Our Back Story
After giving birth to my daughter Taylor at the age of 20, I decided we would live a good life despite her circumstances. Even after receiving a diagnosis of profound hearing loss and autism for my daughter Taylor, I went on to earn three academic degrees including one from Yale University. In the process of living in three different cities and navigating education and personal hurdles, I discovered something profound and universal: this isn’t a normal life, it’s a good life.
My Good Life is a digital platform for parents of special needs children committed to providing resources for families.
How I built it
I built this using the Amazon Pay code and integrated it into my www.mygoodlifenow.org website which I built myself.
Challenges I ran into
I faced challenges because I needed to have a verified Amazon Seller account, but with the support of the DevPost team, Amazon, and the Strikingly Support team, I was able to build it. I created a new page via my Strikingly account and implemented the code below.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
I am most proud of raising my daughter on my own despite her special needs while completing three academic degrees including one from Yale. I am now married, but grateful for the season of raising her on my own. I am also a special needs advocate, journalist, and TEDx speaker and event curator. My company, My Good Life, enables families of children with special needs to live their best life despite their circumstances. My recent monologue, Listen to Her, was read by actress Marla Gibbs and featured at the WACO Theatre’s 50in50 event. My writing has been featured on NBC Universal, Red Tricycle, LA Parents Magazine, and the LA Times.
What I learned
I learned the importance of a team. I needed to connect with DevPost and Amazon to make this happen. VERY Important. I mentioned this DevPost Hackathon on an episode of Vistaprint's Office Hours yesterday. The link is below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkFoyU0AJgM&feature=youtu.be
What's next for My Good Life Amazon Pay Fundraiser
I will implement this via my website as a fundraising option for our upcoming back to school campaign.
The Code I Used
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