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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.

The Shining Beautiful Series Podcast The Shining Beautiful Series

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    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

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.

    Is Homeownership for You? Exploring Homeownership for People with Disabilities

    Is Homeownership for You? Exploring Homeownership for People with Disabilities

     
    This episode explores how supported housing programs can make homeownership accessible to many. Mikelle, a homeowner for 15 years, shares her insights as we cover:
    What Supported Housing Programs are: Understand the basics, who qualifies, and the types of programs available.
      
    The Benefits: Learn about financial assistance, counseling, and community support with real success stories.
      
    The Challenges: Discover common obstacles like application processes and eligibility criteria, with tips on overcoming them.

    Tune in for a thoughtful perspective as Mikelle and Katherine share Mikelle's navigational the path to homeownership through supported housing programs. Don't forget to subscribe, rate, and review!
    For more detailed information, check out our blog post on housing.
    https://theshiningbeautifulseries.com/2024/03/19/embracing-the-beauty-of-home-ownership-through-section-8/

    • 31 min
    It's Complicated!

    It's Complicated!

    Navigating the Complexities of Waiver Services for People with Disabilities
    This episode delves into the increasingly complicated world of waiver services for people with disabilities. Join us as we explore the challenges that individuals and their families face when trying to access the support they need.
    Katherine discusses some of the latest changes in policies and procedures. Whether you’re a caregiver, advocate, or someone seeking services, this episode provides valuable insights and practical advice on managing the complexities of waiver programs. Tune in to learn how to better advocate for yourself or your loved ones in the ever-evolving landscape of disability services.

    • 37 min
    Unlocking Opportunities: Can AI Empower Jobseekers with Disabilities?

    Unlocking Opportunities: Can AI Empower Jobseekers with Disabilities?

    In this episode, Mikelle and Katherine delve into AI's transformative impact on the employment landscape for individuals with disabilities.
    Join us as Shea Tanis, Ph.D and Associate Research Professor at the Kansas University Center on Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, and Jim Corey, Senior Program Director, as we explore how AI-powered platforms and tools are revolutionizing the job search process, enabling job seekers with disabilities and job developers to navigate barriers and find meaningful employment.
    Tune in to discover how AI is reshaping the employment journey for jobseekers with disabilities, one opportunity at a time.

    • 29 min
    Revitalize. A Rustic Retreat in the Foothills for Mom.

    Revitalize. A Rustic Retreat in the Foothills for Mom.

    In this episode, join Katherine as she embarks on a necessary journey to a tranquil, rustic retreat nestled in the serene foothills of Colorado.
    As she shares her experience, she explores how busy moms can find solace and rejuvenation amidst nature's embrace as she nestles in a cozy cabin to rest, restore and replenish her soul. 
    Tune in as Katherine shares the transformative power of disconnecting from the chaos and reconnecting with the simplicity of life even if only for a little while.

    • 31 min
    Savvy Social Security Benefits Strategies with Sandy Smith, Benefits Navigator and Expert

    Savvy Social Security Benefits Strategies with Sandy Smith, Benefits Navigator and Expert

    In this episode, we dive into the intricacies of navigating Social Security benefits for those people with disabilities interested in getting a job or starting a business with super-savvy expert Sandy Smith from Imagine Enterprises in Seabrook, Texas.
    Sandy is a pioneer in the field of benefits navigation. Trained by David Hammis of GriffinHammis, LLC, she worked with Virgina Commonwealth University training new navigators from all over the country. 
    Join us as we unpack key strategies, demystify common misconceptions, and provide practical tips to help you maximize your social security benefits. This episode offers invaluable insights to empower you in making informed decisions about your social security benefits. 

    • 28 min
    Caring Connections: Building Beautiful Teams in Caregiving

    Caring Connections: Building Beautiful Teams in Caregiving

    In this episode of The Shining Beautiful Series, we explore the power of effective communication within caregiving teams. We'll discuss how clear and empathetic communication fosters trust, enhances collaboration, and ultimately improves the quality of care provided.
    Join us as we share how Mikelle and her team leader, Maryann detail their ideas and insights to help you strengthen communication skills within your caregiving team.
    Whether you're a healthcare professional, a family caregiver, or someone navigating the complexities of caring for a loved one, this episode offers valuable strategies for building stronger, more resilient teams in the realm of caregiving. 
    Tune in and discover how to cultivate connections that elevate the caregiving experience for everyone involved.

    • 49 min

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