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Getting to know Therapeutic Riding a little better

Jan. 20, 2021

Therapeutic Riding can be incredibly helpful for many individuals, but we've always wanted to know more about why horseback riding can be so helpful. Thankfully we have a riding center here in West Michigan that was more than willing to sit down and chat with us. Take a look at our friends at RENEW…

Exploring Autism Pt 1 - Diagnosis and the Mind-Body Connection

Jan. 13, 2021

Visiting with our friends at BRAINS we dived into the first part of their program by trying to understand the Diagnostic Criteria and Mind-Body Connection related to Autism. Check out OUR WEBSITE and join us on Patreon to support the show! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NLAWKI)

What are ABLE accounts and how can they help you?

Dec. 16, 2020

Join us for a discussion about ABLE accounts with Sarah Kirkpatrick. If you're dependent on SSI, at this time you are limited to less than $2,000 in significant assets and savings, but we all know that costs sometimes greatly exceed that relatively low limit, which is where the ABLE Act of 2014 com…

At Home with The Kelsey

Dec. 10, 2020

Today NLAWKI Welcomes Micaela Connery, CEO and founder of The Kelsey . Micaela will share their work in advancing disability-forward housing solutions through development, advocacy, and partnerships that open doors to more affordable homes and opportunities for everyone. The Kelsey's unique appro…

Navigating Life with Lliam Part 2

Dec. 2, 2020

***WARNING*** The topics in this episode might not be suitable for everyone. This episode covers the period of time during which one of the twins passes. This is an intense and very raw subject that is addressed directly. Please use your best judgement. Join Steve, Kerry, and Alex as they discuss t…

Workforce Solutions for Individuals with Disabilities

Nov. 25, 2020

We take a dive into Michigan Rehabilitation Services programs and offerings with Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Cassaundra Wolf. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NLAWKI)

Creative Housing Options

Nov. 18, 2020

Steve's visit with Attorney Dan Baluw, discussing the various legal aspects of Housing for people with disabilities! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NLAWKI)

Navigating Life with Lliam

Nov. 4, 2020

Part one of a special miniseries that will be aired on key dates, Navigating Life with Lliam is a walk through of the experiences and circumstances that have defined our own journey and eventually led to Navigating Life as we Know It! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NLAWKI)

Grassroots Activism

Oct. 28, 2020

Take a few steps towards understanding Grassroots activism with local organizer, lawyer, and candidate for state legislature Lily Chen Schulting. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NLAWKI)

Ableism, The Media, & You with Prof. Beth Haller!

Oct. 21, 2020

When discussing Ableism, Media, and how they interact, there are few people as qualified Dr. Beth Haller, so of course we went and got ahold of her and from that comes an episode in a slightly different format than our usual style Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/NLAWKI)

Legislation You Should Know About

Oct. 14, 2020

Earlier this year we met with Brett Williams and went over several bills currently moving through various legislative circles that will have an impact on several aspects of life for individuals with disabilities and their families. Learn a little about what may be coming and how you can get involve…

The Friendship Circle - Seeking the "Secret" to an Inclusive Community

Oct. 7, 2020

Early in our Podcast journey we had the pleasure of touring the Friendship Circle location in West Bloomfield Michigan, seeing the work done at the Soul Studio, and enjoying a nice lunch at the Soul Cafe, and as we left we decided to ask for a chance to meet with the Executive Director of the progr…

Legislation and You - HCBS And the Olmstead Act

Sept. 30, 2020

Nearly every special needs parent or caregiver has heard at some point the acronym HCBS or mention of the venerable Olmstead Act, and Michigan DD Council Legislative Liaison Brett Williams is bringing the goods to help us all understand these crucial points in the modern understanding of the Disabi…

Michigan's Best Kept Secret - The DD Council

Sept. 16, 2020

Steve talks to the Executive Director of the Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council Vendella Collins about the Council, what it does, and what that means to you, and for our non-Michigan listeners, there's a council near you, so hopefully our connections here can help you make connections ther…

CIF - The Full Life Model

Sept. 9, 2020

Part two of our interview with Jackie Eddy and Ann Sickon of the Center for Independent Futures is about The Full Life Model®. The tasks of everyday living often leave us exhausted but unfulfilled at the end of the day…or sometimes even feeling trapped on a treadmill, bored of dull routine and gen…

CIF - Creating Living Options in your Community

Sept. 2, 2020

One of our first interviews back in October 2019, Steve's interview with the Center for Independent Futures (CIF) Executive Director Ann Sickon and New Futures Initiative Consultant Jacqueline Eddy hits on many topics related to the somewhat scary step of "leaving the nest" for Individuals with dis…

Feisty and Non Compliant Pt 2 - An Advocate for Change

Aug. 26, 2020

Part 2 of our interview with Liz Bauer. This is our interview with a pioneer in disability rights, self-determination and inclusion. Liz Bauer, a woman of uncommon determination and courage, identified the inequities experienced by people with disabilities and fought for the full expression of the…

Feisty and Non Compliant Pt 1

Aug. 19, 2020

Elizabeth "Liz" Bauer has been fighting for disability rights on the ground from the very beginning. Liz is a legal advocate for disability rights nationally and internationally starting the 1980s. She has consulted in the United States and internationally on the development of public policy, servi…