The Salem County Office for the Disabled Advisory Board meets next Tuesday with a conference call. Ray Leight and I have been talking about how to create a virtual Disability Awareness Day if we can’t all meet in person. I discussed this with the Executive Director of Resources for independent Living and Lisa believes that they can create a video or U Tube presentation for the event. The idea will be on our OFD Advisory Board agenda, but who will be interested enough to try and make it work? The really positive thing about doing a virtual program is that it can be posted and people can see it more than once and can go to specific vendors and services to get the information they need.
We need to get a keynote speaker and decide if we can have the awards ceremony. It would be disappointing if we can’t select and celebrate a person and or an organization that are doing things that improve the lives of people with a disability. I am not sure how well this idea can be presented on a conference call. In person, you can make eye contact and read the body language of the rest of the group.
Even if we can make the case for a virtual program, it is going to be difficult to get things completed because people and organizations are still not functioning as they normally would. Organizations, products and services are just feeling their way as far as how open and available they are. On a personal note, my air conditioner (condenser) died after 28 years of service. The service tech came out and we determined it was time for a new unit. We had a plan, I paid 50% of the cost for the new equipment, but the distribution chain was empty, The equipment is not available due to production and transportation issues related to Covid. The company I am using is trying and they are keeping me informed, but they can’t install what they don’t have.
I will follow up with my fellow board members and see if we can make this happen. Wish us luck.