Putting Some Money Where My Words Are

I have been overwhelmed by the response to my Open Letter to Feministing and the FWD/Forward group blog. When the numbers of comments started climbing up on my open letter post, I made a personal pledge to myself; if it reached 200, I would donate $100 to a charity chosen by the readers.

Image of a check written out for $100, no designee. Has been edited to remove personal financial information.
Image of a cheque written out for $100, no designee. Has been edited to remove personal financial information.

Well, I have the cheque.

Now, I need the charity. I’d like to hear suggestions in the comments; for obvious reasons, I would prefer disability-related charities, ideally charities which actually do things for people with disabilities, like providing support services (as opposed to research, which is also very valuable and important). I’m fine with regional/local charities as well as larger ones. If it seems like a consensus can’t be reached in the comments, I’ll set up a poll and readers can vote.

17 Replies to “Putting Some Money Where My Words Are”

  1. It is sad that I honest to god can not think of a single disability charity off the top of my head.

    I really hope that’s me being uninformed and not an indicator that there are very few…

  2. Well, it definitely is hard to think of charities which deal with people with disabilities in a way which is respectful and productive. And even harder to find ones that do active work to help them. But they are out there..I’m kind of surprised, I had so many naysayers informing me that writing a letter wasn’t “doing anything” and that I shouldn’t “waste my time” on such senseless nonsense…but apparently donating to causes which work for people with disabilities isn’t doing anything either, which must be why none of them want to be involved in choosing a charity to donate to.

  3. How about killing two broccoli with one stone: donate to an animal group that trains or uses therapy dogs that either help people who have disabilities or those that visit folks in hospitals. Got a great link today covering a new book about dogs rescued from shelters or from previously horrible lives who are now therapy dogs: link

    I’m sure there’s a group in your area. You’re in California, right? Lots of terrific rescue groups there.

  4. I would say a group that helps Veteran’s with mental illnesses who are homeless, but that would be something I should personally attend to, since that is my slant.

    I like the service dog suggestion, actually. Or FRIDA, if they are still around. I am so not a decidey person.

  5. I was just reading Liz Henry’s blog, and she recommends ADAPT, which advocates for getting people out of nursing homes and institutions: link.

  6. If you choose to donate to a service dog organization, be careful. I ran into quite a few scam ones when I thought I was going to get my dog from a program.

    Also, Connie, dogs trained to help PWDs are service dogs, not therapy dogs. I’m not trying to nit pick, but it’s an important distinction as therapy dogs have no public access rights. I’m in the midst of training my own service dog, so I totally get that not everyone knows the nitty gritty.

  7. Thanks for the tip, thetroubleis; since I’m asking readers to pick a charity, I’ll plan on vetting (ha ha) whichever one they pick to confirm that it’s, you know, a good one to be donating to.

  8. PACER is another option, although it’s focused more on helping parents of PWD advocate for their children than directly serving PWD themselves. (They do perform some direct-service stuff, too, it’s just not their primary focus.) My mom got lots of good advice from them when I was in school, even though my being fully-mainstreamed meant that they couldn’t serve me directly. (I have a rant on that subject, but that’s not for here.)

  9. Meloukhia, I just realized I sounded a bit like a pushy jerk ass in my last comment and I wanted to apologize.

    I’m sorry, I tend to get overzealous when it comes to service dog issues. I hope I didn’t come across and rude and I am deeply sorry if I did.

    Which reminds me of the post a need to write about discrimination in the service dog community.

  10. No, you didn’t seem like a pushy jerk at all. The service dog/therapy dog dichotomy is critical, especially since the “therapy dog” thing is often abused. And I speak from personal experience, knowing people who have bought little “therapy dog” bibs for their untrained and uncertified animals because they want to take their dogs into restaurants or what have you and they think that having a “therapy dog” bib means “guaranteed access.”

    A lot of people are not aware of the difference and why it’s important. (And if I was minding the comments here better instead of dealing with FWD ALL THE TIME, I would have caught it and addressed it. But, luckily I have commenters like you, so I don’t have to!)

  11. Ah, I’m glad I didn’t sound the way I thought I did. My service dog in training is for my mental illnesses, but unfortunately, psychiatric service dogs are are the ones most often faked, which makes it kind of hard on myself and other legitimate PSD handlers.

    Oh, and the only reason Figaro goes into public is because service dogs in training have public access rights in my state. The laws are confusing, to say the least.

    Congrats on FWD, by the way. I love it and it’s a great resource to point people at.

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