Even More Information
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My name is Hawke Robinson. Residing in Spokane since 2004. I volunteer at many locations. Using Therapeutic Recreation methodologies, I design and provide, for FREE, services for special needs populations throughout the greater Spokane, Washington area. This includes using role-playing games (RPGs) to help people. I run both regular and adapted games, for both regular and special needs populations.
Lower Ride height, makes ramp angle less steep.
Flap flips over the top gap between ramp and floor,
to make a smooth transition for wheelchairs.
The lower part of the ramp also has a flap to smooth
the transition from the ground to ramp smoothly.
Also Fully ADA/Wheelchair accessible bathroom with wheelchair friendly toilet, sink, and shower.
The goal of this fund raiser is for the down payment to build a wheelchair friendly trailer to make it affordable to expand providing these services throughout the Northwest, and North America.
The RPG Trailer will be a custom built trailer, designed from the ground up, to help provide much-needed services to special needs populations such as: at-risk youth, brain injury (traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, etc.), Autism spectrum toddlers through adults (ASD / PDD), ADD/ADHD, Cerebral Palsy (CP), Downs Syndrome, Parkinsons, the Deaf, and many others. The services that are being provided for free to those in need, are based on proven Recreation Therapy methods to help achieve education and/or therapy goals. There will be also options for providing music therapy and other therapeutic recreation services as well.
To be clear, I provide all these services for free, and the trailer will reduce my costs considerably, not increase them, it is just getting over that down-payment hump that is the challenge. The trailer won't be built until the manufacturer in Arizona receives the down payment (a company that specializes in wheelchair accessible RVs for individuals), and they will custom-built it to the specifications to allow for whole gaming groups. Which is less expensive than a pre-built regular new or used RV and then trying to modify it after.
Just some corrections regarding the layout of the trailer.. The trailer doesn't exist anywhere, that photo is a mock-up using Gimp (free photoshop) of some of my actual gamers superimposed on the mock-up trailer. The trailer design will accommodate around 6 people in wheelchairs, or 10 without, and any combination in between, the mock-up just shows different combination configurations (the tables can be moved/removed to accommodate different mixes of different needs. The more detailed layout can be seen here (including video fly-through): http://rpgtrailer.com/even-more-info That video has 3 in wheelchairs, with 5 not, and room for 2 more.
Currently I drive my SUV, sometimes with a small trailer, to locations, hauling a lot of supplies, unboxing at locations, setting it all up, then running tabletop, live-action, and computer-based RPGs, then boxing all up, hauling back, unpacking back at the home, and resorting for the next group (typically 1-3 hours setup/tear-down time in addition to actual game time and travel time). With the trailer, it is all there ready to go.
While I have been involved in organizing such larger gatherings as some have suggested (Tolkien Moot, Extra Life, MerpCon, WorldCon Gaming, etc.), this is not an option for a large number of the clients I have been working with. For example, some have significant social phobias, they can barely handle a group of gamers (but it helps them to do so), but stores and larger gatherings are far too much for them.
For another example, when I volunteered with the Recreation Therapists for the in-patients at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation Brain Injury & Spinal Cord Injury departments. While they can easily wheel out the clients to the parking lot (the Recreation Therapists regularly do this for those further along in their recovery), and into the trailer, taking them to a game store, community college, library, or community center, with their limited time window and insurance restrictions, is very problematic. We talked at length there about how the trailer would be the perfect solution for both RPGs and music therapy. I solves the facilities space limitation, noise issues, etc.. Just a couple of many examples.
And also, for providing services in Tacoma, Seattle, Portland, Canada, and elsewhere, my hotel costs have been huge, far greater than gasoline costs, the trailer even with the added hauling would greatly reduce those costs so I can afford to provide more sessions at locations outside of the Spokane area, including training teams of other recreation therapists at their facilities.
As for using GoFundMe, for this type of fundraiser, I didn't really see a means of using Kickstarter or others since it is service based rather than goods-based, so tried to offer incentives such as recognition, plaques, and on-site gaming provision, would welcome additional ideas, but it can't be goods-delivery, otherwise that will mess up the tax status.
The higher/highest incentives do offer providing on-site games depending on how far away. The Bodhana Group on the east coast, and folks from Savage Worlds on the West Coast, have been very kindly verbally providing support, hopefully over time that will translate into donations. I will see what I can come up with regarding some G+ enabled games. I've run them from time-to-time, less than ideal, but if it would provide added incentive, I would be happy to do so. I wonder how many would find that of value, and at what donation level?