Invitation to No Limits

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I would like to invite you to the opening reception for the exhibit, No Limits, at Mason Fine Art on Thursday, November 10th, from 6-9 PM. This is an exhibition featuring artists from Georgia who are living with a disability. My project, Real Stories, Real People, will also be on exhibit. Please join us on Thursday evening to support these talented artists.

Distribution of Publication

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The Atlanta Celebrates Photography Blog printed a post today about the release of the publication Real Stories, Real People. I delivered 300 copies to the Capitol yesterday and both my senator and representative are distributing Real Stories, Real People in chambers today and tomorrow. This publication is available to the public free of charge at various locations in Atlanta. Refer to the blog post for locations. If you contributed towards this project you will be receiving a copy in the mail.

Please call or meet with your legislators to educate them about the importance of supporting the Able Act for persons with developmental disabilities as well as the importance of increased funding for the Medicaid waiver. The legislators need to hear from parents!

http://www.acpinfo.org/blog/2016/02/02/beate-sass-project-real-stories-real-people/

 

Going to Press

Real Stories, Real People went to press on Friday. I traveled to Monroe, Georgia, the location of Walton Press Inc., where I witnessed the production of the publication. I arrived as the printing crew was proofing the publication for alignment and color. It was a fascinating procedure to witness. I will take you through the steps as I captured them.

Walton Press-1Real Stories, Real People was printed on the large roll of paper on the right.

Walton Press-2This is the initial run of the publication on the printing press.

Walton Press-3Rick evaluates the alignment of the pages.

Walton Press-4Kenneth is evaluating the color of the individual pages and has proofs that have been created by the prepress team which he uses to match the color.

Walton Press-5Kenneth makes adjustments to the color which he evaluates by eye. Although it appears as if he is taking his time, the process occurs at lightening speed. As the publication comes off the press, individual copies are snatched up to evaluate and adjustments are inputted into the system within seconds.  These changes affect the printing instantaneously.

Walton Press-6Terry grabs all the publications that have faulty color and/or alignment and dumps them into the recycling box. There was probably more paper consumed as the color and alignment were tweaked than what was actually used to print the final version of the publication.

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This is the back page of the 2000 copies.

I want to extend my sincere gratitude to all the staff at Walton Press. I am thankful for their assistance in helping me prepare Real Stories, Real People for press and the crew on Friday for their expertise in creating a high quality publication.

More to come.

Jenna the Entrepreneur

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Meet Jenna. When I heard about Jenna and the greeting card business she and her best friend, Donna, had started I knew that I wanted to meet her. Meeting with Jenna was like basking  in the sunshine after a rainy day. She has such a zest for life. She loves music, dancing, Harry Potter, acting, Hershey bars and her dogs Honey and Red. Jenna also has an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2010 Jenna and Donna started creating greeting cards. Although Donna moved to South Carolina after the business began, they continue to collaborate in their business venture. When they receive orders, Donna stamps the cards (she is called the “Card Stamp ‘n’ Queen”) and then she sends the materials to Jenna who assembles the greeting cards. With the holidays coming up, sending a hand crafted card would be special. If you are interested to view the inventory of cards and to place an order please visit their website at http://www.justforyoucardart.com/Ordering.html

 

 

Coming Full Circle with Donald

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I started photographing and collecting stories for this project, Real Stories, Real People, in May of 2014. The first participants I interviewed and photographed were Donald and his mother Jackie. Although I spent a lot of time with the family photographing I never managed to capture a portrait of mother and son. Because Donald and his mother have such a strong bond I knew that having a portrait of the two of them was an essential part of their story. Recently, I returned to visit Donald and Jackie and created this image. I love the feeling this image evokes but it also has a special significance to me. Donald was the first person I photographed for this project and the last. I have completed all the stories and the creation of the publication has begun.

Thank you to all the individuals and families who collaborated with me. Your stories have inspired and moved me. Thank you to all who donated to this project. Your generosity will be funding the creation of the publication which will be distributed to the legislators and public early next year. Lastly, thank you to all who have followed this blog, read the stories, and provided encouraging words. Stay tuned regarding the progress of the publication.

Rachael’s Story

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Rachael participates in a variety of activities at the day program she attends. Her favorite activity is working at the front desk a few hours a day as a greeter.

“When I first met Rachel she was very quiet, seldom spoke up or offered insight into what she wanted, other than to not be in the nursing home. Now you can’t get a word in edgewise and she just bubbles! She and her house-mother have a personal handshake and she has a housemate that is near her own age that she can talk to. She shops, talks, takes pictures on her phone, and has a job she is proud of. The best way to describe it is that she is alive. She literally glows and is now interested in everything.”

Paralegal at Atlanta Legal Aid Society

View Rachael’s full story at http://www.realstoriesrealpeople.org/rachael/

 

Rachael, Home at Last

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Up until one month ago, 52-year-old Rachael was living in a nursing home in Decatur, Georgia. For the first time in her life she is finally living in her own apartment. This is the dream she had envisioned for a long time. Rachael’s ability to transition from the nursing home into the community is a tribute to Rachael’s determination, her cousin’s commitment to do what was in Rachael’s best interest, and the dedication of a paralegal at the Atlanta Legal Aid Society. In working together with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Rachael was able to obtain a Medicaid waiver. The waiver provides support for Rachael in her apartment as well as funding for a day program which she attends during the week.

Stay connected to learn more about Rachael’s story.