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Why I'm using HandUp for my basic needs.

I'm fundraising for basic needs so I can survive. I'm trying to work and HandUp is the closes thing I can do to work. Thank you so much

About me.

I prefer to be called Lord Frederick. I am an artist of many mediums. I am blind totally, from congenital cataracts, glaucoma, and detached retinas. I am a romantic, and the title Lord Frederick keeps me in a gentleman-ly state. I am currently homeless, but I have a place to stay temporarily. I love life, and I pray that all that see my art are encouraged, love it, and buy it. I dance in the Castro in the clubs for fun, and go to a church in Oakland. I am a faith walker that encourage others to stay sober and get high off of life and the beauty that life holds.

My backstory.

I am originally from New York City, born in Jamaica, Queens in 1966. I went blind in 1994. I never allowed myself to stay in any state of depression, because I feel that there are so many other things that I can do to bring joy to myself and others around me. I hope to fulfill a goal of opening an art museum in San Francisco that features a doll museum. Coming from New York, I was always taught, since I was a teenager, that San Francisco is all-accepting to all walks of life. I appreciate that, and I believe that we can restore that old San Francisco charm that has slowly been chopped at. My doll museum displays one-of-a-kind dolls that I make, and welcomes other artist contributions as well. The dolls express a story, individuality, acknowledge nationalities, as well as fantasies and fables.

My goals, moving forward.

BLIND PEOPLE CAN DO I want to start a non-profit organization called Blind People Can Do. An agency that can assist blind people to have housing, legal representation and services to preserve the ADA law, and recreational gym facilities. An example of reasonable accommodation is that a blind person should never be made to wait in a line because we cannot see when the line moves nor see how many people are ahead of us. We should be put inside for safety and the order of the line should be maintained. We need specific housing for blind people to not have us exposed to individuals who can harm us. In order for the ADA law to be utilized in the proper manner is consideration of the specific disability.

My main current goal is to finish pursuing my Associate's Degree for sociology and psychology. I have a theory that people are often misdiagnosed. For example, an individual with a sleeping disorder can often be diagnosed as bipolar. In cases like this, people are being over medicated for a simpler condition. This is an example of why I am pursuing a sociology degree in psychology.

There is no specific cookie cutter solution to any individual's tragedy in life, and I am really empathetic and open. I pray that others choose to be too. Often, we are so much in a hurry in life, that we forget to care. Let me tell you an example: My friend with long, beautiful hair goes to get their hair styled at a beautician. The beautician tells them quickly that they would look better with short hair, and convinces my friend to let them cut it short. Reason being, the beautician would like to prevent spending longer time on a patron so they can move along to the next one, as short hair takes less time. In general, I feel that things that take a long time, such as planting a seed and watching it grow, takes time. And time is precious. And you never get a second chance in most cases. In other words, some people's hair grows back quickly and some people's won't. Haha. Some food for thought.

is an agency that I am trying to start by faith and i know that i will start it so we can work. we need mh therapy a lot of suffering depression, anxiety. we need housing i am still currently homeless for four years not due to any negligence on my own. museum and gym for the blind. people feel like we should do this things. We need our own gym our on museum are own stuff. there's a limited amount of services for the blind.

think about if you were to go blind today, would you stop living?

Other things I'd like to share about myself.

I have a photographic memory. My mother went blind when I was 5 years old, my sister went blind when I was 23 years old, and I went blind myself when I was 27 years old. I had sight most of my young life, so when I tell you my favorite colors are black, white, and red, you can understand how I know what color is. I love hearing the sound of children laughing and playing, and I love animals especially cats and dogs. It is written: "Seek and you shall find, ask and you shall be given, knock and the door will be open." "You have not, because you ask not." And "Walk by faith, not by sight." These are the words that encourage me to go on everyday.

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