Elevating what is possible for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
#075: From dependence to independence, hear mother Alina’s story.
Alina, the mother of 17-year-old Juliana, joined me to talk about their experience of going from complete dependence on Mom to Juliana growing her capability and independence.Alina was doing EVERYTHING for Juliana. The idea of independence was there, but Alina was locked into the habit of doing everything.When Alina thought about Juliana's independence, her fears kicked in, creating a state of overwhelm and keeping them stuck. This resulted in Juliana learning that she couldn't do things.Then things started to change when Alina and I began to work together. Alina's awareness and mental outlook shifted, which was the key to unlocking Juliana's independence.Alina no longer feels like the caretaker and has to solve all the problems. Juliana and Alina are now on an equal footing, having more open dialogue, and Juliana is starting to lead her own life!
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#074: Paid Supporters are NOT your loved one’s friend
Do you pay people to act like your friend?
I didn't think so.
So why is it acceptable for paid supporters to act like our loved one's friend when they are NOT in a friendship?!
The behaviour of a paid supporter acting like a friend causes harm to your loved one.
In this video, I share why it is harmful, what you can do to stop the harm, and how you can redirect that paid supporter to be a bridge to real friendships.
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#073: How Chloe left the high school transitions program and gained paid employment
To help you see more ordinary life possibilities for your loved ones with developmental disabilities, I will share stories of families working with their loved ones to take steps forward to create an Awesome Ordinary Life.
Chloe was in a high school transition program for students with disabilities in her final years of high school.
She became increasingly frustrated by the lack of opportunity the transition program provided and felt like it was holding her back.
Chloe, supported by her mom, Laura, decided to leave the support of the transition program and pursue paid employment.
Today, Chloe is gainfully employed, building meaningful relationships with peers at work, and enjoying her interests in ordinary places in the community.
Want to create an Awesome Ordinary Life with your loved one?!Click the link below to join our free upcoming workshop that Laura took to start building an Awesome Ordinary Life with Chloe!
#072: How to create a life plan
I’ve been talking about life planning and creating a life plan these last few weeks… And I’ve received many questions from families on this topic.
The most common question is… “How do I create a life plan with my loved one?”
To help you get started, I created this episode for you.
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#071: Which of these 2 paths is your loved one on?
There are two (2) very different paths for your loved one who has a developmental disability...Which path is your loved one on?!...The "Special Needs" path -OR- the "Awesome Ordinary" path.Each path provides a very different life experience.Listen to this short podcast episode to help you discover what path your loved one is currently on and how it impacts their life.
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#070: What is a Life Plan?
If you don't have a plan, you're planning to fail. - Benjamin Franklin
We need to plan for who will care for our loved one with a developmental disability for when the time comes that we can't. I know this is your #1 fear, and it can be hard to talk about...
But, if you don't have a plan in place, your loved one is at greater risk of falling into the 'system' and experiencing harm. This is the truth.
You want your loved one to have the best life possible, so I've got a short video and article to teach you more about life planning and how you can get started.
P.S. If you haven't registered yet, I invite you to join us in the Life Plan Workshop on February 22nd to get started!
Register for the Life Plan Workshop: https://www.empoweringability.org/workshop/
Informative and helpful in an empathetic way.
I love this podcast! Eric has wonderful guests with varied backgrounds and as a parent I have learned so much. I couldn't recommend it more.
Eric is great at providing honest and empowering lessons!