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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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Canada

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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.

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English

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Episodes

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

12/7/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:26:05


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

11/30/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:50:04


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

11/23/2017
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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...

Duration: 01:05:12


#037: Redesigning the Disability Service Organization

11/16/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:52:38


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

11/9/2017
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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...

Duration: 00:13:39


#035: Thinking Differently About Disability, with David Hasbury

11/2/2017
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This week’s guest on the podcast/ blog is David Hasbury. David shares the history of disability, and disability services to help us understand how we got to where were are today. David also shares how we can think differently about disability to create a world where people with disabilities are included as citizens. For more than 30 years, David has been committed to empowering people with disabilities to creatively shape the world around them. Since 2008, Dave has collaborated with Patti...

Duration: 00:51:22


#034 How to Build Intentional Community, with Janet Klees and Linda Dawe

10/26/2017
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Learn what intentional community is, and the building blocks to build your own intentional community. This week, I am re-sharing an important conversation from Episode #022 on Intentional Community, with Janet Klees and Linda Dawe. 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-governedDeohaeko Support Network for over 20 years. She is the author of...

Duration: 00:17:34


#033: Foster Family Care in Geel Belgium, with Toni Smit

10/19/2017
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Learn how the OPZ family care system works, and hear Toni Smit’s foster family experience. Also, hear the benefits and drawbacks of being a foster family. Geel Belgium and OPZ Family Care: The family care system in Geel Belgium evolved in the 1300’s from the local legend for St. Dymphna. It was thought that St. Dymphna could cure any illness, and many people traveled to Geel to be cured, and ended up in the care of the church. When there was no more room left in the church families in...

Duration: 00:25:30


#032: Siblings and The Power of ‘Why Not?’, with Melissa Janson

10/10/2017
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Siblings supporting their brother’s and sister’s on friendships, dating, and dreaming big, with Melissa Janson Today, we are kicking off our second mini-series on the podcast, and over the next few months we are going to focusing in on siblings. Siblings are often forgotten about in the family equation when there is a disability in the family, yet they can play such an important role. In this mini-series, we are going to be trying to answer a couple of questions about siblings; ‘What...

Duration: 00:51:37


#031: Innovative Ideas and Mindsets to Housing, with Jessica Cave of Bridges to Belonging

10/3/2017
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Jessica and I discuss her approach to helping families create a home, lessons learned from the Be At Home Creative Housing Supports project , innovative housing solutions, overcoming barriers to housing, as well as some great resources. This week’s guest on the Empowering Ability Podcast/ Blog is Jessica Cave, Creative Housing Supports Coordinator at Bridges to Belonging in Kitchener, Ontario. Jessica supports people with developmental disabilities and their families who are looking to...

Duration: 00:37:20


#030: Creating a Secure Future, with Brendon Pooran

9/26/2017
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In this podcast, we discuss the most common question Brendon is asked by families, which is: ‘How do I secure the future for my loved one with a disability?’ This week’s guest on the Empowering Ability podcast / blog is Brendon Pooran, Principal lawyer at Pooran Law in Toronto, Ontario. Brendon always had an interest in disability law, which stems from his life experience as he grew up with siblings that have a disability. Brendon and his team provide advice to families and agencies in...

Duration: 00:43:39


#029: Bill Hiltz’s Story: Freed From the Cage of Incapability

9/20/2017
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Bill Hiltz shares his story of how he was mistreated and caged in an institution as a toddler, freed by loving people, and how he has grown into a leader advocating for positive change for people with disabilities. In this podcast episode, I had the pleasure of interviewing ‘Team Bill’, including; Bill Hiltz, and his supporters Joyce Balaz and Arn Row. Bill is a disability advocate that is promoting positive change in the Ontario political arena by sharing what it is like to live in his...

Duration: 00:52:47


#028: Self-Care and Parenting, with Ann Douglas

9/12/2017
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Parenting author, Ann Douglas, discusses parenting a child with a mental illness /disability, and practicing self-care so we are available as care-givers. This week on the podcast/ blog I welcome Ann Douglas, author of numerous books on parenting with over half a million copies sold. Ann and I discuss her newest book titled “Parenting Through the Storm”, which is a guide to parenting a child who is struggling with Mental health, neuro-developmental, or behavioural challenges. We also...

Duration: 00:31:12


#027: Creating a Culture of Possibility, with Jeff Dobbin

9/6/2017
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In this week’s podcast/ blog our featured guest is Jeff Dobbin, Executive Director of Partners for Planning (P4P) in Toronto Ontario. Jeff and I discuss the idea of creating a culture of possibility for people with disabilities, why planning and intentionality is so important, the three most important building blocks to think about when getting started with planning, and the resources that P4P provides to help you create an incredible ordinary life. P4P, an affiliate of PLAN BC and a...

Duration: 00:31:21


#026: A 4-Part Strategy for Building Natural Relationships, With Janet Klees

8/29/2017
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We welcome Janet Klees back to the podcast/ blog this week discuss building natural relationships, bio medical approaches to well-being, and the different approach her organization, Durham Association for Family Respite Services, takes to supporting families. Janet has been involved in the lives of people with disabilities, their families, and allies in community for over 30 years. She is the author of three books which are directly rooted in her experience with the Deohaeko Family Support...

Duration: 01:10:20


#025: Giving People Their Own Front Door, with Chris Woodhead of Dimensions UK (Housing Mini-Series Part 5/6)

8/22/2017
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This week’s guest on Empowering Ability Podcast and Blog is Chris Woodhead, Group Director of Housing and Business Development for Dimensions UK. We talk about housing in the UK, and the approach Dimensions UK has for supporting people with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) to find and create a home in Part 5/6 of the mini-series on housing for people with a disability. Chris Woodhead has twenty years of experience in the housing, care and charity sectors in the...

Duration: 00:42:28


#024: Breaking Down Stigma, with Jackie Goldstein

8/16/2017
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In my conversations with people with disabilities, their families, and supporters one of the biggest dreams they have is social acceptance. This blog and podcast gives steps we can take to start creating a more inclusive world for people with disabilities. We are talking stigma in part 2 of our interview with Jackie Goldstein. Jackie is an observer, educator, author and speaker on community care support models. Jackie’s book, ’Voices of Hope For Mental Illness; Not Against, With’, shares...

Duration: 00:21:21


#023: Michael Mainland’s Story of Building an Ordinary Life, with Alice Mainland

8/9/2017
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This is the story of Michael Mainland’s incredible ordinary life. Michael is 38 years old, works at Boston Pizza, has his own house, lives with a roommate and volunteers regularly. What may come as a surprise to some is that Michael has a developmental disability that caused him to become non-verbal and reduced fine motor skills as he grew older. Michael’s Story in Starting in High School: I had the opportunity to interview Michael’s mother, Alice Mainland, to learn Michael’s story and...

Duration: 00:43:32


#022: Lessons in Building Community, Housing, and a Good Life, with Janet Klees and Members of the Deohaeko Support Network

8/3/2017
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Hear the story of the Rougemount Housing Co-operative & the Deohaeko Support Network, learn what intentional community is and how to build it, learn the key factors that made Rougemount a success for people with a disability, and get a different perspective on creating a home for people with a disability. This is part 4 of 6 of the mini-series on housing for people with a disability on the Empowering Ability podcast. In this episode, I bring you the story of Rougemount Co-operative...

Duration: 01:08:20


#021: New Facebook Like Platform for People with Disability, with Dale Reardon

7/25/2017
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Founder of online social media platform My Disability Matters, Dale Reardon, comes on the podcast to discuss this new platform for people with disabilities. Dale, now 47, went blind at the age of 17 from Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, which is an inherited form of vision loss that usually begins in a person’s teens or twenties. Dale has had an abundant career as a lawyer, tourist operator, and even worked for the Australia tax office before becoming a technology entrepreneur alongside...

Duration: 00:35:13

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