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Today we welcome Cherie and Ron Schadler to Autism Empowerment Radio. They are parents to Joey Schadler, an inspirational Eagle Scout with Asperger's who overcame some tough challenges on his scouting journey and has mentored other scouts on the autism spectrum.
We wanted to bring Cherie and Ron on air to share what their own journey has been like, both in parenting and homeschooling a son on the spectrum and in learning that they too self-identify as having Asperger's.
Cherie first learned about Asperger's when her son was 15 and realized that the characteristics described both her son and her husband. Later she realized as she learned more about the autism spectrum that not only does her son and husband identify with the spectrum but she does too, which has helped life make more sense and helped to explain some of the everyday struggles they faced with communication, socializing and how to best teach and parent their son.
It has not always been an easy journey but through self-discovery, a long-lasting love for each other and the grace of God, they have made it through and want to share their journey so that they may be able to help other parents who may be experiencing similar circumstances.
Cherie and Ron met as children and married in 1984. They have a love for music, the outdoors and helping others. They are founders of Bayou Town Productions, a traveling educational puppet show that has been in business since 1990. Cherie is the author of "Welcome to Bayou Town!" and "When the Rain Came Down in Bayou Town."
Our sister station, Autism and Scouting Radio recently hosted an inspirational interview with Joey Schadler, a new Eagle Scout from Mississippi who self-identifies on the autism spectrum with Asperger Syndrome.
Karen at Autism Empowerment Radio has invited Joey on air today to share with our listeners about his journey on the road to Eagle Scout.
Joey overcame a lot of challenges within his scout troop as well as within himself in order to advance through the Cub Scout and Boy Scout ranks.
One of the biggest challenges he overcame was bullying. Empowered with knowledge he learned through education and life experience, this inspirational young man now serves as a mentor to other scouts on the autism spectrum. Be sure to tune in!
Catch Joey's previous interview on Autism and Scouting Radio here:
Join hosts Neville Hobson and Shel Holtz for a discussion with Forrester analysts Josh Bernoff and Ted Schadler, co-authors of the new book, "Empowered."
The book, a follow-up to Benoff and Charlene Li's bestseller, "Groundswell," explores how companies use technology to solve customer problems. It focuses of HEROes, highly empowered and resourceful employees whose experiments and innovations on customers' behalf result in extraordinary customer service. That surprising level of customer service, the co-authors argue, is the new way to market, generating repeat business and attracting new customers.
During the hour-long show, you'll be able to call in with your own questions or comments, or participate in the chat room.
The show is scheduled for 1 p.m. (Eastern time) on Saturday, October 9.