For our media project our initial plan was to do some research on Autism in hopes of bringing awareness to the cause. April is Autism month after all so why not honor it?! However due to schedule conflicts, we had to do a quick last minute change of topic. Initially, I thought that it would be great to find a volunteer parent or family member that would give us some insight of their experiences with raising a child diagnosed with Autism. We had so many questions that would have been so important to put out there for all of us to be better informed, particularly since more and more children nowadays are diagnosed with the condition. According to the Center of disease Control (CDC),”One in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a 30% increase from 1 in 88 two years ago”(Falco,2014).
Consequently, due to lack of understanding of initial signs related to the condition, many Children’s are not diagnosed early enough, which leads to further delays in treatment and developmental progress. According to Dr. Max Wiznitzer, a pediatric neurologist at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland who diagnoses and treats children with autism, “We need to continue our efforts to educate the health care community and general public to recognize the developmental problems associated with ASD and other developmental disorders at earliest age possible, so that intervention can be initiated, bad habits can be avoided and families will know what’s wrong with their child,”(Falco, 2014).
For this week digital story project, I decided to create a Children’s book. I encountered some setbacks as the concept that I had in mind was to find a platform that would allow me to use borrowed images, music or sounds that I would then integrate into a book. I decided to write my story using story bird which is an app that allows you to create your own story using images from its database. Basically, the concept of Story bird is that once you find the right image this then leads you to a series of similar illustration by the same artist, which should be used to complete your story. Story bird does not allow for audio, otherwise it would have been the perfect all around app for this project. Below is the link to my story bird book. Below is the link to my Story bird book. Illustrations by Paul McDougall for Storybird.
Accordingly, Story bird allows you to print your story into a PDF for a small cost of $1.99. I went ahead and printed my story in a PDF file. I then scanned the PDF and uploaded the images into my phone. The next step to fulfill the audio requirement of this project was downloading an app called “Little Story creator”. This App allows you to upload your own pictures, add audio and text. For the Audio, since I had several characters and I wanted each to have a distinctive childish voice, I used the voice audios from another app “Sock puppet”. I also integrated my own voice for one of the characters (Vice principal Grumps), as I needed a more sturdy mature voice for this character and the options on soc puppet where not suitable in my opinion. This project was not the easiest, it took much research to find the right media that would properly suit my story. Perhaps their is an easier single route to accomplish, but I’m still a bit behind in the tech world so integrating several app’s was the only way that I was able to make this work. Hope you enjoy my story!
The other day I came across this quote from Anais Nin, and I immediately decided that I needed to take a picture and store it in my camera roll. I stored this as a remind that I must conquer my fears and take risk more often. I cannot begin to explain all of the opportunities Ive missed for not pushing myself harder. For a large sum of my adult life, Ive basically been under the radar due to my fears of not being able to meet the part. Ive gone into so many meetings fully knowing the topic, and yet I’ve chosen to remain in my cocoon rather than to take center stage. In essence, this quote resonates at this time because had I pushed myself to higher limits or taken chances in the past, then perhaps today I would not have any regrets on my missed-opportunities.