Published by: Randee Head on Wednesday August 1st, 2012
I am handicapped. I am very severely crippled by Multiple Sclerosis. I am always on the lookout for something that can help me improve my life. Imagine finding a link on a website that describes exactly what is needed. Now imagine the link is broken.
This has happened to me more times than I can count. I will find a link for a charity or organization that appears to do exactly what I want. Perhaps it offers assistance in finding funding for equipment, or it offers a service I could use. There might be a product that looks interesting. I have followed these links and even searched for the charities or companies. Some have been defunct for a year or more. After a while, I am just angry.
A handicapped person can spend hours looking for resources and waste a lot of that time. Relying on search engines for information is not particularly beneficial as anyone who has done any serious research can tell you. What is needed is an online portal that could be a “one-stop-shop” for everything that can help the handicapped.
I was beginning to realize that no solution existed. I was getting very depressed. Oh, forget it. I was incredibly depressed. Then I realized, I could be the solution and not just for myself but for handicapped and disabled people everywhere. So, that’s what I decided to do – be the solution.
I decided to start a charity. It is called Let Our Light Shine, and why shouldn’t it? Why should disabled people be forced to live in the darkness of helplessness? Why should we not have everything we want – everything everyone else takes for granted – the opportunity to succeed? I felt that what all of us needed was a portal that would have every piece of information of interest to the handicapped and would hire only the handicapped to keep each and every link current.
If you or someone you know is handicapped, let them know that help is on the way. Share this post, so they will be able to contribute, participate, or take advantage of the information the portal will offer. The website can be found at http://www.letourlightshine.org. It has all the information anyone needs to get information about this effort. Right now, I am alone, but I have a few handicapped people ready to join me as soon as I can get funding. I am starting that effort through http://www.startsomegood.com. The paperwork needed to become a 501(c)3 has been submitted to the IRS. If you would like to make a contribution or have a company that would like to secure future discounts for advertising to this special group of people, stop by and take a look.
If you have ideas or want to see the portal include something, drop me an email at [email protected]. While the first thing that will be done is to list charities, organizations and companies that provide goods and services to the handicapped and disabled, eventually, it will include much more. It will take time to create what I envision, but I believe it will be of great service to the many people who need this information. If you want to be a part of it, I would be happy to hear from you.