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A podcast that gets people with disability the information they need to create an awesome life. Created by Eric Goll, professional life coach, entrepreneur, and brother to Sarah, who happens to have a developmental disability.

A podcast that gets people with disability the information they need to create an awesome life. Created by Eric Goll, professional life coach, entrepreneur, and brother to Sarah, who happens to have a developmental disability.
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A podcast that gets people with disability the information they need to create an awesome life. Created by Eric Goll, professional life coach, entrepreneur, and brother to Sarah, who happens to have a developmental disability.






#055: Navigating Grief, with Yvonne Heath

Yvonne defines grief, how to support others that are grieving, and shares her 7 takeaways to navigate through life, grief, and end of life. In this episode of the Empowering Ability podcast, we have an in-depth conversation on grief with nurse and author, Yvonne Health. In this conversation, Yvonne defines grief, how to support others that are grieving, the difference between quality and quantity of life, and her 7 takeaways to navigate through life, grief, and end of life. Yvonne is an...


#054: Ben Drew's Mission to Fight Oppression and Create Ordinary Lives for People with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Learn about the Open Future Learning training resource for supporters of people that have an IDD, & how Ben Drew is fighting the oppression of people with IDDs. In this podcast/ blog I had a pleasure of speaking with Ben Drew, Founder of Open Future Learning. Ben has over 20 years of experience working with people with an intellectual or developmental disability starting as learning disability nurse, then going on to create an individualized housing and support service, and he is now...


#053: Personal Support Networks, with Rebecca Pauls

In this episode, you will learn all about Personal Support Networks! You might have heard of support circles, circles, microboards, or aroha's (there are probably names I'm missing), but theses are all forms of Personal Support Networks. Rebecca Pauls, Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN), shares with us with us what a Personal Support Network is, how they can benefit you, and how to go about building one. Rebecca is the Director of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network...


#052: Creating a Pathway to Employment, with Joe Dale

Joe Dale and I explore the untapped labour pool of people with disabilities, uncover the benefits of employing people with disabilities, and discuss approaches people with disabilities can take to gain employment. Today businesses are asking, ‘Where do we find good people?’, and people with disabilities are asking ‘Where do I get a job?’. This podcast/ blog with Joe Dale, Executive Director of the Ontario Disability Employment Network (ODEN), explores these questions. Joe has worked...


#051: 9 Insights on Creating a Home for People with Disabilities

Learn from world class experts on housing for people with developmental disability. I’m excited to bring you this podcast/ blog episode on the best of creating a home for people with intellectual/ developmental disabilities (IDD). In this episode, I have compiled audio clips that provide insights from 9 interviews I’ve completed with guests on creating a home for people with disabilities, along with my insights as a family coach. My desire to share this with you also comes from the...


#050: We Are All Caregivers, With Donna Thomson

Author and speaker, Donna Thomson, takes us on the journey of a caregiver. In Episode #050, I had the pleasure of interviewing Donna Thomson and we dove into the topic of caregiving. Donna is an author and speaker on issues relating to family caregiving, disability and aging. She is a patient and family advisor on health research and policy. Donna teaches family caregivers how to advocate for care in hospital and in the community. If you find this read interesting you can listen to...


#049: Mental Health is Health, with Dr. Yona Lunsky

Dr. Yona Lunsky discusses state of mental health and developmental disability, how to notice mental health challenges, and different treatments. In this episode, I welcome Dr. Yona Lunsky on to the podcast to talk about developmental disability (DD) and Mental Health. Dr. Yona Lunsky is Director of the Azriei Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health, and Director of the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) Program at CAMH. She is...


#048: Personal Transformation and Disability, with Ted Kuntz

Ted Kuntz shares his journey of personal transformation as he realized the who he wanted to be in the world with his son Joshua and with others. Ted Kuntz is a gifted psychotherapist and the author of the best-selling books, Peace Begins With Me and 8 Weeks to A Better Relationship. Ted has a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology and more than 25 years experience as a clinician and a consultant. Much of Ted’s wisdom has come from his personal journey as the father of a child with...


#047: Mindshift & Enlightened Attentiveness, with Michael Kendrick

Learn how people with disabilities have lived, how they are living, and what we have learned from renowned consultant Michael Kendrick. [4-minute read, 65-minute listen] It is my pleasure to bring to you episode #047 with well-known international consultant in Human Services, Michael Kendrick PhD. Michael is involved in consulting, education and evaluative work with many governments, private agencies, advocacy groups, community organizations, universities and colleges across the...


#046: Re-Writing Our Stories, with Brian Raymond King

Brian shares his story of multiple health challenges and family adversities, and his insights about how we can re-write our story and take control of our lives. In this episode, I have an engaging conversation with life coach, Brian Raymond King. Throughout Brian’s life he’s been a student of adversity as he experienced multiple health diagnosis including; cancer, ADHD and MS – as well as going through a divorce, and being a single parent to three children with ADHD. Brian shares his...


#045: Uncovering the Truth: We are Oppressing People with Disabilities, With Lynne Seagle

Guest Lynne Seagle shares how her organizaton was oppressing people with disabilities, and what they did about it. This week’s guest is Lynne Seagle, CEO of Hope House Foundation, a not-for-profit organization started in 1964 by family members whom had sons and daughters with developmental disabilities in Virginia, USA. These families wanted something other than an institutional living for their loved ones, so they started the first group home in the state of Virginia. Hope house grew...


#044: Resiliency and Compassion, with Joscelyn Duffy

Guest Joscelyn Duffy shares her strategies of resiliency through her recovery from a life threatening illness, & we discuss how to be a compassionate supporter. Joscelyn Duffy is a communication and contribution strategist who travels the world serving leaders in the development of their messages, model and methodologies. At the young age of 26, Joscelyn went from high potential employee in the financial sector and marathon runner to being bed ridden for 2 years with a life threatening...


#043: Building Relationship and Inclusion, with Nick Maisey

Guest Nick Maisey, founder of Befriend, shares his insights on building relationships and creating more inclusive cultures. Nick is an Occupational Therapist, social entrepreneur and community builder from Perth, Australia. With the support of the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, Nick completed a Social Change Fellowship to undertake an international information exchange, to enhance his learning of innovative, effective approaches to fostering the development of relationships and...


#042: Understanding the Sibling Experience, with Helen Ries

Welcome to Episode #042 of the Empowering Ability Podcast/ Blog. Today’s episode is about ‘Understanding the Sibling Experience, with Helen Ries.’ Before we get into the content of this episode, first some housekeeping because it has been awhile since you have heard from me. Almost 4 months in fact. In December 2017, I shared with you that the podcast would be taking a break for a couple of months so that I could develop new content and complete a few projects. However, life got...


#041: A 4-Stage Framework to Build Relationships, for People with Disabilities, with Al Condeluci and Keenan Wellar

Al Condeluci provides us with a 4-stage framework to build social capital (meaningful relationships) for people with disabilities. Keenan Wellar also joins us to share the experience of putting the framework into action with his team at LiveWorkPlay. This podcast was created from a segment in Episode 006, so it might be the second listen for you long time listeners, but it is so good that it is worth another listen! The approach that Al Condeluci shares is a 180-degree approach from...


#040: Let it Rain, with Dr. Jennifer Forristal (N.D.)

Dr. Jen created the The Umbrella Project which embodies the idea of using challenges life throws at us as an opportunity to learn new skills and cope. In this week’s episode of the Empowering Ability podcast, I had the pleasure of chatting with good friend, Dr. Jennifer Forristal (aka Dr. Jen). Dr. Jen helps us to understand the approach a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D) takes with a patient, educates us on gluten/dairy/ egg free diets, shares common questions and answers from the developmental...


#039: Siblings - Our Most Important Relationship, with Don Meyer

Don is one of the world’s leading experts on siblings, and has supported siblings for the last 35 years. Don Meyer, Director of the Sibling Support Project. The Sibling Support Project is a national program in the United States, with international presence, dedicated to the millions of brothers and sisters of people with developmental disabilities. The program is supported by Washington state’s largest early intervention center, the Kindering Center. Why Are Brothers and Sisters So...


#038: Learn To Empower Yourself, with Dr. Annick Janson

In this week’s episode on the Empowering Ability Podcast we welcome guest Dr. Annick Janson, whom resides in NZ. Dr. Annick Janson is a clinical phycologist, and a mother of 3 children. Her youngest child, Yaniv, is on the spectrum, and life changed quite a bit when he came into their lives. Annick carries the deep personal experiences of being both a family member and a service professional. As a professional, clinical phycologist, Annick followed a typical pathway, and became...


#037: Redesigning the Disability Service Organization

In 1995, Patti looked to redesign the disability support organization, moving away from the norm, and she co-founded Neighbours Inc.; an organization that supports people in an individualized way to live a full life in a community in the of their choosing. What led Patti to do things differently? Paraphrasing from the podcast, Patti Shares: It was the inequities that I saw. In the group homes (I worked in), people were living with the same people that they were living with in the...


#036: Non-Medical Approaches to Well-Being, with Janet Klees

Discussing bio medical (non-medical) approaches to well-being for people with disabilities. This week’s podcast/ blog is a rebroadcast from Episode #026 with Janet Klees. Janet Klees has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and allies in community for over 30 years. Until recently, she has been coordinator with the family-governed Deohaeko Support Network for over 20 years. She is the author of three books which are directly rooted in the Deohaeko...