You can have a direct effect on the quality of my existence:
Ongoing Postmodern Speaker Fund
I am a Public Speaker, Sensitivity Editor, and the Creator of Cuil Fiction.
While it would be awesome to get paid for every single gig, freelance and conference culture are such that it takes some economic privilege to attend most events. I’ve had quite a few offers to speak at several conferences and conventions, yet have been barred by lifelong impoverishment. Apparently, folks understand the need for the unique and varied topics that I speak on and teach; it’s simply that the underlying community support to actually physically get me there is lacking. That’s a systemic problem, but with an actual solution.
This is the ongoing fund to support my speaking career. Funds will go towards: travel, lodging, incidentals, and accessibility for speaking gigs, conferences, conventions, and other events. Building a sufficient Speaker Support Fund would also allow me to do pro bono appearances and workshops for the marginalized and impoverished.
My minimum speaking fee for large events is $6000, because I am one hell of a bird and I have already passed my expiration date. I’d like to retain and replenish this amount so that I never have to worry about having to turn down or being unable to attend an event due to monetary reasons (health notwithstanding).
I exist. My labor, experience, and knowledge have value. You can help connect the dots between myself and the people who will most appreciate what I have to offer.
Until very recently, and still in many ways, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT I NEED, as far as assistive devices go. I don’t know the full extent of what is out there that could help ease my #chronicpain by allowing me to get more done with less spears.
That means I’ve been on my own and doing trial and error while in incredible pain and with less brain power to find the tools that will make my days more bearable. The supposedly simplest tasks actually take a ridiculous amount of effort and concentration that are unavailable to me.
I have at least finally realized and started utilizing a cane. Wheelchairs are too expensive and impractical for where I live (accessibility is pretty shit; stairs everywhere), so for now I just use the ones at airports (lifesavers) and the motorized ones at stores if they have them.
But I also realized I need other things. Shower chair, adjustable kitchen chair for doing dishes and cooking, a grabber for things out of reach so that I don’t have to get up or walk that far, other things I don’t yet know the names of or where to get them. I know I want a juice pourer, and something that opens jars and such, because sometimes it is such agony to lift even a cup. I’m not exaggerating; I’ve broken into tears at times because it just hurts that bad and I’m so frustrated.
I actually started adding a few things I need to my wish list, so that I don’t forget. I have started this Accessibility Fund, just like I started the PMW Speaker Fund, and folks can help out directly.
Because honestly, this is ridiculous that so many of us don’t have what we need because either there isn’t a “market” or because insurance doesn’t think we need it. So, you can purchase an item directly from my wishlist and/or give to this fund for anything I may have forgotten or discover.