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Focus on the Future is a podcast for caregivers and families supporting people with disabilities. In each episode, a conversation about the journey of discovering our best life and how to achieve it. While exploring legal, financial, and quality of life structures, Focus on the Future will help you get back to what matters most: living a fulfilling and meaningful life that is defined by you. Focus on the Future is a podcast of The Arc Minnesota, a non-profit organization advocating for folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Focus on the Future launches on October 15!

Focus on the Future is a podcast for caregivers and families supporting people with disabilities. In each episode, a conversation about the journey of discovering our best life and how to achieve it. While exploring legal, financial, and quality of life structures, Focus on the Future will help you get back to what matters most: living a fulfilling and meaningful life that is defined by you. Focus on the Future is a podcast of The Arc Minnesota, a non-profit organization advocating for folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Focus on the Future launches on October 15!

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United States

Description:

Focus on the Future is a podcast for caregivers and families supporting people with disabilities. In each episode, a conversation about the journey of discovering our best life and how to achieve it. While exploring legal, financial, and quality of life structures, Focus on the Future will help you get back to what matters most: living a fulfilling and meaningful life that is defined by you. Focus on the Future is a podcast of The Arc Minnesota, a non-profit organization advocating for folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Focus on the Future launches on October 15!

Language:

English

Contact:

(952) 920-0855


Episodes

Episode 10: Guardianship, Decision Making, & Other Options

2/18/2020
In episode 10 of Focus on the Future, we talk about decision making and guardianship. In Minnesota, there are many options, including supported decision making, full & limited guardianship, authorized representation, and more. Tune in to hear about what each option means, and how it could be a good fit for the person with a disability and you as a caregiver. Guardianship and its other options are an important piece in honoring choice and defining a life that is fulfilling and meaningful to...

Duration:00:24:26

Episode 9: Health Care Directives with Honoring Choices Minnesota

2/4/2020
Creating a health care directive is an important step in planning for the future. It's a gift that lets your family know what choices to make regarding your health care if you are unable to voice that choice for yourself. In this podcast episode, Focus on the Future host Allycia Wolff talks with Maggie O'Connor of Honoring Choices Minnesota. Together, they discuss what goes into a health care directive and why it is important to you and your family. About Honoring Choices...

Duration:00:26:19

Episode 8: Building Friendships and Community with Angela Amado

1/21/2020
Episode 8 of Focus on the Future highlights the importance of building friendship within the community. Guest Angela Amado shares her knowledge on the importance of building lasting friendships and relationships with people with disabilities. Angela suggests that valuing what people with disabilities bring to the table is a great way to form lasting relationships with them. She also stresses the importance of creating friendships between people with disabilities and people without...

Duration:00:38:38

Episode 7: Safer Future Planning with Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons

1/7/2020
What role does safety play in future planning? Can we really plan for a safer future? In this episode of Focus on the Future, host Allycia Wolff interviews Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons. Dr. Fitzsimons is a professor of social work at Mankato State University. She is also a board member of The Arc Minnesota. In their conversation, Allycia Wolff and Dr. Fitzsimons discuss how we can empower our children and re-think what it means to be safe. About Dr. Nancy Fitzsimons Dr. Fitzsimons earned her MSW...

Duration:00:25:35

Episode 6: Self-Care as Caregivers with the Thayer Family

12/17/2019
As a caregiver, you are often focused on the care of others. But what about caring for yourself? In this episode, join host Allycia Wolff as she talks with the Thayer family about self-care. Brian and Jen Thayer are parents to Roa and Gunner, one of whom has special needs. In this episode, they talk about making time for yourself, communication, and finding the things that make you whole. Resources mentioned in this episode Dad's Support Group meets the first Saturday of the month at 5pm...

Duration:00:34:47

Episode 5: Reach Financial Goals with ABLE

12/2/2019
In 2014, President Obama signed into law the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act, better known as ABLE. The ABLE Act allows for people with disabilities to save money without disrupting their benefits. On Episode 5 of Focus on the Future, host Allycia Wolff chats with Katie McDermott about ABLE Accounts. Katie is the Self-Advocate Associate at The Arc Minnesota. In their conversation, they talk about how ABLE can keep you financially secure and living the life that you choose. About...

Duration:00:19:07

Episode 4: How to Make Financial Planning Powerful, Not Painful with Roger Grumdahl

11/19/2019
In future planning, we talk about the three-legged stool: legal, financial, & quality of life. In episode 4 of Focus on the Future, we are talking about financial planning. Listen as host Allycia Wolff talks with Roger Grumdahl. Roger is a financial planner and the father of Krista, his adult daughter with special needs. In this episode, he walks us through what financial planning looks like and how it can be a powerful experience and a great gift that you can give your family. About...

Duration:00:33:17

Episode 3: The Power of Choice in a Good Life

11/5/2019
Episode 3 of Focus on the Future is about quality of life. In this episode, host Allycia Wolff talks with Tori Hickenbotham-Westeren. Tori is The Arc Minnesota's Chief Planning & Program Officer. In their conversation, Allycia and Tori discuss what makes a good life, and how parents and caregivers can take steps to ensure their child is safe and happy. Also in this episode, Allycia has a conversation with Dan Hood. Dan is the founder of HoodWave Disability Radio, a podcast by people with...

Duration:00:34:23

Episode 2: Understanding Special Needs Legal Planning with Jason Schellack

10/22/2019
In Episode 2, host Allycia Wolff talks with attorney Jason Schellack. As Executive Director of the Autism Advocacy & Law Center, Jason shares his expertise on special needs estate planning. In this episode, Allycia and Jason dive into the various trusts and wills that financially and legally prepare you for the future. About the Autism Advocacy & Law Center Since 2009, the Autism Advocacy & Law Center has provided high-quality, cost-effective legal services to individuals with disabilities...

Duration:00:27:55

Episode 1: Starting Future Planning with the Kadwell Family

10/22/2019
In Episode 1, host Allycia Wolff interviews the Kadwell family from New Brighton, MN. Worried about what it would mean when their son Micah became a legal adult, Nicole and Frank came to The Arc Minnesota during Micah’s senior year of high school. They developed a person-centered plan through our FutureLife Options program. In this episode, the Kadwell family talks about the planning process and the emotions and fears they overcame. Questions? You can find more information about Focus on...

Duration:00:24:27

Episode 0: One Small Step Towards Future Planning

9/12/2019
“My hope is that this podcast will give people the information that they need to take that step forward … Because future planning doesn’t have to be scary and paralyzing. It can be hopeful and can have forward progress.” Episode Zero of Focus on the Future is an introductory episode. In this episode, our host Allycia Wolff introduces herself and The Arc Minnesota, and shares her hopes for the podcast. She also explains what future planning is and why it is important to you. At the end of...

Duration:00:10:09