Season 2

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Episode 029: Self-Employment with Boaz and Minerva Santiago!



What started out as two parents concerned about the future of their two children has grown into a community supporting the same mission: for individuals with developmental disabilities to obtain meaningful employment by pursuing their passions. Some call it self-employment. They call it the #JobCreators Movement!



View Boaz & Minerva’s Show Notes page, here!

Episode 028: Creating a Meaningful Life with Swathi Chettipally!



Swathi is a mom of three and the host of the Autism Awareness Radio Show. Swathi founded the jewelry company, Designs by Siri, to help provide meaningful and productive lives for individuals with Autism. Her tireless efforts to create purpose for her daughter, Siri, are inspiring to families and professionals, alike!



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Episode 027: Living Well Despite Adversity with Harriet Cabelly!


If you are a caregiver, this interview is for you! Harriet is a social worker and positive psychology coach, as well as a speaker and workshop facilitator who has appeared on ABC and Fox News as a parenting coach. She counsels people who are going through critical life transitions and losses as they cope and grow beyond their painful circumstances. Why do some people grow, while others become bitter, suffering in their pain? Harriet discusses the lessons she learned from “Living Well Despite Adversity”, her first book!



View Harriet’s Show Notes page, here!

Episode 026: Transitioning into Adulthood with Dr. Candace Robick!


Dr. Candace Robick shares tips, tricks, and advice as a professional and a mother who has recently “transitioned” her son into adulthood! This episode is filled with strategies, resources, and personal stories that are sure to inspire you!



View Dr. Robick’s page, here!


Episode 025: “Come to Life” with Thomas Iland


Tom Iland was diagnosed with autism at age 13, and has worked hard to achieve many of his goals: full-time employment, driving, living in his own apartment and having a girlfriend. He is a speaker and is on the Board of Directors for a number of not-for-profit organizations!



View Tom’s Show Notes page, here!

Episode 024: A Parent’s Guide to Autism with Ron Sandison


Ron Sandison is a speaker, author, and consultant, who happens to be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He works full time in the medical field and is a professor of Theology at Destiny School of Ministry. He speaks at over 70 autism events a year, including over 20 education conferences.



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Episode 023: Autism Across the Lifespan


Rachel Bédard, PhD and Mallory Griffith, MA, CCC-SLP are clinicians and authors of two books: Raising a child on the autism spectrum: Insights from parents to parents AND You’ve Got This! The Journey from Middle School to College, As Told by Students on the Autism Spectrum and Their Parents.



View Rachel and Mallory’s Show Notes page, here!

Episode 022: Au-mazing Gift: A Journey to Autism Acceptance with Dr. Alisha Griffth


Dr. Alisha Griffith is a trained Mom and Autism/Communication Expert as an Audiologist and Speech Language Pathologist. She is the mother of Zachary, her bright and extra-ordinary son, who is on the Autism Spectrum. Zachary inspired her to write her Amazon Best-seller, Au-mazing Gift: A Journey to Autism Acceptance. Dr. Alisha is also a Maverick for change, a Transformationial Speaker, and a Breakthrough and Ignite Coach and Consultant with a unique method to support anyone who is in a relationship with Autism.



View Dr. Alisha’s Show Notes page, here!

Episode 021: I Can Work ~ Angela Mahoney


Angie Mahoney, M.Ed. developed the I Can Work! program to teach life skills and prevocational skills to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The I Can Work! program is a five-module course designed to integrate communication skills with hands-on prevocational training in the areas of job readiness, clerical, retail, food service, and the grocery industry.



View Angie’s Show Notes page, here!

Episode 020: If I Need Help ~ Erin & Bruce Wilson


If I Need Help is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization working to reunite those who are lost, disoriented or can’t self-advocate with their loved ones and caregivers. They use QR Code Technology that can be accessed by computer or cell phone to provide help, emergency iD and peace of mind. A free online member profile and Emergency Q&A can be edited in real time and emailed or printed in an emergency! Customizable iD products include cards & wearables such as shoe/dog tags, patches, pins/clips, & apparel.



View Erin and Bruce Wilson’s Show Notes page, here!

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