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Fathers mentoring fathers of kids with special needs - presented by the Special Fathers Network. Host David Hirsch interviews some amazing fathers of kids with special needs.

Dad to Dad Podcast David Hirsch

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Fathers mentoring fathers of kids with special needs - presented by the Special Fathers Network. Host David Hirsch interviews some amazing fathers of kids with special needs.

    SFN Dad To Dad 294 - Bob Manganelli A Photojournalist & Filmmaker Reflects On The Death of His Deaf Son & Upcoming Film - Part 2

    SFN Dad To Dad 294 - Bob Manganelli A Photojournalist & Filmmaker Reflects On The Death of His Deaf Son & Upcoming Film - Part 2

    Our guest this week is Robert "Bob" Manganelli formerly of southern California, a photo-journalist and filmmaker, reflects on the joys and challenges of being a father of two deaf children.

    Bob and Terrylene are the proud parents of two children: daughter Catalene (19) and son Gianni 'Gio' who lost his hearing at age three and, who very sadly, took his own life at age 23, in March 2014. Bob reflects about the deaf community, Terrylene's and their children's deafness and the intersection of the typically hearing community. He also discusses some of the challenges Gio encountered, including seizures and bipolar disorder.

    Bob is a distinguished and well respected photo-journalist, film maker and proprietor of Sundagger Media, LLC. Credits include: "Pennsylvania Photographers," "Waking The Divine," Senator Ted Kennedy's "Inside the beltway," "Listen Carefully," "Seeing in the Dark" ("After Image" 2001), "How to Make an Independent Film: Cameras & Credit Cards" and the upcoming film: "We Were Here" from - Grieving Fathers: Portraits Of Love And Gratitude.

    There’s a lot to unpack so we divided his interview in two parts, This is part rwo.

    Show Notes -
    Email - submissions@robertmanganelli.com
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-manganelli-718a8730/
    Phone – (301) 601-6975
    Website – https://grievingfathersthemovie.com/about-1
    Film We Were Here - https://vimeo.com/754893497/89e45c27a4

    Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Check out the 21CD YouTube Channel with dozens of videos on topics relevant to dads raising children with special needs - https://www.youtube.com/channe...

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/do...

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/

    SFN Dads Mastermind Group - https://21stcenturydads.org/sfn-mastermind-group/

    Discover more about the Dads Honor Ride 2023 - https://21stcenturydads.org/2023-dads-honor-ride/

    Find out about Horizon Therapeutics – Science and Compassion Working Together To Transform Lives. https://www.horizontherapeutics.com/

    • 40 min
    SFN Dad To Dad 293 - Bob Manganelli A Photojournalist & Filmmaker Reflects On The Death of His Deaf Son & Upcoming Film - Part 1

    SFN Dad To Dad 293 - Bob Manganelli A Photojournalist & Filmmaker Reflects On The Death of His Deaf Son & Upcoming Film - Part 1

    Our guest this week is Robert "Bob" Manganelli formerly of southern California, a photo-journalist and filmmaker, reflects on the joys and challenges of being a father of two deaf children.

    Bob and Terrylene are the proud parents of two children: daughter Catalene (19) and son Gianni 'Gio' who lost his hearing at age three and, who very sadly, took his own life at age 23, in March 2014. Bob reflects about the deaf community, Terrylene's and their children's deafness and the intersection of the typically hearing community. He also discusses some of the challenges Gio encountered, including seizures and bipolar disorder.

    Bob is a distinguished and well respected photo-journalist, film maker and proprietor of Sundagger Media, LLC. Credits include: "Pennsylvania Photographers," "Waking The Divine," Senator Ted Kennedy's "Inside the beltway," "Listen Carefully," "Seeing in the Dark" ("After Image" 2001), "How to Make an Independent Film: Cameras & Credit Cards" and the upcoming film: "We Were Here" from - Grieving Fathers: Portraits Of Love And Gratitude.

    There’s a lot to unpack here so we’re going to hear this interview in two parts, in this first.installment we'll hear how Bob got his start in the business.

    Show Notes -
    Email - submissions@robertmanganelli.com
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/robert-manganelli-718a8730/
    Phone – (301) 601-6975
    Website – https://grievingfathersthemovie.com/about-1
    Film We Were Here - https://vimeo.com/754893497/89e45c27a4

    Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Check out the 21CD YouTube Channel with dozens of videos on topics relevant to dads raising children with special needs - https://www.youtube.com/channe...

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/do...

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/

    SFN Dads Mastermind Group - https://21stcenturydads.org/sfn-mastermind-group/

    Discover more about the Dads Honor Ride 2023 - https://21stcenturydads.org/2023-dads-honor-ride/

    Find out about Horizon Therapeutics – Science and Compassion Working Together To Transform Lives. https://www.horizontherapeutics.com/

    • 44 min
    SFN Dad To Dad 292 - Allan Shedlin of Chevy Chase, MD, Father, Grandfather, Dadvocate & Curator of the Daddying Film Festival & Forum

    SFN Dad To Dad 292 - Allan Shedlin of Chevy Chase, MD, Father, Grandfather, Dadvocate & Curator of the Daddying Film Festival & Forum

    Our guest this week is Allan Shedlin of Chevy Chase, MD, who is a father, grandfather, former educator and outspoken advocate for all things related to 'Daddying.'

    Allan and his x-wife, Michelle, were married for 32 years and are the proud parents of three adult daughters: Raya, Samantha and Christina as well as grandparents of five.

    Allan was a career educator and was founding Executive Director of the National Elementary School Center. He has also been a freelance writer for 39 years with work appearing in; The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Hearst News Service, Education Week, Phi Delta Kappan magazine, Principal magazine, GRAND magazine, Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Desert News, Johannesburg Times, and more.

    Allan is one of the country's most outspoken advocates for father involvement going back to the 1980s. Allan coined the term 'Daddying.' He leads the Dadvocacy Consulting Group and he curates the Daddying Film Festival & Forum, now in its third year. He also oversees the Daddy Wishes Fund & Daddy Appleseed Fund.

    That's all on this episode of the SFN Dad To Dad Podcast.

    Show Links -
    Email- allan@dadvocacyconsultinggroup.com
    Phone – (301) 651-5344
    Website – https://www.dadvocacyconsultinggroup.com/
    Film Festival Website: https://www.daddyingfilmfest.com/

    Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Check out the 21CD YouTube Channel with dozens of videos on topics relevant to dads raising children with special needs - https://www.youtube.com/channe...

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/do...

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/

    SFN Dads Mastermind Group - https://21stcenturydads.org/sfn-mastermind-group/

    Discover more about the Dads Honor Ride 2023 - https://21stcenturydads.org/2023-dads-honor-ride/

    Find out about Horizon Therapeutics – Science and Compassion Working Together To Transform Lives. https://www.horizontherapeutics.com/

    • 1 hr 6 min
    SFN Dad to Dad 291 - Dave Jereb, of Sydney, Australia, An OT To Children With Additional Needs & Author Of 'Challenging The Story'

    SFN Dad to Dad 291 - Dave Jereb, of Sydney, Australia, An OT To Children With Additional Needs & Author Of 'Challenging The Story'

    Our guest this week is Dave Jereb, of Sydney, Australia an occupational therapist, co-founder of MoveAbout Therapy Services and an author.

    Dave and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 17 years and are the proud parents of two children: Harry (8) and Hugo (5).

    Dave & Kathy are also co-founders of MoveAbout Therapy Services a multi-location firm that provides individual and group therapy services for children to enable them to participate in the activities of everyday life. They also provide parent coaching, training and support.

    Dave is also the author of a new book entitled: Challenging The Story: A Surprisingly Simple Approach to Supporting Children with Challenging Behaviours.

    That’s all on this episode of the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Show Links
    Email – dave@moveabout.com.au
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-jereb-039b2a4/
    Website – https://www.moveabout.com.au/
    Challenging The Story - https://www.amazon.com/Challenging-Story-Surprisingly-Supporting-Behaviours/dp/1781338264/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1706629123&sr=8-1-fkmr0
    The MoveAbout You Tube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/MoveAboutTherapyServices

    Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Check out the 21CD YouTube Channel with dozens of videos on topics relevant to dads raising children with special needs - https://www.youtube.com/channe...

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/do...

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/

    SFN Dads Mastermind Group - https://21stcenturydads.org/sfn-mastermind-group/

    Discover more about the Dads Honor Ride 2023 - https://21stcenturydads.org/2023-dads-honor-ride/

    Find out about Horizon Therapeutics – Science and Compassion Working Together To Transform Lives. https://www.horizontherapeutics.com/

    • 43 min
    SFN Dad To Dad 290 - Graham Caldow, of Brighton, England, Author Of 'What's Possible?' & Father Of Two, Including One With Additional Needs

    SFN Dad To Dad 290 - Graham Caldow, of Brighton, England, Author Of 'What's Possible?' & Father Of Two, Including One With Additional Needs

    Our guest this week is Graham Caldow of Brighton, England who is co-founder and a coach at Red Giraffe Solutions, an author and father of two young adult daughters, one who has additional needs.

    Graham and his wife, Debra, have been married for 30 years and are the proud parents of two young adult daughters.

    Graham & Debra are co-founders of Red Giraffe Solutions, helping plan a better future for young adults with additional needs. They are parents to two young daughters, one of whom has a history of learning difficulties.

    Debra hosts the Expanding Worlds Podcast established in April 2017, now with more than 140 episodes, on a broad range of topics for families raising children with special abilities.

    More recently, Graham authored the book “What’s Possible?: Plan A Better Future For Your Young Adult With Additional Needs."

    It's a fascinating story and we’ll hear it on this episode of the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Show Notes -
    Email – graham@redgiraffesolutions.com
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/grahamcaldow/overlay/contact-info/
    Website – https://redgiraffesolutions.com/
    Book - https://www.amazon.com/Whats-Possible-better-future-additional/dp/1781338078/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1V9RCMI6ZS4OJ&keywords=what%27s+possible+graham+caldow&qid=1700053118&sprefix=whats+possible+gra%2Caps%2C157&sr=8-1
    Team Dominica Brighton - https://teamdomenica.com
    Portage Pre-School Program - https://www.supportservicesforeducation.co.uk/Services/6203#:~:text=Portage%20is%20a%20service%20for,the%20child%27s%20development%20through%20play.

    Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Check out the 21CD YouTube Channel with dozens of videos on topics relevant to dads raising children with special needs - https://www.youtube.com/channe...

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/do...

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/

    SFN Dads Mastermind Group - a href="https://21stcenturydads.org/sfn-mastermind-group/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer...

    • 46 min
    SFN Dad to Dad 289 - James Myles, of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Father of Seven Including Two With ASD

    SFN Dad to Dad 289 - James Myles, of Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Father of Seven Including Two With ASD

    Our guest this week is James “Jamo” Myles of Georgetown, Grand Cayman who is father of seven, including two with ASD and who is a coordinator with the Department of Youth Services for the Cayman Islands.

    James and his wife, Melissa, have been married for two years and between them they are the proud parents of seven children; his children: Ahmed (28), Jamar (23), Jarrod (23) and Sarah (14) and Melissa’s children; Novano (22), Myra (17) and Jade (13). Both Jarrod and Sarah have Autism.

    James is a proud member of the Myles family one of the largest families in the Cayman Islands. We also learn about how his faith has guided him, his Youth Flex Radio program and Inclusion Cayman (formerly the Special Needs Trust) whose mission as an independent, impartial non-profit organization is to: 'advocate on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.'

    James has an engaging personality and has quite a story to tell. And we’ll hear it on this episode of the SFN Dad to Dad Podcast.

    Show Links
    Email – James.Myles@gov.ky
    Website – https://inclusioncayman.ky/
    Phone - 1-345- 922-3652

    Special Fathers Network -
    SFN is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs. Many of the 500+ SFN Mentor Fathers, who are raising kids with special needs, have said: "I wish there was something like this when we first received our child's diagnosis. I felt so isolated. There was no one within my family, at work, at church or within my friend group who understood or could relate to what I was going through."

    SFN Mentor Fathers share their experiences with younger dads closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child with the same or similar special needs. The SFN Mentor Fathers do NOT offer legal or medical advice, that is what lawyers and doctors do. They simply share their experiences and how they have made the most of challenging situations.

    Check out the 21CD YouTube Channel with dozens of videos on topics relevant to dads raising children with special needs - https://www.youtube.com/channe...

    Please support the SFN. Click here to donate: https://21stcenturydads.org/do...

    Special Fathers Network: https://21stcenturydads.org/

    SFN Dads Mastermind Group - https://21stcenturydads.org/sfn-mastermind-group/

    Discover more about the Dads Honor Ride 2023 - https://21stcenturydads.org/2023-dads-honor-ride/

    Find out about Horizon Therapeutics – Science and Compassion Working Together To Transform Lives. https://www.horizontherapeutics.com/

    • 43 min

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