UPDATE to post below:
[with]tv: a television channel of, by, and for people with disabilities….and everyone else
Here is a link to this brand new blog as well as a request to sign this guest book
as a show of support. (Tell ’em the Kuusisto’s sent you!) But there
is more to be done. We encourage you to continue following links to
Join us in this effort won’t you? Help us spread the word…
Once again, we need to thank Scott Lissner, ADA Coordinator at The Ohio State University for passing this along to us. (Scott, I don’t suppose we could talk you into being a contributor to this blog could we?)
Are you someone who lives with a disability? Are you a friend or family member of someone who lives with a disability? Do you or have you ever provided service to a person with a disability? The chances are very good that your answer is YES to any or all of these questions.
Since I can say YES to any or all of these questions the following letter, forwarded to us by Scott, caught my attention. I decided to write to Mr. Howard Renensland and ask for permission to copy his letter in a post on our blog. My inquiry was answered with in a couple of hours and to my delight, we had a warm exchange and well, who knows where this might lead. I’m hoping it will pique your curiosity as it did mine because Howard and his team (including Scott Rains of the Rolling Rains Report!) are looking to spread the word and garner support. I’ve got a few ideas already. Steve and I are ready to roll up our sleeves. How ’bout some of the rest of you? You know who you are! Monica, Scott, Lance, Penny, Kay, Amanda, David, Kathryn, Ed (of Project 3000), Bill , Rod , Georgia…Georgia, you need a blog…
Oh, I could go on and on but for now, I’d like to introduce to you Mr. Howard Renensland…
From: Howard Renensland Sent: Wednesday, May 23, 2007 9:32 AM
May 23, 2007
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Howard Renensland, CEO & Founder of [with]tv, a television channel of, by, and for people with disabilities…and everyone else.
On August 13, 1984 a wonderful event took place. My daughter Victoria, a person with a disability, was born. Watching her grow over the past 23 years and advocating with her for her inclusion has helped me to understand that the single most debilitating factor that limits people with disabilities is not their disability, but their image in and access to mainstream media, where their needs and participation as consumers and employees are almost totally absent and neglected. When profiled, they remain objects of extreme pity or extreme inspiration for those without disabilities. This image is not one of their choosing, but it is what sticks in the minds of the people. As long as others define you, you do not exist.
As I write this letter, there is no mainstream television channel in the world addressing the needs of and targeting people with disabilities as consumers, participants, and viewers. Today we correct that by creating [with]tv, an inclusive media outlet that defines all people by their talents and the quality of their stories, rather than by disability; a place where Victoria and everyone else with a disability can work in a universally designed workplace with a welcoming, inclusive workforce.
People with disabilities have a global need as individuals and as a community for access to information, employment, artistic expression and control of their image. [with]tv will provide all people with disabilities and their advocates a constant mainstream media voice where all issues important to the community can be explored and highlighted in news, information, reality, sport, dramatic and comedic programs. Furthermore, the need extends beyond people with disabilities. The disability community is a grossly underutilized source of talent and market-share for companies, making[with]tva win-win solution for individuals, society, and business.
Please be kind enough to visit our preliminary web site http://www.with-tv.com/. There you will find our Mission Statement and Statement of Purpose on our Home Page. Under Investor you will find our Business Plans Executive Summary, a copy of which I will attach here. You will also find our April Update, which will highlight our recent progress.
President & Founder
P. O. Box 685
Wilton, Connecticut, 06897