Hello everyone! April was a fantastic month, and the ILWAD team wants to say thank you for reading our articles, connecting with your friends, and making ILWAD a success. We love to see our members participating and forming relationships as we grow. Now, more than ever, we have volunteers helping to write articles, welcome new members, update our social networking sites, and help wherever needed.
Our team is awesome!
Let me give you an idea of some of the things we have accomplished over the last two months. In March, I joined the team as Chief Editor and disability writer and we welcomed new ILWAD contributing writer, James.
We also want to thank our ILWAD Army core team members, Maureen who is our Editor and Senior Journalist, Courtney-our Social Media Director, Jym, our Political expert, and Tamika who takes care of community outreach and is a contributor. In April, Sarah, Scott, Maureen, Jym, and James published 11 articles all being inspirational, informative, or political.
Meet the growing team here: http://ilivewithadisability.com/ilwad-team/
If you have not been to the site in a while, make sure to stop in and check out our hard work on the ILWAD Disability New organization:
Also, Ron has been hard at work improving the site for usability, bringing back some old features and putting in place some new goodies for our members and their account profiles:
Some note worthy items:
– New “lite” community chat is back! A more scaled back version favoring functionality over a robust system.
– A new Achievements system is being tested, members are now awarded points for site activity and accomplishments. In the near future, you will be able to cash-in your ILWAD points for partner giveaways and ILWAD swag.
– We have gone through some major software updates for the site, you will notice many changes in the way the site functions and how you interact with your personal profiles and community at large.
– The new ILWAD Buddy Program has been announced, with more details to come. This program is designed to develop relationships that benefit both you and the person that you are paired with to contribute different experiences and skills in coping with a disability along with building a lasting friendship. Support, empowerment, positive values and positive identities are the hallmarks of the ILWAD Buddy Program. Through your dedication as a volunteer buddy, you can make an impact in a member’s life and our community as a whole!
– Scotty is presenting this weekend to a Disabled Youth Soccer Team, and Maureen will be going on the morning news next month to feature our community ( more details to come).
We want to expand our social network, so please tell everyone you know to join, friends, family members, and people with disabilities or supporters without disabilities. This is your community, and we look forward to getting to know you better while providing you with relative disability news.
This is the first of my ILWAD monthly Editor updates, expect the coming weeks and thank you so much for being part of our family!
ILWAD Executive Editor