Join Genia in discussion with other parents, thought leaders and visionaries about helping young children with intellectual disabilities get the good things in life. Want your child to go to school, make friends, play on teams and have a bright future? Join the conversation. Good things in life is for families with vision about what is possible and how to achieve it. Whether your child has cerebral palsy, down syndrome, angelman syndrome, autism or a mild learning disability, Good Things in Life podcast can help you figure out how to take action to protect your child from harm and work towards a good life.
Asset-Based Community Development - building solid communities from the strengths within with Darryl Answer, Stephanie Answer, and April Doner
“People coming together to celebrate what they have and what they can do - together.” ~Darryl Answer on what is asset based community development.
So often when we have a need, a service or institution is available with a “fix-it solution.” The solution is determined by the service and we can fit in - or not. Take it or leave it.
Asset-based Community Development (ABCD) is different. ABCD starts with the strengths and contributions of community members.
This week on the podcast Darryl Answer, Stephanie Answer, and April Doner talk about ABCD in their lives and the lives of people with disabilities.
“There is nobody that we don’t need.
The greatest need is to be needed.”
This episode includes vulnerability, strength, power and promise.
You don’t want to miss it.
Even Warrior Angels get tired with Susan Dunnigan
Susan Dunnigan is back on the podcast to talk about her book Warrior Angel - the story of her family’s journey with her son Matt.
The first time we chatted we talked about Matt’s educational experiences. This time we talk about the trials and tribulations of adulthood.
Susan describes the energy required by advocacy as waves. Sometimes you are carried forward and sometimes you are left with nothing.
Yet, the need to advocate doesn’t ebb and flow like a wave. Or at least, one’s energy levels don’t necessarily match the need.
In this episode, Susan talks about taking risks and not over protecting her son - even if it means he is at risk of run-ins with the police and being taken advantage of by criminals.
Join us for the reflections and the important reckoning we all need to do when it comes to the dignity of risk.
Be brave, find your people, create new spaces with Beth Mount, Hanns Meissner and Pamela Mansell
Cussing alert in this episode.
Nobody lasts long in this world of supporting people with disabilities without finding themselves in a WTF? situation.
There are few or no options.
The only existing options are segregated.
The expectations are abysmally low.
Even good people are unsure how to move forward.
If I’m wrong, and you’ve never been frustrated with a reality like this then reply to this email and tell me.
But I’m guessing that you can relate in some capacity.
Because this is such a common reality, people like the guests on today’s podcast have developed learning institutes, learning journeys, and person centred planning approaches to explore blue space - new space where creative possibilities can be created.
This week on the podcast, Beth Mount, Hanns Meisner and Pamela Mansell discuss what it takes to create new spaces when what exists just won’t do. It takes bravery, finding your people and being willing to journey together.
David Sharif on achieving your dreams
David Sharif is a young man in his twenties who has autism and a long list of enviable accomplishments. I am particularly envious of his extensive travel.
David’s journey has not always been easy but he has strong sports hero mentors and a clear vision of the good things in life plus friends and family who are there to support him.
This week on the podcast, David and I discuss his life experiences, aspirations and achievements.
One of David’s goals is to reach a large audience with his story. Check out the podcast so you can be part of his success story.
Our Life, Our Way with Christine Robinson
Christine Robinson joins me on today's podcast to talk about the remarkable journey that she made with her late husband William Rush. William was a journalist, writer and disability rights advocate. Christine is a therapist.
In this podcast, Christine shares her thoughts about life with Bill including what it is like to be a witness to disability rights advocacy. She also speaks of the importance of their communities of support, giving them hope and encouragement as Bill did the hard work of making societal change.
Check out this week’s podcast here.
The Big Plan with Steve Coulson
This week on the podcast we hear from Steve Coulson from the Thistle Foundation in Scotland. For many years, Steve has been facilitating the Big Plan - a group person-centred planning process.
To be honest, I told Steve that “group” and “person centred planning” sounded like an oxymoron.
Yet, after speaking with Steve, I can see that it can be helpful to have the voices of others to inspire our own vision and hope.
Check out this week’s podcast here.
Amazing podcasts. A great resource to understand more everything related to disabilities and the value of inclusion for all.
So much useful information
I"m about halfway. through the back catalogue of podcasts - these are an amazing treasure trove. For me, they strike the right balance between big vision inspiration and practical encouragement to take next steps - so important when you're feeling overwhelmed. I really appreciate where Genia talks through problems she's struggling with - I find that knowing other families are struggling with similar issues really helps me keep trying. The guest speakers provide exception expertise and inspiration - Janet Klees is a favorite.
Love this podcast