The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer

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Hawke Robinson   SPOKANE, WA
I volunteer, design, and provide, for FREE, services for special needs populations throughout the greater Spokane, Washington area. This includes using role-playing games (RPGs), recreation therapy, music therapy, and other services that help people. I run both regular and adapted games, for both regular and special needs populations.

The goal of this fund raiser is for the down payment to build a wheelchair friendly trailer making it affordable to expand providing these services throughout the Northwest and North America.

IF YOU ARE A ROLE-PLAYING GAMER:
You already know the many great benefits from RPGs. The RPG Trailer will make it much easier to provide free RPG sessions using tabletop, computer-based, and live-action (LARP) role-playing games for those who need it most, but have the greatest difficulty being able to participate. There is 30+ years of research on the many benefits of RPG , and coupled with the Recreation Therapy profession, the RPG Trailer will help make it possible for people that need RPG the most, who have the greatest trouble getting to participate in RPGs, such as living in rural areas or in a wheelchair, to experience the joy and benefits of RPGs. 
The RPG Trailer will also help with advocacy and education regarding RPGs, by being a very visible symbol, triggering opportunities for discussion about the truth, and disproving the myths, about RPG and gamers.

IF YOU ARE AN EDUCATOR:
Many schools, facilities, organizations, and professionals throughout the world, have found that using role-playing games are highly effective as an instructional modality for increasing student engagement and retention in many topics.
The RPG Trailer will make it possible to arrive at your educational institution, providing RPG sessions for students, and/or provide traning to educators, enabling students to engage more fully in the learning process, leading to better retention, and many other benefits.

IF YOU ARE A HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL:
Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, including Recreation Therapy (RT) / Therapeutic Recreation (TR), psychology, and neuroscience, using relevant evidence-based and theory-based approaches, based on well-established professional standards and RT/TR methodologies to provide intervention program plans using 30+ years of research on the various forms of role-playing games as an intervention modality to achieve clients' specific therapeutic goals.
The RPG Trailer will make it possible to provide RPG sessions for your clients directly, and/or provide training to health professionals in how to design and implement regular and adapted role-playing games to facilitate achieving your clients' goals.

WHAT ARE THE SERVICES?
The services primarily include using role-playing games of all types: tabletop, live-action (LARP), computer-based, and interactive choose your own adventure. My volunteer work also includes other Therapeutic Recreation (TR) and music therapy related services as deemed best for participants.

The services are being provided for free to those in need, that are based on proven Therapeutic Recreation methods to help achieve education and/or therapy goals for individuals and groups, primarily using non-adapted, and adapted role-playing games.


MORE ABOUT THE RPG TRAILER:
A custom built trailer, designed from the ground up, to help provide much-needed services to special needs populations such as:
* At-risk youth
* Brain injury (traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, etc.)
* Autism spectrum toddlers through adults (ASD / PDD), Asperger's, ADD/ADHD, etc.
* Cerebral Palsy (CP)
* Downs Syndrome
* Parkinsons
* Elderly

* Deaf
* Developmentally delayed
* Cognitive impariment

* Those residing in rural and underserved areas.
* Many others.

See the http://www.rpgtrailer.org website for more details, photos, videos, and other information about the trailer, research, presentations, and other useful information.

DONOR REWARD LEVELS
The following donor levels provide a number of ways to thank you for your donation:

$5+ GoFundMe Thank you.
Heartfelt thanks to you for your support, and a public thank you for your donation on the gofundme.com page. For individual donations equal to $5 US dollars or more.


$10+ GoFundMe & Twitter Thank you.
Heartfelt thanks to you for your support, and a public thank you for your donation on the gofundme.com page, and the thankyou shared on twitter https://twitter.com/rpgresearch
For individual donations equal to $10 US dollars or more.


$20+ Website List of Donor's.
Public thank you as previous level, plus a listing on the RPG Research website's List of Donors to say thank you for your generous help in turning this vision into reality.
For individual donations equal to $20 US dollars or more.

$50+ Website & Social Networks Thank you.
Public thank you as previous levels, plus a public thank you on the RPG Research Blog at http://www.rpgresearch.com/blog  and the RPG Research Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RpgResearchProject and other social network accounts (Google+, Tumblr, etc.).
For individual donations equal to $50 US dollars or more.

$100+ RPG Research Status Update Video Thank you.
As previous levels, AND a verbal thank you from Hawke Robinson, founder of The RPG Research Project, in the next RPG Research Project status update video (roughly monthly) on the RPG Research Youtube Channel http://youtube.com/rpgresearch For individual donations equal to $100 US dollars or more.

$250+ Dedicated Thank you Video & Donor Placard.
As previous levels AND your name mentioned in a dedicated thank you video on the RPG Research Youtube Channel , AND if fully funded added to the "Thank You" Donor Placard that will be in clear view on the inside of the trailer.
For individual donations equal to $250 US dollars or more.


$500+ Trailer Single Sign Thank you.
If fully funded, all donations of $500 USD or more includes all of the options from the lower donor levels, PLUS your name listed on the outside of the trailer (with your permission) saying Thank you, (with other donor names of this donor size if applicable on a single 24x36 sign or painted on one side of the trailer directly) near the RPG Research Logo on one side of the trailer.
For individual donations equal to $500 US dollars or more, and requires campaign to be fully funded.

$1,000+ Trailer Visit Thank you.
If fully funded, all donations of $1,000 USD or more includes all of the options from the previous donor levels, plus your name listed with a "Thank you", on all three sides of the trailer, AND if you are within 500 miles of Spokane, Washington, or anywhere within 500 miles of the route between Spokane and Mesa, Arizona (where the trailer is built), after I pick up the trailer, if scheduling permits, I can swing by on the way back to Spokane to show you the trailer that you helped make a reality, for a visit of up to two hours (if you wish).
For individual donations equal to $1,000 US dollars or more, and requires campaign to be fully funded.

$2,000+ Trailer Visit with Session Thank you.
If fully funded, all donations of $2,000 USD or more includes all of the options from the lower donor levels, PLUS (if you wish) if able to visit you within that 500 mile radius from the trailer pick up route, I will personally run a tabletop role-playing game session for you and your friends (up to 6 players total) for up to 6 hours, as a huge thank you for making this a reality. If you are outside of the 500 mile reach of the route, if all funding costs are met and you wish to donate additional funds to cover the additional travel costs to your location, I would be happy for the opportunity to come to you, calculating roughly 10 miles per gallon for gasoline (roughly $3.50/gallon currently) for the distance round trip. For individual donations equal to $2,000 US dollars or more, and requires campaign to be fully funded.

Any additional funds beyond the campaign base goal, after travel and incentive costs, will be applied entirely toward paying down the principle on the loan balance for the rest of the cost of the trailer, so anything beyond the minimum goal will be very helpful as well.


WHAT IS THE FUND RAISER'S BACKGROUND?
My name is Hawke Robinson . I had a successful career as an executive in technology industries. Residing in Spokane since 2004. I volunteer at many locations, using Recreation Therapy (RT) methodologies. I have been involved with role-playing games since 1979.

I have been volunteering extensively for many years.

I am registered with the Washington State Department of Health as a Recreation Therapist #RE60526204 .

I am also currently a student at Eastern Washington University (EWU) working on degrees in Recreation Therapy, Music Therapy, Neuroscience, & Research Psychology.

I have completed the Mental Health First Aid certification program.

After completing two internships (recreation therapy and psychology), I am planning to sit for the NCTRC  CTRS (Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist) exam.  I also plan to continue onward toward graduate and post-graduate degrees.

I am a member in good standing of the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association ( WSTRA) & the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) .

The populations I have been working with include (but are not limited to): 
* At-risk youth
* Autism spectrum (ASD & PDD) youth & adults, ASD toddlers at Eastern Washington University
* ADD/ADHD
* Cerebral Palsy (CP)
* Brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc .) & Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) patients at Saint Luke's Rehabilitation ,
* Deaf community, including the Eastern Washington Center for Deaf & Hard of Hearing (EWCDHH) , the Deaf community in general
* Parkinson's patients at Rockwood Clinic ,
* Boy Scouts of America day camps,
* Campfire USA's Camp Dart-lo , as a camp counselor, certified archery instructor, activities coordinator, and darma/theater instructor
* HIV/AIDS patients at Doxie Hatch long-term care facility (Utah),
* Developmentally delayed & intellectually disabled patients at Hillcrest Care Center (Utah),
* Senior citizens at assisted living and long-term care facilities in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Northern Utah, and others.

There are already many individuals and groups throughout Eastern Washington & Idaho, as well as Seattle, Tacoma, and other states, that have indicated they are just waiting for me to be able to provide these sessions as soon as I can find the means to do so. After significant research it is clear that the best way for this to be accomplished is by building a wheelchair friendly trailer as a mobile facility.

FUNDING GOAL DETAILS?
The minimum goal covers the minimum down payment and transportation costs of a portable office (trailer) that is designed from the ground-up to be more than just wheelchair accessible, it is designed to be wheelchair friendly. It also includes the costs of the campaign to receive donations.

This trailer would completely replace the need for the expensive offices in different cities/towns, or the various insufficient facilities (stores, schools, churches, community centers, etc.) that are  inadequate/sweltering/uncomfortable/noisy and/or not wheelchair friendly, and/or not friendly or feeling safe for those with special needs.

This trailer will make it affordable for me to provide sessions in rural areas that are completely lacking any facilities. After the down payment, the monthly cost of the trailer is less than my monthly office costs in Spokane.

PRESENTATION VIDEOS:
* View my 90 minute presentation video at Seattle Children's hospital from April 2015 for the Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association  with a comprehensive overview of role-playing games, and more information about how role-playing games can be very beneficial to participants. My presentation was certified by the American Therapeutic Recreation Association for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

* Video & Audio from Hawke Robinson speaking at WorldCon 73 / Sasquan.
Many years of research provides significant indicators that participation in role-playing games can inherently provide many benefits to participants, and can also be a very powerful tool to help with the development and rehabilitation of many individuals and groups from a wide variety of populations. The RPG Research Project

It has become increasingly clear that role-playing games are an excellent modality for intervention using therapeutic recreation / recreational therapy methodologies to meet the needs of specific clients' development and rehabilitation goals.

Please donate today and help spread the word!

Here is a link to some examples of my programs:
* Recreation Therapy adapted RPGs to help Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) toddlers, youth, & adults.
* Brain Injury (stroke, TBI, etc.) recovery program, presentation.

The trailer will support all forms of role-playing games: tabletop, live-action (LARP), interactive choose your own adventure, and computer-based. It will accommodate up to 6 participants in wheelchairs or up to 10 non-wheelchair seated participants.

Once this funding goal is achieved, it will take the manufacturer approximately 9 to 16 weeks to build the trailer. The more money I can raise for this program, the more people I can provide free sessions to across North America.

Many thanks for the kindness and support!

-W.A. "Hawke" Robinson
http://rpgresearch.com/staff/hawke-robinson
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From FAQs: http://rpgtrailer.com/faqs - Do you have a short list of what the RPG Trailer's benefits would be?
The RPG Trailer makes it possible to meet the needs of many populations (Autism spectrum ASD / PDD / ADHD, at-risk & troubled youth, the Deaf, brain injury (stroke, TBI, etc.), Cerebral Palsy, and many other individuals, groups, and facilities throughout North America, by addressing all these issues:

1. Optimal Gaming Environment
A comfortable, quiet, wheelchair friendly, gaming-focused environment free of distractions and competing demands, that includes air conditioning, self-contained generator, kitchenette, refrigerator, stove/oven (gamers and munchies of course), and a fully ADA/wheelchair friendly bathroom. This trailer can be easily transported and setup at locations convenient for the participants, such as a parking lot, as needed. The trailer will comfortably seat 8-10 participants, or about 5 wheelchair-bound participants for tabletop and computer-based RPG, and provide other benefits for many more during Live-Action Role-Playing events. All of my gaming materials would be readily accessible, requiring very little setup and tear-down time, and no risk of “oh I forgot that book/resource back at the other office/facility/home” (which could be in another state/country)

2. Efficiency, Wear & Tear
A fully stocked mobile gaming office that addresses wear-and-tear and organizational issues. Currently I have several smaller dedicated gaming rooms at my house. Each seats between 5 to 8 players per game room. I also have an office in the downtown Spokane area with 3 different gaming rooms that can seat between 6 to 14 players. You can see photos and video of some of the game rooms and materials here.

To run my sessions, I have to pack up the gaming materials necessary for the groups scheduled, take them to the location (my office, community setting, rehabilitation facility, etc.), set everything up, etc. For example using a typical tabletop RPG session this would include:

Multiple copies of game system books, character sheets, client assessment forms, client/participant case files, writing utensils, dice or other randomization tools, various tokens, battle mats, miniatures, egg timers, cards, tape, glue, and other accessories.

Load all the materials into my vehicle.

Arrive at the location (my home or office, Saint Luke's Rehabilitation TBI department in Spokane, Nagios rehab in Seattle, PAVE group in Tacoma, etc.).

Unload the boxes of materials from the vehicle.

Set everything up in the room/facility.

Run the game.

Pack everything back up.

Load the vehicle.

Drive home.

Unload the vehicle.

Put everything back on the shelves.

At one point I was doing this for 12 different groups (about 30 sessions per month).
This becomes even more involved when setting up computer-based gaming sessions, especially those with bio and/or neuro monitoring and/or feedback equipment. The trailer also helps increase the carrying capacity of a lot of LARP gear which can takes up considerable of space.

The trailer will allow everything to be located in the trailer, ready-to-go. This will reduce general wear-and-tear on the supplies (books, miniatures, etc.), as well as my own back and knees, and greatly increase the number of actual “gaming hours” I can provide to participants, rather than hours of pre-and-post gaming setup and tear-down requirements.

A number of Recreation Therapy organizations have trailers for hauling their many paraphernalia for their programs. For example the adaptive bicycle, kayaking, skiing, and rock climbing programs I participated in last year regularly makes use of trailers.

The RPG Trailer is a logical solution in this profession to provide recreation services to a broad range of people.

3. Fully Wheelchair-friendly ADA Facility.
My downtown Spokane office is a shared law-firm building built long ago that is, while affordable, unfortunately not at all wheelchair friendly, neither is my 1964-built home in a semi-rural location. Saint Luke's and other facilities often have trouble booking a room for a group any longer than 1 hour due to competing scheduling from other recreation therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, music therapists, and general “diversionary” recreation activities. Most of the facility does not allow participants to be “noisy”. Many of these facilities do however often have plenty of spare parking lot space, and regularly take clients outside in wheelchairs. It was while I was volunteering at Saint Luke's that I came up with the idea of the trailer, and discussed the possibility of it with the lead Recreation Therapist at Saint Luke's. She agreed the RPG Trailer would be the ideal solution for their clients.

4. Portability, Expanded Coverage, & Affordability.
The RPG trailer will make it easier and more affordable to provide RPG services to rural locations that do not have facilities for gaming, as well as metropolitan areas requesting my specific services. Many small towns and rural locations do not have any kind of “Friendly Neighborhood Gaming Stores”. The trailer is not only a complete office and gaming facility, it also greatly reduces my costs for hotel and food expenses when travelling to provide RPG services, further the RPG Research Project, and attend conferences/conventions when on panels and providing presentations.

Currently, I not only have the gasoline expenses to drive to a location, but additionally the costs of a facility (for example an office) can add up quickly. Flying is not feasible with all of the equipment.

Additionally, if the location is more than a few hours from my home, there are often food and hotel costs that can range from $50 to $200+ per night/day. The trailer has a large bed in the ceiling that can be pulled down for use, a full kitchenette (water, sink, stove, oven, refrigerator, cabinets), bathroom sink, toilet, and shower, and both game table couches can flip over to become additional single beds for any assistants (especially when running LARPs).

This means I can continue to provide free services to far more people over the next several years, and when I do begin to transition to a billable service, will be able to keep the costs, and thus the rates charged to participants/insurance, at a much lower price point.

This will also make it more affordable to attend conventions/conferences throughout North America, since it will greatly save on my hotel/motel costs during 3 to 5+ day events. The goal is to attend up to 4 events per year. I have spoken at 3 conventions/conferences in the past 9 months. I am slated to attend the Living Games Conference in Austin, Texas in May 2016, and the HBO Documentary group “VICE” indicated a desire that I come to New York and New Jersey to see the LARP groups that have Autism spectrum participants if possible.

5. Planning for the Future.
Though I am a Washington state registered Recreation Therapist ...
... the rest of this answer here http://rpgtrailer.com/faqs
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A video summary about the Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer and why donating will help so many people throughout the North American continent.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBPbCMKVf2I&feature=youtu.be&t=12m45s
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Update 29
3 months ago
Presenting at Washington State Therapeutic Recreation Association 17th Annual conference (WSTRA Con 17), April 2nd. http://wstra.org/event/2016-wstra-annual-conference/
This is the last on site conference will be doing in 2016: "Role-Playing Games as Intervention Modalities to Achieve Therapeutic & Educational Goals for Individuals & Groups from the Therapeutic Recreation Perspective."
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Please donate today!
The Wheelchair Friendly RPG Trailer will improve providing free educational and therapeutic-based services, currently limited mostly to Spokane, to expand delivery of these services throughout the Northwest and the rest of North America.

These services include using all forms of role-playing games: tabletop, live-action, guided choose-your-own-adventure/solo, and computer-based.

These services provide many benefits in meeting the needs of a diverse range of people.

Populations/needs include (but not limited to): At-risk youth, Autism spectrum (ASD / PDD), brain injury recovery, social phobias, social skill development, the Deaf, and many others.
See Video Mockup of Trailer (included in this posting).
Even more details about the trailer, including FAQs at http://www.rpgtrailer.com Please donate today!
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