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Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
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You’ve seen Zack Gottsagen on the big screen during his hit movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and you’ve seen him onstage at the Oscars, but have you ever wondered about the woman who’s supported him since the beginning? In this VERY special interview, we’re talking to Zack’s mom, Shelley Gottsagen, who’s been shouting his worth boldly for 34 years. Not only was Zack the FIRST person with Down Syndrome to present an Academy Award on stage at the Oscars, he was the FIRST person with DS to be fully included in his elementary school, then the first to attend a prestigious performing arts school for middle school. And when he auditioned for a performing arts high school and didn’t get it in, his mom fought back. Knowing her son was talented enough, she investigated and found out that the school had never let a person with a disability in before. She took this information straight to civil court, and Zack started at that high school the next year. Tune in to hear more about a lifetime of self-advocacy, fighting systems, Zack’s relationship with Shia Lebeouf, The Oscars, Peanut Butter Falcon, what’s next for Zack, and so much more. ___ Watch Zack present an award at the Oscars with co-star Shia Labeouf here. Watch The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Zack Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, and Dakota Johnson! Follow Zack Gottsagen on Instagram!  LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to jonaspauleyewear.com and use code THELUCKYFEW for 15% off your order! HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Ever feel like you’re keeping score in your marriage? You’re not alone! In this very special couples episode (Happy Valentine's Day!), Micha and her husband Chris are chatting about all things marriage, raising a child with Down Syndrome, and how to invert the infamous ‘scoreboard!’  They have been married for 15 years, 10 of those being before having Ace, their youngest son who has Down Syndrome. Trust us, they know a thing or two about overcoming obstacles in marriage! They also know how to value their time together, count their blessings, and appreciate the gift of their family. Tune in to hear more about parenting their three sons and beating the odds of divorce for couples raising children with different abilities. ___ Follow Micha on Instagram for more on her marriage and family life! (@michaboyett, @acefaceismyfriend) LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to jonaspauleyewear.com and use code THELUCKYFEW for 15% off your order! HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Nervous about raising your kids with Down Syndrome through puberty? Don’t worry friends, we’re right there with you! That’s why we’re chatting with Dr. Rebecca Partridge about all things puberty today. Dr. Rebecca Partridge is a pediatrician who is doing big things for the Down Syndrome community! She is a mother to Joshua, her 18 year old son with Down Syndrome, and Megan, her 12 year old daughter!  Dr. Partridge started the Down Syndrome Program at Virginia Mason Medical Center in 2012 and has been working hard to care for and educate families with Down Syndrome ever since! She recently spoke at the NDSS Adult Summit on “Social Skills for Self Advocates” and has created a 4 week “Welcome to Puberty” curriculum.  And today, she’s answering all of our questions about puberty, periods, privacy, and more! Take notes, friends. This is a good one! ___ SHOW NOTES Listen to Episode 36: Worth The Conversation for more on DS and bodily autonomy! Check out books by Terri Couwenhoven about bodies, boundaries, and sexuality for individuals with Down Syndrome. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to jonaspauleyewear.com and use code THELUCKYFEW for 15% off your order! HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Your story has the power to shift narratives. We repeat, YOUR story has the power to shift narratives. That’s right, friends! You are a world changer and today we’re encouraging you to own that. It’s time to own your story. Join us as we recap Heather’s most recent event - The Own Your Story Workshop. You’re invited to hear all about how storytelling has impacted our lives and how it can impact yours. Plus we’re giving you a sneak peek into the workshop tools (like the seven story telling ground rules) that can help you find your voice and craft your story today! In case you want to learn more about the workshop (and we think you will!), head on over to heatheravis.com/own-your-story to purchase the online version. Don’t forget, friends - the world is a better place because of your story, and it’s time for you to OWN IT. ___ Join the Own Your Story online workshop presented by Heather Avis here! You won’t regret it. For more story telling content, listen to Moth Radio. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to https://jonaspauleyewear.com/ and use code THELUCKYFEW for 15% off your order! SPONSOR: ENABLE SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING Enable SNP tailors your child’s future plans to their unique needs and amazing abilities. They have all the tools you need to start planning for your child’s future, today! Mention THELUCKYFEW to get 10% off your planning services. Learn more at enablesnp.com! HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Happy New Year, dear listeners! It may have taken us a few weeks to celebrate 2020 with you all, but that’s because we were dreaming up big ideas for future episodes! Today, we’re sharing a few of our new year's resolutions with you all.. but these aren’t your typical goals!  We know that this time of year brings on a lot of expectations, so whether your goal is to go to the gym just once this year, spend more time with your kids, or finish that book you’re writing, we are cheering for YOU! So friends, it’s time to sit down and catch up on all the things from hometown visits to holiday mishaps and even brand new babies! (Congrats, Mercedes!) Thanks for tuning in! ___ SHOW NOTES Congratulate Mercedes on her new baby + check out how cute he is here! LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: JONAS PAUL EYEWEAR Jonas Paul Eyewear makes stylish glasses for kids and teens! We’re sure you’ll love them just as much as our families do! The frames even perfectly fit our kiddos with Down Syndrome thanks to their unique adjustable tips. Head on over to https://jonaspauleyewear.com/ and use code THELUCKYFEW for 15% off your order! HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Happy Holidays, friends! We’re celebrating BIG this year with our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Once again, we’ve put together a list of a few of our favorite small shops and online businesses so you know just where to shop this year! We have gift ideas for your kids, teachers, friends, family, + more! (You can thank us later!) You’ll love buying from these small businesses who are shifting the narrative in big ways! That’s right friends, purchasing from these companies creates opportunities for entrepreneurs with Down Syndrome, for anyone with sensory needs, for parents of kids with different abilities, and for hard workers everywhere! And if that doesn’t convince you, we have discount codes for these amazing gifts! So friends, grab your wallet and a cup of hot coco - it’s time to shop our 2019 Holiday Gift Guide! Be sure to check the links below for all the discount codes. Happy Holidays! __ SHOP THESE BRANDS Purchase Eli, Included by Michelle Sullivan on Amazon. Visit funandfunction.com for weighted vests, sensory sacks, and more. Use code ‘LUCKYFEW’ for 10% off. Shop at candidlykind.com and use code ‘LUCKYFEWPOD’ for 20% off! Give the gift of comfort with a weighted blanket from Sheltered Co.! Get yourself (or a friend) a planner from The Glory Days Co. Use code ‘theluckyfew’ for 15% off. Purchase jewelry with a purchase from Wells Cooperative.  Visit 6 Arrows Designs for jewelry that shifts the narrative and use code ‘shopwithus’ for free shipping! Check out the rings we love from Everything But Typical! Shop on margritco.com for beautiful jewelry and to support entrepreneurs who have Down Syndrome! Buy pillows, tote bags, canvas bins, and more from Dance Happy Designs! Use code ‘LUCKYFEW’ for for 15% off your purchases before 12/16. Purchase Scoot Over and Make Some Room by Heather Avis for the teacher, narrative shifter, and/or worth shouter in your life! __ SPONSOR: OWN YOUR STORY Own Your Story is a one day workshop created to empower you to tell your story. Through hands-on guidance from our professional storytelling coaches you will be inspired, encouraged and equipped to tell your story to any given audience. Visit, theluckyfew.com to find the Own Your Story Workshop on the top of the page. And as a special bonus for our podcast listeners only, use code OYS50 for $50 off your ticket. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
LIVE from Southern California, we have actors Jamie Brewer, Cole Sibus, Jared Kozak, and their amazing talent agent, Gail Williamson here to chat all about Down Syndrome and the media! Jamie, Cole, and Jared are not only incredible actors on wonderful shows (like American Horror Story, Stumptown, and The Loudhouse), they’re also rocking that extra chromosome and shifting the Down Syndrome narrative in the entertainment industry! What a joy it was to sit down with the people who bring so much joy to our screens every day! You’ll love this LIVE interview, friends! And you’ll love these actors even more. Thanks for tuning in! ___ Catch Jamie Brewer on American Horror Story (on Netflix and Hulu) and follow her on Instagram and Facebook! Keep up with Cole Sibus on ABC’s Stumptown every Wednesday at 10pm. Follow him on Instagram. Watch Jared Kozak play CJ Casagrande on Nickelodeon’s The Loud House and The Casagrandes! Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram. Keep up with Hollywood’s most inclusive talent agent, Gail Williamson on Instagram. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: LITTLE PASSPORTS Little Passports delivers fun-filled packages right to their door every month, with engaging, hands-on activities, interactive projects, and unique souvenirs just waiting to be discovered. Find special holiday offers and order today for holiday delivery at LittlePassports.com/Lucky. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
50 episodes, friends! Can you believe it? (It’s okay, we can’t either)!  We hope you’ve enjoyed listening to these past 50 episodes as much as we have recording them! We’ve enjoyed it so much that today we’re chatting all about our awesome guest roster, our favorite moments, some behind the scenes details, and why we are so thankful for this podcast + all of YOU! That’s right dear listeners, thank you for learning, laughing, and (hopefully) growing alongside of us! This is only the beginning! Listen again to all of our episodes here. And don’t forget that this is your last chance to grab tickets for our live show this Thursday, 11/21 in SoCal. Get your tickets now! ___ LIVE EVENT Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 21st for a LIVE podcast recording event! We’re chatting with actors/actresses who have Down Syndrome, as well as their talent representative, Gail Williamson all about DS representation in the media! Get your tickets here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: ENABLE SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING ENABLE Special Needs Planning offers a unique approach to planning for your child’s future! Let their team show you how creating a plan for your entire family’s success can provide you with the peace of mind you’ve been seeking. For our listeners, ENABLE is offering a 10% discount off their planning services. Just mention “The Lucky Few” podcast when you reach out to them at EnableSNP.com. SPONSOR: LITTLE PASSPORTS Little Passports delivers fun-filled packages right to their door every month, with engaging, hands-on activities, interactive projects, and unique souvenirs just waiting to be discovered. Find special holiday offers and order today for holiday delivery at LittlePassports.com/Lucky. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Raise your hand if you need to rest!  (Don’t worry, we’re right there with you!)  That’s why we’ve invited Rebekah Lyons to sit down and chat all about her new book: Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose. Not only is she a best selling author and national speaker, Rebekah is a mother to four children, two of whom have Down Syndrome.  She offers a unique perspective on how to deal with the pressures of parenting and what to do when it all just feels like too much.  (And we know we’ve all been there!) So friends, if you’re like us and you need some new rhythms in your life then you’re in the right place.  Join us for a chat with Rebekah Lyons about all things peace, panic, and purpose.  And don’t forget to grab your tickets for our LIVE event on November 21st. You don’t want to miss this.  Get your tickets here. __ SHOW LINKS Connect with Rebekah Lyons! Read “Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress And Anxiety For A Life of Peace and Purpose” by Rebekah Lyons Read “You are free. Be who you already are,” by Rebekah Lyons Visit rebekahlyons.com to learn more about Rebekah. Follow Rebekah on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook LIVE EVENT Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 21st for a LIVE podcast recording event! We’re chatting with actors/actresses who have Down Syndrome, as well as their talent representative, Gail Williamson all about DS representation in the media! Get your tickets here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: LITTLE PASSPORTS Little Passports delivers fun-filled packages right to their door every month, with engaging, hands-on activities, interactive projects, and unique souvenirs just waiting to be discovered. Find special holiday offers and order today for holiday delivery at LittlePassports.com/Lucky. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Mikayla Holmgren is a dancer, pageant star, winner of Miss Minnesota’s Spirit Award and Director’s Award, college graduate, Best Buddies ambassador, and most recently -- a Sephora representative! She also has what she calls “a little side of Down Syndrome!” Not only is this self-advocate the winner of the Miss Amazing pageant that celebrates women with different abilities, Mikayla is also the first woman with Down Syndrome to EVER compete in a state Miss USA pageant, and she won two major awards. No big deal. We could not be more thrilled to sit down with Mikayla Holmgren and her lucky mama, Sandy! Join us for a narrative shifting conversation all about expectations, stereotypes, confidence, independence, and of course, pageant swimsuit competitions. But friends, Mikayla isn’t the only self-advocate shifting the Down Syndrome narrative in the media these days. Join us LIVE for a conversation with more celebrities who are rocking that extra chromosome as well as their talent agent, Gail Williamson. Hear from Jamie Brewer, Jared Kozak + many MORE special guests on Thursday, November 21st in Southern CA! Get your tickets here. __ Connect with Mikayla Holmgren! Instagram Facebook Mikayla for Sephora LIVE EVENT Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 21st for a LIVE podcast recording event! We’re chatting with actors/actresses who have Down Syndrome, as well as their talent representative, Gail Williamson all about DS representation in the media! Get your tickets here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. SPONSOR: LITTLE PASSPORTS Little Passports delivers fun-filled packages right to their door every month, with engaging, hands-on activities, interactive projects, and unique souvenirs just waiting to be discovered. Find special holiday offers and order today for holiday delivery at LittlePassports.com/Lucky. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
What does the future look like for your child with Down Syndrome? It’s a tough question that can overwhelm even the greatest planners. That’s why Phillip Clark created Enable Special Needs Planning (SNP), a company that helps families create comprehensive plans for their children, tailored to their unique abilities, which allow them to thrive each and every day of their lives. At the core of Enable SNP (and probably all of you) is the belief that everyone has the ability to be impactful! That’s why Phillip and the Enable SNP team empower families to begin planning for the future, today. Join us and Phillip Clark for a conversation about a hopeful and impactful future for our kiddos with Down Syndrome (and yours), then grab some tickets to our live recording event on November 21st. Don’t miss out, friends! Get your tickets here. ___ SHOW LINKS Connect with Phillip and Enable SNP: Instagram Facebook enableSNP.com Download the (free) Ultimate Guide here to get started! LIVE EVENT: Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 21st for a LIVE podcast recording event! We’re chatting with actors/actresses who have Down Syndrome, as well as their talent representative, Gail Williamson all about DS representation in the media! Get your tickets here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Wondering how to turn your passions into narrative-shifting movements? (So are we!) That’s why we sat down and chatted with some incredible advocates at the Down Syndrome Diagnosis Network’s Rockin’ Moms Retreat last month! What a joy it was to interview Kristie Magnuson (mother to @gabe.the.babe.and.co), Tamara Pursley of the National Down Syndrome Congress, and Sinead Quinn of Grateful Wellness Co.! We’re talking about everything from t-shirt design to educator conferences and even mental health for moms of children with special needs. Getting to know this community of rockin’ mamas is such a gift! And we’d love to get to know all of you even more next month at our live recording event! Join us for a night of conversation on how the entertainment industry is shifting the Down syndrome narrative with special guests Jamie Brewer, Jared Kozak, Gail Williamson who represents ABC’s Cole Sibus, and many more! Get your tickets here. --- SHOW LINKS Keep up with Gabe the Babe and Co. Instagram Facebook Website Find resources and more from the National Down Syndrome Congress Instagram Facebook Website Check out Grateful Wellness Co. Instagram Facebook Website LIVE EVENT: Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 21st for a LIVE podcast recording event! We’re chatting with actors/actresses who have Down Syndrome, as well as their talent representative, Gail Williamson all about DS representation in the media! Get your tickets here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
“My doctor told me that my baby would have Down Syndrome and then they brought up termination, so I came home and googled Down Syndrome and adoption and you were the first thing that came up..” the beginning of countless conversations Stephanie Thompson shares with expectant parents.  A mother of a 27-year-old son with Down Syndrome herself, Stephanie has walked through those scary stages of the diagnosis process and now walks other parents through this journey. Knowing the uncertainty that accompanies most diagnoses, and the desire of many to parent a child with Down Syndrome, Stephanie created the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network. The NDSAN provides support, education, and counseling to parents expecting a baby with Down Syndrome. Most importantly, they provide options, including adoption. Mercedes and her family are among the many who have connected to their child through the NDSAN’s free services. Thanks to Stephanie’s counseling and guidance 6 years ago, Mercedes and her husband Andy became parents to Sunny. Today, we are so excited to interview Stephanie Thompson and share more information about the National Down Syndrome Adoption Network! Join us for a fun conversation with an extraordinary narrative shifter and don’t forget to keep shouting the worth of people with Down Syndrome wherever you go! ___ SHOW LINKS Connect with the Down Syndrome Adoption Network: Website Facebook Instagram Donate LIVE EVENT: Join us on the evening of Thursday, November 21st for a LIVE podcast recording event! We’re chatting with actors/actresses who have Down Syndrome, as well as their talent representative, Gail Williamson all about DS representation in the media! Get your tickets here. SHOW SPONSOR: QRI (Quantum Reflex Integration) QRI empowers individuals to reach their potential by strengthening neurological connections through cold laser and reflex integration! Head to reflexintegration.net and use code: QRILuckyFew for a FREE QRI Computer Harmonizer valued at $159 with the purchase of an Essentials Package. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Last month, we went to DSDN’s Rockin’ Mom Retreat in Nashville, Tennessee and partied with over 700 moms who have kiddos with Down Syndrome. And we even sat down to interview a few.. including Carissa Carroll, the founder and president of Jack’s Basket! This mother of three children (one of whom rocks an extra chromosome!) learned the hard way that a Down Syndrome diagnosis is not often met with a “Congratulations!” And so, she took matters into her own hands and created Jack’s Basket, a nonprofit organization that hand delivers complimentary gift baskets to families with a new DS diagnosis. Not only has Carissa changed the diagnosis experience for over 1,700 families in 11 different countries, she has developed educational resources for the medical professionals delivering the diagnosis. We cannot wait to tell you more about Carissa and her extraordinary efforts to shout the worth of babies with Down Syndrome. Join us throughout October as we celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness month with more interviews from amazing advocates in this community. __ Visit jacksbasket.org for more information on this incredible organization! Follow Jack’s Basket on Instagram and Facebook! UPCOMING: Stay tuned for a super special live event announcement from us! All you need to know right now is that you’ll want to be there, (oh and it’s happening in November!) Find a Buddy Walk near you to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October! SHOW SPONSOR: BEHNO Guided by ethical principles and sustainability, Behno is a NYC fashion brand that creates beautiful and quality products, including the ‘Nini’ tote to support NDSS! Purchase a tote (or two) and use code: NDSS at checkout to receive a complimentary Tara cardholder, valued at $75. SHOW SPONSOR: QRI (Quantum Reflex Integration) QRI empowers individuals to reach their potential by strengthening neurological connections through cold laser and reflex integration! Head to reflexintegration.net and use code: QRILuckyFew for a FREE QRI Computer Harmonizer valued at $159 with the purchase of an Essentials Package. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
We’re all hoping for great friends for our kiddos, right? And as parents of kids with Down Syndrome, we might be hoping for those great friends even more than most. That’s why we are so excited to talk to you all about Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization that focuses on creating meaningful, one on one, friendships between students with and without different abilities. Here today to tell us all about the program and share their amazing friendship story is (our co-producer) Val Schlieder & her sister, Allison Covell. Starting out as high schoolers in the program and then eventually going on to co-launch their own college group, both ladies have been involved with Best Buddies for nearly 10 years! This set of sisters credits Best Buddies for introducing them to the Down Syndrome community and their best friend/sister, Linzey! Because of what they learned about inclusive friendships, they’re now strong advocates in the differently-abled world, both online and off! You can follow @linzeyslight on Instagram for all things dancing, adults with Down Syndrome, friendship, & more! So friends, join us as we answer your questions about all things inclusive friendship and Best Buddies! How can parents of kids without different abilities encourage their children to have inclusive friendships? How can we make sure students value friendships with their peers who have different abilities? And, how can you join or start a Best Buddies program at your school? __ SHOW LINKS Find out more about Best Buddies and how to join (or start) a program near you! Keep up with today’s guests on Instagram: @linzeyslight Watch Val’s “In Search Of The Lucky Few” video here. Curious about the AAC (augmented alternative communication) device Micha mentioned? Check it out here! SHOW SPONSOR: BEHNO Guided by ethical principles and sustainability, Behno is a NYC fashion brand that creates beautiful and quality products, including the ‘Nini’ tote to support NDSS! Purchase a tote (or two) and use code: NDSS at checkout to receive a complimentary Tara cardholder, valued at $75. SHOW SPONSOR: QRI (Quantum Reflex Integration) QRI empowers individuals to reach their potential by strengthening neurological connections through cold laser and reflex integration! Head to reflexintegration.net and use code: QRILuckyFew for a FREE QRI Computer Harmonizer valued at $159 with the purchase of an Essentials Package. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) gave his family hope when his sister was born, and now he’s giving it right back. Friends, meet Shivam Punjya, the founder of Behno and the brother of Nini, his younger sister with Down Syndrome. Although his beautiful NYC brand of ethically designed handbags started out with goals to increase sustainability and support workers in India, Shivam’s most recent outreach efforts include a cause that’s pretty close to our own hearts.. The Nini Collection! That’s right, he made fashionable, quality handbags accessible to his sister, Nini, and anyone else who might benefit from a rounded zipper and bigger storage space! We love functional fashion, but we love Behno’s collaboration with NDSS even more!  That’s because 20% of every purchase of a ‘Nini’ tote goes straight to NDSS. Check out this extraordinary partnership and join us for an interview with it’s creator, Shivam!  We’re chatting about all things related to having a sibling with Down Syndrome: perspective shifts, family dynamics, sibling rivalries, and more! __ SHOW LINKS Support Behno and NDSS by purchasing the ‘Nini’ tote! 20% of sales go straight to NDSS. Shop here. UPCOMING: Stay tuned for a super special live event announcement from us! All you need to know right now is that you’ll want to be there, (oh and it’s happening in November!) Find a Buddy Walk near you to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October! SHOW SPONSOR: BEHNO Guided by ethical principles and sustainability, Behno is a NYC fashion brand that creates beautiful and quality products, including the ‘Nini’ tote to support NDSS! Purchase a tote (or two) and use code: NDSS at checkout to receive a complimentary Tara cardholder, valued at $75. SHOW SPONSOR: QRI (Quantum Reflex Integration) QRI helps individuals reach their potential by strengthening neurological connections through cold laser and reflex integration! Head to reflexintegration.net and use code: QRILuckyFew for a FREE QRI Computer Harmonizer valued at $159 with the purchase of an Essentials Package. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Another week back to school and we feel all kinds of grateful for the amazing teachers in our lives who literally make learning happen for our kiddos every single day.  Teachers, we’re here to say that we see you, we love you, and we appreciate you!  That’s why today we’re answering questions from you dear listeners about how teachers can modify their classrooms, advocate for all of their students, and become lifelong learners in the process!  Because let’s face it, we ALL have some learning to do, we ALL have some listening to do, and we ALL have some believing-the-best-in-every-student to do!  It’s time to partner with teachers to counter a system that is not in place to support our kiddos with different abilities so we can watch our kids (and their peers!) grow! So friends, join us for a chat about some of the most important adults in our kids' lives, all the ways you can partner with your child’s teacher, and what Heather wishes she knew when she was an educator.  Oh, and we may or may not have a special live event announcement coming your way soon, stay tuned! __ SHOW LINKS Stay tuned for a super special live event announcement from us! All you need to know right now is that you’ll want to be there, (oh and it’s happening in November!) Find a Buddy Walk near you to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Month in October! LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Anyone else feel overwhelmed and under-qualified when the back to school season begins?!  We know we do! But here’s the thing: when it comes to your child’s education, YOU DO YOU.  If you doing you means homeschooling, great!  If it means a fully inclusive general education setting, great!  If it means a special education class setting, great!  This week we’re here to say that we are cheering for you and your child with Down Syndrome at school, at home, and in every space you occupy.  Because when it comes down to it, choosing the “perfect” (if there is such a thing) classroom for your child with Down Syndrome depends on so much more than meets the eye.  We get it, family dynamics shift.  School districts have limited options.  Working parents need to have their kids in school full time.  Accessing the resources to advocate for full inclusion is challenging.  Most education systems are not built for kids with different abilities.  The list goes on, friends. Long story short, we’re all doing the best with what we know.  We’re not all going to die on the same education hill.  In fact, we’re all on different hills supporting our kids and this community the best that we can.  Truth be told, people with Down Syndrome (and all of us!) are lifelong learners.  Remember that we can shout the worth of our kiddos from any platform, in every classroom!  Join us for a chat about all the education options, why we have chosen our paths, and how to feel good about your decisions for your child!  Here’s to lifelong learning, friends! __ SHOW LINKS Read “Teaching Math to People With Down Syndrome” by DeAnna Horstmeier Check out Terry Brown’s So Happy To Learn educational resources for students with Down Syndrome Watch “Not Special Needs” on Youtube LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
It’s official friends, we are back to school.. and we are taking you all with us!  First things first, let’s talk IEPs with the founders of The Inclusive Education Project: Amanda Selogie and Vickie Brett.  These two bright and beautiful lawyers use their extensive knowledge of education law and their passion for people with different abilities to educate families on special education rights and connect them with pro bono legal aid.  And fortunately for us, they’re sharing their top IEP tips and strategies today!  They encourage all of you parents to follow up (in writing) about post-IEP-meeting tasks, provide clear expectations, and create (reasonable) deadlines for everyone on your child’s team.  And remember, if something in the classroom is happening differently for your child than all the other students, it needs to be on the IEP. There is truly no better way to kick off our September Back to School series than with Amanda, Vickie, and their nonprofit - The Inclusive Education Project.  And friends, you can keep the IEP conversation going.. find all the special education information you need and more on Amanda and Vickie’s podcast!  Good luck with all of your back-to-school adventures!  We are cheering you on, friends! ___ SHOW LINKS Connect with Inclusive Education Project Website IEP Podcast Instagram Twitter Facebook Page Facebook Community Group Fundraiser Event LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Scoot Over and Make Some Room: Creating a Space Where Everyone Belongs by Heather Avis is NOW available on Amazon. Head to Youtube and subscribe to The Lucky Few’s NEW Channel: In Search of The Lucky Few. Click here to start watching now! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
This week on The Lucky Few Podcast, we are remembering James Eugene Lanto, better known as Jimbo, and even better known as Jimbo_Is_The_Man on Instagram.  Oh friends, where do we begin?  How do we honor such a valued life and such an important part of this community?  You see, for many of us in the online Down Syndrome world, Jimbo’s Instagram account was the first glimpse of what an adult life could look like for our little ones with extra chromosomes.  Jimbo’s spirit seen through those little squares on our phones gave us immense hope and great joy for our child’s future.  And for those of us who have other children without Down Syndrome, the loving action of Jimbo’s sisters erased our fears that our children’s siblings might one day grow bitter or resentful against their brother or sister with Down Syndrome.  In the eyes of Jimbo’s sisters (and all of his 10 other siblings), Jimbo was more than enough just as he was, never a burden, and always a blessing. So friends, you know that Jimbo truly is the man, and his life deserves a celebration.  Who better to honor Jimbo than his sisters?  (Again!)  That’s right, we are re-releasing a very special episode featuring two of Jimbo’s sisters, Pam and Julie, that our long time listeners might recall as only our 2nd official episode of this podcast!  You see, Jimbo truly has been part of our journey since the very beginning.  We want to thank Jimbo’s entire family, especially his wonderful sisters, for sharing their light and truth with us.  You’ve given us hope and joy like no other.  And Jimbo, you did more for this world in 57 years than most could do with 500.  We are so lucky to have crossed paths with you and your family.  You truly make us #TheLuckyFew. _ SHOW LINKS Remember Jimbo on Instagram: @jimbo_is_the_man Care to listen (or re-listen) to some of our older episodes? You can find them all here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
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