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Casual conversations with meaning and purpose, centered around important pieces of the life of Amanda Owen: sibling of a brother with disabilities, caretaker of an adult with autism, a community leader, a woman, a founder and director of a non-profit with an entrepreneurial spirit. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pieces-of-me/support

Pieces of M‪e‬ Amanda Owen

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Casual conversations with meaning and purpose, centered around important pieces of the life of Amanda Owen: sibling of a brother with disabilities, caretaker of an adult with autism, a community leader, a woman, a founder and director of a non-profit with an entrepreneurial spirit. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/pieces-of-me/support

    Feeling Guilty: My Brother has a Disability

    Feeling Guilty: My Brother has a Disability

    Having a sibling with a disability brings about a lot of emotions, but guilt is one of the most prominent. Listen to three siblings on how they learned to cope with the guilt they felt as they hit life milestones that their brothers never would.



    Follow Open Arms on Instagram and Facebook to connect with the unique vocational, educational, and social services they offer to those with disabilities in Ohio.

    Check out Puzzle Pieces and follow the stories of their mission on Instagram and Facebook.


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    • 40 min
    Finding Purpose: Supported Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

    Finding Purpose: Supported Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

    Join Amanda as she speaks with Kitty Jones, Director of Employment Opportunities, who helps place individuals with intellectual disabilities in the workforce. Learn about what this looks like from a parent/guardian role as well as from the company’s perspective. The bottom line is that supported employment is a win-win-win situation for all involved.

    Learn more about Supported Employment by visiting Puzzle Pieces.

    Kentucky (Amanda’s hometown state) is an Employment First state, which means they value the idea that everyone, including people with significant disabilities, can work in competitive, integrated employment.

    Check out Employment First Kentucky to learn more.

    Amanda was appointed to the Employment First Governor’s Council in 2020 alongside other professionals and advocates to ensure employment for those with disabilities is priority.

    Connect with a Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in your state by clicking here

    Check out ASPE a national organization that believes in Employment First; real jobs for real pay for all people with disabilities.


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    • 34 min
    Special Bond: How Someone with a Disability Changed Everything

    Special Bond: How Someone with a Disability Changed Everything

    Before Amanda was running a nonprofit for those with disabilities, she was a middle school special education teacher. That’s where she met, then 8th grader, Lauren. It was in Amanda’s classroom that Lauren met Karlie, a student with non-verbal cerebral palsy. A friendship quickly formed, changing the trajectory of Lauren’s life. Nearly 12 years later, Lauren and Karlie are still best friends and Lauren is now a special education teacher, impacting even more students with disabilities. You do not want to miss this emotional, real-life account of how someone with a disability changed everything.


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    • 41 min
    Minute with Amanda: Finding Your Community

    Minute with Amanda: Finding Your Community

    I am sure everyone has heard the phrase- You are a direct reflection of the five people you spend the most time with.  Today’s episode, Amanda reflects on the historical day of the inauguration when Kamala Harris was sworn in as the first woman Vice President.  She reflects on how important it is for women to empower each other and stop cheering from the nosebleed section for other women “doing the thing”.

    Amanda gives her listeners 3 tips to finding and building your community, in order to surround yourself with women who are along the same journey of more.  Can’t wait for you to listen!



    Don’t miss any upcoming podcast episodes and check out Amanda’s blog Pieces of Me.

    Follow Amanda on Instagram and Facebook to connect and celebrate with another woman defining her purpose in life!


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    • 23 min
    Finding Community: I Have an Adult Sibling with a Disability

    Finding Community: I Have an Adult Sibling with a Disability

    Amanda talks with two other siblings who also have brothers with a disability. Despite each having a different diagnosis, these siblings share a lot of the same hopes and fears for their loved ones. For siblings -- or even parents -- of those with a disability, let this bring you hope that there is a community of  support out there for you.



    Follow Open Arms on Instagram and Facebook to connect with the unique vocational, educational, and social services they offer to those with disabilities in Ohio.

    Check out Puzzle Pieces and follow the stories of their mission on Instagram and Facebook.


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    • 37 min
    Speak Up: Starting the Conversation with Healthcare Providers

    Speak Up: Starting the Conversation with Healthcare Providers

    When I had a dream to open a nonprofit serving those with intellectual disabilities eight years ago, my local hospital gave me the grant funding to open the doors. Since then, they have been consistent financial supporters of Puzzle Pieces and believe in my mission. In this episode, I talk with Debbie Zuerner Johnson, Director of Community Engagement for Owensboro Health, who helped me secure that startup funding. She and I discuss the importance of population health — the health of a community — and she gives advice on how best to advocate for your child’s health with healthcare providers.


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    • 42 min

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