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  • 00:15

    Group Homes for Children with Developmental Disabilities

    in School

    I have a child with a developmental disability.. where will they live without me?


     


    Rachael has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for approximately 7 years. Most recently, she was an Assistant Manager for The Center for Disability Services for a group home with 7 adults. Rachael is currently a full time MSW student at SUNY Albany. 


     


    When a family has a child with a developmental disability, their future is often uncertain. Individuals with developmental disabilities are often somewhat, if not completely, dependent on their caretakers. Group homes are often an option for families to consider as their child continues to grow and parents become older and less able to care for their child. 

  • 00:47

    WA State Developmental Disabilities Resources - Eva Rooks

    in Family

    Where do we go in Washington state to get connected when it comes to helping individuals living with autism? What services are accessible from the state? How do we plug in? How do we navigate the often confusing and complex systems maze?
    Good information leads to better choices and decisions for people on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities and differences, yet survey data shows many families say they do not get enough information to effectively participate in planning services for their family members. 
    This is of concern to Autism Empowerment and other advocacy and support organizations that believe clear, concise information from trusted sources is critical to every family’s ability to access resources and care for individuals on the autism spectrum.
    Listen in today as Autism Empowerment Radio interviews Eva Rooks, Communication and Planning Manager for the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council. 
    We will talk about current priorities for the DDC and we'll learn how to plug into and navigate the WA state Informing Families, Building Trust website, blog and informational outreach.
    Sponsored by the Washington State Developmental Disabilities Council, in collaboration with the Division of Developmental Disabilities and others, the IFBT goal is to provide information about issues, services and supports that make a difference in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
    Website: https://fortress.wa.gov/com/csddcinformingfamilies//Default.aspx
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InformingFamilies

  • 00:48

    Developmental Disabilities Legislative Advocacy Trip to WA

    in Family

    Interested in Autism and Developmental Disabilities Advocacy in Washington? So is Autism Empowerment!  
    Tune in as John interviews Autism Empowerment Executive Director, Karen Krejcha as she talks about her recent weekend in Olympia. As part of a year long Disabilities Leadership Development Program, she traveled to Olympia with other self-advocates, parents and professionals. She had the opportunity to receive training, network with other advocates and no-profits, tour the State Capitol, share lunch with local legislators, learn about the legislative process and practice advocacy skills and testifying before Congress.
    We will chat about a variety of topics of interest that came up during the training including Seclusion / Aversion rooms in Washington schools, the No Paid Services Caseload, Respite Care, Companion Homes, Vocational Traning and help for individuals experiencing cultural communication barriers. 
    Even if you don't live in Washington, you will likely find this show valuable in terms of understanding more about what kind of services our government provides versus what is provided through the private sector.
    http://www.autismempowerment.org
    http://www.facebook.com/autismempowerment
     

  • 00:30

    Dr Risa Tabacoff - Developmental Disabilities

    in Health

     
    Risa Tabacoff, director DAIC; psychologist specializing in developmental disabilities. Talk about all the testing, tis purpose , importance and what it can tell you about your child  

  • 00:46

    Using iPad Apps for those with Developmental Disabilities

    in Health

    Vicki Windman will be discussing iPad Apps that she has found useful for students with Developmental Disabilities.

  • 00:30

    Developmental Disabilities

    in Health

    This show is about music therapy for adults with developmental disabilities.

  • 00:31

    Oxalate, Autism and more

    in Health

    "Oxalate is an antinutrient that is present at higher levels in some plant foods like spinach, nuts, and chocolate, but it is also a mitochondrial toxin and neurotoxin, and impairs calcium and iron regulation, all biotin-dependent enzymes, and many other enzymes." — Susan Costen Owens


    Susan Costen Owens has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally. This graduate of Vanderbilt University with a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas in Dallas has fifteen years of experience in autism research. She realized six years ago that the gut inflammation and leaky gut in autism and other developmental disorders would lead to increased absorption of oxalate from the diet with unknown consequences.


    Through her project at the Autism Research Institute, this diet has led to the loss of the autism diagnosis in some children and improvements in pain, cognition, growth, motor skills, gastrointestinal function, and social interaction in countless others. Her internet group, Trying Low Oxalates has grown to more than 3000 people, including those with celiac disease, cystic fibrosis, myotonic dystrophy, Rett syndrome, MHE, bariatric surgery, short bowel syndrome, chronic pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, vulvodynia and bone pain, chronic fatigue, autoimmune conditions, and many other conditions, taking the study of oxalate’s relationship to disease far beyond the familiar turf of kidney stone disease.

  • 01:00

    Anthony Di Salvo - Founder and Executive Director of Sprout

    in Culture

    Join us for a conversation with Anthony Di Salvo, Founder and Executive Director of Sprout, a private, non-profit organization that offers innovative programming related to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Sprout's travel program for people with I/DD, serves over 1,800 people annually, and the Make-A-Movie Program has produced several award-winning videos featuring people with developmental disabilities as actors and as subjects of documentaries. Sprout Film Festival, the first and only festival to exclusively showcase films featuring people with developmental disabilities, tours the US and Canada. Sproutflix is the only distributor of films specifically and exclusively related to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.


    We'll disuss everythig Sprout, Anthony's passion and work, travel, storytelling through documentaries and films, how individuals with I/DD become involved, and the difference it makes in their lives and the lives of others. 


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you Fridays at 12:00 pm 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.


    Visit PA Disability News to stay up to date on news and events of interest to the PA disability community. Thanks for listening!


     

  • 01:25

    Rights and Resources for Children Born with Disabilities

    in Parents

    If a child is born with a disability or disorder the challenges can be great. Many parents are not aware of their rights, the law, or the best steps to take to make sure that their children get the best care for optimal development.


    Today’s “Brains in Toyland” segment addresses steps parents should consider and resources they should know about if their child is born with a developmental challenge.


    Our guests are education attorneys Eileen Libutti and Jennifer Frankola of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP who are experts in family advocacy.


    We hope this is informative.


    Email us any time with questions and suggestions info@KidsAtoZ.com.


    Follow us on Facebook or Dr.T on Twitter


    Best, The KidsAtoZ Team.


     

  • 01:00

    Senior Care and Meeting the Needs of Older Adults

    in Caregiving

    Join us for a conversation on aging, mental health, and chronic illness, in the senior population, and the different levels of care available to help ensure good quality of life in later years. We'll talk with a panel if experts on senior care from northeastern Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition (PBHAC), a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations concerned about the unmet mental health and substance abuse needs of older adults across the Commonwealth.


    Marquene Klimchok - Admissions Director of Hampton House Rehab and Nursing
    Linda Heath - Admissions and Community Relations for Tiffany Court
    Diane Baldi - CEO for Hospice of the Sacred Heart
    Alyssa Maria - Owner, Home Instead Senior Care 


    PA Independent Living Radio Show is brought to you Fridays at 12:00 pm 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.


    Visit PA Disability News to stay up to date on news and events of interest to the PA disability community. 


    Thanks for listening!

  • 01:58

    This Week's Guest is Learning Disabilities Advocate Jason Oliver

    in Health

    Learning Disabilities Advocate Jason Oliver joins us this week on The Best Years in Life Radio.  Coming from a learning disabilities background, himself, Jason overcame insurmountable challenges and now he is an advocate helping children and adults alike, giving them the hope that they, too, can make a difference.  Tune in for this special and important interview.


    During the first half hour, Tony will go over additions to our website and his topic will be:  Giving nature the time it needs to heal.


    During the second half hour, Luella will conclude her series on the importance of an empath learning to manage emotions received from other people.