Navigating Life as we Know It

Navigating Life as we Know It

Navigating Live as we Know It seeks to build an educational and entertaining way to help the people around those with Special Needs better find the way to live their best, most self-determined life possible, and how to manage the challenges of the systems

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May 12, 2021 61 min

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 help us navigate our way to a desired outcome. And if all else fails, today we have YouTube tutorials in just about everything from how to open a jar of pickles, to Do It Yourself brain surgery! Help and support ...

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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 imagine how a country, society, industry, etc. could develop in the future and to plan for this.”

Everything starts with a Vision that grows through collaborative thinking and  culminates in the birth of a new Com...

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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 have abilities and interests. You want to “give back” to your community and be accepted for who you are.
But too often the world does not understand your value… or what you have to offer.
Today we speak with Dir...

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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!  (with considerable help from those working  behind the scenes)

But behind every great and lasting accomplishment is a group of individuals who collaborate and create.  They identify a host of challenges and obst...

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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 we had set for our lives. For parents providing care for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities there exists a whole new level of stress and unrecognized grief that can shatter our dreams and ...

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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 foundation building.

Please stop by this episode's BLOG for further information.

Take a look at some of the other episodes from DANIEL L. BLAUW, PLC, Attorneys and Counselors at Law
Creative Housing Options with Dan B...

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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 along!

This is our last interview with Brains for Season 1, but if there is something you'd like us to investigate, send us an email at Contact@nlawki.com

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March 24, 2021 49 min

We return with our 2nd episode about Charting the life course, a more intensive way to plan for the future that is applicable to ANYONE!

Please follow along on OUR BLOG and let us know if you have anything else you'd like us to research by emailing Contact@nlawki.com

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March 17, 2021 42 min

Join us as we discuss "Charting the Life Course" with 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 episode on OUR WEBSITE!

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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 episode HERE

Special Thanks to The Arc of Oakland County for promoting this guide and Tom Kendziorski for taking the time to join us on this episode and all his years of service to the disability communi...

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 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 Series "Putting the Pieces Together" workshop presented by BRAINS Potential in Grand Rapids, MI.   LEARN  -  ENJOY  -  SHARE  and subscribe to Navigating Life As We Know It

Resources mentioned in this epi...

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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 understand the work incentives offered through SSI.  Resources mentioned in this episode can be found ON OUR WEBSITE 

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February 17, 2021 58 min

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 specialist in disability benefits with the Social Security Administration.  I thought I knew all about SSI, SSDI and disability work incentives.  I was wrong.  I learned a lot doing this interview.  Enjoy!

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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, civil and legal rights within the state of Michigan. DRM has broad access authority to monitor institutions and advocate for people with disabilities who live in them. And they are here for you!

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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 focus on any specific content please reach out to us on Facebook and let us know!

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January 27, 2021 62 min

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. 

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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!

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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! 

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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 comes in!

Learn about these useful tools to help protect your family long into the future!

Visit Dan & Sarah's website here - http...

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December 9, 2020 59 min
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 approach reinvents the wheel of housing strategies by creating inclusive, affordable and accessible housing via a collaborative process tha...
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