing it.

            I have learned a variety of things through this program. I have learned how much I love giving back to others. I have done community service in the past, and every time I have done it, I loved it. This time though, just reassured that. I loved working with Evelyn and being able to show her she has a friend. We had many similarities which made it even easier for us to bond. This class is meant to help these individuals with disabilities learn to use technology and be able to create a project that they are proud of and we are supposed to assist them. Though I feel my experience was the exact opposite. Evelyn was excited to see me every class, and I was just as excited to see her every class. She made me realize how lucky I am to be so privileged. Life as an individual who has disabilities can be difficult at times because there are many things that can set the individual back, but seeing Evelyn is so happy even through any set-backs she has, made me realize how grateful I am for everything that I have and taught me that I should be happy for everything that I have. I think it was also a great experience because being able to teach Evelyn to use an iPad was really awesome. We made the PowerPoint on my iPad and prior to this class she had never even used an iPad before. I showed her how to use PowerPoint and how to use the features such as adding pictures and adding music to videos. I would let her type up all of her own information that she wanted to include and just helped her on deciding what to say and how to spell the words. By the time of the last class, Evelyn then had learned how to use an iPad all on her own. She knew how to turn it on, how to search for items, and even learned to play some games that were already loaded on her iPad. It was incredible to watch her play these games because she put so much passion into them because it was something that she enjoyed.

            This class was a great class and I feel as though I learned so many lessons through this class. I would definitely recommend this class to everyone. It has left me with great experiences that I really enjoyed.

My Semester of Service at AHRC New York City

- My Photograph upon Presentation of My Certificate of Recognition by AHRC New York City

In this sub-section please post the color photograph of you receiving your Certificate of Recognition from the Director of AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services (ADS).

My Other Service During or Since the Semester - What I Have Been Doing in Service (Optional)

In this section please post any information, especially photographs, of other service performed by you in the neighborhood or in the university.

You might update this section as you pursue your studies in the university.

In my sorority I did some service through working with the Girl Scouts of America. We invited the girls to Pace University along with their parents, and gave them a tour of Pace. We also did some exercises in order to inform them how important college is and to encourage them to continue with their education!

Rubrics Summary:

Final Grades in the CIS 102W CRN 20774 Community Engagement Course at Adult Day Services (ADS) are based on the following:

- Completion and Presentation of Project on Thursday, 5/13/14, 12:15 PM - 2:15 PM*;

- Completion of the Above ePortfolio Sections in Conformance with the Above Guidelines;

- Completion of the 12 ePortfolio Blog Sections in Conformance with the Above Due Dates;


- Completion of the 12 ePorfolio Critique Sections in Conformance with the Above Due Dates;

- Completion of the Mid-Term and Final Reflection Journals in Conformance with the Above Due Dates;

- Fulfillment of 12 Attendances  beginning Tuesday, 2/11/14 (or Hour Make-ups at AHRC New York City - Adult Day Services [ADS] Locations) on the Project in the Semester.

* Final Examination

Final Grades in the Course will be posted promptly on to the portal system of the university on Wednesday, 5/14/14, PM.


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Thank you.

Professor Lawler


My Personal Journey on the Project at AHRC New York City RSS

Critique (on Professor Questions) of 1/28/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:40
Last updated Tuesday, 04 February 2014, 15:49

Critique 1A- 

The two Web sites I chose to contrast are and . The first link is Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the link brings it to a page about Cerebral Palsy and the second link is the National Down Syndrome Society. The link for cerebral palsy seems helpful and easily functional for the families of members with this disease because it has easy access links right on the page to bring up information about cerebral palsy and some facts to learn about the disease. It also has data and statistics links, screening and diagnosis links, research and tracking, and articles to learn more information. The second link is helpful as well because it is also easy to access and get from page to page. The page is mainly to describe what down syndrome is and the different types and doesn't provide much insight into resource services. Although, by clicking at the top there is a link for resources. At the end of the page there are more links to find more information about down syndrome, there are also books listed to find out more information. The website provides a helpline, it also provides information about the organization itself, and links for local support. All in all, both websites seem to be good sources for resource services and have easy and clear features to navigate your way around the sites.

Critique 1B-


One iPad app I have found that would be helpful to indiviuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities would be Proloquo2Go. Unfortunately, this app is very expensive costing 219 dollars. Although, it seems to be something that would be very useful to individuals who are nonverbal or have problems learning language. It is used to promote visual language because many times seeing the picture assigned to a word is easier for communication and helps these individuals. This app allows these individuals to speak by tapping buttons with words or phrases. A second app is See.Touch.Learn, which is free, and See.Touch.Learn Pro which is $39.99. The apps are flashcards with pictures to help autistic students learn to recognize what the picture is with a voice that responds saying what the picture is. Both essentially have the same features, just the one that costs money has more flashcards loaded into the program. One last app is My Choice Board. The cost of this app is $9.99. This app helps those with autism, or communication delays/limited communication skills, to be able to communicate and express what they need or what they want. The individual will click an image as a preferred choice and you can also record voice messages so that when the individual clicks on the image, it will say what the image is. 

Critique 1C-

The device technologies that are enabling Stephen Hawking to express himself is speech-generating devices. They are AAC systems that act as a supplement to speech being that these individuals do not have the ability to speak. These devices allow these individuals like Stephen Hawking to be able to effectively communicate and act as their voice. and both are websites that illustrate and discuss many of stephen hawking's main ideas. 


Critique (on Professor Questions) of 2/4/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:40
Last updated Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 21:58

First off, I found this article extremely interesting. I think this article can be appreciated by other parents of teenagers with developmental and intellectual disabilities. I completely understand that parents want to say their child is their hero. I completely understand that these children are also extremely strong for everything that they have to deal with, but this idea of them being "heroic" can make them feel as though they have to constantly act strong and cannot break down. Ernie Bufflo, to me, is correct because first and foremost you want your child to be just that, a child. They shouldn't have to feel like they need to act tough and like they can always deal with their issues because the reality is that they cannot. The children will break down and will have days where they can't be strong and the parents need to do that for them. Therefore, I found the article very interesting and think parents could appreciate the article and it may be eye opening for them.

Blog (on Partner and Project) of 2/11/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:40
Last updated Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 22:02

I was very impressed by the presentations given to us at AHRC New York City Adult Day Services on the assistive communication devices. The presentations provided a lot of information that I did not know about the assistive communication devices. I found it interesting to find out that they now even make Samsung Tablets as these devices. It is awesome that technology has improved so much over such a short period of time. I really enjoyed that they sent around one of the devices as well for us to look at it and get a feel for how it works and what it does. I also loved the introduction given by Adil with his assistive communication device. It was really cool to see how he uses it being that this is something he uses on a daily basis and it even helps him in the workforce and attending school.

Critique (on Professor News Story) of 2/11/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:39
Last updated Tuesday, 11 February 2014, 22:23

I couldn't exactly find a self-advocacy story but I did find an interesting story about a teen, Esteban Barriga, with special needs who invited Ellen DeGeneres to prom. This is a small step toward self-advocacy because the boy was able to make the decision on his own to go to prom and to ask Ellen to be his date, despite thinking he didn't have friends. He then learned from this that he has a community and great family behind him, causing him to decide to go to prom. This is similar to the stories we heard at 156 William Street because Lisa spoke about how she now lives on her own and makes decisions on her own and has a job. 


Blog of 2/18/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:39
Last updated Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 19:30

Today we met with our AHRC New York City partner's. My partner is Evelyn. Although we were both a little shy, we learned a lot about eachother and learned that we have a lot of similarities. Evelyn loves typing, singing, and dancing. She really enjoys hiphop dance and disco. I am a dancer so learning that she loves to dance was really exciting and something that we are hoping to incorporate into our project. I also found out that Evelyn is in a band! She plays the drums and the tamborine and also sings in the band. We spent a little bit of time going on youtube and just listening and singing along to some of Evelyn's favorite songs. I really enjoyed today's class and this was only day one with Evelyn. I'm really excited to see how we grow and learn more about each other. This class is such an amazing experience and I'm so excited to be apart of this. 

Critique of 2/18/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:39
Last updated Tuesday, 18 February 2014, 19:56

The article I chose is "iPads Helping Kids With Autism Learn to Speak". Although this article does not directly relate to my partner, it does show how these different technologies, specifically iPad apps, help people in different ways. This article describes how a study they had done shows how children up to the age of 8 can be significantly impacted by these communication apps on their iPad devices. They are encouraging kids to mimic the words that they hear from their device and it is in turn allowing kids to begin using short phrases as well. This, for some children, is a major improvement because some children are absolutely nonverbal and this not only gives them a voice but is in some cases allowing the children to even learn how to speak. My partner uses an iPad for recreational use. She enjoys listening to music on it and is learning how to use the iPad. So although it doesn't directly relate to my partner Evelyn, it does show that different technologies are helping individuals with disabilities.

Blog of 2/25/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:39
Last updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 11:54

My partner, Evelyn, unfortunately was out sick today. I looked up places that may interest her that we can hopefully do and visit in the future! I know Evelyn loves music and singing. She is currently in a band class, where her and some friends formed their own band. I was looking up to see if there were any museums of music around New York City. I found that the Metropolitan Museum of Art actually has a department on musical instruments. So that is possibly something we can do in the future. I also found out that Evelyn LOVES sandwiches. They are her favorite food. The first day I saw her she actually had Subway with her. Right on Fulton Street there is the new sandwich shop Potbelly, maybe one day I can see if Evelyn would be interested in going there to get lunch. I would also like to make her a playlist maybe on a cd so that she can put it on her iPad because she loves music so much and this way she can hear some of the music I like along with the music she likes. So although it is unfortunate that Evelyn isn't here today, I have created some plans so that in future we can bond more and do some things she likes.

Critique of 2/25/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:39
Last updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 12:41

I think the film will be a great model for the Hollywood mainstream media. I think that many people don't really understand disabilities that well so this may be a great chance for people to see how these disabilities are portrayed. This film was very helpful for Beau in his life and he did well in the film. The connection that he had with his on-screen brother was real. I think that it is important for people and Hollywood mainstream media to realize that it is difficult for people with disabilities to have to learn to control their emotions and learn to act different ways for certain scenes, though this is difficult they can do it. That is the message that is being sent to parents of children with disabilities around the world. I think this is important because it shows that your child is capable of so much and it is also a reminder to Hollywood that people with disabilities are capable of so much as well. To conclude, I think this movie is a good model for the Hollywood mainstream media.



Blog of 3/4/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:39
Last updated Tuesday, 04 March 2014, 16:02

Today I met with Evelyn and we had a lot of fun together. Me, my partner Evelyn, Tenzin, and her partner Evette teamed up. We went with a staff member from AHRC and gave Evelyn and Evette a tour of Pace. We went into the library because I know my partner loves to read. We were going to look for a book that I would check out for her but she couldn't think of any today so we are going to go back next week after she thinks of one this upcoming week. We also went to the cafeteria where my partner ate her lunch and we just joked around with eachother and also all got snacks together. When we returned to the class my partner and I decided to discuss our project. We want to make a video where we will be showing Evelyn at some of the places we decide to visit over the semester. We also want to record her singing because singing is something Evelyn loves to do! She also dances as do I, so we are thinking of creating a little dance to put into the video to just showcase some of the things about Evelyn that she loves. We are also going to take a picture together each week to showcase our progress and what we have done that week. Our picture today was us holding 'Nerds' because we both realized that is one of our favorite snacks. This was pretty much it for today! 

Critique of 3/4/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:38
Last updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014, 12:03

I actually work in the Birnbaum Library at the circulation desk, so I've become very aware of how this is a problem in our library. My coworker/good friend Shannon is currently working on trying to resolve this issue and it is something I would like to begin helping her with. I know she has written an article about it for the Pace Press as well. I would advocate by bringing it to the attention of the head of library and to the school as a whole. Maybe if it is not taken care of quickly and easily, we can get a petition signed to show how important the Pace community thinks this is and to bring it to the attention of the Pace community. I think it is terrible that this is not something that has been taken care of yet. I feel terrible when students with wheelchairs or other handicap disabilities come up to me asking for someone to take them in the elevator because there is no easy access to it. This needs to be changed.

Blog of 3/11/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:38
Last updated Tuesday, 11 March 2014, 22:26

Last week when I met with Evelyn I told her to think of a book she would like to check out from the library this week. Evelyn wasn't able to think of one, so today when I got to class I helped her look one up. We spent about an hour discussing what kind of books she likes and trying to find ones that weren't too big but would interest her. I found out she really enjoys romance novels just like I do. She also likes mysteries as well as books about music. We eventually found a book about music that isn't too big that Evelyn would like to read. When we went to the library and found the book I took pictures and videos of Evelyn looking through the books to include in our project because reading is one of the things Evelyn loves! When we came back from the library I played some music on the computer and recorded videos of her singing as well for the project because Evelyn would really like to include her singing being that it is one of her passions. 

Blog of 3/25/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:38
Last updated Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 21:45

Today Evelyn and I stayed in the classroom. We spoke more about our project, and decided instead of just doing a video, we would also create a powerpoint. The powerpoint contains information about Evelyn that she wanted to share such as where she grew up, what her hobbies are, and her goals in life. Most of our project is now already finished. We will be taking photos each week to add to the slide of our photos as well as creating a video. The video will be containing Evelyn singing because she enjoys it so much, and possibly dancing!! I taught Evelyn how to use powerpoint because she had never used it before. She loved it!! I showed her how to insert pictures and how to center words. I feel like while creating the project she opened up a little more towards me and seemed so much more excited and happy to be learning something new! It made my day! 

Critique of 3/25/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:38
Last updated Tuesday, 25 March 2014, 22:04

I read the article and I found it truly inspiring. I think it was so great how Kevin Grow got the opportunity to fulfill his dreams by playing with the 'Sixers'. I feel like many times, individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities are not offered enough opportunities to do what they would like to do, even if they are fully capable. I love that the Sixers treated Kevin just as an individual who wanted to fulfill his dreams.

Blog of 4/1/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:38
Last updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014, 23:09

Today, Evelyn and I worked on our project some more being that the time we have left is very short! We spoke with Julia and decided it would be a good idea to import our powerpoint into keynote on the iPad and get Evelyn familiar with how to work an iPad. So, that is what we did and now Evelyn will use the iPad to present the project. We also learned how to use iMovie today. I have never used iMovie before so it was actually a new experience for the both of us and we helped each other figure it out. We also added more to the video that we are creating for the powerpoint.

Critique of 4/1/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:38
Last updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014, 23:33

I would first like to say that when reading the article, I found the statistics to be completely disheartening and it really bothered me that the crime rates for individuals with disabilities is so high. I think individuals with disabilities should have some service offered to them to learn how to deal with situations like these. It should be something that is practiced continuously to help them remeber and better prepare them for situations like these as well. They also need to be taught to know when someone is acting in wrong ways towards them so they know when to speak up. Andrew Cuomo is one legislator in New York State who is advocating for individuals with disabilities. He has created the New York State Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, which works to lead these individuals to be able to fully participate in society, provide them with information to lead them to better decision making, and uphold their equality. This so far seems to be an effective part of the NYS Government and hopefully people become more aware of it.

Blog of 4/8/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:37
Last updated Tuesday, 08 April 2014, 13:11

My partner, Evelyn, was absent today. Since she wasn't here I worked on the project myself and tried to teach myself how to use KeyNote more as well as iMovie. Evelyn and I had begun using these Apps together and I had never used them prior to this time. It was a good opportunity for me to learn more about these Apps and this way the next time I see Evelyn I could better help her in using them. I also added some photos to our project and will see if Evelyn likes them next time we meet. I spoke with Julia and Evelyn and I may be meeting next Tuesday, when we don't have class, to hopefully continue working on our project.

Critique of 4/8/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:37
Last updated Tuesday, 08 April 2014, 13:33

Discuss how the death of Jerome Murdough at Rikers Island in New York City might (or might not) be an apparent regression to the mentality evident from the period of Willowbrook, Staten Island, by Tuesday, 4/8/14, Mid-Nite.


First off, I would like to say I find this so disheartening. I had read this article from the DailyNews, It broke my heart because they said how Jerome Murdough should not have been in Rikers Island to begin with. Yes, he trespassed, but it wasn't as severe as some other crimes. He is also schizophrenic as well as bipolar.  Jerome Murdough had passed away while at Rikers Island due to extreme heat in his cell. The person in charge at Rikers Island never bothered to check on him and other cell mates as he was instructed to, which led to Jerome suffering and passing away. The prison also failed to let the mother of Jerome know that her son had passed away until almost a month after.I believe there is an apparent regression to the mentality evident from the period of Willowbrook. I think this is similar to cases at Willowbrook, Staten Island because these inidividuals with disabilities had been treated so poorly and you would think that now-a-days this type of treatment towards these individuals would not be occurring. It clearly still is evident though as we can tell from the case with Jerome. This is a serious problem that needs to be fixed.

Blog of 4/22/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:37
Last updated Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 23:08

Today, in class, Evelyn and I took a trip to the library to return the book she had taken out. She loved it. While we were there, we took some pictures of her actually returning the book for the project, to show her love for the library and reading. After the library, we went upstairs and added the pictures to our project. We actually finished our presentation today. The presentation is about Evelyn's life, and she said that she thinks we included everything  and she didn't want to add anything else. After finishing the project we had some fun learning how to play new games on the iPad.

Critique of 4/22/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:37
Last updated Tuesday, 22 April 2014, 23:30

Although the punishment of individuals with disabilities in Florida is different in fairness than many other states, I actually found that Texas as well as Florida put people on the death penalty when they are not competent of even realizing they are. Texas has 13 known cases where the people who were killed had mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, and were still put to death. This and the Florida case both are a little crazy to me. Obviously what these individuals have done is wrong, but these individuals many times are often to incompetent to even realize that. In the Florida case, I think it is crazy how being off from one number doesn't deem you as having enough of a mental illness to be able to be kept alive. I have added in the article I read on about Texas.

Blog of 4/29/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:37
Last updated Tuesday, 29 April 2014, 22:53

Today I unfortunately had to leave class an hour early due to a field trip for my science class. Prior to leaving, Evelyn and I completed our project and showed it to Professor Lawler. Due to losing an hour with Evelyn though, I will be attending AHRC tomorrow to meet with Evelyn and add another part to our video, as Yuliya suggested we do. I also just wanted to make note of something that I had noticed the last two classes. Prior to these last two classes, Evelyn had not used an iPad. But ever since she had to bring it in for me to upload the PowerPoint, she has loved it. She came into class today and immediately took out her iPad and began playing games such as wordsearches and others. I was amazed at how happy it made her and how excited she was because she doesn't usually act that way. I also found it interesting because I feel like the wordsearches help her. When doing the project she typed up all of the information herself, but she would often ask me for help spelling whereas with the wordsearches she was beginning to realize what the words spelled out meant. It was pretty awesome for me to see that reaction!

Critique of 4/29/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:36
Last updated Wednesday, 23 April 2014, 20:02

Mr. Herrera might be an inspiration for my AHRC New York City partner because Mr. Herrera shows that even if you have a disability, you are capable of doing anything. He is a strong individual who does what he loves to do and has been so successful. I think he could be an inspiration for my partner because it just shows that no matter what you have wrong with you, there are ways to overcome it and deal with it. So many people at Mr. Herrera's job are also so inspired by him. Whether you have a disability or not, Mr. Herrera is someone who can be an inspiration to you through his strength and hard work, and ability to deal with his disability.

Blog of 5/6/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:36
Last updated Tuesday, 06 May 2014, 23:53

Today was the day we presented our projects to the rest of the class. The projects all turned out so well! I was very impressed by many of them! Evelyn was actually so eager to go today that when we didn't get called to go up until the very end, she began crying. She loved the class and project so much it made her upset to not get to share right away. Although, after we finally presented our project she was so happy and excited. Seeing these projects today was really eye opening for me. I realized just how much I loved this class and love volunteering with individuals with disabilities!

Critique of 5/6/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:36
Last updated Sunday, 27 April 2014, 23:41

I believe Mr. Richie Parker could definitely be an inspiration for my partner Evelyn. Watching this video inspired me so much and I think an individual with a disability could find it even more inspiring than I did. It is amazing to know that someone who we think would have such a difficult time completing certain tasks, could actually do them just as we can, many times even better than we can! Mr. Richie Parker even said himself, many people at his job first thought upon his arrival, "How is he going to do anything here?" and sure enough he does his job and better than some people! 

Blog (on Presentations) of 5/13/14

Posted on 04 February 2014, 12:34
Last updated Tuesday, 13 May 2014, 21:18

We saw everyone's presentations last week. I think everyone did absolutely amazing on all of them! The individuals who come to class from AHRC NYC progressed so much and it was amazing to see what all of them did throughout the semester. Today we got to see the video that was created of all of us and I thought it was amazing! It showcased everyone's projects so nicely and it was so nice to know that their parent's or family that was with them got to see this piece of what we did in class. I just wanted to say thank you for this amazing experience in this class!! 

24 entries


Dr. Lawler
05 February 2014, 16:14



Good to have you in the semester!

Thank you.

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
12 February 2014, 19:09


Very Good!

Thank you.

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
19 February 2014, 12:40


I enjoy your postings!

Very Good.

Thank you.

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
26 February 2014, 19:50


As usual, Very Good Postings!

Thank you.

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
05 March 2014, 18:59


You are doing very good in the semester!

Thank you.

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
12 March 2014, 13:19


Mid-Term Reflection is an excellent Report.

You are doing very good in the semester!

Thank you.

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
26 March 2014, 19:51


You are not answering the Critique question - other players?

Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
04 April 2014, 17:21

Kristina, very good, and thank you.  Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
09 April 2014, 18:26

Kristina, good to hear from you, and thank you.  Professor Lawler

Dr. Lawler
14 May 2014, 12:53

Kristina, thank you.  Professor Lawler