12 episodes

The What Makes You Tick Podcast was brought to fruition by The Abby Lou Foundation, with host Devon Millington. The Abby Lou Foundation provides advocacy and support to adults with intellectual disabilities who are reliant on public funds. Through education and working with decision-makers, family members, persons with disabilities and their providers, The Abby Lou Foundation helps this disadvantaged demographic to lead productive and happy lives free from manipulation and coercion. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and bring awareness to those with intellectual disabilities.

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to help us continue to support this wonderful community, please visit AbbyLou.org to donate.

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    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

The What Makes You Tick Podcast was brought to fruition by The Abby Lou Foundation, with host Devon Millington. The Abby Lou Foundation provides advocacy and support to adults with intellectual disabilities who are reliant on public funds. Through education and working with decision-makers, family members, persons with disabilities and their providers, The Abby Lou Foundation helps this disadvantaged demographic to lead productive and happy lives free from manipulation and coercion. The purpose of this podcast is to educate and bring awareness to those with intellectual disabilities.

If you enjoyed this podcast and want to help us continue to support this wonderful community, please visit AbbyLou.org to donate.

https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/aoZ_jg?vid=v60hb

    Changing the Perception of Down Syndrome with Matthew Schwab | Helping the World Better Understand

    Changing the Perception of Down Syndrome with Matthew Schwab | Helping the World Better Understand

    Today Devin had the opportunity to speak with Matthew Schwab, who is a 25 year old North Carolina native that has Down Syndrome. What makes Matthew tick is advocacy in general because everyone needs it, but those who really need it are individuals with disabilities. He is just one voice, but wants to help change the perception of how people view these individuals and their lives. A perception that is prevalent in the professional world is that people with disabilities aren’t very capable, but Matthew is on a mission to change that perception and show that people with disabilities often can do a lot more than what they get credit for.

    What perception Matthew’s trying to change 1:00
    The new narrative 2:31
    Some of his hacks and tips for finding success with Down Syndrome 3:34
    Have you ever been jealous or wish you didn’t have Down Syndrome? 8:00
    Stereotypes that aren’t reality 10:39
    What Matthew has done to develop emotional awareness 13:47
    The TED organization 16:41
    Public speaking engagements 20:56
    Gigi’s Playhouse 29:27

    “I want this narrative to be completely different. More accepting, more welcoming, while individuals with disabilities are ready for the world, but it proves that the world is not ready for us. And that’s what I want to do. I want it to be an equal balance between us being ready for the world and the world being ready for us.” 2:32

    • 35 min
    Every Baby Deserves to Be Celebrated with Carissa Carroll | Let’s Celebrate Down Syndrome

    Every Baby Deserves to Be Celebrated with Carissa Carroll | Let’s Celebrate Down Syndrome

    Today we have Carissa Carroll who is the Founder of Jack’s Basket, a nonprofit organization with a mission to celebrate babies with Down syndrome that strives to ensure that every new and expectant parent is provided resources and avenues of support within the community. Carissa talks about how after her son was born and diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she was surprised to learn that families were not given any information about what Down Syndrome was. She was also heartbroken to hear how families weren’t treated as if this was any other baby. So the purpose and heart behind Jack’s Basket is that every baby deserves to be celebrated and that every person is worthy of respect.

    About Jack’s Basket 1:28
    Changing the tone when delivering the news 6:02
    Being exposed to Down Syndrome 10:05
    Skills to develop for Jack’s Basket 17:18
    More meaning with Down Syndrome 23:34
    There is deep value in this group 29:51

    “The world, or how may be giving this news in kind of a sad, kind of assumptive, but negative tone, why is that not the case from people that are actually living their lives with Down Syndrome? Or families that have a family member with Down Syndrome? That also was a reality to me that I was like, that’s not OK. We shouldn’t be talking about Down Syndrome as if it is the most devastating news because we can hear from those that has that reality that life is good.” 6:30

    www.jacksbasket.org

    • 35 min
    Creating the Abby Lou Foundation | with Founders Jeremy and Lisa Creager

    Creating the Abby Lou Foundation | with Founders Jeremy and Lisa Creager

    Today is a very special episode with the founders of the Abby Lou Foundation, Mr. Jeremy Creager and his lovely wife, Lisa. They have a daughter who was born with Down’s Syndrome and they realized that as she got older, the quality and availability of services available to her as an adult was kind of a bleak picture. It was a little bit frustrating and depressive that the quality of experiences outside of their home that were available to their daughter was lacking, so initially that was the goal, to create a foundation that would advocate and educate our friends with disabilities to let them know that they have the power and ability to shop around and that they deserve high quality products. Tune in with us today to hear about their story and how the Abby Lou Foundation helps to change the lives of many others like their daughter.

    What the Abby Lou Foundation is and why it exists 1:06
    Does the public know about these resources? 7:19
    What parents can do to take control 11:39
    Clarifying some basic options for living and medicaid waiver services 13:55
    Being able to make informed choices 20:10
    Presenting new desserts and giving more options 24:34
    Blessed to help these amazing individuals 30:34

    “Regardless of what anybody tells you, there’s no limitations to the number of programs you can try. As long as there’s a program out there willing to give you a try, you have the opportunity and if you already have the money for this program assigned to you, then you have the opportunity to try as many cookies, or brownies, or muffins, or any number of desserts out there until you find the one that’s just right for you.” 26:42

    • 35 min
    Math, Independence, and Finding Love with Dylan Mathews | Coping with ASD

    Math, Independence, and Finding Love with Dylan Mathews | Coping with ASD

    Today I have my good friend here with me, Dylan Mathews. He is someone who experiences the world differently, but despite that he has successfully navigated the dating landscape, found a partner and is married, and now has a kid as well. He has taught special education courses, developed multiple applications and programs through contracting and independent consulting work, and he scored a 1200 on the SAT at 12 years old. Dylan manages his well-being by judging himself internally rather than comparing himself to the world, or to those around him.

    Why he can relate to those who experience the world differently 1:40
    The beauty and usefulness of math 7:52
    Pursuing independence, which can be scary 11:41
    Carl Rogers - On Becoming a Person 18:41
    Coping in an environment of normal people 27:42
    Seeking therapy 36:15

    “ I run into people that get into this sort of get into this A-social mindset. Heck I’ll strike up conversations with strangers. If you’re nervous about talking to women, talk to an old lady first, things like that.” 12:27

    If you'd like to donate to the Abby Lou foundation to help continue to enrich the lives of the intellectually disabled, follow this link: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/aoZ_jg?vid=v60hb

    Thank you for listening!

    • 41 min
    Enabled Intelligence with Peter Kant and Lauren Bacon | Paving the Way for People with Intellectual Disabilities

    Enabled Intelligence with Peter Kant and Lauren Bacon | Paving the Way for People with Intellectual Disabilities

    We’re grateful to have a couple of the executives from Enabled Intelligence. We have Peter Kant who is the CEO, and Lauren Bacon who is the Chief People Officer with us today. These are people who are looking for, hiring, and paving the way for people with intellectual disabilities to work within a tech space. Peter and Lauren talk about how they are able to work with neurodiverse individuals and what they do to find those people that will be able to thrive in their business.

    What Enabled Intelligence is all about 0:53
    Hyper focus and attention to detail 5:40
    Finding people with the right skillset 9:02
    The interview process 17:35
    Using artificial intelligence 21:45
    What inspired Lauren to work with this group 27:05
    The importance of acceptance and diversity 33:24

    “We’re a small company so it really feels like a family and everyone is different, but everyone gets along really well and we do a lot of social things. So it’s a really great place for people to build some friendships and have some social outlets as well.” 11:45

    enabledintelligence.net

    If you'd like to donate to the Abby Lou Foundation to help continue to enrich the lives of the intellectually disabled, follow this link: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/aoZ_jg?vid=v60hb

    Thank you for listening!

    • 44 min
    Fashion Model Mikayla Holmgren | Achieving Big Things with Down’s Syndrome

    Fashion Model Mikayla Holmgren | Achieving Big Things with Down’s Syndrome

    parents, the public, and it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of information or media directed exactly to the person with the disability. So my goal with this podcast is to make a podcast that talks specifically to those who have intellectual, developmental disabilities, such as Down's syndrome, autism, and anything that could cause an individual to struggle or cause someone to tick differently. I want to help them feel like they’re not alone and that there are people out there doing and achieving great things in their life so that they can take and learn from that example. That’s why I’ve brought on Mikayla Holmgren to introduce you to her and share with you what great things she has going on in her life, including .

    Being interested in fashion from a young age 2:14
    Some inspiration that influences Mikayla 4:07
    Something Mikayla has had to learn 8:48
    Miss USA in Minnesota 9:53
    The supporters in her life 11:41
    Advice she has held onto 14:33
    What she’s working on right now 17:43
    Being a good self advocate 19:10

    “I’m the first woman [with Down’s syndrome] to do [a pageant], and I just want to do it because I love the stage, number one, and all that confidence is on that stage. I love to perform, so when I did Miss Amazing, I was the age of 20… I love doing pageants.” 10:11

    https://www.mikaylaholmgren.com/
    @mikholmgren_inspiring_others"

    If you'd like to donate to the Abby Lou Foundation to help continue to enrich the lives of the intellectually disabled, follow this link: https://fundraise.givesmart.com/form/aoZ_jg?vid=v60hb

    Thank you for listening!

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

kennagutt ,

Love this show

I have really enjoyed learning more about intellectual disabilities and the challenges they face day to day. I love the diversity and the wide range of these episodes, and it’s easy listening. Inspirational and thoughtful!

Fire station19 ,

Love it

All types of perspectives and all types of people on this show I love it. This is what life is about, and I love the Title, what makes you tick. We are all different and all have different things that make us tick. Thanks to the cast and crew for doing this, keep them coming.

nitpicker ,

Expanding Understanding

Heartfelt, thoughtful and caring, this show does a great job of not only introducing us to the amazing folks it profiles, but giving them the space to speak their minds.

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