I posted the final free selection of essays and poems from the book. This is free for download. (Final update 11-March-2014.)

Photo by Jenni C/ Flickr

Much excitement!  Cool, huh?

If you like the sample, please share this link on your Facebook page (see the do-hickey below). And, please like and participate on the project’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DadsofDisability

Onward and upward to May 2014 publication — or earlier!



My Indiegogo project ends at midnight pacific time on October 5th. This blog post is a blatant attempt to get you to visit, support the project, and share it with others.  In return, I provide what I hope is some hard-earned, albeit biased wisdom that I have spent months getting alternately stroked and bruised by.  Your mileage may vary, caveats abound throughout. Regardless, I think there is some value to my fellow crowd-funders-of-the-creative kind.

1. Setting your financial target

Much has been written about whether Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing method or Indiegogo’s flexible funding method (option to get the funds whether or not you meet your target) makes more sense. I won’t write about that. What I will share is adapted, practical advice I got too late from a person who has years of experience in asking for money (known as ‘development’ in some circles—differentiated from ‘software development’ in others).

Before I launched my first Kickstarter, I did a lot of phone and email work and estimated based on input I received and analyzed I could probably crowdfund around $25,000. So, I set my Kickstarter target at $15,000, thinking I could reach that with some hard work.  And who knows, maybe I could blow it out!

Click to see details of Dads of Disability Kicktraq

Click to see details of Dads of Disability Kicktraq Charts

As you can see from the Kicktraq chart above, the project kicked off in its first few days on target to meet the $15K goal as predicted, and even possibly blow out the $25K target. As you’ll also note, things fell off fairly fast, but then had a small blip at the end.  (This seems to be a trend in many projects.)

My advice to you, adapted from the advice I got from my ‘development’ friend:  Take the verbally and email committed ‘pledges’ you have on hand and divide them in half to make a fundraising target.  Not the ‘maybes’ but the firm email and phone commitments.  Had I done that, I would have use $20K in firm commitments, assumed that really meant $10K and then set my Kickstarter at $7,500.  And, my the Kickstarter project hit $8,810 (but didn’t fund since, well, $8,810 < $15,000)

2. Investing in the project video

As much as crowdsourcing sites say it is OK to just aim the camera at yourself and talk, the reality is that unless your project is so amazingly compelling and can be understood in less than 10 seconds and two sentences your video has to compel viewers. It has to teach. It has to ‘market’ yourself (or team) and the project in the most classic sense of the word.

I spent over two months working on an animated film with a young lady who graduated my high school 30 years after I did. The film took longer than I had hoped, but it ended up being well received, was an angle to attract press, and helped me create rewards/perks for the campaign.

Click to watch the Dads of Disability Project Video on Youtube

Click to watch the Dads of Disability Project Video on Youtube

My advice to you is to make sure you or someone you know is at least a ‘prosumer’ level of videographer and editor. You don’t need to be a DePalma or a Spielberg.  But your film needs to sell you.

Which leads me to…

3. Press outreach and its impact

With some work on my part, my project received excellent press coverage on the front page of the living section in a New York area mid-range newspaper in the Gannett chain (and apparently was picked up by some other Gannett papers) and southern New Hampshire coverage in some papers.

Poughkeepsie Journal (NY) coverage

Poughkeepsie Journal (NY) coverage

While the press outreach was very cool and very satisfying, in my case, it didn’t result in measurable impact on the financial aspect of the campaign.  This is because, amongst other things:

  • My project was publishing and disability related (a book). It wasn’t electronics, or a movie, or something physical that was cool.  (More on the subject matter of the project and ‘measures of success’ below.)
  • As a product manager for some very cool projects over the years, I have learned many times that good press coverage is only a part of the outreach picture. You need to have an integrated marketing campaign to have an impact. Each component builds from and adds to the whole.

None of this isn’t to say you shouldn’t try to get press.  Heck, some teams are lucky in that they get the right press in the right way at the right time and a single article, radio or TV spot, or key blogger can help immensely with specific ROI (in this case, additional crowdsourcing funds).  Which leads me to…

4. Guest blogging and paid sponsorship

Do stuff for free: Before you launch your project and every day it is live, reach out to subject area bloggers. Reach out not to ask them to mention you (though that is certainly OK done the right way) but rather to offer to write authentic articles about their blog’s focus.  Of course the articles will relate to your project, but do the soft sell. Address a need or controversy.  Basically, be a blogger and write, write, write, write, write! And offer your guest pieces for free.

Love That Max guest post

Love That Max guest post

Pay for stuff: I did a back-of-the-napkin calculation of the ROI sponsoring a blog post and an email campaign sent out under a subject-area blog or organization related to my project. And then my first paid sponsorship mentioning my project was under the “all or nothing” Kickstarter model. It was a risk I lost out on. (Well, not completely, as many of the folks I reached actually want my product and will buy it when it ships, but they didn’t want to or couldn’t support it in a crowdfunded model.  See below about “understanding crowdsourcing.”) If you pay $250 or $500 to sponsor, you better be pretty sure that the sponsorship will help you meet your goals.

When I re-launched under Indiegogo, I knew what I would raise at the end of every day. It was at this point that I decided to test some Facebook advertising and sponsored posts.  This allowed me to both match what I thought I could afford with what I measured for results each day. Again, with my product, I garnered a lot of interest, but not too many more contributors. Which leads me to…

5. Who really understands crowdfunding?

Here are a few anecdotes that underlines this issue. Note that my product is a print and ebook about disabilities issues. It isn’t electronics, a physical doo-dad, or a creative work by an already successful artist with an established and substantial following.

  • “We won’t take a paid sponsorship for ‘fundraising’ “ – In one case, I offered to pay an established organization to access their newsletter of folks who would have benefitted from my product. Initially, I was told that they wouldn’t let ‘fundraisers’ into their sponsored activities. It took a number of emails and phone calls to explain that it wasn’t a “fundraiser” but rather I was crowdsourcing and every person that responded with support had access to the product at a discount. (When I went to Indiegogo and was allowed to use the word “preorder” this became a much simpler communication to those I wanted to sponsor.)
  • In my case, my book is was targeted at folks who weren’t technical or web folks (although some were indeed savvy in these areas.) It was often a hard sell to explain “OK, you give me money now, and if enough people join you, I’ll finish this project and then a few months from now, I’ll ship you the finished product or a bonus related to the project.” This was just too much for some folks to parse, unless I was on the phone with them. And that is time intensive.
  • When my Kickstarter didn’t fund, and I moved to Indiegogo to follow up with another effort, a few of the original KS backers didn’t quite get that they didn’t already pay me. Despite clear communication from KS and from me.
  • Some organizations can’t issue PO’s for a crowdfunded project, even if it is allowed to be called a ‘pre-order.’

6. Success factors: Who are you and what is your project about?

As an artist (writer, illustrator, filmmaker, actor, etc.) I believe you have certain thresholds of possibility for financial success in crowdsourcing. This list is my opinion only based on my impressions for books and art projects, not fully researched and statistically validated. Please comment on this one, these are rough generalizations.

In order of the funds you’ll likely be able to raise from lower to higher:

  1. If you have no existing following, and your topic is arcane or impacts a minority of folks, you have a chance for some contributors, but don’t expect a large amount.
  2. If you have a small core of followers (including friends and family) and your topic is arcane but impacts a larger minority, you have a better chance
  3. If you have a core of followers and your topic is relatively popular, you have even a better chance
  4. If you have a large core of followers, a known name, your topic is popular, and you have success through other means already (for example, you published a successful comic book already but this time you are self publishing), you have a pretty good chance
  5. If you are a huge success already and you decide to use crowdfunding to build awareness of and funding for your next big project and you want to “go independent” you have an even better chance

Of course, there is always the possibility for a “blow out” – there are always outriggers if your idea goes viral and has decent chops. (Will Ellen Degeneres tweet about you? Will your project get on the CBS evening news?) If you are an unknown, I wish this for you and your project!

7. It’s not just about the money!

Crowdfunding and crowdsourcing is not just about the money. The platforms tell you it is about community, and they are right!

My Kickstarter project, although it didn’t fund, was successful anyway. I had three goals:  (1) Raise money and (2) Find contributing authors and (3) Generate awareness.  I met two of the goals.

Post-its on my project wall of 45+ possible contributing essayists

Panorama of post-its on my project wall of 45+ possible contributing essayists

My Indiegogo re-launch funded at a lesser amount than my original plan.  And I then met all three of my goals.  Frankly, for the goal “find contributing essayists” I knocked this this one out of the park. My project has succeeded because of this. The money and awareness are icing on the cake. (The money will not fully-fund the project, but it will help!)

8. Kickstarter VS Indiegogo

Both platforms are amazing.  Please take these comments about technical and marketing support with the respect of constructive feedback. And Kickstarter and Indiegogo product managers, I hope you find these comments useful, although I am sure you’ve heard them before.

Technical Support
My Kickstarter support emails went unanswered. When I had an issue uploading a video on Kickstarter, I had to tweet my question. (It was actually answered, but not to clearly at that point. Follow-up wasn’t responded to.)

Indiegogo reached out to me after my KS campaign didn’t fund. With a real person. Who I called. Who called me back. Who spent an hour on the phone with me helping me with ideas and taking input. Who actually encouraged me successfully to launch again.

Preorder and Bulk
Kickstarter doesn’t allow the term “preorder.” They don’t allow more than ten of an item to be included in a reward. I have read their justifications for this, but this model didn’t really match my business. For example, I wanted to have larger multi-packs of my print book for organizational bulk availability as a reward.  No can do with Kickstarter, but I adjusted to work with their rules. They are #1, so I had to play their game.

Indiegogo didn’t care that I used the term discount pre-order. Or what the quantities were.  This allowed me flexibility in the perks I could offer as well as simplifying the outreach to both groups I wanted to pay to sponsor as well as explaining the value proposition to folks I called to ask for support.

Kickstarter has better project reporting tools, in my opinion. But you have to host your video on their platform.  Which doesn’t allow you to close-caption the video. You have to open caption it if you want captions. Not cool for accessibility!

Indiegogo’s project reporting tools don’t seem to be as detailed as Kickstarter’s. Indiegogo uses Youtube for videos. This gives me all of the YouTube benefits (including close captioning) as well as allows me to have alternative insights into the project video as well as use it in different ways.

Browser support
Many of my customers, by virtue of where they work, had very old browsers. I can see the New York Kickstarter offices saying “well, we don’t care about that, upgrade yourbrowser.” But not everyone is a tech mogul or can upgrade a browser at work. (And my project was backed by many people with work money.) So, for example, I ended up having to handhold a contributor through a $350 contribution on the phone myself, only to discover the Kickstarter page didn’t fully render on their browser. Then, I had to get the trust of the supporter and enter their info on my computer for them. Of course, my contributor had nobody to call at Kickstarter, because you can’t call Kickstarter. And I had no feedback or way to contact Kickstarter to get a timely, reliable response. The person wanted to pay me $350, how many hoops could I put them through?!

And the “we’re a cool web company” excuse for browser support doesn’t fly. I personally use the latest version of FireFox on Win7 and had many times when the project editing tools of both Kickstarter and Indiegogo failed (losing work, losing formatting, etc.)

Kickstarter’s failed more often for me though both platforms need a better way to create projects.

Surprising support for an unfunded project:
Kudos to Kickstarter for allowing me to email supporters even though I didn’t fund. They even let me use keywords and URLs pointing to Indiegogo to send my backers to another platform. Thanks for allowing that, it was gracious of you.

9. Approval, marketing and awareness

This one is for Kickstarter. I couldn’t believe it myself so I showing a screen shot. Basically, in my first submission for my project, I mentioned that a lot of the funds I was hoping to generate would be to create awareness of my project. I had a very specific marketing plan that would encompass sponsorship of organizations, podcasts, blogs, print ads, and other awareness generation techniques to market my book. I didn’t publish my marketing plan on Kickstarter, but I implied that funding would be used to support it and that it was an integral part of my project success.

This is the email I got back from Kickstarter.

E-mail I got from Kickstarter about 'awareness' (Click image to enlarge)

E-mail I got from Kickstarter about ‘awareness’ (Click image to enlarge)

I was dumbfounded!  After two months of getting an animation produced, days and days of writing and editing a project, working through the shortcomings of their project editor, stymied by an email I couldn’t fathom. And not a person to call!

So, I gave up, played politics, and took all talk of marketing and awareness out of my project and was approved. As best as I can tell, Kickstarter wants funding to be used to “create” the project, not “kickstart” the business. Yet, one can easily find projects listed that basically say things like ‘our music recording is ready, we just need funds to distribute it’ and many of the big projects clearly will use funding for marketing the business – for making the project successful!

OK, I’ll cut Kickstarter some slack. Perhaps the person that wrote the email was too junior, or made a wrong call, or communicated the wrong policy. However, I was pragmatic, deleted my “awareness generation” statements, and had my project approved figuring I could add it back I later.  Excpet I could no longer reply via email to Niina at Kickstarter. I had nobody to talk to about this issue!  If I added it back, would my project be cancelled? I was SOL.  Oh well.

Indiegogo basically told me, it’s your business. Use the funds and talk about them however you want, as long as it is legal and ethical. (That’s my interpretation, not their words.)

10. Customers Paying

With Kickstarter (at least in the US) your backers have to sign up for a Kickstarter account and use their Amazon account to pay. I know the techies in New York won’t believe this, but THAT IS REALLY CONVOLUTED FOR NON-TECH FOLKS. It caused more than one person that in my target audience that would have been happy to back me to say “no way.” In fact, I had three people send me checks (one a pretty large one) instead of using their system.

With Indiegogo, you can just use a credit card or PayPal in a single step and not even sign up for an Indiegogo account. Not without some confusion, but a workflow much more familiar to the persona’s of my target audience. Also, since Indiegogo allows contributors to “just pay now” (not the all or nothing model), the credit card emailed receipt process again maps to something that the contributor is used to.

11. Getting project ‘push’ from Indiegogo or Kickstarter

I have to say that Kickstarter’s rankings and Indiegogo’s “Gogo” factor confound me. Yes, I know it’s about shares, and social media, and frequent updates, and where you are in the funding cycle. And there are some “editor’s choice” sections.

But I have to say on both platforms, I think the expertise in the “editors choice” areas seems to clearly skew to under age 30 interests in both technology and art and writing. Although that is just my impression. I would suggest that they broaden the experience of folks on their editorial teams.

(Yeah, you probably think I have sour grapes about not getting selected as a featured project. Some truth to that. But examine their choices yourself.)

12. Addressing your relatives, “big” contributors, and everyone with respect

A word of advice. Make sure to treat your backers/contributors like gold. In my case, I thought I would have a high volume of $9 backers and a small volume of higher dollar backers.

In fact, it was quite the opposite. I had an unexpected number of over $200 contributors, and multiple $1000 contributors on Kickstarter. (This decreased on my Indiegogo relaunch, as I think my bigger backers were in some cases less excited about doing it a second time around.)

Some smaller backers turned into larger ones later in the project. And also referred to other backers.  Every backer is gold!  Treat them that way.


It’s been a whirlwind of a summer and early fall 2013. I’ve learned a lot. I want to get back to writing, curating, and publishing my book! (You have until Oct 5, 2013 at midnight PT to contribute via a pre-order at http://www.dadsofdisability.com/igg )

Although it may seem like I am bashing Kickstarter (OK, I am a little bit, but with love and respect), I chose them first because, well, they have a better name and are the leader at this point. As a former high tech product manager, I hope this post helps their SWOT analysis. And if they disagree with me, well, that’s OK, because then their competition can address the market in ways they choose not to. And, if I am wrong, well then Kickstarter wins J

On the whole, both platforms have their plusses and minuses, and it has been a real experience, even a privilege, to have been able to work with both teams – and most importantly, my supporters.

As I have told everyone, I will deliver a product of value to fathers and families everywhere!

Thanks for reading,


Gary Dietz

Marketing blog:  http://www.garydietz.com
Dads of Disability blog: http://www.dadsofdisability.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/garymdietz/


27. August 2013 · Comments Off on Dr. Jane Goodall related project perks · Categories: advocacy, animation, Gary's Son, kickstarter


In 2010, my son Alexander and I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Jane Goodall.  Afterwards, we struck up an ongoing correspondence via email. This is reflected in the Dads of Disability animation and will be reflected in one of the essays in the book.



Dr. Goodall was good enough to send along some Mr. H Junior plushie Chimpanzees and collectible photos of herself and Gombe chimpanzee Freud taken by photographer Neugebauer.


One perk (two available) is a ten-pack of the Dads of Disability paper book, the Mr. H Junior, and the photo in a frame for $219 shipping included (US and Canada only).



jane-and-alexAnother perk (one available) is (a) Museum quality framed original animation artwork of Dr. Goodall from the project (click here to jump to the point in the video this art comes from) (b) A mat opening with the animators signature (c) A mat opening with the Gombe chimp photo (d) A hardcover of Dale Peterson’s Jane Goodall Biography (unsigned) (e) A Mr. H Junior plushie and (f) A ten-pack of the Dads of Disability paper book.


Other perks start at $9 for the eBook and $19 for an eBook/paper book combo.  Please visit the Indiegogo project page!  Like it from there and follow it, even if you can’t contribute.



Please Note:  The Jane Goodall Institute nor Dr. Jane Goodall explicitly endorse the Dads of Disability project. The donations of Jane Goodall related materials to the project were based on a personal correspondence between her and the author and you should infer no endorsement.



The Dads of Disability project received its first press coverage today in the Poughkeepsie Journal (New York)! Here is a link to that story (or click on the image to the left).

In addition, to exemplify one of the kind of essays that will appear in the book, you can download a free preview draft.

In this essay, the simple act of going to the bathroom on a plane creates a situation where a father has to mull some important stuff.  When to interact with a pleasant, but challenging stranger? Are his religious beliefs correct? Should he be embarrassed at the amount of help he needs from strangers to do something as simple as take his child to the bathroom? Is a cross country trip worth the effort? Will he encounter an awful situation like he read about in the press?

The example story has a a religious topic as part of its theme, please note that this collection will by no means be a collection of religious or spiritual essays. I just thought it was a good example of taking an event that really took place over about 10 minutes but illustrated a deeper set of issues that a father wrestled with.


15. July 2013 · Comments Off on Why Specialists Should Support Dads of Disability · Categories: author queries, kickstarter, parent education, poetry, Uncategorized

Hello and I hope your summer is going well,

I’ve asked my friends and supporters to send you to this page to learn about the Dads of Disability project and consider supporting it or participating in it.

When I visit the offices of many of  his educators and medical and support specialists — I see a stack of academic and professional and mainstream press books about children and families.  But rarely do I see one specifically about fathers and children with disabilities (except a few in the style of the heroic stories like the Hoyts.)  I am trying to change that by writing a book called Dads of Disability:  Stories for, by, and about fathers of children that experience disability (and the mothers that love them)

I have a request and an opportunity for you or your your staff and professional network:

1. Please back this project as soon as possible through my Kickstarter at this address. If you don’t know what a Kickstarter is I have info here.  This isn’t a donation or charity – rewards are received for early backing of the project and such as copies of the book and other project related content.


I am specifically asking you to back the project for $119 – in return for which you will get the reward of  nine paper copies of the book for you and your friends or staff when it ships in March 2014. 

If that is too much, other rewards range from the ebook for $9 to other book-related content from $19 and up. I ask that you can either personally back this project or back it through professional development or content funds and can account for this backing as a “book pre-order” (the book will ship in March 2014) for your personal or staff development library. (Your credit card will only be charged by my the Kickstarter project through Amazon if the entire funding goal is met by August 9th.)

2. Please learn more about this project at www.dadsofdisability.com and let Dads or Moms or staff you may know that I am seeking contributing parent, student, and educational professional essayists and I am paying stipends for those that appear in the book.

Quill Pen, Creative Commons 0 license

Even if you don’t back the project, please look at the site for a COOL animation done by a high school senior. Or consider forwarding this note to other educators or sharing it on FB and other social media regarding both writing and backing.

If you have any questions please contact me at gdietz@garydietz.com. Thanks for all you do for our children and families!

Gary Dietz

10. July 2013 · Comments Off on Kickstarter Update #1 – Also, welcome to GMP and NSGC folks! · Categories: kickstarter, published elsewhere

Hello everyone,

I’ve posted my first Kickstarter update, after the project was live only 1.5 days.  Here is the link to that update, and the full post is reproduced below.

Also, 266 Facebook shares so far. Wow!

Thanks to all,



Dateline: Suburban New Hampshire.  10-Jul-2013. 6:30am EST.
Subject: Dads of Disability Kickstarter Project – Humbled and Excited!

1.5 days into the Kickstarter, 12% of the funding goal has been reached, with over $1,800 in pledges by 37 backers!  That’s a $49 average pledge per backer! A to-date high of $351 by one backer and a wonderful number of $9 pledges.

This wonderful status, with only personal 1:1 outreaches to less than 20% of my personal contacts through Facebook and LinkedIn and a small number of organizational outreaches.  Lots of screen time and typing in these next few days!

Although my eyes ache and my fingers are bleeding, I offer major thanks to my early backers!

What’s next, what’s new?

A new reward! I have added a new, limited reward at the $299 level – A discussion webinar hosted by me for up to 10 folks in your organization.  I will blog about the webinar. Or, if it is an exceptionally amazing discussion, will include a summary of its stories as an essay in the published book.  If you want, I will include your organization’s or team’s credits/website!

For those of you who don’t know my collaboration and videoconferencing background, I host amazing webinars!  No “Death by Powerpoint” on my watch! Interactivity rules.

Press and Outreach!
a) I was interviewed by the Poughkeepsie Journal (New York) yesterday about the cool story of me and my animator, Casey Silvestri.  We graduated the same high school in New York 30 years apart! I’ll let you know when the story appears.

b) If you are a press person, or want to help me reach out to press folks, you can access my press backgrounder here and media snippets for web and print here.

c) Today at 8:30am EST, an essay by me will appear in the Good Men Project.  I don’t have the URL for the article yes, but it will be in rotation on the front page.

d) Today at 8:30am EST, an email will be going out to the membership of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.  A fine welcome to that organization’s folks.  They are of a big help to families like mine and I welcome their support and backing!

Again, a sincere thank you for your support – and a special shout out to those who have increased their backing after their initial support!  Wow!

Wow, it’s only been 1.5 days!  I will work hard to reflect your belief in me.

Warm regards to all.



The Kickstarter for the Dads of Disability book project is live! Click on the image below to check it out. If you do nothing else, enjoy the animation! The Kickstarter page tells you a lot about the project, but you can also click on the menus above on this page to learn more.

I’m asking for three things.  Each of which has a benefit to you or your family or clients.

One: Back the Dads of Disability Kickstarter!
How does this benefit you?  Backing starts at just $9.00 and at this level the reward is an electronic version of the book when it is released. $19 gets you the paper copy AND the electronic copy. This isn’t charity, rewards come with backing!  Higher value rewards include original framed art from the animation and a 60 second animation of your family!

Two: Write for this collection, get paid
Yes, I will pay you.  I am paying small stipends for authors whose work (or interviewees whose story) makes it into the collection. Learn more about that in the submission guidelines.

Three: Please share this project far and wide!
For suggestions and materials if you feel like sharing on social networks, please see the open letter from me.  Tweet with hashtag #dadsofdis  I am @garymdietz on Twitter.

Thanks for all of your support!!!


30. June 2013 · Comments Off on Why am I writing a book? · Categories: advocacy, Gary's Son, kickstarter, parent education


I am writing a book because I am a dad whose legacy to his son isn’t going to be anything like it I thought it would be before he was born.

Because I’ve learned so much from other fathers and I don’t want their sage advice to dissipate.

Because my son is a whole person. A young man with humor and likes and desires. Who deserves to have other folks see the world through his eyes even though he may not be able to  always express what he sees.

Because society, for too long, has valued different as less instead of looking at it as just different.  Or even more.

From day one, advice to folks like me has been write about what you know. And my experiences these almost 14 years is a lense through which I want to help other fathers, other mothers, other members of society focus through–even if they can see a father’s perspective only for a moment.


A moment of empathy and understanding is my goal. A moment of teaching and learning. A door to a discussion that may not have otherwise taken place.

I’m writing a book about father’s and men’s perspectives because the best legacy I can leave for my son is a way to help others understand and learn how to help him illustrate his value to the world. A small contribution so that when I am gone, someone else can look him in the eye and see them twinkle and love and respect him as a whole person. And ask him how his day went and really listen. Just like his Dad.

Please poke around my site.  And let me know if you want to contribute an essay.


Gary Dietz





03. June 2013 · Comments Off on Searching for contributor Dads and men has commenced · Categories: author queries, kickstarter


I’m actively talking to some potential contributors of essays and materials.

Not just by Dads: One thing I need to clarify in the Submit a Story section is that while stories may be by Dads, they just a likely could be by:

  • Moms talking about the Dads of their children
  • Grandfathers, uncles, brothers, siblings, steps, etc. talking about the family relationships surround the father and child with a disability from their perspective
  • The child him or herself!  Just because the child has a disability doesn’t mean that they don’t have a story about their father
Used under Creative Commons License http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ldorfman

Image: Creative Commons License  (attribution here)

Not just happy: In addition, the stories don’t all have to be happy.  They can be sad, angry, challenging, frustrating, or yes, happy,  But they need to be authentic and surrounding the male perspective.

Two things am really looking for are:

  • Unusual and compelling
  • Has a usable lesson for other dads or family members at one of the “pivot” points in the life of a family that has a child with a disability.  (Birth, diagnosis, first hospitalization, entering school, leaving school, first job, first date, etc. all the way through life.)

Thanks!  And keep an eye out for the animation and Kickstarter, that should be live by early July 2013!