• 00:40

    A Revolutionary Approach To Learning Disabilities

    in Parents

    There’s a revolution taking place in understanding Learning Disabilities. With new neuroscientific findings, we see that an individual with dyslexia--a language based LD-- has a brain that works differently while reading. Educators at all levels are taking this new knowledge to use new assistive technologies to tailor content to the individual mind of the student. Now, a student with dyslexia and a student with aspraxia -- whose brain has problems planning to move the body parts (e.g., lips, jaw, tongue) needed for speech -- in the same classroom, can have their individual lessons optimized for their particular strengths and weaknesses.

    Ben Powers is the headmaster of Eagle Hill-Southport, an independent day school in Connecticut for students with learning disabilities. Prior to joining the school in 2012, he served as headmaster of The Kildonan School. He is a passionate member of and advocate in the field of dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD and is on the board of directors of Headstrong Nation and Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.

  • 01:01

    Devon Grant - PA Gov. Cabinet & Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

    in Culture

    Join us for a conversation with Devon Grant, Executive Director, of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. This cabinet exists to make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedure regulations and legislation that assist people with disabilities in Pennsylvania, serves as a liaison to individuals with disabilities, and as a resource to entities under the Governor’s jurisdiction, ensuring equality for people with disabilities in all facets of state government within the commonwealth.

    Devon holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Wheaton College in Illinois, and a Juris Doctor from Western State University, College of Law, in Fullerton, California. Prior to his appointment to his current position, Devon spent almost 10 years in the Reconsideration Unit of the Department of Public Welfare. 

    Some of his adventures include riding cross country on a motorcycle, climbing Mt. Fuji in Japan, and skiing in the Alps. Devon lives in Palmyra, with his wife and 3 children.

    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you every Friday at 12:00 pm EDT/EST by The Arc of Luzerne County. Please consider a donation in support of our work to help improve the quality of life for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families through advocacy, resources, and community education.

    For more news and events of interest to the PA disability community, visit PA Disability News.

    Come back every Friday at 12pm EST/EDT for PA Independent Living - Thanks for listening!

  • 00:32

    Ask Dr. Applewhite About Non-Visible Disabilities at School and Work

    in Education

    You don’t look “disabled”! Many have thought this statement and/or said it. This is a major reason why many people with a mental/learning or non-visible disability are hesitant to communicate their needs for accommodations at school or on the job? Unfortunately, many adults in the workplace today experienced negative stereotypes in early school years about people who learn differently than others and never learned or were too fearful to communicate their need for help. Special Guest Robert Hickem from Salt River Council joins to discuss the importance of communication between agencies and the persons with disabilities they serve. Today’s Veteran with a mental disability, along with many other non-military personnel, need to learn how to communicate their needs when dealing with challenges such as PTSD. Hear Chip Stoecker, Veteran, and Manager of the Ability Center in Phoenix share suggestions on ways to improve our communication skills. Veterans join our VET2VET™ segment for news updates and commentary at the end of the show.

  • 00:23

    Disabilities, Handicaps and Challenges: What Truely Limits Us

    in Lifestyle

    We all know people with physical and/or mental issues limiting their abiliy to perform tasks most of us take for granted. Some have severed or non functioning limbs. Others are blind, deaf, and/or mute. Others have mental challenges. An increasing number have a combination of several of these issues.

    It never ceaces to amaze me hw people with the decks stacked against them like this manage to not overcome these obsticals, but rise to great hights in areas most would believe to be impossible.

    A teanage boy (blind since birth) becoming captain of the high school wrestling team and leading his team to the state chapionships.
    Two perfomers creating amazing careers in show business (Both have Cerebral Palsey)
    A man with a tremendous studdering problem since childhood becoming a famous actor on stage and screen and creating a multi million dollar career with his voice. (James Earl Jones).
    A man stricken with polio as a child Becoming President of The United States. (FDR).

    Many more examples proving that there are no disabilities, ONLY CHALLENGES.

    To learn more go to erazalcoaching.com.

  • 00:35

    UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    in Politics

    Recalling the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations which recognize the inherent dignity and worth and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
    “I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities." Mike Farris
    Bob Dole, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, more than 700 disabilities, veterans and business groups and a bipartisan group of senators are pushing for the treaty to be brought up for a vote again before the August recess.

  • 00:42


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  • 00:31

    Episode 11: Post-Secondary Education and Students with Disabilities

    in Education

    Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


    Students with disabilities don’t usually know about other college students with disabilities, their opportunities in higher education, or what accommodations are available and and how to request them.  This espidode discusses recommended resources to get you started in learning more about higher education and students with disabilities.

    Speakers: Diana Katovitch, Taishoff Center on Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University

    Note: Real-time captioning is available for this broadcast.
    For more information visit adalive.org.

  • 00:46

    DISABILITIES/Setbacks & differences. We discuss #57

    in Entertainment

    Welcome to this show where we continue the raw, real, getting dirty, & filthy honest chats about people with disabilities, setbacks, differences, how to handle dramatic affairs, hypocricy and all sorts of things we have learned from the past and are going to apply to our future, to hopefully make things work out more/better with a new crowd. 

    Listen in to maybe learn a thing or two, or just hear us rant! Either way we love & appreciate all of our listeners, and we welcome one and all.

  • 02:00

    This Week's Guest is Learning Disabilities Advocate Jason Oliver

    in Health

    Learning Disabilities Advocate Jason Oliver is our guest this week on The Best Years in Life Radio.  Jason has a learning disabilities background.  Through his own experience, he has become a Learning Disabilities Advocate, helping people fulfill their dreams through individualized service planning.   This week's topic will be career planning for the learning disabled.

    During the first half hour of the show, Tony will go through recent articles and additions to our website and discuss measures to take in the event of an Ebola outbreak. During the second half hour Luella will continue her series on the many aspects of bullying.  She will cover cyber bullying and social bullying.,.

  • 01:10

    Disabilities in the workplace with Dr. Richard Tscherne and Jaimie Love

    in Self Help

    Nancy Weiss Waring is a speech pathologist with over 25 years experience in this field . She has worked with individuals all ages, and within a variety of clinical settings. For the past 10 years she has worked with adults and teens on the autism spectrum. At this point in her career she wants to use her skills and passions to increase socialization for individuals with disabilities in a new business venture she is taking the skills she has learned related to language skills socialization and communication she desires to be bridgebuilder to business through consultation and assist in educating business leaders to greater understanding, of the social differences that exist between us all especially individuals with disabilities. She desires to develop a system industry so that people with disabilities are able to be employed and to match their abilities and strengths in the workplace by doing this this creates a positive attitude, and also benefits our society. She states it is time for our society to chang

  • 00:28

    EP18 - Hunting With Disabilities, Interview with Troy Grimwood

    in Hobbies

    Hunting with Disabilities, Interview with Troy Grimwood about how being disabiled has affected him and his sport, find out how he still gets to do what he loves.

    We also talk about hunting tips for new Hunters, as well as a couple of great stories.

    Troy will also tell you about his other great love, and how he has turned it into a Taupo tourist attraction.

    Pop out and see him at 3 Art Gallery, 299 Whangamata Road, Kinloch.


    Or Find His Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woodworkz-Nz/239390156100480




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