#007 Holding the vision of a good life since 1974 with Linda Dawe Transcript

#007 Holding the vision of a good life since 1974 with Linda Dawe Transcript

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If you would like to listen to this podcast you can find it here. Genia:              Welcome to episode 007 of the Good Things in Life podcast. Genia Stephen here. In this episode I’m speaking to Linda Dawe. Linda has known me for most of my life. In fact, after we finished recording she reminded me that I’m still “one of the kids” despite the fact that Linda’s daughter Tiffany and I are in our 40’s. Kind of warms my heart really. Linda Dawe is a founding member of Deohaeko. I’m going to read from the history section of Deohaeko’s website www.deohaeko.ca: “Deohaeko Support Network is a group of families who came together in 1989 to think about and plan for good lives for our young adult sons and daughters. DEOHAEKO…refers to the…
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#007 Holding the vision of a good life since 1974 with Linda Dawe

#007 Holding the vision of a good life since 1974 with Linda Dawe

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Click here for a transcript of this podcast. Linda Dawe is a parent and a founding member of Deohaeko, a family group that dreamed of what home could be for their son's and daughters. Their collective dream and hard work resulted in Rougemount Cooperative Homes in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. You can find out about their remarkable journey here. Linda's daughter, Tiffany, was born in 1974. A time when many children with an intellectual disability were placed in institutions and children's hospitals. With the support of her family and other parents of children with disabilities that she met along the way, Linda held onto to the vision of a good life for her daughter. Linda highlights the importance of having a community of people around you that can help you see…
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#006 What brings out the best in Tess? With Jack Yates

#006 What brings out the best in Tess? With Jack Yates

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You can download a worksheet to help you think about what brings out the best in your son or daughter here.  And you can download a printable version of this blog post here. What brings out the best in Tess? What situations, what activities, what tasks, what expectations, what tones of voice, what people, what kind of people? All in all, what contexts bring out the best in her? What do we mean by “the best?” Well, for instance, what brings out the intelligent person in Tess? Please note that I am not asking “how intelligent is Tess.” Fascinating question, but entirely different. What tasks, what challenges, bring out the intelligent person in Tess? Because everyone has inside them an intelligent person and a stupid person, and different tasks will…
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#005: Living a good life with Janet Klees Part 2

#005: Living a good life with Janet Klees Part 2

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This week is a continuation of episode 4. You can find episode 004 here. Genia continues her discussion with Janet Klees, Author and Executive Director of the Durham Association for Family Resources and support in Ontario, Canada. She shares best practices around a child's independence and how we, as a parent, can best nurture their sense of freedom. Show Notes: Our Guest Janet Klees is an author and Executive Director of the Durham Association for Family Resources and Support in Ontario. She is a champion of disabled children and their families, and she strives on a daily basis to support families in their journey. Why it is crucial to understand your child's interests regardless of age or disability.   How to experiment and feel comfortable with giving your disabled child…
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#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 Transcript: Creating a Vision – What is it and why does it matter?

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

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The podcast episode and show notes are available here. If you would like some help developing a vision for your child, you can download a help sheet here. Transcript: Voiceover intro: 00:02 I quickly figured out from the responses of many people to our daughter, my daughter was going to be subjected to some pretty low expectations which could lead to some real limitations in her life. And it was at that point that I realized how important it was to have a really big vision. Genia: 00:26 Welcome to the good things in life podcast. My name is Genia Stephen. You were just listening to Darcy Elks. Darcy is an educator, a consultant, an evaluator of services, and an advocate on behalf of people with disabilities. Darcy is also…
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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. A transcript of this episode can be found here. 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…
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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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Planning Halloween costumes is harder than it looks!

Planning Halloween costumes is harder than it looks!

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Are there any parents out there who are scrambling to figure out their kid's Halloween costume? 😬 Am I alone in this? Probably... It's okay. I'm pretty sure most of the time that I am the only parent messing it up on the daily. But if you are still figuring it out a day before Halloween then know that you are not alone. I'm with you. This year my son is dressing up as The Flash. [embed]https://media.giphy.com/media/4hRy0u1cgIYMg/giphy.mp4[/embed]   We are attaching cardboard lightning bolts to the wheels of his chair and we found a too small, off-the-rack costume for him. Like I said. Not our most prepared this year. While searching for cool costume ideas for kids that use wheelchairs we came across a bunch of really cool ideas. Like…
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