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September 15, 2021

41. Forgiveness: The Pathway from Emotional Pain to Growth

Everyone has heard the phrase "forgive and forget." That isn't always possible, or even advisable. It is important to remember. To recall emotional pain that has played a destructive role in the course of your life and in ...

September 08, 2021

40. Finding The Emerald City

Remember Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz? She had an impossible task. First retrieve the broom stick of the Wicked Witch and deliver it to the Wizard of Oz who would grant her wish to return to her home in Kansas. Doesn't life f...

September 02, 2021

39. Letting Go and Letting Grow

It's hard to let go of things...and I have a garage filled with items I should have let go of years ago. But I keep thinking, maybe I'll find a use for this "thing." But I hardly if ever do. It is much different letting go of...

August 26, 2021

38. A Short Bridge to Inclusion

Bridges create opportunities for connection. They empower travel to visit people and places that might otherwise be inaccessible. And they often unite people together to pursue common goals. Some are span enormous distances w...

August 18, 2021

37. The Risks of "Integrated Care"

The Space Shuttle, with over 2.5 million parts, 230 miles of wire and 1,060 plumbing valves was once described as the most complex "machine" ever made by man. For successful results it's mission requirements complex systems a...

August 11, 2021

36. Charting The Labyrinth of Planning and Services

Most of us at one time or another have driven down a dark road and found ahead of us a deer transfixed, staring into our headlights? Have you ever felt like you have something in common with the deer? In the disability commun...

August 04, 2021

35. A Proven Recipe for Inclusive Employment

"You can't age out of being in a family" according to Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Director of the Friendship Circle in Bloomfield Michigan. Over the past 27 years as children within the Friendship Circle have grown so has t...

July 28, 2021

34. A Party with a Purpose - Coordinating Goals and Support for a Self Determined Life

Today’s episode is an interview with Annette Downey, the Executive Director of Community Living Services , an organization that provides Independent Support Coordinators, (abbreviated as ISCs) for Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and ...

July 14, 2021

The Art of Conversation via Chat Chains

We're back and we've got a new trick! NLAWKI Returns a couple weeks ahead of our OFFICIAL SEASON 2 START DATE with a special release about a new way to learn conversation skills - CHAT CHAINS! Check out the links below and ma...

May 19, 2021

33. Nothing About Me Without Me 2; Finding Strength in Circles

Imagine growing older...but never growing up. Never being allowed to make decisions or choices that influence your future, or bring you happiness. Never being able to "grab the brass ring" because the person(s) who make dec...

May 12, 2021

32. Nothing About Me Without Me; Understanding the Dignity of Risk Pt 1

We all seek advice from time to time. Especially when confronted with a challenge that is unique to us. Sometimes that trusted advisor is a friend who has expertise in solving the problem we face, or a professional who can he...

May 05, 2021

Finding a Vision for Community's Future

Community (Cambridge Dictionary) “all the people who live in a particular area, or a group of people who are considered as a unit because of their shared interests or background.” Vision (Cambridge Dictionary) “the ability to...

April 28, 2021

How to Bridge The Gap Between Disability and Employment

Everyone benefits when all are included! Many of us have experienced challenges obtaining employment. If you have a developmental or intellectual disability those challenges take on a whole new dimension. You have skills. You...

April 21, 2021

Let's talk about Disability, Housing, and Awesome the Power of Coalitions

Our culture places great emphasis on rugged individualism. Our heroes and role models are risk takers who face overwhelming odds and obstacles but, in the end, through grit and determination come out on top. They prevail! ...

April 15, 2021

Let's Talk About Changing your Dreams...

Everyone wants to live a beautiful life, but in every life we are faced with challenges. Many of those challenges involve processing grief over the loss of a loved one, the loss of a relationship, or the loss of the dreams w...

April 07, 2021

You Know You're thinking about it: Legal Planning & Disability

Legal planning is intimidating, but nobody wants to leave others on shaky ground. The key is a Well Laid Foundation, and friend of the show Dan Blauw is here to help us understand some of the important parts of that foundatio...

March 31, 2021

Exploring Autism Pt IV - What's going on age 11 and up?

Part 4 of our Exploring Autism Series digs into what happens after 10 years old? As usual our friends at Brains give us plenty of amazing information, and there is a followup powerpoint ON OUR BLOG so stop on by and follow al...

March 24, 2021

Let's Chart a Life Course Pt 2

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