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Living Life Upside Downer

Living Life Upside Downer

We are the McDowners: Rob, Jen, Zoë and Sam. We're a family living in Portland, Oregon who started a family blog this year. It's called Living Life Upside Downer - upsidedowner.orgIt is a place where Jen and Rob write honest, whimsical, and real observations as they raise two kids (one w/autism). Zoë and Sam make their contributions through videos, writing, art and more.We're committed to being advocates for and stand behind our support for neurodiversity. We are sharing our story so that people can experience Autism from our unique perspective.Doing so takes time & money. These are two things that are not extremely abundant for us and that's where you can help. We currently have a fund that we call 'Sam Speaks' and through the generosity of friends, family, and people we've never met, we were able to fund more than 6 months worth of speech therapy AND offset the cost of additional out-of-pocket medical & therapy expenses.This FundRazr campaign kicks off a multi-faceted fundraising effort this summer so that we can use the funds for the following:- Occupational Therapy (Sam's response to the OT sessions in the Spring was remarkable)- Speech Therapy (We've been on hiatus with his therapist due to a lack of funds) - New iPad (whose built-in camera will help us to better utilize the adaptive communication apps)- 'On Tour' in August (Jen is taking her photography 'on the road' from Portland to Northern California, doing photo sessions along the way. The rest of the gang is tagging along. We're hoping to be able to afford a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium).- upsidedowner.org (cost of maintaining; web hosting, domain name, etc.) If you can help us with a donation, we'd be so grateful. If you can't donate and can help get the word out, we'd be so tickled! If you'd like to follow us, check out the blog: http://www.upsidedowner.org or on Facebook: http://goo.gl/xQxfzWe're so very thankful for you!

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