35 episodes

Welcome to the official Advocate Like a Mother™ Podcast with Michelle Sullivan, Illeana De Sosa, and Andy Lara. We're here to empower and motivate you to use your voice.

Advocate Like a Mother Podcast Advocate Like a Mother™ Podcast

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.9 • 82 Ratings

Welcome to the official Advocate Like a Mother™ Podcast with Michelle Sullivan, Illeana De Sosa, and Andy Lara. We're here to empower and motivate you to use your voice.

    Episode 30 - Larkin O'Leary and Harmony Harvell of Common Ground Society

    Episode 30 - Larkin O'Leary and Harmony Harvell of Common Ground Society

    Today on the show we have Larkin O’Leary and Harmony Harvell from the Non Profit, Common Ground Society. They are both former educators and are both raising a child with a disability. We love the work these ladies are doing and we know you will too!



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    Episode 29 - Guest Host Amanda Garzon of the Hydrocephalus Association and friends!

    Episode 29 - Guest Host Amanda Garzon of the Hydrocephalus Association and friends!

    Guest host Amanda Garzon, Chief Operations Officer of the Hydrocephalus Association, is joined by Eileen Rodger and Melenie Dailey, mothers of young-adult children living with hydrocephalus. Bringing twenty years of their shared experiences navigating the medical system with their medically complex children, Amanda, Eileen and Melenie share stories and lessons learned on advocating effectively with doctors and in the hospital setting.

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    • 59 min
    Episode 28 - Down Syndrome and Organ Donation Law with Jayci Dalrymple

    Episode 28 - Down Syndrome and Organ Donation Law with Jayci Dalrymple

    Today we have Jayci Dalrymple who is advocating for people with Down Syndrome to be able to receive Organ Transplants. She lives in Montana with her family and on Feb. 8, a bill nicknamed “Griffin’s Law” passed the Montana Senate 50-0. The bill is named for Griffin Dalrymple, whose mom, Jayci, right, campaigned for legislation that would ban physicians from denying an organ transplant based solely on a patient’s disability.

    Read More here: https://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/push-is-on-for-states-to-ban-organ-transplant-discrimination/article_f481ad1c-6755-5368-a876-73451c4f50df.html

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    • 54 min
    Episode 27 - IEP Lawyer and Self Advocate Allison Hertog, ESQ

    Episode 27 - IEP Lawyer and Self Advocate Allison Hertog, ESQ

    Today on the show we have Allison Hertog, an attorney and former special ed teacher, is passionate about advocating for students with disabilities because she was once one, herself. before becoming a lawyer, she earned a masters degree in special education and taught children with varying special needs.  Allison’s experiences as a special needs student and as a teacher make her a highly unique lawyer in the field or special education. She’s won or settled every case she’s filed.

    Allison shares about her diagnosis journey, she offers us plenty of advise for navigating assessments whether your child is a part of the public school system or charter homeschool and much more. 

    Also, California parents can sign up for a free consultation at MakingSchoolWork.com, so check that out.

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    Episode 26 - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and a "Ray-a" Light in the Darkness with Raya Horcher

    Episode 26 - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and a "Ray-a" Light in the Darkness with Raya Horcher

    Today on the show I sit down with Rachel who goes by Raya Horcher. She is a mother of  two, a certified holistic resilience coach, and advocate for the rare Elhers-Danlos Syndrome, and her mission  is to walk with, educate and provide resources as people journey into and through their vulnerabilities and find their own light and joy to live a life that feels good. You can learn all about her and more at www.rayalife.life

    In our conversation we talk about her families rare diagnosis, how she makes herself available as a safe space to process through the dark times and hard seasons, and she reminds us of how life takes place one breath at a time as we navigate the challenges and uncertain when raising a person with a disability.

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    Episode 25 - Child Abuse Prevention Month with Lindsey Strickland of Worth the Conversation

    Episode 25 - Child Abuse Prevention Month with Lindsey Strickland of Worth the Conversation

    Lindsey Strickland of Worth the Conversation joins us this month in observation of Child Abuse Awareness month. Lindsey spends her time with us sharing abuse prevention tools and strategies, the type of circumstances we should avoid and be aware of, and the types of questions we should be asking caretakers or organizations when placing our kids in their care.

    Lindsey is an adopted mother to her child Ben who has Down Syndrome and raises her family in Washington.

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    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

williecarrodus ,

Love This podcast

I Love Advocate like a Mother and the team behind them.

It was one of the first podcasts I listened to when looking for podcasts in the disability/ special needs mom space. Highly recommend it.

Kyle & Erin ,

Amazing advocacy podcast!

I’m always amazed at podcasters that do it well! It takes a lot of work and Advocate Like A Mother podcast knows how to do it!! Exciting to have Andy on the show this season 🙌💙

C to F ,

Come say Hi!

Love this podcast for parents raising our exceptional kids! Your pod on accessible playgrounds is inspiring and ❤️❤️❤️ Keep up the awesome work of inclusion!

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