Listen to this podcast and discover the power of "Shining Beautiful" in life and in your community. Mikelle is perhaps the only non-verbal podcaster in the world. How does she do it? With technology. Meet Mikelle, who experiences cerebral palsy, her mother, Katherine Carol, and Gretchen Storm, speech therapist, and assistive technology guru. Together they talk about everyday life with a disability, how technology empowers people with disabilities to own their lives. This sassy team of coffee drinking techies interview technology and rehabilitation experts as they sit around the kitchen table at Mikelle's home.
Mikelle and MaryAnn Spill the Beans...two weeks without Mom!
The Shining Beautiful team shares the ups and downs of navigating two weeks without Katherine. It wasn't perfect, but it was good. Listen as MaryAnn and Mikelle share their experiences including a team member who came down with Covid, a minor incident that required some leadership and problem-solving. The good news is that Mikelle has more confidence in her team.
I Just Have to Go Back to the Islands
Caregivers and parents need a break from time to time. Time to think, reflect, and turn back the clock on always being available. As we find out, it isn't easy to leave emotionally, financially, or logistically. As special needs parents, you just don't back a suitcase and walk out the door. It has been three years since Katherine had a real vacation. The islands are calling and she must go...especially after the last few months.
22 Cents an Hour
Meet Doug Crandell, author of 22 Cents an Hour, Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wages. Join Mikelle and Katherine as we explore with Doug, the history of subminimum wages, and the challenges which are still present after all these years to gain pay equity for workers with disabilities in this lively podcast episode.
Doug's book is available on Amazon. Here is the link. Get your copy now!
Healthcare. Charting Your Own Path.
At the time of Mikelle's diagnosis of cerebral palsy, the path was uncharted. Expectations for her were low, and while willing to learn, her doctor knew little about her condition. Katherine and Mikelle share the great, the good, and the ugly parts of their journey to help Mikelle navigate the medical system and beyond.
Oh, the holidays created some challenges for the ladies. Family in the hospital, Mikelle's van totaled by a DUI driver on Christmas Day, a missing new computer, and continued staff shortages, but with persistence and plenty of patience--they prevail!
What Does Inclusion Look like in Rural Colorado in 2022?
A new meeting of the moms! So what does inclusion look like in the age of staff shortages and COVID and in rural Colorado?
Meet, Jen Mendenhall, parent, advocate, and a new member of the State Rehabilitation Council.
After months of frustration, Jen and Codi found the perfect balance for them with hybrid education. Join us in learning how parents have to carve out education and inclusion with what resources they can find.
Fabulous to be the boss of your life Mikelle👍🏻