History of the Handihelp Website:
For several years I had been trying to get websites which specialize in information for individuals with disabilities to publish a column where people with disabilities could exchange ideas. Nobody seemed interested. Perhaps it is a liability issue. In late 2007 I was talking to a friend about this and he said I should build my own website and encourage people to share ideas they have devised to make life easier. Even though I had little computer experience, I decided to try. After finding a free program with which you could build your own website, Namu 6, my effort began. Originally called Handicap Help the name was later shortened to Handihelp.net January 23, 2008 the site went online and consisted of only 16 pages. I was trying to reach as many people as possible who can use the information so I began networking to try and link up with other similar websites. Today Handihelp has over 2100 external links.
I hoped Handihelp would become a viable alternative for some expensive commercial adaptive equipment. Ideally, I wanted the site to encourage sharing of ideas, information, questions and answers within the challenged community. While expectations have fallen short a few individuals, especially my friend Andy Dahman, have shared very useful information.
In August 2011 Handihelp.net was selected to be part of the Global Disability Rights Library (GDRL). The GDRL is supported by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). In collaboration with the United States International Council on Disability (USICD) the WiderNet Project’s, is a non-profit service program in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina GDRL brings a wealth of information to organizations that serve people with disabilities in developing countries but lack adequate Internet access.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 Handihelp turned 5. The site now has almost 80 pages and receives between 350 and 500 hits a day. Visits have come from over 130 different countries and 12 territories.
As of January 1, 2014 the site consists of 112 pages and received over 293,000 hits during the year. That works out to a little over 800 hits a day. Two new categories entitled Informational and Photo Albums were added. Hits continue to come from all over the world. I would like to thank all those who helped Handihelp grow especially my wife Marge and my good friend Andy Dahmen.
In 2014 Handihelp continued to grow. As of January 2015 the website had grown to 145 pages and received almost 450,000 hits for 2014 from 159 countries and 17 territories. That averages out to around 1,200 hits a day. Handihelp would like to thank my good friend Andy Dahmen and my wife Marge for their continued help, contributions and support. The highlight of Handihelp's growth in 2014 was the opportunity to address the Wounded Warrior Unit on Fort Drum the Home of The 10th Mountain Division. How proud we are of all those protecting our county and way of life.
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