#012 Paul Young: High Expectations and Mentorship

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A transcript for this podcast episode is available here.

Paul Young is an internationally-recognized keynote speaker, winner of the Governor General Meritorious Service Cross, the former Chair of the Council or Canadians with Disabilities, Founder of People First of Nova Scotia, former president of People First of Canadian, and retired CBC Radio technician.

But if you had looked at Paul as a child you might not have predicted a life full of such impressive accomplishments. On today’s episode, Paul and I talk about what made the difference in his life.

From a small town with no supports, services or any expectations for growth and success, to a life full of accomplishments.

Paul attributes his success to the power of high expectations and mentors who believed in him.

The takeaway for me is that having a positive vision for someone, even if you can’t see right now how they might achieve that vision, is key to supporting someone to have access to a good life.  

Do you have a child with a disability in your life? Do you have high expectations for them? Can you see past what they can do today and imagine what they might accomplish over time with good mentorship?

If you have trouble creating that vision, I’ve created a guide that can help get you started. You can get it here. Sometimes we need some help with this! I certainly do. My son’s social life has recently kind of imploded. Next week on the podcast I’m going to talk about the first two things that I do when I don’t know what to do and feel stuck. See you then!

Thanks for Listening!

Resources & Links Mentioned:

Paul’s website: Paul Young Consulting

Article: What is a Mentor?

Council of Canadians with Disabilities

People First of Canada

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Special thanks to Paul Young for joining me this week. Until next time!

Genia Stephen

Started young with a sister with a disability, amazing mentors and a strong mother with a vision. Now a mother to two sons, one of whom has a disability, a midwife to many, and an activist with a mission to band together with families to joyfully pursue the good things in life. Genia’s a registered midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care (student), Speaker, Presenter, Podcast host, and founder of Good Things in Life which offers resources, courses and networking opportunities for a community of parents with a shared vision of the good things in life for their children with disabilities.

1 Comment

Margaret Young · February 23, 2019 at 3:06 pm

What an inspiring interview! Paul has good reason to be proud of his accomplishments. I really like his point about looking beyond the label to find the person behind it — as he said, find out who you are, not what you are. With the help of people like Paul, we are coming to realize the importance of the individual human being, and we are finally coming to understand the importance, the absolutely essential rightness of inclusion. I should also commend the interviewer, who asked just the right questions, listened carefully and followed up with thoughtful probes. Well done indeed!

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