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A weekly conversation with two dads, Shawn Francis (@iamshawnfrancis) and Brian Altounian (@brianaltounian), about raising children with special needs. Every Wednesday @ 2PM PT Live on Facebook!

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A weekly conversation with two dads, Shawn Francis (@iamshawnfrancis) and Brian Altounian (@brianaltounian), about raising children with special needs. Every Wednesday @ 2PM PT Live on Facebook!

    just Two Dads | Father's Day

    just Two Dads | Father's Day

    June 16, 2021 | Episode  43



    Shawn & Brian share thoughts and stories for Father's Day 2021





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    • 59 min
    just Two Dads & A Former Cop | The First Diagnosis

    just Two Dads & A Former Cop | The First Diagnosis

    June 9, 2021 | Episode  42



    Joey Martins, a former Police Officer with the New York Police Department, discusses with Shawn & Brian, the recent induction to the special needs community that he & his wife have experienced as a result of their daughter's diagnosis.

    Joey Martins has been in the financial services industry for 7 years. He became a Senior Marketing Director 3 years ago.

    His prior career was with the NYPD.   He was a Policeman for 11 years before WFG.  DJ’es nightclubs for 10 years as well as MC’ed private events like Weddings, Sweet 16’s and lots of Bar & Bat Mitzvahs.

    Married his sweetheart Stephanie 4/28/17 (He’ll never forget the day…. Playa Mujeres Mexico… and it’s also Tattoo’ed on his arm so so as not to forget. 

    They are proud parents of 2 little girls, Juliana who is almost 3 and Zoey who is 10 months and their little perfect special baby.



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    Organizations: https://www.pcdh19info.org/alliance-funded-research



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    #justTwoDads #SpecialNeedsParenting #theBeginningStages #ZoeyStrong

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    just Two Dads & A Champion | Tres Padres!!!!

    just Two Dads & A Champion | Tres Padres!!!!

    June 2, 2021 | Episode  41



    just Two Dads, Shawn & Brian, are joined by fellow dad podcaster, The Mindful Inspiration Champion, Matt Faler. 



    Matt Faler is a husband to Julia and they have been together for 12 years and approaching 5 years or marriage this August. They are parents to their beautiful 3-year-old daughter Aria, who has had epilepsy and seizures since 8 hours old. Aria is a rare unicorn as her condition is only 1 of 5 that researchers and doctors are aware of related to magnesium depletion. 

    Matt is the co-founder with his wife Julia of Aria’s Army on Facebook, a tribute and journey filled story of life with Aria.  

    He is also the host and creator of the Mindful Inspiration Champion podcast. His podcast is devoted to championing your story. “No story is too big or too small we love them.” He invites to you share your stories of advocacy, knowledge, strength, passion, and inspiration.

    He has a passion for advocacy towards those in the special needs / medically complex community. He strives to return the favor to those who need a voice of advocacy and those do not have the strength nor the passion he does to advocate for what is right in healthcare. He is a huge proponent of self-advocacy.



    Facebook:  

    https://www.facebook.com/themindfulchampion

    https://www.facebook.com/ariasarmy



    Podcast:  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mindful-inspiration-champion/id1566268734



    Other  resources  mentioned :  

    https://www.facebook.com/TheForrestInitiative

    https://www.qsti.org/



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    • 58 min
    just Two Dads & An Executive Director | The Campbell Center

    just Two Dads & An Executive Director | The Campbell Center

    May 26, 2021 | Episode  40



    just Two Dads sit down the Executive Director of The Campbell Center, David Fields. 



    David Fields was born and raised in Los Angeles. After graduating from U.C.L.A., he entered the teaching profession. After a brief stint in education, he worked for Xerox Corp  for 25 years. While working for Xerox, David volunteered with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul holding various volunteer leadership positions. Given his corporate and volunteer management successes, David was offered the position of Executive Director of the Los Angeles Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. David’s career with the Society spanned 10 years. His background provided the perfect skill set for his new career opportunity as Executive Director of The Campbell Center in Glendale, CA.

     

    David is married to his wife, Eleanor.  They have two sons, Richard and Jeff, and 3 grandchildren, Ava age 7, Baron age 4 and Cali age 3. David’s interests include gardening while listening to Jazz.



    Website: https://thecampbell.org/





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    #justTwoDads #SpecialNeedsParenting #TheCampbellCenter #UCLA

    • 57 min
    just One Dad | Alternative Living Arrangements

    just One Dad | Alternative Living Arrangements

    May 19, 2021 | Episode  39



    Today just one of the two dads, Shawn Francis, talks about what to consider when taking into account alternative living arrangements for loved ones.





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    just Two Dads & A Sister Warrior | Making Authentic Friendships

    just Two Dads & A Sister Warrior | Making Authentic Friendships

    May 12, 2021 | Episode  38



    In this episode just Two Dads, Shawn Francis & Brian Altounian, have a young sister warrior, founder, and CEO of Making Authentic Friendships, Juliana Fetherman.



    Juliana is 24 years old, and has a 22 year old brother with ADHD and Autism. His name is Michael. Making Authentic Friendships (MAF) are also her brothers initials. He inspired this initiative. He is very lonely due to his lack of social skills and ability to make friends.



    She just recently finished her MBA at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, but resides in Long Island. She is passionate about bettering the lives with those with autism and other special needs, and plan to dedicate her entire life to doing so.



    Website: https://www.makingauthenticfriendships.com/



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    • 58 min

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