What's Special About Special Podcast

What's Special About Special Podcast

Resources, Community and a Judgement Free Zone! A podcast created to bring together parents in the special needs community and give them a safe space to chat and find new resources in a judgement free zone.

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April 8, 2021 57 min

If you are a TikTok stalker like me spending hours going down a TikTok rabbit hole, I guarantee you have seen our next guest. Jordan Toma is a motivational speaker and viral TikToker spreading words of inspiration and support to school-aged kids and beyond. He talks about the difficulties growing up with learning disabilities and the moment that changed his whole outlook and made him the successful man he is today. We really got in...

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What a fun resource we have for you guys today. Mark Ostrom is the Executive Director of Joy Collaborative. Joy Collaborative is a non-profit partnership that connects designers, architects, and builders with donors, volunteers, and sponsors. By doing this they come together and create unique and personal spaces for the disability and special needs community. And these are not your ordinary spaces these spaces are beautifully desig...

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This week’s guest is so fun and fantastic. We spoke with Julie Falcone, she wrote the book (literally) on creating positive relationships with those around you all while being honest and pure, with a little humor thrown in. For caretakers sometimes life can get lonely and support can dwindle fast, Julie talks with us about how she found a way to communicate with those around her and take some of the pressure off. This is a must-lis...

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March 2, 2021 20 min

What a treat this week everyone! Once upon a time before there was a Special About Special podcast, we were testing out the waters and testing all of our equipment. So, Eddie decided to interview our kids. OMG, what a cute experience. You're going to love it!

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We had a fantastic time talking with Emily Pan from Aroma Haven Mindful Ambiance (AH|MA). Emily is a graduate of Boston University and received her Master's at Columbia University in Tech Management. Emily shares her journey of wellness and spirituality and how she found her calling. Emily is the creator and founder of AH|MA an augmented reality experience that helps relieve stress and anxiety in waiting rooms and wellness cent...

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January 26, 2021 59 min

This week we spoke with our good friend Kayleigh Martens about the journey of navigating through OCD as a child, young adult, and now an adult. She shared her experience with us and how she found a light at the end and is working on ways to be successful in her life and career while helping others. Kayleigh shares her journey in her blog The OT with OCD, giving inspiration to others as well. 

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January 11, 2021 65 min

We spoke with Matt Ney this week, Matt is Founder of Kakana, an accessible fitness experience. Kakana allows members to access live and recorded lessons on a streaming platform for individuals with and without disabilities. Designed to be completely inclusive. This is a great listen to hear about Matt's journey and his passion for Kakana. It's even got us ready to exercise!

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January 4, 2021 32 min

Hey listeners, Weeee'rrreee baaaaacccckkkk! We're so excited to be back and ready to bring you some fun new resources. Today we talked about what our Holiday break was like and we spend a little time chatting about relationships. We even butchered our Instacart promo but decided to leave it in because it was so funny! Fun episode to start off the New Year!

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November 9, 2020 7 min

What an amazing season this has been! Thank you to all of our amazing listeners and fantastic guests! This experience has been more than we could have asked for. Don't go far, we'll be working hard behind the scenes to bring you some more amazing content after the New Year! In the meantime, catch up all on your favorite episodes...

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Accessible beach access is KEY for anyone that loves the ocean. Kelly Twichel from Access Trax created a way to do just that. We spoke with Kelly about her innovative design for beach access that has turned into a fantastic resource for multiple terrains. She shared with us her love for helping the community and where her design came from. We had such a fun talk with Kelly and she had fantastic energy. Listen now and enjoy it!

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This week we spoke with Liza Huber, Founder, and CEO of Sage Spoonfuls, an award-winning cookbook author, a warrior momma, and actress. Liza wears many hats and does a fantastic job balancing them all. She spoke with us about how she became an entrepreneur after leaving her role in the daytime drama Passions and Eddie blew up my spot right off the bat by giving away that I was a big fan of the show in my high school years! We also ...

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This week's guest is such a treat for us. I met Jorge at a Podcast Conference when we first started this journey and I was so concerned that this idea wouldn't work. He was kind and so excited to see it take off. He came right up to me to share the resource he was a part of and wanted to give me chance to share it with our listeners. Jorge, along with his family (and one superhero Mom) runs The Demoya Foundation. A non-prof...

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September 20, 2020 34 min

September is Suicide Prevention Month and this week we got real and personal, we chatted a little bit about Eddie's struggle with his own self-care. Dad's need that too sometimes you know! Shocker! We talk about ADHD and Anxiety and Eddie's struggles with it and his recent steps to help manage and take care of himself so he can take care of us! Join us this week and take care of yourselves as well! 

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This week we spoke with Prakash Radhakrishnan, Creator of the award-winning  "This... Is... Me" Docudrama. A film about being a sibling and about how life can be different as a sibling. We speak about the "caretaker" role of a sibling as well as the loneliness that can come with that. Prakash spoke some wonderful words of wisdom for us this week and was such an inspiration. Please take a moment to watch This... Is.....

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September 6, 2020 35 min

This week we chatted about what return to school looks like in our household. It's a little different this school year thanks to COVID. We've decided to opt into a Virtual Homeschool and leave our brick and mortar system for the year. Adding some new challenges and systems to the household and to Kristin's routines. She's now working at home making her a full time at home employee and a full time at home mom with 2 ...

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What a fun treat we had this week. Our guest Todd Lemay is the President of Terrain Hopper USA and if you haven’t seen this amazing resource than you are in for a treat as well. Little Eddie was able to try it out last year at the Abilities Expo in Boston and LOVED IT! This isn’t the typical mobility device you see. It’s such an opportunity for freedom. Terrain Hopper is an Off-Roading Mobility Vehicle. It’s the Rolls Royce of mobi...

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August 23, 2020 37 min

This week we didn’t have anything planned for our minisode but we decided to record anyways and see what happened. I wasn’t my best self going in and you know what, that’s OK. Being a special needs parent can be hard sometimes. Being a parent can be hard, you know what, being a wife can be hard. It’s all just hard sometimes.  This day, I was burnt out and had very little energy for the whining and “parenting” needed from me. So, I ...

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When we first started this journey we created a "dream guest" list as a goal of guest that we really wanted to interview. This week's guest was one of those guests. Jim Lebrecht from the Sundance award-winning Netflix Documentary Crip Camp. We felt like we met a rock star. Not only did the documentary speak to us as parents, but as we mention in the episode Jim has Spina Bifida just like our Little Eddie and it was awes...

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August 9, 2020 32 min

Welcome to our first minisode. Where we'll be discussing a variety of topics, most importantly a more personal look into our lives and a chance to discuss previous episodes and hot topics. These will be shorter episodes without guests and a more intimate opportunity to share with you our listeners. 

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This week we spoke with Robin Wearley Founder of ADAPTS.org a portable transfer sling that is changing how the disability community is able to advocate for itself. Robin didn't only create a new resource that is helping the community, she is also empowering a community! Listening to everything Robin and ADAPTS are doing was so exciting so tune in because we know you're going to love it. Plus, for all of our special listener...

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