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Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support

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    • 4.9 • 255 Ratings

Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support

    Throwback: Unlearning the Advocacy Language

    Throwback: Unlearning the Advocacy Language

    We’re re-releasing one of our favorite episodes all about advocacy and language. This conversation never gets old! Enjoy..

    When it comes to finding the right language to use in this advocacy space, it can be tricky.. to say the least! Do we go with person-first or identity-first language? Should we say disabled or differently abled? And how can we use language to empower our kiddos with Down Syndrome?

    We’ve done a lot of learning (and unlearning!) to try and figure this all out. And as women who do not have any disabilities or diagnoses, we know we still have a long way to go! For now, we invite each of you to grow alongside us as we strive to use language that is most honoring to the disability community! Here’s to lifelong learning, friends!

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    SHOW NOTES

    Read more on this topic at The Body Is Not An Apology

    LET’S CHAT

    Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes.

    HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE

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    • 45 min
    Throwback: Is Inclusion Always the Best Option?

    Throwback: Is Inclusion Always the Best Option?

    We’re starting this year off strong with an important conversation all about school and inclusion. If you’re parenting a child with a disability, we think you’ll relate! Enjoy..

    When Micha and her family moved across the country this summer, she realized it might be time to shift her son’s classroom setting as well. In this week’s episode, Micha’s discussing her decision to place Ace in a more restrictive classroom environment and we’re answering lots of hard questions about school for our kiddos with Down Syndrome.. Is inclusion really always the best option? What if you don’t have the access or opportunity to pursue inclusion? Are you no longer an advocate if you choose a non-inclusive setting for your child?

    So friends, join us for a conversation about social justice, school, and Micha’s thoughts on Ace’s classroom setting. Enjoy!

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    SHOW NOTES

    Read “The Myth of The American Dream” 

    LET’S CHAT

    Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes.

    HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE

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    • 37 min
    Throwback: Unpacking Privilege & Understanding Intersectionality w/Jalondra Davis

    Throwback: Unpacking Privilege & Understanding Intersectionality w/Jalondra Davis

    As we head into the new year, we invite you to confront your privilege and pursue justice alongside us. Start by listening (or listening again) to this interview with Jalondra Davis. Enjoy..

    We know that Down Syndrome does not affect one more race more than another so why is the advocacy space not more diverse? We have Jalondra Davis - author, scholar, feminist, and mother, on to address this topic and more. We’re chatting about everything from her son’s diagnosis story to the many systems that impact our children with Down Syndrome and the intersections between different types of injustice. Get ready to take notes, friends. We have so much to learn from Jalondra.

    SHOW NOTES

    Keep up with Jalondra Davis


    Website

    Warrior Mama Blog

    Instagram: @jalondradavis

    Instagram: @shiloh.akin

    Twitter


    Listen to our episode with Kelli Caughman

    Join the Black Families Down Syndrome Network group on Facebook or find the DSDN group that’s right for you!

    LET’S CHAT

    Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes.

    HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE

    Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information!


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    • 48 min
    Throwback: Public Speaking & Self-Advocacy w/Matthew Schwab

    Throwback: Public Speaking & Self-Advocacy w/Matthew Schwab

    We’re back with another one of our favorite interviews! Join us for a fun and insightful conversation with an extraordinary self-advocate! Enjoy..

    At 22 years old, Matthew Schwab is a public speaker, employee, volunteer, ambassador, intern, campaign manager, and so much more. You may have even seen him advocating for employing people with disabilities on his TedX Talk! When he’s not writing speeches or selling merchandise, he’s sending emails or hanging out with his girlfriend. We’re so happy he took the time to sit down with us and chat all about his busy life, his future goals, and his journey from being sad about his Down Syndrome diagnosis to embracing it!

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    SHOW NOTES

    Follow Matthew Schwab on Instagram and Facebook.

    Visit matthewschwabspeaks.com to book Matthew for your next speaking opportunity!

    Watch Matthew’s TedX Talk: How I Know Including People With Down Syndrome Is A Good Thing

    LET’S CHAT

    Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes.

    HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE

    Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information!


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    • 27 min
    Throwback: Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!

    Throwback: Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!

    Who remembers this awesome episode from earlier this year?! Listen (or listen again) for an amazing interview about an amazing self-advocate/celebrity! Enjoy..

    You’ve seen Zack Gottsagen on the big screen during his hit movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and you’ve seen him onstage at the Oscars, but have you ever wondered about the woman who’s supported him since the beginning? In this VERY special interview, we’re talking to Zack’s mom, Shelley Gottsagen, who’s been shouting his worth boldly for 34 years.

    Not only was Zack the FIRST person with Down Syndrome to present an Academy Award on stage at the Oscars, he was the FIRST person with DS to be fully included in his elementary school, then the first to attend a prestigious performing arts school for middle school. And when he auditioned for a performing arts high school and didn’t get it in, his mom fought back. Knowing her son was talented enough, she investigated and found out that the school had never let a person with a disability in before. She took this information straight to civil court, and Zack started at that high school the next year.

    Tune in to hear more about a lifetime of self-advocacy, fighting systems, Zack’s relationship with Shia Lebeouf, The Oscars, Peanut Butter Falcon, what’s next for Zack, and so much more.

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    SHOW NOTES

    Watch Zack present an award at the Oscars with co-star Shia Labeouf here.

    Watch The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Zack Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, and Dakota Johnson!

    Follow Zack Gottsagen on Instagram! 

    LET’S CHAT

    Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes.

    HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE

    Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information!


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    • 49 min
    97. Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!

    97. Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!

    Looking for the perfect gift (that’s actually meaningful) to give your friends and family this year? We’ve got you covered! Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is here and we are so excited to tell you about all these wonderful, narrative-shifting, and worth-shouting businesses! Shop for bow ties and books, soaps and sweatshirts, and even jams, art, and coffee too! We have something for everyone on your list, including your furry, four-legged, friends! But don’t pay full price, use our discount codes!

    And that’s not even the best part of the gift guide.. Many of these amazing businesses were founded by entrepreneurs with Down syndrome and many of them employ individuals with disabilities. So friends, keep an eye out for a GIVEAWAY on our Instagram where you can win products from each of these businesses and have a very happy (& safe) December. Tis’ the season for shopping small and shifting the narrative!

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    SHOW NOTES

    Businesses by Self-Advocates:

    Charlie French Art: Shop abstract art and holiday prints by Charlie, an artist with Down syndrome.

    Sweet Heat Jam Co: Enjoy unique and flavorful jams and support employees with disabilities!


    Code: THELUCKYFEW for 10% off!

    Soap by Zach: Check out Zach’s organic, small batch, goat milk and honey soap.


    Code:  THELUCKYFEW anywhere on the site for a free holiday peppermint goatmilk and honey soap w/your order!

    Doggy Delights by Allison: Support this entrepreneur with DS by purchasing some delish doggy treats for your best friend!


    Code: LUCKY2020 for 10% off!

    Businesses with Inclusive Employment:

    Haerfest Roasting Co: Enjoy certified organic coffee made with compassion and support a business dedicated to inclusive employment.


    Code: LUCKY21 for 21% off!

    H-Bomb Ties: Make a difference in style! This company is dedicated to providing jobs for individuals with disabilities + making fashionable ties! (We call that a win-win!)


    Code: THELUCKYFEW for 15% off!

    Businesses that Shift the Narrative:

    No Such Thing Co: Shop beautiful apparel and accessories that remind you there is no such thing as normal!


    Code: LUCKY10 for 10% off!

    Love That Surpasses: Enjoy custom apparel with an important message and support this non-profit as they deliver bags of hope to mothers who receive a DS diagnosis.

    Enable Special Needs Planning: ENABLE helps parents of children with disabilities create comprehensive plans for their future. Give a planning package as a gift our enter our giveaway on Instagram!

    The Lucky Few: Level up your advocacy (and accessory) game with our keychains, enamel pins, sweatshirts, shirts, + more! These items make the perfect gift for the worth-shouters in your life!


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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
255 Ratings

255 Ratings

Frygirlly ,

I love this Podcast!!

These ladies are the best! I always step out of my car feeling encouraged and empowered as a mamma of a child with Down Syndrome. They cover so many topics that are relevant to building up and including our loved ones with Down Syndrome.

cewolf15 ,

Great!

Love the work you’re doing spreading awareness and acceptance. As a new DS parent it’s great to hear real, relatable conversation.

neelyjade ,

Love it so much!

I tune in every week and it’s like a nice chat with friends. There is a wide range of topics that help me to support my son with Down Syndrome and stay up to date with what is going on with the Down Syndrome community.

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