Sharing Your Awesome Online: A Workshop Put On By RDACL
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In November last year, at the offices of the Regina & District Association for Community Living we began a project unlike anything I’d ever done before.
Hi I’m Jeph Maystruck, a consultant, born, raised, and working in the wonderful city that is Regina. I’ve worked on many projects in my busy but short career thus far, but few, if any were as moving as the Sharing Your Awesome On An iPad project I worked on with the RDACL.
Seven people’s lives, their family’s lives and their friends lives are now forever changed by what the RDACL initiated in November. Sharing Your Awesome On An iPad began as an RDACL initiative to help people use the internet and social tools more efficiently. And boy did it work.
At any given time you could hear one iPad playing a song on iTunes, another was looking up videos of oldies on Youtube, and of course, without naming names (ahem Roger), the sound of a perfectly thrown bowling ball and the inevitable crash of the pins signalling yet another strike for our trusty bowler.
They learned about Google and what a search engine does and can do. They learned about iMessage and how to send a message to a family member or a friend. They downloaded a whiteboard app that was the catalyst for a lot of “doodling”. We reviewed privacy and the “do’s and don’ts” almost every workshop. By the end of the workshop these folks were online security experts!
Learning how to use e-mail was a big one, now all of the participants can keep in contact with each other as well as their friends and family members. The address book helped to keep track of their contacts but we all knew that Facebook would be the “app of choice” for the extroverted in the group.
It was amazing and inspiring to watch what people would create. From goofy pictures of themselves to meticulously crafted stick people, the thought that all of them can create virtually anything they desire on their iPad is a powerful realization.
As much as the technology was incredibly amazing to them all I think the bigger outcome of the Sharing Your Awesome On An iPad workshop was the social aspect of it all. The conversations we had, the stories people shared, it was an emotional ride.
Just because you’re in a wheel chair or have some special abilities doesn’t mean you can’t use the internet to its full potential. These seven were amazing, they listened, learned, laughed (a lot!), and took away something very special over the six weeks, new friendships.
I don’t care who you are, few things in life are as precious as the friendship of a kind individual. When you can actually see in someone’s eyes how grateful they are just to be alive, it makes you take pause and think for a moment about how blessed we truly are.
Over six weeks I made friends with everyone in the workshop. I couldn’t wait till 3:00 on Sunday afternoons because it was at that time in my week, for 2 hours, nothing at all mattered other than the amazing folks around the table who really did find a way to share their awesome.
I was and still am humbled to be a part of this, I can’t thank the Regina & District Association For Community Living and SaskTel enough for making this workshop possible. You really do make people’s lives better.