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Michael Ellenbogen, Father. Writer and Advocate, Alzheimer's Disease
As one of 5.4 million people living with this debilitating disease, Michael Ellenbogen lives every day to make a difference. He is an advocate for the education and eradication of this disease. A new person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s every 68 seconds. By 2050, that number will be every 33 seconds. As of today, there is NO cure or any way to slow its progression. Even worse, this disease will bankrupt our health system if we do not act now. Why the disparity and misunderstanding, when it comes to Alzheimer's disease? Listen to find out more! http://www.michaelellenbogenmovement.com/
Steve Boisen, Father, Musician, and Autism Advocate
Steve Boisen is a father and talented musician that is making a difference for Autism through music! Steve's son was diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, a high functioning form of Autism several years ago. While receiving therapy from Dr. Ron Knaus, he learned about the American Aspergers Association in Largo, Florida. Steve and his daughter Amanda, are the musical duo called The Barnkicker's who create and play original music with a vintage style. Together they have coordinated several fundraising projects designed to benefit children with autism, including an annual music festival and a compilation CD called "Square Pegs & Round Holes," featuring many noted artists to benefit the association. LISTEN to find out more about this CD, how to purchase PLUS details about The Barnkicker's and the American Aspergers Association. Buy the CD at www.cdbaby.com/cd/squarepegs
Learn more about The Barnkicker's www.barnkickers.com www.americanaspergers.com
Jenny McCarthy, Actress, Comedian, Model, Mother and Author, “Louder than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism
Her son Evan, diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in 2005, is the focus of her fourth book: Louder than Words – A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism (September 2007). Find out more details about Jenny’s journey in the interview. Louder than Words is available by all booksellers including www.amazon.com
Dee Alpert, Esq., Special Education Advocate for children and adults with disabilities (1946-2011)
Dee was a close friend, mentor and advocate to me and many children and adults in NY with special needs as well as across the country. She taught me so much as I fought for my own son's special education needs in Williamsville, New York that began in 1998. My first live broadcast at WXRL radio station in Lancaster, NY on June 13, 2004 was with Dee Alpert. She was my first choice for a guest. Her passion to make a difference for those needing special education services was her mission. She was the publisher of The Special Education Muckraker, an informative newsletter exposing problems in the special education system that few dare look into. Sadly, Dee Alpert suddenly passed away in April 2011 at the young age of 65. I am sharing this interview with you in hopes that you will hear her words and know that she made a difference in my son's life and in thousands of others too! Rest in peace Dee. It isn't over yet. Others will carry the torch! Thank YOU Dee.Listen to this special timeless interview ONLINE NOW! (use Real Media player)
Carolyn Reinach Wolf, Esq. Mental Health Expert
Who is to blame for the recent shootings Arizona? The issue isn't just about blame, it is about awareness. Jared Loughner, the shooter in this most recent tragedy had a history of mental health problems. Did anyone step in to help before? Why not? Parents must be aware of the danger posed by their mentally ill children - especially adult children. They must intervene by seeking professional counsel to intercept the cycle of mental illness which can end lives. Carolyn Reinach Wolf is a mental health attorney, with special training and expertise in this area. She leads a unique mental health law practice at the New York-based law firm Abrams Fensterman, which is the only practice of its kind in the country. She works closely with families, utilizing the mental health legal system and the mental health care system to engage individuals at risk, move them into the treatment, and hopefully head off a deadly tragedy. Listen to this important timely interview ONLINE NOW!
Dr. Jennifer Wells, Founder and President, Tech-Aid Institute
HIV/Aids is a health topic not even discussed with individuals with intellectual disabilities. Unfortunately the lack of sexual education further perpetuates crimes and abuses against women with intellectual disabilities which must stop. The Tech-Aid Institute, the award-winning software group gaining national recognition for its unprecedented work, has released another interactive CD-ROM and DVD for people with intellectual disabilities: Live Safe(TM): Preventing HIV/AIDS for Women with Intellectual Disabilities. With AIDS being the fifth leading cause of death among people aged 25 - 44 in the United States, this interactive computer program helps women with intellectual and learning disabilities, autism, and down syndrome understand the potentially life threatening dangers of HIV & AIDS as it reveals the facts and myths about how HIV is transmitted. To find out more about how to order these and other valuable products available now. LISTEN ONLINE
Disabled American Veterans Bradley Barton a combat disabled Vietnam War veteran was elected National Commander of the 1.3 million-member DAV in 2006.
In 1968, while serving as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Third Battalion, 26th Regiment at the battle for the Khe Sanh during Vietnam, Mr. Barton was severely injured when shrapnel from an enemy mortar severed his spinal cord. David Gorman was appointed Executive Director of DAV headquarters in 1995. Mr. Gorman served with the U.S. Army, 173rd Airborne Brigade, the famed Sky Soldiers of the Vietnam War. During a campaign in 1969 to secure an area in Central Vietnam where U.S. forces suffered extremely high casualties, he stepped on a land mine. His wounds required amputation of both legs. Both men have continued their lifelong commitment to America and American veterans at the DAV. Tune in to hear important information about the Disabled American Veteran's service to veterans with disabilities and their families. www.dav.org Building Better Lives for America's Disabled Veterans
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Founder and Executive Director, CARD
Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, Founder and Executive Director of Center for Autism & Related Disorders, Inc.(CARD) is known throughout the world as an expert in the field of autism research and treatment. She has dedicated over thirty years to helping individuals with autism lead healthy, productive lives. Dr. Granpeesheh began her studies in autism as an undergraduate student at UCLA and worked with Dr. Ivar Lovaas on the world-renowned outcome study published in 1987 showing a 50% recovery rate. She earned a Ph.D. in Psychology from UCLA in 1990. Dr. Granpeesheh has trained thousands of professionals and families on her treatment techniques and has helped tens of thousands of families. LISTEN to my recent interview to find out more exciting news and updates today!
Kathy O'Connell, Writer and Founder, Abilities Consulting, Inc.
Kathy O'Connell is a writer and Director of Abilities Consulting and Counseling in Syracuse, NY. Kathy is author of the forthcoming self-help book, Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities. She was motivated to begin providing counseling services because of the gap she observed in opportunities for personal growth and transformation to people with different abilities. Kathy believes that within each of us is the full potential to lead the lives we dream of; ones full happiness, love, health, and peace. Kathy teaches the concept of different abilities, meaning that each of us has our own unique strengths and gifts to share with the world, regardless of ability level. Kathy's commitment is to assist people with different disabilities and their family members in living full lives through promoting growth,enhancing self-worth and personal empowerment. Find out how Kathy is making a difference in people's lives every day.. Listen NOW
Dr. Stephen Shore, Educator, Author, Advocate, Lecturer and Musician
Stephen Shore, Ed.D, Assistant Professor of Education at Adelphi University and Author of several books including Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, Editor and Contributor to Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum, Co-author of Understanding Autism for Dummies. Stephen was diagnosed as a child with "atypical development with strong autistic tendencies," viewed as "too sick" to be treated on an outpatient basis and recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much help from his parents, teachers, and others,completed his doctoral dissertation at Boston University focused on matching best practice to the needs of people on the autism spectrum. LISTEN for new insights in this in debth and down to earth interview with Dr. Shore today! ONLINE NOW!!
Dan Biddle, Access Consultant, Direct Enquiries
Which is Britain's Most Accessible City? Direct Enquiries launches the hunt for accessible locations across the UK. There are 11 million disabled and Deaf people in the UK. 1 in 4 of us have a friend or family member who is disabled. Disability has a direct impact daily life, it affects where people work, socialise and even see their Doctor and Dentist. Directenquiries.com the Nationwide Access Register launches its search for Britain's most accessible city. This initiative is part of its commitment to removing the barriers faced by disabled and Deaf people every day. Direct Enquiries, the Nationwide Access Register is the leading source of accessible goods and service providers.It is the UK's first website to provide people with the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences about shops, pubs, clubs and parks, in fact any type of location and its access facilities. Using these features Directenquiries.com intends to identify Britain's most accessible city.
Click to listen and download the interview for more information today!http://www.directenquiries.com/index.html
Floridians with Disabilities Count.. Submit 2010 Census TODAY!
Jennifer Pensy, 2010 Sunshine Census Representative and Suzanne Sewell, President, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (Florida ARF). The State of Florida is slightly behind the national rate, but we want to change this. The 2010 Census will help shape the future of our country but your information is needed to ensure individuals with disabilities in Florida are counted. Jennifer Pensy and Suzanne Sewell are encouraging the disability community, advocacy groups, support organizations that serve individuals with disabilities to join the effort to make sure all Floridians with disabilities are counted in the 2010 census. Completing the questionnaire takes a few minutes and will increase the flow of federal funds for critical supports and vital services. Click to listen and download the interview for more information today!http://www.fldisabilitycensus2010.org/index.html
Monica Holloway, "Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story"
Monica Holloway, Mother and Author, "Cowboy & Wills: A Love Story". Monica is a mom of son Wills who was diagnosed with Autism at the age of three. She began brining home animals from the time Wills was diagnosed as a way to cope with the reality. But things really changed once Cowboy, a blonde, brown-eyed golden retriever puppy came into their lives. In this exceptionally touching memoir, critically acclaimed author Monica Holloway shares the extraordinary, deeply moving story of Cowboy,the golden retriever who changed her son Wills' life. Click to listen or download onlinehttp://www.monicaholloway.com/index.html
Dr. Nelson Mane, H.I.T. Autism and
Dr.Mane's H.I.T. Autism Support Group is presenting a free seminar, Hope for ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Learning Disabilities in Tampa, Florida on Saturday, May 8th, 2010. This seminar will discuss a comprehensive treatment approach that integrates functional neurology and hemispheric integration therapy with biomedical, nutritional and dietary interventions along with therapeutic modalities and Applied Behavior Analysis and advocacy tips. Come learn how these treatments may dramatically improve the lives and well being of your children. Call 813-935-4744 to register or for more information. Dr. Mane is board certified in chiropractic neurology and chiropractic orthopedics. He has additional sub-specialty training in childhood neuro-behavioral disorders, vestibular disorders (balance) and electro-diagnostics. Find out about more about Hemipheric Integration Therapy and other interventions LISTEN ONLINEhttp://www.hitautism.com/index.html
Ken Siri, Co-Author, Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism
This book is a great resource for parents, therapists, educators and practitioners that are new to Autism Spectrum Disorders and biomedical therapies. This timely and informative book has almost every therapy you can think of, from anti-epileptic medications to behavioral therapies such as ABA and RDI. There is a vast array of "alternative" treatments that are really working for so many kids along with new treatments many may not be aware of. Ken Siri is the co-author of Cutting Edge Therapies for Autism 2010-11 and a father of son with autism. Find out about more about this terrific resource and future plans for more. LISTEN ONLINE
Joanna Diamond, Director, K.I.S.S. Center
The K.I.S.S. Center (Kids in Special Services) at the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center was established in 2004 to provide a comprehensive range of programs and services for children through adults with developmental disabilities, including language delay, ADHD, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. They also offer programs to help individuals develop independent living skills, socialization, self-advocacy and assist in planning for college. Learn more about the array of classes offered focusing on sports, arts & crafts, socialization, health, nutrition & exercise at the K.I.S.S. Center every day and during the summer too. The program is funded by a grant from the J.E. and Z.B. Butler foundation as well as parent fundraisers and community contributions. For more information LISTEN ONLINE
Dr. Jennifer Wells, Founder and President, Tech-Aid Institute
The Tech-Aid Institute is an award-winning company that focuses on promoting and developing the use of computer-based learning tools for people with intellectual disabilities (ID). They specialize in the development of interactive multi-media software programs designed to challenge and positively affect the life experience of people with intellectual disabilities. As leaders in their field, Tech-Aid was one of the first companies in the world to start developing interactive CD-ROMs that focus on Preventing Respiratory Illnesses for this special, but often forgotten population of people. Find out about more about the history of Tech-Aid along with the products available now and future plans. LISTEN ONLINE
Zahavit Paz, LD Resources Foundation, Inc.
Zahavit Paz, Executive Director and Co-Founder, LD Resources Foundation is committed to overcoming barriers, and providing access to knowledge, for adults with learning disabilities. It is one of the few non-profit organizations focusing solely on the needs of adults with learning disabilities and in post secondary educational programs and in the workplace. They collaborate with, and inspire colleges, libraries, museums, correctional facilities and employers to provide, and make accessible, assistive technologies to all who need them. LD Resources is seen as the premier training and communications leader in educating the post secondary college community and students with learning disabilities in the use of new and innovative technology. LISTEN to find out more about programs, grants, and services available.
Betsy Beaumon, Bookshare
Betsy Beaumon, Vice President, Bookshare is the world's largest online accessible library for individuals with print disabilities, such as blindness, low vision, a physical or reading disability that makes it difficult for them to read standard print. Bookshare is free to qualified U.S. schools and students through a $32 million award from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The library has tens of thousands of books including best sellers, textbooks, teacher-recommended reading and periodicals along with two software applications that read digital books. Listen to the interview to find out more how individuals, parents and educators can sign up. "Providing books without barriers"
Rob Sumner, Abilities Foundation
The Abilities Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit support organization that raises, invests, and distributes funds to the benefit of Abilities, Inc. of Florida, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is an Affliate of the ServiceSource Network and serves the employment, housing, and health needs of persons with disabilities. Learn more about this fantastic organization and how they are making a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals with disabilities in Florida! This week is their signature fundraising event, the Abilities Wine Tasting & Silent Auction. Savor premium wine and spirits, and taste signatures dishes from top chefs in Tampa Bay on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 6-9PM at Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, presented by Raymond James. Help improve the lives of people with disabilities in Florida! Make plans to attend the 21st annual Abilities Wine Tasting and Silent Auction - buy your tickets today!! For more information LISTEN ONLINE http://www.abilitiesfoundation.com
Laverdia Taylor Roach, The President's Committee for People with Intellectual DisAbilities
Laverdia Taylor Roach, Acting Executive Director, The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). The mission of PCPID is to provide advice and assistance to the President of the United States and the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a broad range of topics that impact people with intellectual disabilities and the field of Intellectual Disabilities. Undergirding the Committee's mission is the goal to improve the quality of life that is experienced by people with intellectual disabilities, by upholding their full citizenship rights, independence, self-determination, and life-long participation in their respective communities. Hear more about the history of the committee, resources, and information about how you can become involved in the work of disability rights movement through The President's Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Listen Now! http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/pcpid/
Travis Breeding, Author, Speaker, and Musician
Travis Breeding is a very talented young man who has written a book entitled "Living without Knowing Who You Are", an autobiography of his young life with Asperger's Syndrome. The book is expected to be published in Fall 2010. He was officially diagnosed with AS in October 2007 at the age of 22. Travis shares his journey, hopes and dreams about bringing his story to the big screen. Travis is passionate about educating children and adults about Asperger syndrome to help individuals understand each other better. Listen Now!
Steven Coston, Advocate and Special Olympics Winner
The nation is mourning and grieving two great icons that represented the rights and justice for people with disabilities, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Senator Edward Kennedy. But just before they left us, Steven and Linda Coston, Special Olympic Athletes from New Jersey went to Colorado Springs, CO for the State Games of America. They competed in the bowling competition against 10,000 other amateur bowlers across the United States. But they were representing the Special Olympics movement to prove a point: to project unity and inclusion. The effort lead these two Special Olympics Athletes to the top five finals as the No.1 seeded and winning the Silver medal for second place. Steve will be one of the Special Olympics athlete's to receive a trophy plague from the highest honor of the United States Bowling Congress for shooting an amazing 290. Steve and Linda prove the vision in what Eunice Kennedy Shriver said in one of her historical speeches in the 1987 Special Olympics World Games in Indiana, "The right you have to play in other playing fields, you earn it." They achieved the impossible dream. Listen Now www.specialolympics.org
Stephen W. Dale, Esq.
Have you set up an Estate Plan or a Special Needs Trust for your son or daughter with a disability? Stephen Dale of The Dale Law Firm, PC. answers many questions about why it is so important to have a Special Needs Trust in place today. Mr. Dale is a nationally respected disability rights advocate and expert in disability law. Stephen is the recipient of the 2007 NAELA Powley Award recognizing him as a leader in his community in promoting a greater understanding of the rights and needs of elders and persons with special needs and of how elder law attorneys advocate for those rights. In 2010 please make it a priority to set up a Special Needs Trust for your child! Listen Now www.dalelawfirm.com
Michael French, Writer, Director and Producer
Over 20 years ago, Michael French flew with a film crew from Vancouver, British Columbia to Beijing and documented something quite extraordinary. Rick Hansen, a young man who uses a wheelchair accompanied by several of his closest friends who, half-way through their Man in Motion World Tour, entered Beijing with over 1 million Chinese heralding his arrival as a hero! It was in that moment, the idea for "Heart of a Dragon" was born. Listen to find out why Michael French along with his closest friends set off on their journey to make a feature film about hope and dreams that captivated him and the people of China and the challenges he also had but didn't give up! Executive Producers are Mark Gordon who produced the Oscar nominated "Saving Private Ryan" and "The Patriot" among many other films, and David Foster, 14-time Grammy award winning producer and songwriter. The amazing cast are Victor Webster, Yu Na, James Thomas Byrnes, Sarah-Jane Potts, Andrew Lee Potts and Ethan Embry. This is a movie that will not only inspire but change hearts and minds about perceived limitations and abilities - a must see for friends and family! Find out more about the film online www.heartofadragonmovie.com
Ronan Tynan, Irish Tenor, Motivational Speaker & Buffalo Sabres FAN new CD “My Gift of Christmas Song”
Ronan is an extraordinary man with an indefatigable character whose physical disabilities only served to spur him on to greater things. In spite of this, Ronan completed degrees from the National College of Physical Education and, in medicine, from Trinity College. Ronan won multiple gold medals at the 1984 Disabled Olympics and set up a busy medical practice specializing in Orthopedic Sports Injuries. Ronan enjoys a successful career in music, is a founding member of the Irish Tenors and solo artist performing all over the world. www.ronantynan.net
Christine M. Griffin
Nominated by President George W. Bush on July 28, 2005, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate, was sworn in on January 3, 2006, to serve the remainder of a five-year term expiring July 1, 2009. As a member of the Commission, Ms. Griffin participates with the other Commissioners on all matters which come before the Commission, including the development and approval of enforcement policies, authorization of litigation, issuance of Commissioners' charges of discrimination, and performance of such other functions as may be authorized by law, regulation, or order.
Since joining the Commission, Ms. Griffin has been vocal in her support of increasing diversity in the federal workforce, as well as promoting greater efficiency and fairness in the federal EEO process. She has also been a strong advocate for women's rights and the rights of individuals with disabilities. Notably, in June 2006 Ms. Griffin launched the LEAD Initiative - Leadership for the Employment of Americans with Disabilities - to address the significant under-employment of individuals with severe disabilities in the federal government. www.eeoc.gov
In memory of Christopher Klicka From the HSLDA e-lert service
A longtime champion of homeschooling rights around the globe, Home School Legal Defense Association Senior Counsel and Director of State and International Relations Christopher J. Klicka was called home by his Lord on October 12, 2009, at age 48, following a 15-year battle with multiple sclerosis. An attorney, spokesman, lobbyist, and homeschooling husband and father, Chris is survived by his wife, Tracy, their seven children (ages 11-21), and his parents, Ardath and George Klicka.
Re-airing special interview with Christopher Klicka, HSLDA from 11/27/05. Topic of discussion was Homeschooling for children with disabilities.
Two other guests were also on the show: Greg Palmer, author of Adventures in the Mainstream: Coming of Age with Down Syndrome and Cynthia S. Kidder, author,Common Threads, Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome. www.hslda.org
Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Champion for Individuals with Disabilities
Eunice Shriver was the recipient of numerous honors, including the nation's highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she received in 1984. In May, the National Portrait Gallery installed a painting of her - the first portrait commissioned by the museum of someone who had not been a president or first lady. Inspired by her sister Rosemary, Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded the Special Olympics in 1968. This quote from a speech in 1987 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, is the legacy she leaves us all: "The right to play on any playing field? You have earned it. The right to study in any school? You have earned it. The right to hold a job? You have earned it. The right to be anyone's neighbor? You have earned it." Special Olympics World Games, S. Bend, Indiana. "She believed that people with intellectual disabilities could — individually and collectively — achieve more than anyone thought possible. This much she knew with unbridled faith and certainty," said her son Timothy, chairman of the Special Olympics. Let us continue to advocate for positive changes that have been made by Eunice for individuals with disabilities, knowing that these changes are for the good of all! More information and resources online www.eunicekennedyshriver.org
Please pray for the families and friends from Flight 3407 in Clarence, NY and emergency responders too. Sharing my prayer and words of hope! Monica With Hope (lyrics by Steven Curtis Chapman) This is not at all how We thought it was supposed to be We had so many plans for you We had so many dreams And now you've gone away And left us with the memories of your smile And nothing we can say And nothing we can do Can take away the pain The pain of losing you, but ... We can cry with hope We can say goodbye with hope 'Cause we know our goodbye is not the end, oh no And we can grieve with hope 'Cause we believe with hope (There's a place by God's grace) There's a place where we'll see your face again We'll see your face again And never have I known Anything so hard to understand And never have I questioned more The wisdom of God's plan But through the cloud of tears I see the Father's smile and say well done And I imagine you Where you wanted most to be Seeing all your dreams come true 'Cause now you're home And now you're free, and ... We have this hope as an anchor 'Cause we believe that everything God promised us is true, so ... So we can cry with hope And say goodbye with hope We wait with hope And we ache with hope We hold on with hope We let go with hope
Carissa Moen, Staff Member, Florida Lions Camp
The Florida Lions Camp began operating in 1974 and is non-profit organization that provides a wonderful camp experience in winter, spring and summer for children and adults. They do not reject any disability and also allow for camper friends and siblings to come to camp for transitional help for the camper. The camp is considered to be on of the leading facilities of this type in the United States. Find out about the next exciting event called the Haunted Trail for families on October 24-25, 2008 in Lake Wales, Florida. More information on our camp and other events can be found online www.lionscampfl.org
Chazz deMeyer, Songwriter, Singer, Musician and Author
The book, The Fire Within, and album, Recovery, tell deMeyer’s remarkable story in words and music. They chronicle his early days as a traveling musician, his intensive effort to recover from the accident, his marriage to Elle (who first came into his life as an occupational therapist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) and his struggles and triumphs in the world of business as he turned away from music and put his creative fire to work in different venues. Recovery and The Fire Within mark deMeyer’s return as a serious musician and songwriter 30 years after the accident, and his debut as an author. Each work stands on its own, but taken together they weave an inspiring story of refusal to let the physical impact of the accident (he never regained full use of his left side) limit deMeyer’s growth as a person and musician. His decision to write, sing and record again shows that is never too late to create, as long as the passion still burns, and the fire is red hot with Recovery. The album features 12 new songs with strong band tracks and blatantly honest lyrics. His inspiration is drawn from the period of his life when a tragic spinal cord injury cut short his career in music, but then offered new, and in some ways, far more fulfilling avenues for happiness. Hear the interview with Chazz now!
Susan Klein, President, Model Me Kids, LLC, Letty Thies, Mother, Advocate and Beth Garigen, M.Ed., CAS., LMHC, School Counselor, Warsaw Elementary
As a therapist for young children with Autism, Model Me Kids President Susan Klein saw first hand the need for social skills training tools that used visual support. She developed Model Me Kids videos based on her experience working in home-based programs involving Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), a teaching method that breaks down skills into small parts and uses positive reinforcement to motivate appropriate behavior. The videos and supporting curricula materials reflect the approach of breaking down skills to make them understandable for children on the Autism Spectrum.
Letty and Beth share information how they use Model Me Kids DVD’s and workbooks in the classroom and at home. Susan Klein is the President of Model Me Kids, which she founded in 2004. Prior to Model Me Kids, Susan spent several years working in home-based ABA programs with young children with Autism under the supervision of Behavior Consultants from CSAAC (Community Services for Autistic Adults and Children). Model Me Kids® is dedicated to producing high quality teaching tools for children with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, PDD-NOS, and Nonverbal Learning Disorder. We strive to make our products affordable so that they are accessible to both families and educators. www.modelmekids.com
Peter Adamson, Music Teacher, Writer and Singer
Peter Adamson shares songs he has written while working with children on the autism spectrum including 'Prayer for Autism' and 'We've all got something to give', for all children with disabilities. Peter works for The Together Trust as cross school music teacher working specifically with children with Autism at Inscape House, Salford and Cheadle in UK. Peter is making a difference teaching children and raising awareness for Autism through his music! http://www.togethertrust.org.uk/
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Re-broadcast interview with Senator David A. Paterson- - October 2006
David A. Paterson was elected New York's 74th Lieutenant Governor on November 7, 2006. He became New York’s 55th Governor on March 17, 2008.
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Terry Farmer, President, The Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities. Florida ARF is a 501(c)(3) organization and represents Community Human Service Provider Agencies making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities across the sunshine state. Florida ARF is a statewide, professional industry association that provides advocacy, information, and networking for individuals with disabilities and the community agencies that serve them. Florida ARF is a leader in the initiation of public policy change to promote and protect the interests of individuals with disabilities as well as the community agencies that provide quality services to individuals with disabilities. Florida ARF provides its members with factual and timely information, making its membership the best-informed and most effective influencers of systems change in their respective communities. Listen to find out more about the benefits of membership which is making a difference in Florida! "A Voice for Community Agencies" http://www.floridaarf.org
Melissa Tremblay, Statewide Advocacy Network on Disabilities (STAND)is a non-for-profit organization in Florida. Melissa shares background information about STAND and how they empower individuals and families through training, education, mentoring and more. Recognizing the educational needs of children with disabilities will make a lifetime of difference. Don't miss this SPARC 2008, third annual conference on Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, Largo, Florida. "It's going to be great!"
Donna Hill, Performing Arts Division, National Federation of the Blind. NY Governor David A. Paterson proclaimed the first week in July "Blind Entertainers Week". The Division recently released “Sound in Sight,” a CD with 18 tracks featuring original songs and covers by blind recording artists from across the nation in a wide range of genres. “Sound in Sight,” available online is also a vehicle to improve public acceptance of blind Americans and awareness of issues that face them. Listen to hear more!
Doug Chasick, Fair Housing and Beyond, National Apartment Association Education Institute (NAAEI) and The Institute of Real Estate Management(IREM)
Marcia and Missy Mitchell, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Marcia is the winner of Tyson’s first ever national Gold Medal Mom contest. Listen to find out why!
Louise Maxwell, Soulful Encounters, a social network community for the medically disabled and differently-abled!
Joan L. Green, M.A. CCC-SLP Founder of Innovative Speech Therapy
Joanne Lara, M.A., Teacher, Trainer, Dancer, Advocate
Norma F. Stanley, Author, Speaker, Advocate
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Rosalind Joffe, M.Ed. and Joan Friedlander, Authors Women, Work, and Autoimmune Disease: Keep Working Girlfriend!
This is a book for women who live with chronic, and often invisible illnesses, encouraging them to stay employed to preserve their independence and sense of self. Rich with information and inspiration, it is the voice of warmth, wisdom, understanding, compassion and sisterhood. Filled with tips, tricks and first-person accounts from women who have made similar choices in their own lives, this unique book is a resounding call for self-reliance and resilience. Authors Rosalind Joffe and Joan Friedlander identify the factors that make working particularly difficult for women with autoimmune disease, and then offer practical suggestions to address them.
Rosalind and Joan take a hard, yet inspirational look at what it takes be successful in a job, including developing strategies and tactics, evaluating communication skills, building a support team and considerations for self-employment. Empowering and encouraging for women working with Autoimmune Disease. The book just released in May – a must read for all women today!
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