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Darcy Elks explains how meaningful social roles lead to fulfilling lives. When you think of all that is good and fulfilling in your life, what comes to mind? Mom, worker, wife, sister, daughter, friend, student, team mate… Our social roles define us. What social roles does your child with a disability have now? What are they working towards?

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You can listen to this podcast episode on iTunes or Spotify. Social progress widens over time. Attitudes, laws, and institutions that were acceptable, or even ideal, ten or twenty years ago might be the attitudes, laws, and institutions that we’re trying to revolutionize today.  The Centre for Welfare Reform’s John O’Brien thinks of this as …

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You can listen to this podcast episode on iTunes or Spotify. Most people count their friendships among the most important relationships they have. Kids with disabilities are no different; they want all the same opportunities to meet and connect with peers as anyone else.  So what can parents and teachers do to help facilitate the …

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Help your child with significant disabilities to build positive inclusive lives at home, at school and in the community. Good Things In Life provides ideas, concepts & conversations that support kids with intellectual disabilities. Listen to the Podcast Featured On… YOU ARE INVITED! We are stronger together! Community is key.  There are several ways to …

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“It’s not the functional aspect of disability that prevents a good life. It’s the social isolation.” Sarah Buffie gets it, and on this podcast she unpacks a lot of really great information about how to re-focus caregivers on what really matters to both prevent and to heal trauma. Hint: it’s not more services.

Mary Vicario is a Certified Trauma Specialist with over 30 years of experience working with and training children, adults and people with developmental disabilities who have experienced trauma. Mary brings neurobiology to life using common language and interventions for people who have experience trauma, and those who work with or support them.

We know that not having the right supports in place can be disastrous in the life of a person with a disability. It is also true that too much support is also dangerous. Just like Goldilocks, we need the type and amount of support to be just right. Keenan Wellar talks about the seven principles that his organization uses to provide just enough support.

Are you a parent whose child received a diagnosis of “intellectual disability” and you weren’t sure exactly what that meant? Let’s talk about the R – word.