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

July 28, 2021

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…

The Art of Conversation via Chat Chains

July 14, 2021

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 m…

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

May 19, 2021

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 de…

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

May 12, 2021

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 h…

Finding a Vision for Community's Future

May 5, 2021

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 t…

How to Bridge The Gap Between Disability and Employment

April 28, 2021

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. Yo…

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

April 21, 2021

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! …

Let's Talk About Changing your Dreams...

April 15, 2021

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 …

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

April 7, 2021

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 foundati…

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

March 31, 2021

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 a…

Let's Chart a Life Course Pt 2

March 24, 2021

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Let's Chart a Life Course Pt 1

March 17, 2021

Join us as we discuss "Charting the Life Course" with the Resource Analyst Tracy Vincent in our 2 part series about this wonderful framework that can be applied in everyone's life! We've posted the slides discussed in this e…

Disability And Me - Let's Talk Taxes with the ARC of Michigan!

March 10, 2021

Tax Season is here and at the request of a listener we've reached out to the ARC of Oakland County's Executive Director Tom Kendziorski Esq. to go over their incredibly helpful tax guide! Find the resources mentioned in this…

Exploring Autism Pt III - Resources for Families and Overcoming Barriers

March 3, 2021

Today's episode provides some tips on how to effectively reduce stress and improve communications within families living with ASD and other developmental disabilities. This podcast is based upon the Effective Parenting Serie…

Understanding SSA Pt 2 - Work Incentives

Feb. 24, 2021

Few people enjoy walking on a tightrope, but that is what working while depending on SSI for benefits feels, lose your balance and everything falls to the floor. We continue our episode with Hillary Hatch, helping us to unde…

Understanding SSA Pt 1 -SSI and SSDI

Feb. 17, 2021

Most government benefit programs are infused with a level of complexity that is inappropriate for the faint of heart. Social Security is no exception., This episode is part 1 of a 2 part interview with Hillary Hatch a spec…

Let's Talk about Advocacy - Legal Protection and Advocacy with Disability Rights Michigan

Feb. 10, 2021

Today, Navigating Life As We Know It explores how Disability Rights Michigan (DRM) advocates and DRM lawyers advise individuals with disabilities of their rights and responsibilities while they advocate for their human, civi…

Exploring Autism Pt II - What's Going On Between Ages 0 and 10?

Feb. 3, 2021

Today we're back with our friends at BRAINS to discuss autism between ages 0 and 10 as part of their workshop program. This is the 20th Episode of NLAWKI and the 2nd out of 4 episodes with BRAINS. If you'd like to see us foc…

Together for Choice

Jan. 27, 2021

Join our discussion with Together For Choice national director Amy Kim and board chair Scott Mendel as we delve into the complex choices around housing and the principles of choice for the disability community. Support the s…

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 tha…

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 su…

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 greatl…

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 …

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. Pl…