It’s Time For A Contest! — 5 Minutes for Special Needs

It’s Time For A Contest!

by Deborah


Just recently I had one of the bathrooms in our home remodeled to be accessible for my daughter, Ashley. Ashley is 13 years old, deafblind and has had two brain tumors removed in the past, and currently has three more that her doctors are closely watching. All of that sounds rather daunting, but she lets nothing get her down, and she is the wildest child of my group of four. But, she does need a little help with some things, and one of those things is toileting and personal hygiene care.

While there are some great new features in her remodeled bathroom, the best by far is the new BidetSpa toilet seat. The BidetSpa is a marvel that is especially helpful to Ashley. You can visit my personal blog to read my review of the product, and you can visit the company’s website for more information.

The BidetSpa includes a feminine wash, a posterior wash, a heated toilet seat made of bacteria resistant materials, a warm air dryer, a soft close seat and seat lid, an automatic deodorizer, a variable water temperature and a variable water pressure, and an optional remote control. It is quick and easy to install and comes with excellent instructions.

So why am I telling you all this? Because ‘The Bidet Shop’ has agreed to provide a BidetSpa, valued at $549, as a very special giveaway for one of the 5MFSN readers! One reader will be chosen to receive a BidetSpa toilet seat, and the company will ship it to you at no charge!

To be considered for this giveaway, simply leave a comment here or write on your personal blog and tell us why you would like the BidetSpa and how you feel it will benefit you and your family’s daily personal hygiene routines. Make sure if you write on your personal blog to leave a comment here with a link. The person with the most compelling reason, as judged by the team of writers here at 5MFSN and those at the company, will win the BidetSpa and have their testimony published on the BidetSpa website.

Oh yea, there are a few rules. None of the writers here at 5MFSN or at any of our sister sites are allowed to participate in this giveaway, however their comments are always welcomed. The winner will have to provide their name and mailing address to me privately so the company will know where to send your BidetSpa. The winner will have to install the seat themselves or arrange for its installation. The company cannot provide that service. And, the winner needs to agree to write a product review on their own blog after using the BidetSpa for a while.

So get busy and tell us your story. This contest will be open for 10 days and no more comments will be considered after September 27, 2008. Good luck and have a nice bi-DAY!

Email Author    |    Website About Deborah

In addition to her job as a computer engineer and her single parent responsibilities, Deborah is president of a state-wide family support group for families whose lives are touched by deafblindness, and is a tireless advocate for all people with disabilities. She writes at Pipe Cleaner Dreams and her writing has also been featured in local magazines and newspapers. Ashley’s story has also been chronicled in a book by Jonathan Mooney titled Short Bus Stories.

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1 Sara Lundin September 13, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Dear Deborah and 5MFSN writers,

I have a developmentally disabled daughter who will be fourteen at the end of October. Happily she has been using the toilet successfully for 7 years but has not been able to learn the complexities of properly wiping. Unless an adult is present to do it for her she “skips it” altogether. This skill is not only hard to teach, believe me we’ve had it on her IEP since preschool, but she has the added difficulty of limited range of motion due to having spinal fusion surgery 2 years ago for progressive S curve scoliosis. I was excited to read Deborah’s post about the BidetSpa. It looks like a great solution for us. I’m always worried about my daughter’s hygiene. It’s difficult enough to be different than your peers when you are a teenager, but if you also smell it really has a negative impact!

The cost of the BidetSpa is what kept me from ordering the seat on the spot. I was thinking that if we did get one and it worked as successfully for my daughter as it did for Deborah’s then I could approach the school district about installing one in the self contained classroom’s bathroom. Not only would it help my daughter but her best friend at school who has C.P. The other positive part is that after the two years she will be at the junior high it could be un-installed and moved with her to the high school.

In closing, my most compelling reasons for wanting to win the BidetSpa from The Bidet Shop and 5MFSN. 1.) It will help my daughter be completely independent when using the toilet. No more “WIPE PLEASE” being shouted from the bathroom during my book club meeting. 2.) It will help her avoid the embarrassment of being told “you stink”. 3.) It will reduce the amount of laundry and hot water usage from washing soiled clothing. 4). It will hopefully lead the school district to purchase at least one BidetSpa toilet seat for her classroom. Who knows, they may even want to buy one for each of the school’s special needs classrooms!

Thank you for considering us for winning the BidetSpa toilet seat.

Sara Lundin

P.S. I don’t have a blog but I do facilitate a parent support group and I will be sure to spread the word far and wide about this product!!!

2 Awesome Mom September 13, 2008 at 3:10 pm

I would love to have one of these!! Evan’s balance issues from his stroke means that if I want him to have a clean bum then I have to do the wiping. It is a lot more awkward to do that now that he is potty trained and not in diapers. It would be great to have something like this to help out.

3 Crystal Jigsaw September 13, 2008 at 3:15 pm

What a fantastic idea. I don’t need one for Amy but it would be a wonderful gift to give to a local hospital or special needs school.

Good luck to those who go for it.

Crystal xx

4 Melody September 13, 2008 at 3:52 pm

Thanks for obtaining a super giveaway.

The challenges of personal hygiene for many children with special needs is often not openly discussed or considered. It should be. Well done.

5 Debbie Yost September 13, 2008 at 6:54 pm

This is a wonderful contest and although it would be great to have, we don’t really need it. There are so many families that would benefit from it far more than us. I just wanted to say thank you to you and BidetSpa for such a generous giveaway and good luck to all the participants!

6 Carol September 14, 2008 at 12:38 pm

I have a 17 year old daughter that could really benifit from having a bidet.
She was born with a Neural Tube defect. She has had surgeries to remove a mass from the base of her neck which in return did some muscle damage that makes it impossible for her arm to reach behind her. This would give her freedom and person satisfaction of doing something for herself. My daughter also has a shunt in her head and one in her spine. She is home schooled so she is home most of the time so she could really get the full benifit of a bidet.
I know it would give my daughter back some independance and self estime to be ale to go to the bathroom by her self and not have to rely on her mom with all of the trips to the bathroom.
I do not have a blog but do have an email address.
Thank you for considering us for this giveaway. It would definitely give my teenage daughter back some of the freedom she so greatley deserves.

7 Deborah September 14, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Thanks Sara, Awesome Mom and Carol for your contest entries. We’ll definitely keep you posted on the outcome of the contest.


p.s. Your families sound so very special!

8 Katie September 15, 2008 at 11:42 am

First I would like to say thanks to the BidetSpa people for this fantastic give away! To one deserving family this is going to mean the world. In a life where EVERYTHING seems just a little harder than it should be, what a blessing to not need to worry about one more big issue! What a wonderful gift. My son’s special needs don’t really require the use of this product, however I know someone who’s life could really be changed for the better by this. My neice has severe autism, and though her sweet parents have devoted countless hours to the subject she has only just grasped the concept of toilet training. She is starting to get the hang of things, but still needs a little extra help. Then- enter the PERIOD! This is quite an adjustment for any young girl to go through, but imagine not really understanding what is going on, and not being able to verbally express your concerns about this, plus not having a really strong grasp of personal hygene issues anyway. This has been quite an adjustment for her. It makes life really hard, and really embarrassing. Not only for my niece, but for my dear sister. She has divoted her life to taking care of and teaching my niece as most parents do, but her road has been a long one, and after the struggles she has been through in her life she really could use a little helping hand. She is an inspiration to me, and has helped me so much through her example, kind words, and suggestions. How grateful I would be if I could return a little bit of the favor by having this gift to give to her. I know what a relief it would be to her, and it would mean the world to both of them. Again, thanks so much for this awesome give-away. I know that any one of the people entered are deserving, and that it will help no matter where it goes.

9 Anne Allison September 16, 2008 at 7:11 pm

I think this would be great for my daughter, she has Down Syndrome & she doesn’t clean herself to well after using the toilet.

10 Brandi September 17, 2008 at 8:11 pm

The story about Katie’s sister really touched me. If I ran the contest I would love to give it to her!

I don’t envy the judges. There’s so many people that this would bless.

11 Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily) September 27, 2008 at 4:14 pm

I finally got to do a blog for this contest as my entry.

A BidetSpa is what this Autism Family needs


12 Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily) September 27, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I am not seeing my comment and do not know how to do the trackback.

Here is my blog for the giveawy:

A Bidet Spa is what this Autism Family needs

13 Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily) September 27, 2008 at 4:32 pm

thrd time trying to enter this giveaway. There is no mention of comment moderation or that the comment was accepted.

This time I will not add the link to the post. It is at my blog calle A BidetSpa is what this Autism Family needs.

Thanks, been sick for several days.


14 bombaygirl September 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Would be interested in checking this out for my son (on the spectrum)

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