149 episodes

The Expanding Worlds podcast Shares Stories and Shares Solutions to expand what people believe is possible. We talk to individuals and organisations who are driving change to enable people with Additional Needs to live the independent lives they aspire to.

The Expanding Worlds Podcast Debra Caldow

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

The Expanding Worlds podcast Shares Stories and Shares Solutions to expand what people believe is possible. We talk to individuals and organisations who are driving change to enable people with Additional Needs to live the independent lives they aspire to.

    148 Why Habits Are The Foundation Of Independence

    148 Why Habits Are The Foundation Of Independence

    Every day we all do the same things the same way because it’s these habits that make it easier to live our lives. Habits are just skills we have that we use over and over again and for my daughter with additional needs, all the skills she has built over time are now habits that allow her to live more independently. Those skills she has like cooking going to her job or managing her money, the things she does the same way each time are all her habits.  In this episode, I’m talking about some of the ideas around habits, the habit loop cue, routine, and reward, habit stacking, and the role motivation and ability play in developing habits.
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    • 15 min
    147 Why Working With The Right Support Works with Adam and Deb

    147 Why Working With The Right Support Works with Adam and Deb

    The barriers to employment for young people with additional needs are high but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible as this week’s episode shows. In part 2 of my conversation with Adam and Deb, Adam talks about his experience of work and why his current role is working for him. Adam believes it comes down to the right support at the right time and matching the individual to the job.  

    • 11 min
    146 Making Choices with Adam and Deb

    146 Making Choices with Adam and Deb

    Sharing our stories helps us realize we are not alone. Hearing someone else’s story can also be a great way to learn new ideas we can use in our own family’s lives. In this episode, I’m sharing the story of Adam and his family. My guests are Adam, and his mother Deb. Adam talks about moving schools from a mainstream school to a specialist school as well as the challenges he found around transitioning out of full-time education.

    • 10 min
    145 Why Risk Is Worth The Risk With Carol Smail from Gig Buddies Sydney

    145 Why Risk Is Worth The Risk With Carol Smail from Gig Buddies Sydney

    We should all have the right to choose how we live our lives, even if that means taking risks and making mistakes. But too often people with additional needs aren’t being given opportunities to take risks and to learn from their mistakes. My guest this week Carol Smail shares her experiences of the impact this lack of choice has, as well as what can happen when people are given the opportunity to make their own choices. Too often the focus is on reducing risk, but that only reduces choice and doesn’t necessarily make anyone safer. 
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    • 8 min
    144 Why Gig Buddies Is Great with Carol Smail from Gig Buddies Sydney

    144 Why Gig Buddies Is Great with Carol Smail from Gig Buddies Sydney

    Finding friends with common interests can be difficult for anyone and for young people with additional needs it is often more challenging because their social network is smaller. That is why projects like Gig Buddies are so important as my guest in this episode Carol Smail from Gig Buddies Sydney explains. Carol not only talks about the vision behind Gig Buddies but the role it plays in breaking down stereotypes about people with additional needs.
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    • 14 min
    143 How can we change society’s expectations and accelerate inclusive employment opportunities? with Peter Bacon from Disability Employment Australia

    143 How can we change society’s expectations and accelerate inclusive employment opportunities? with Peter Bacon from Disability Employment Australia

    Too often low expectations for people with additional needs have translated into fewer opportunities, particularly when it comes to paid employment. For change to happen, around work, more employers are needed which means employers will need to change their attitude toward employing people with a disability. But what is also necessary is a change in society’s perceptions of what a person with additional needs is capable of.  In this episode with Peter Bacon CEO of Disability Employment Australia, we discuss where these perceptions come from and whether a more integrated education system might be part of the answer.
     
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    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

NosyCraftswoman ,

Ways into work, Supported Internships Part 1

Great podcast with some real insight into how the supported internship programme is configured and how the young people develop as a result of their learning. What has stayed in my mind from this interview with Clare Cookson was what she said about how in education we celebrate a pass rate of 65% but there are many jobs in the “real world” which require 100% accuracy. Food for thought! I’m looking forward to part 2.

Adaeze, Eltham ,

Great for support

I want to be a support worker so I found this podcast to help me. I had a stroke at 24 and a bleed to the spine three years later. I’ve got transferable skills as two times in rehab is a lot!!!

Thank you for sharing it’s been eye opening.

Nannie C with the MBE ,

Mrs C

I cant thank Debra enough. so proffesional and patient. I wasn’t entirely sure what a Podcast was....But hey, I do now. Its great thank you very much for giving Pegasus an opportunity to raise awareness. Sue Clark MBE

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