Feb. 10, 2021

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

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…
Feb. 3, 2021

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

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…
Jan. 27, 2021

Together for Choice

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…
Jan. 20, 2021

Getting to know Therapeutic Riding a little better

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…
Jan. 13, 2021

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

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…
Dec. 16, 2020

What are ABLE accounts and how can they help you?

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…
Dec. 10, 2020

At Home with The Kelsey

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 …
Dec. 2, 2020

Navigating Life with Lliam Part 2

***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…
Nov. 25, 2020

Workforce Solutions for Individuals with Disabilities

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)
Nov. 18, 2020

Creative Housing Options

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)
Nov. 4, 2020

Navigating Life with Lliam

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 w…
Oct. 28, 2020

Grassroots Activism

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)
Oct. 21, 2020

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

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…
Oct. 14, 2020

Legislation You Should Know About

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 fa…
Oct. 7, 2020

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

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 d…
Sept. 30, 2020

Legislation and You - HCBS And the Olmstead Act

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 al…
Sept. 16, 2020

Michigan's Best Kept Secret - The DD Council

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 nea…
Sept. 9, 2020

CIF - The Full Life Model

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 s…
Sept. 2, 2020

CIF - Creating Living Options in your Community

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 relate…
Aug. 26, 2020

Feisty and Non Compliant Pt 2 - An Advocate for Change

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 experi…
Aug. 19, 2020

Feisty and Non Compliant Pt 1

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 U…
Aug. 12, 2020

Episode 0 - An Introduction to Navigating Life as we Know It

The first look at Navigating Life as we Know It. This is a "special" episode where Steve and Kerry talk a little about what can be expected in upcoming episodes. Help Support NLAWKI by becoming a Patron at https://www.patreo…