13 episodes

From corporate executive to nonprofit leader, Vicky Westra is sharing her own personal journey, and most important job, as the mother of an Autistic daughter.

In her podcast “Shifting Perspectives on Autism,” Westra is calling people to join the shift to the “Green Zone,” moving away from a place of worry, anger and fear that often comes with living with a diagnosis of Autism to one of hope, positive expectation and joy.

For more information, visit www.AutismShifts.org

Shifting Perspectives on Autism Vicky Westra

    • Kids & Family

From corporate executive to nonprofit leader, Vicky Westra is sharing her own personal journey, and most important job, as the mother of an Autistic daughter.

In her podcast “Shifting Perspectives on Autism,” Westra is calling people to join the shift to the “Green Zone,” moving away from a place of worry, anger and fear that often comes with living with a diagnosis of Autism to one of hope, positive expectation and joy.

For more information, visit www.AutismShifts.org

    AnnaLaura Brown: A journey of success through acceptance of Autism

    AnnaLaura Brown: A journey of success through acceptance of Autism

    AnnaLaura Brown is an Health Coach, Author, and Autism Advocate.  She got her diagnosis of Autism later in life, but it has never stopped her from using her unique talents and interests to achieve her purpose in life.  AnnaLaura has had a special interest as it relates to physical health and diets because of her own journey with experiencing a lot of challenges in this area.  Her mission is now to help others achieve better physical well-being.  Listen as she shares her personal journey through employment, independence and physical well-being.

    • 46 min
    Special Guest Stephanie Weiderstrand shares her journey as a Mom, Teacher and Advocate

    Special Guest Stephanie Weiderstrand shares her journey as a Mom, Teacher and Advocate

    Stephanie is the mother of three children and she received the official diagnosis of Autism for her daughter at the age of six.  Like many who share this journey, Stephanie spent several years in the not so good feeling place that we call the “Red Zone.”  However, one day, Stephanie decided to take her children on a trip and get away from it all.  While in her travels, something happened to help her to see her daughter in a whole new light.  She then started her mission to help other parents understand Autism and care for themselves as well as their child.  Tune in to learn more.  

    • 36 min
    Autism Bridging the Atlantic

    Autism Bridging the Atlantic

    Daniel Morgan Jones is an influencer and advocate within the Autism Community.  He was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 26.  Today, he uses overcoming the challenges associated with the diagnosis to help so many others within the autism community. 
    Daniel is the UK's #1 online/information resource for Autism, ADHD, OCD, and Dyslexia.  He reaches millions as a YouTuber, public speaker, and author through his website and social media presence.  He uses all of these platforms to help increase the awareness and understanding around Autism and help others reach a place of self-acceptance and empowerment about their diagnosis. 
     
    In this podcast, you will hear Daniel share: 
     
    ·         How getting his autism diagnosis later in life affected him and how he overcame his challenges.
    ·         How his childhood interests and talents have evolved into his career as an adult.
    ·         How getting additional support during his college years helped him to graduate with a  degree in Chemistry.
    ·         How he reacted when he received his formal diagnosis at age 26, and how it helped him to create “stepping stones” for his career.
    ·         How he transitioned from college into becoming an advocate for the autism community.
    ·         How he reached the place where he feels life is working for him and not against him.
    ·         How his plans for the future include supporting the autism community in a variety of new ways.
     
    It was such a pleasure interviewing Daniel and being able to highlight him as an Autism Shifter.   In talking with Daniel, he is a testimony of how our most significant challenges can help us shift to experiencing our most notable victories.  Daniel's path unfolded one step at a time, and that is such a testimony for so many within the autism community… that their path can evolve as well.
     
    Check Daniel Morgan Jones out on his website www.theaspieworld.com or on his YouTube channel AspieWorld1.
     
    From the Green Zone,
     
    Vicky Westra
    CEO and Founder, Autism Shifts
     
    Autism Shifts is creating a new perspective of autism allowing those in the community to live in the Green Zone, experiencing hope, joy and empowerment.  We do this through education, resources and connection opportunities. 

    • 53 min
    S2 EP3: Vicky Westra talks to Autism Advocate Becca Lory Hector

    S2 EP3: Vicky Westra talks to Autism Advocate Becca Lory Hector

    Becca Lory Hector was diagnosed on the autism spectrum as an adult and based on her own journey has become an autism advocate, consultant, speaker, and author.  In this podcast, she talks with Vicky Westra about her challenges with receiving an accurate diagnosis and how she has used her past experience to help so many others understand life on the autism spectrum, and the importance of focusing on creating the life you want.  
    To learn more about Becca Lory Hector, visit:  www.beccalory.com
     

    • 55 min
    S2 EP2: Vicky Talks With TV Investigator, Jim Rathmann

    S2 EP2: Vicky Talks With TV Investigator, Jim Rathmann

    Jim Rathmann is a former Secret Service agent, retired homicide detective, decorated Army Veteran and investigative consultant - but his most important title is Dad. In this podcast, he talks with host Vicky Westra about his son's Autism diagnosis and his family's personal journey.
    To learn more about Jim Rathmann visit: www.JimRathmannTheCompany.com
     

    • 38 min
    S2 EP1: Vicky Talks with Miss Tampa Beauty Queen, Rachel Barcellona

    S2 EP1: Vicky Talks with Miss Tampa Beauty Queen, Rachel Barcellona

    From her title of Miss Tampa to her designation as an Honorary Shifter Member, Rachel Barcellona is making history! Vicky Westra sits down with this beauty queen and activist to talk about how she's working to shift perceptions of Autism! A great example of what it means to be an Autism Shifter, Rachel chooses every day to live in the Green Zone, accepting her Autism diagnosis and celebrating her Uniquabilities.
     
    To learn more about Rachel, visit her website at www.RachelBarcellona.com​ and follow her on social media. For more information about Autism Shifts or to register for our new Shifter Membership Program, visit www.AutismShifts.org or follow @autismshifts on social media.
     
    #AutismShifts​ #BecomeAShifterMember​ #GreenZoneLife​ #ShiftersShapeFutures​ #JointheShift​ #Advocacy​ #Autism​ #ASD​ #AutismSpectrum​ #AutismSpectrumDisorder​ #AutismAwareness

    • 30 min

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