I’m copying and pasting my long letter to the initial guests who will be on my Blog Talk Radio program Beginning this July. Stay tuned for more info!
Thank you so much for agreeing to come on the show. I’ve been amazed at the folks who are willing to help out and said yes with as little information as I’ve provided so far. I have included a list of people who have agreed to come on the show and a short profile of each person.
Here is additional detail about the show.
The show will be at 8:30 PM ET Tuesdays beginning July. If we have an exception to that time we will pre-record the interview and then do a play back at the 9:00 PM time.
The format of the show will be:
5 minute show and guest intro
5 minutes get to know guest questions
10 minutes on topic/story
5 minutes about your product/organization/etc.
10 minutes on listener questions/open discussion (optional)
5 minute outro
West grew up in a neighborhood that, for lack of a better term, had a lot to be desired. He though everyone had bars on their windows and thought it was normal to have your house broken into. Despite his circumstances he managed to become a pharmacist.
In West’s own words “Shortly after I began practicing, I realized that prescription prices were getting out of control. So I had to ask ‘why?’ My patients were complaining more and more about the increasing prices. During this time I began thinking that the people needing these medications are soon going to be in financial trouble. With many seniors on fixed incomes and the prescription prices going up, where is the money going to come from?”
He began his quest to find ways to lower patient prescription costs and along the way, he’s helped many people cut their medication expenses. With more experience and more knowledge, he’s learned that often times expensive prescriptions drugs are not always the only answer to health issues. Diet, nutrition, exercise, and supplementation can all but eliminate the need for most prescription drugs. His true calling is helping people save money at the pharmacy, coaching patients in getting off prescription drugs, and moving patients towards health, happiness, and success.
West and I will be discussing the drugs related to ADD/ADHD. We will discuss the side effects, and possible alternative methods to the drugs such as diet.
Before his son Samuel was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, photojournalist Dan Habib rarely thought about the inclusion of people with disabilities. Now he thinks about inclusion every day. Shot and produced over four years, Habib’s award-winning documentary film, Including Samuel, honestly chronicles the Habib family’s efforts to include Samuel in every facet of their lives. The film also features four other families with varied inclusion experiences, plus interviews with dozens of teachers, young people, parents and disability rights experts.
Including Samuel has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, Good Morning America NOW and in the Washington Post and the Boston Globe. Exceptional Parent magazine said “Including Samuel is a must see film.” The film won the Positive Images in Media award from TASH, an international group committed to the full inclusion of people with disabilities. The film was also screened at the Sprout Film Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC) and named “Best Documentary” at the Somewhat North of Boston Film Festival.
The Including Samuel Project is part of the Institute on Disability/UCED, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization at the University of New Hampshire. The project’s mission is to build more inclusive schools and communities through curriculum, training, and outreach.
Including Samuel was edited by Rikk Desgres of Pinehurst Pictures and Sound.
Dan and I will be discussing inclusion and the impacts his movie has had in places it has been viewed.
Theresa aka The Mother Lode is a wife, writer and mom to three great kids….one of whom was diagnosed with ADHD several years ago.
Her goal and passion is to help parents take a fresh look at their kids and consider the tremendous giftings and unique talents that frequently lay on just the other side of a “label”.
If you suspect your child has ADHD or learning differences…hang out with Theresa a bit and talk! She will encourage you and maybe share a new perspective that will be a breath of fresh new life into your home. And….you may even have a laugh along the way.
Theresa has been writing for over ten years on topics relating to parenting and home life and is also available to speak to groups on learning differences.
Theresa and I will discuss the joy’s and challenges of parenting a child with ADHD/ADD, Dyslexic and what we can do as parents to ensure the success of our children. This conversation will be relevant to all parents but focus on the ADHD/ADD and Dyslexic child.
D.J. Gregory was born with Cerebral Palsy. In 2007 he commited to walk every hole of the 2007-2008 PGA Tournament. He accomplished his goal and walked 900 miles in a year. During his walk D.J. documented his experience wand interviewed the golfers he followed. The blog can be found on the PGA blog site. D.J. walked every round of all 44 events. There is no Pro on the tour who accomplishes this task
Along the way, D.J. raised money for Cerebral Palsy. He picked up sponsors such as Southwest Airlines, Footjoy, Outback Steakhouse, Ashworth, Cannon, and Ritz-Carleton. The PGA calls D.J.’s journey “The Longest Walk in Golf.” And he ended up walking 3,168 holes.
D.J. has a Masters in Sports management and has recently published a book about his experience on the PGA Tour called “Walking with Friends: An Inspirational Year on the PGA Tour.” The book is an excellent read.
D.J. and I will be discussing his experience, how he came up with the idea, and what steps he took to make his dream a reality. We will talk about his perspective on his disability and how he focuses on his abilities rather than his disabilities.
Traci Flome – Speech Therapist
Mrs. Flome works with children who have a wide variety of challenges, including auditory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, language delay, mitochondrial disorder, sensory processing disorders, and speech sound disorders. She also has a vast experience with the adult population ranging from aphasia, cognitive deficits, voice and swallowing disorders.
Traci is a proud graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a minor in Education. She completed her Masters of Education in Communication Disorders at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Traci established Express Yourself Speech Pathology Services, LLC in 2006 after working at various private clinics, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities and the public school system. She holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence and is the recipient of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s(ASHA) Award for Continuing Education. She is an active member of ASHA, the Georgia Speech-Language Hearing Association (GSHA), and Dysphagia Interest Group of Georgia (DIGG).
Traci is a big believer in Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wilder’s Floortime program which is a comprehensive assessment and intervention program that combines an understanding of the child’s individual sensory strengths and needs, the child’s developmental level, and the child’s most important relationships.
Traci strives to establish a close relationship with the families she works with in order to improve the potential and progress for her clients. She is a native Atlantan and is married to another native Atlantan, Jeff. They are the proud parents of their almost two year old son known to all as “Mr. Noah”
On a personal note: Traci is a wonderful family friend and overall incredible person who cares deeply about her family and the work she does. Traci and I will be discussing treatments and how to recognize the need for treatment in children with CP.
Jared Miller is an incredible story. When he was 7 he saw the video for “We are the World” and seeing the starving children of Ethiopia made a profound impression on him. As a child he would help stray and abandoned children by bringing them into his home with the support of his parents. As Jared got older he became involved in Leonard Peltier programs, the American Indian Movement and Martin Luther king marches as well as other civil right movements.
In 2001, Jared have a personal loss and experienced the pain of drug and alcohol abuse but luckily had a brother who helped him get back on his feet and back on the right track for his life. Jared did some introspection and decided that he was at his best when helping others.
He volunteered and lobbied for non-profits such as ONE Campaign, Save Darfur, Genocide Intervention Fund and many others. He was also a partner in a private equity firm called The incubator Group. He enjoyed developing business as part of this group and in November of 2005 went to Rwanda for to set up a project called Project Rwanda. When in Rwandan he met a group of women who were trying to find an alternate means of survival other than prostitution. This is when Jared decided to start KEZA.
KEZA is a non-profit that believes in an African term called “unbuntu.” Ubuntu means interconnectedness, loyalty, equality, respect. KEZA’s mission is below:
KEZA is the result of 3 years of R&D on the ground in Rwanda. Our name means “beautiful” in their native tongue, Kinyarwanda. We are a “people inspired fashion company”, inspired by the people creating our extraordinary fashion goods. We are developing the lives and businesses of African women; giving them something they can believe in and own. And for the first time, they are in control of their destiny. Through our one-of-a-kind products, we are shining a new kind of spotlight on Africa; one that tells the story of the beauty and excellence of its land, and of its people.
KEZA is dedicated to developing sustainable fashion businesses from women’s cooperatives in Africa. We will ensure sustainability, integrity, efficiency and quality from all of our partners. We will empower our partners to own their own businesses and work autonomously from KEZA. We will help establish Africa’s position in the luxury fashion industry and bring much needed income and careers to those in need. We will no longer speak of “those Africans” living in poverty. KEZA is where “they” become “we”, and together we will strive to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor.
At KEZA, we subscribe to the “ubuntu” philosophy in all that we do. We lead by example, and we believe in a world of “we”, not “us and them”. Bishop Desmond Tutu described it best when he said: “Ubuntu is the essence of being a person. It means that we are people through other people. We cannot be fully human alone. We are made for interdependence, we are made for family. When you have ubuntu, you embrace others. You are generous, compassionate. If the world had more ubuntu, we would not have war. We would not have this huge gap between the rich and the poor. You are rich so that you can make up what is lacking for others. You are powerful so that you can help the weak, just as a mother or father helps their children. This is God’s dream.” KEZA aspires to spread this philosophy through our products, our example, and our partners in Africa.
On top of everything Jared has accomplished he has dyslexia.
Jared and I will talk about his life journey. The challenges he has faced as a dyslexic, in his personal life, and as a social entrepreneur.
Susan started a non-profit in 1982 called the Adaptive Learning Center.
In her daily work Ms. Tauber met many parents of children with developmental disabilities. These parents represented multi-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and came from communities all over Georgia. However, they shared one common desire— for their children to have equal access to quality early childhood programs like those available to children without disabilities.
Families of children with disabilities wanted the same social and academic learning opportunities for their children that typically had been available to only non-disabled children. Mrs. Tauber created ALC in response to the concerns and needs of these parents and their children.
The ALC’s mission is to maximizes the potential of young children with disabilities, and create awareness and acceptance between people with and without disabilities. ALC achieves this through:
- An early intervention program that integrates therapy and education in warm, nurturing, inclusive preschools.
- Support services that help family members understand and cope with issues related to raising a child with special needs.
- Education and consultation to help communities build resources that foster acceptance and support of people with differences and empower them to become active, contributing citizens.
Personally we enrolled my daughter in the ALC and had a wonderful experience. Susan is a magnificent person and has been a visionary in the field of education and inclusion. Susan and I will discuss the changes she has seen over the last 25 years in education of special needs and inclusion.
As a child, Bill Allen experienced great difficulty in learning to read and struggled to be successful in school. He worked hard to earn his BBA from Georgia State University. Facing continued learning difficulties in his adult years, Bill moved through 42 different jobs in 20 years, always moving on when his dyslexic reading and writing limitations produced overwhelming stress as he advanced in a job. In his 40s, Bill learned how to solve his own learning and reading difficulties with the techniques of a popular and successful learning program of the time. He then began to tutor children and developed tools to empower them to learn to read.
During the next 8 years, Bill personally tutored more than 150 children. They and their parents traveled – often great distances – to work intensively with Bill for five days, one child at a time. The program he used were costly and required months of lengthy follow up at home. Therefore, the program’s results were available only to those who could afford it.
Intuitively, Bill knew that an easier and more cost effective way had to be created to help every child who has difficulty learning to read – and he was committed to finding the solution to this dilemma. Bill’s creative, dyslexic mind went to work solving this problem and designing multiple solutions.
Ultimately, “The Learning to Read Program” was created so that every family could stay home and teach their children to read. Bill, it has been said, has unlocked the code and, plainly, he can give you (even if you’re a parent yearning for help for your struggling child) the keys you need to enable your own child!
Bill and I will discuss his personal history, the challenges he has had, how he developed his company and the successes his program has had.
AND I’m currently talking with other potential guests.
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