• 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

  • 00:08

    Rick Johnson's Book: An Upward Spiral-A Developmental Perspective on Parenting

    in Family

    Rick Johnson, Co-Founder of Summit Prep, a therapeutic boarding school in Montana, and author of An Upward Spiral: A Developmental Perspective on Parenting has been conducting parent workshops for parents of his school for several years.  The book outlines what he has learned about how teens develop emotionally and how parents can help them.

    The book will be available on amazon.com shortly after the first of the year and the author in this interview briefly describes the major themes in it and how it can be obtained.

  • 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.

  • 00:48

    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.

  • 00:36

    Neurofeedback in the Treatment of Developmental Trauma

    in Psychology

    Tired of talking and talking and talking about your trauma but still want to see a decrease in symptoms of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder? It might be time for you to invest in some neurofeedback (NFB) sessions. On today's show NFB expert, Sebern Fisher, explains how this treatment modality can help heal developmental trauma.

    Michele Rosenthal is a popular keynote speaker, award-winning author and post-trauma coach. Her shows combine scientific research, cutting-edge guests and personal stories that highlight the challenges and successes of deliberately deciding to change the direction of your life. For more ideas about how to create change you choose, visit ChangeYouChoose.com.

  • 00:58

    Ask Dr. Applewhite About Support for Learning Disabilities

    in Education

    Most teachers, from elementary to college levels, are able to identify when students have difficulty learning, within the first weeks of a semester. However, employers and co-workers are not able or qualified to identify employees with Learning Disabilities unless the person is willing to ask for an accommodation. This Student2Teacher™ Radio Show will clarify how support, referrals, and accommodations can be provided more effectively. Our Special Guest, Dr. Beverly Poellnitz, Educator, Entrepreneur, along with other guests will enlighten us on how cultural considerations must be given when discussing any issue of learning, mental health, and performance. Host, Dr. Danita Applewhite shares current trends for employers, as well as teachers, that will help with ways to provide accommodations and stay legal with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Hear VET2VET conversations about how Student Veterans address asking for accommodations from Disabled Student Resources and Employee Assistance Programs. . Would you please send your donation of at least $10 or more to continue our radio broadcasts, and help our students and Veterans with disabilities reach their education and workforce goals? Visit http://whiteappleinstitute.org and click on DONATE. Click on Radio to listen to episodes of the Student2Teacher ™ radio show any day of the week. This is This is a re-broadcast aired 10-11-2014.

  • 00:30

    Developmental Disabilities

    in Health

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

  • 01:01

    Access to Higher Education for Students with Disabilities with Koert Wehberg

    in Culture

    Join us for a conversation with Koert Wehberg, Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania, about the right for students with disabilities to receive appropriate supports in post-secondary education, and school districts to provide the necessary transition services so that they are prepared for the challenges of a world that extends beyond the brick walls of their high schools. 

    Read a recent article Kort authored for The Legal Intelligencer on the topic here. 

    Koert received his law degree from the Syracuse University College of Law in 2008 with a certificate in Disability Law and Policy. He was the recipient of a prestigious two-year Equal Justice Works Fellowship after law school, allowing him to represent low-income people of color with disabilities in general accessibility, fair housing and employment discrimination matters in New York City at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI).  Koert stayed at NYLPI as a staff attorney through 2011 when he then joined the Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania where he represents children with disabilities in special education and other discrimination matters.

    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.

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

    Thanks for listening!

  • 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.

  • 01:01


    in Lifestyle

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  • 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.

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