#004: Living a Life of Relationship with Janet Klees

#004: Living a Life of Relationship with Janet Klees

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In the 4th episode, Genia Stephen welcomes Janet Klees, Author and Executive Director of the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support in Ontario, Canada. Janet shares what's driven her to become an advocate for people with disabilities. Her work focuses on giving typical choices to people with disabilities. Show Notes: Introduction of Janet Klees Janet discusses her past experiences that shaped who she is today. People often get stuck seeing the people's limitations first, instead of the person's capabilities and contributions. Relationships are an important part of life and helping kids develop relationships should be a priority. It's important to give kids autonomy, also allowing them to make choices at a young age. Janet's organization runs support groups  based on principles of hope and direction.  Tweetable Quotes: “Life happens best…
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#003: Clienthood versus Citizenship with Guy Caruso

#003: Clienthood versus Citizenship with Guy Caruso

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On this episode of Good Things in Life, Genia interviews Guy Caruso about why choosing a path of citizenship instead of clienthood leads toward a good life. Guy has a Ph.D. in rehabilitation counseling, is a fellow of the American Association of Developmental Disabilities and works at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Show Notes: No path in life is easy. But if you had to think about your choices, would you rather your child be a client or citizen? When families seek out citizenship for their children, their futures are bright. When you are citizen you are more likely to be known in your community. The more you’re known and valued, the safer you are. Separation from others can lead to a lack of safety. When children are labeled as…
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#002: Creating a Vision – What is it and why does it matter?

#002: Creating a Vision – What is it and why does it matter?

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 On this episode of Good Things in Life, Genia interviews Darcy Elks an educator, consultant, evaluator of services and an advocate for people with disabilities about vision and why it matters so much. Download your guide to creating a vision. Show Notes: Darcy first started thinking about vision after the birth of her first daughter who has a disability. People started communicating really low expectations for her daughter. She became intentional about developing a vision for their daughter. What is a vision? A vision is a process of thinking clearly about what it is you want for your life. Vision is like... Vision is like the North Star , it gives us the destination and helps us gauge our direction. Vision can be like a telescope that helps you…
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#001: Welcome to the first episode of the Good Things in Life Podcast!

#001: Welcome to the first episode of the Good Things in Life Podcast!

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Welcome to our first podcast. This show is all about helping young people with a disability to build a good life. We all want the good things in life. Regardless of time or place, there is pretty universal agreement about what the good things in life are. Home, relationships, love, community, some freedom, opportunities to make a contribution… But at some point in human history we lost the plot in respect to what we think is important for people with disabilities and their families. We definitely lost the plot all together when it comes to figuring out how to support people. I was lucky. Early in my life I was introduced to important concepts like Social Role Valorizaiton or SRV. SRV is a concept developed by Dr. Wolf Wolfensburger PhD.…
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Thoughts on amusement park specifically designed for people with disabilities

Thoughts on amusement park specifically designed for people with disabilities

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[audio mp3="http://goodthingsinlife.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/000_test-2018-03-01-8.53-PM.mp3"][/audio] Transcript: Thought I would pop on here to chat about a facebook feed that my husband showed me today. A facebook friend of his shared a post about an amusement park that was designed specifically to serve people with disabilities. It is also open to the public. I’ve chatted with friends before about this place. The story behind it is heartwarming. If I remember correctly, it was built by the father of a young woman with a disability because he wanted a place where she would be welcome and could have fun free of odd looks and access barriers. I can relate. If you have a disability or are with someone who does, there is often a level of stress or distress when one is out in public.…
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