121: Highlighting the Year Ahead
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
1M ago
Navigating the complexities of the special needs community is fraught with challenges, and the current workforce crisis in the disability sector is a cliff we're all facing together. Annette has seen firsthand how the pandemic has eroded the support program landscape as a special needs mom, attorney, and author. It's time we discuss the dire statistics and what they mean for our loved ones. The scarcity of direct support professionals (DSPs) is at a critical point. In this episode of Parenting Impossible, we're pulling back the curtain on the harsh realities service providers are grappling wit ..read more
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119: Embracing a Sabbatical Year: Reflections on Change, Growth, and Finding True Joy
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
3M ago
Sometimes, it’s essential to step back and assess the path we're on - that's exactly what I did this year. After years of fighting the impacts of a global crisis on both my personal and professional life, I made the radical decision to take a sabbatical year. A year to disconnect from “extracurriculars” and focus on my business, my team, and myself. A year to reflect on what truly brings me joy, and rediscover the activities and people I truly missed.  Join me as I recount the unanticipated benefits of this self-imposed sabbatical. Listen to how I navigated the process of refocusing my en ..read more
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Advocating for Universal Changing Tables: Changing Spaces Campaign
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
5M ago
Ever felt the pangs of frustration trying to navigate public spaces with a disability or care for someone who does?  This frustration fueled the journey of an extraordinary parent advocating for change, Jayme Betts who serves as the Massachusetts Chapter Leader of the Changing Spaces Campaign.  She shares an illuminating exploration of her mission to make public spaces more accessible for people with disabilities, inspired by her own experiences with her daughter, Sophia, who has Soto Syndrome. Jayme’s story is one of determination and resilience, as she used her personal struggle t ..read more
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Housing for Adults with Disabilities: Shared Living Solutions
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
5M ago
What's one of the biggest issues most special needs families worry about?  Housing.   This episode unlocks the complexities of the intricate world of housing for those with some form of intellectual or developmental disability or (IDD) with the help of special guest, Pam Blanton, founder and CEO of Partners4Housing.   Tune in to discover how Partners4Housing is changing the lives of families in Washington state by empowering families to create housing solutions that meet the unique needs of their loved ones with IDD and create a real solution for the future. Hear about Partners ..read more
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The Power of a Picture: Special Needs Portraiture
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
5M ago
What happens when a mother’s fierce love for her special needs child intertwines with her passion for photography? Magic! Join us on this heartwarming journey with Marcie Randall, a dedicated mother, and an exceptional photographer, as she turns her struggles and triumphs navigating the healthcare system for her medically fragile son into a beacon of hope for other families. Marcie's inspiring story combines advocacy, photography, and parenting in a way that's as enlightening as it is moving. Can capturing the moment make a difference? Absolutely! Marcie, through her business - Sunschein Phot ..read more
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National Suicide Prevention Month: The Healing Power of Kindness
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
6M ago
The intensity of grief can feel like an insurmountable mountain. A profound loss, the passing of Host Annette Hines' beloved daughter, Elizabeth, led her down a path of unimaginable pain, reshaping her identity as a mother and her life. Through the waves of grief, Annette discovered a lifeline in a local grief group, offering a haven where she could share, cry, and heal. This episode serves as an open invitation to join in Annette's journey of remembrance, honoring suicide prevention month, and emphasizing how simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference. We all have a role to play ..read more
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National Suicide Prevention Month: The Healing Power of Kindness
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
6M ago
The intensity of grief can feel like an insurmountable mountain. A profound loss, the passing of Host Annette Hines' beloved daughter, Elizabeth, led her down a path of unimaginable pain, reshaping her identity as a mother and her life. Through the waves of grief, Annette discovered a lifeline in a local grief group, offering a haven where she could share, cry, and heal. This episode serves as an open invitation to join in Annette's journey of remembrance, honoring suicide prevention month, and emphasizing how simple acts of kindness can make a world of difference. We all have a role to play ..read more
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Growing Up as a Special Needs Sibling
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
6M ago
Have you ever wondered about the unique life experiences of siblings of special needs children? We promise to enlighten you on this rarely discussed topic, as we welcome two individuals who've lived this reality -- Hillary Dunn Stanisz, a senior attorney at the Disability Law Center in Boston, and Alexandria Nadworny, a special needs financial planning specialist. Through a candid conversation, they share their personal journeys growing up alongside a special needs sibling, deciphering the balance of their own needs with those of their sibling, and the importance of a robust support network.&n ..read more
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Where to Start with Special Needs Estate Planning: Steps to Success
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
6M ago
Knowing where to start with estate and special needs planning can be an intimidating task. However, don't be daunted, because this episode is your lifeline to understanding and managing this process effectively. Host Annette Hines describes the types of life planning she does for clients -- estate planning, guardianships and legal authorities, and advocacy and public benefits. Plus, she shares insightful tips on seeking the right professionals who can help steer your journey and provide the support you need. Diving into the heart of planning, Annette presents an easy way to begin to map out a ..read more
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Building a Supportive Community: The Power of Connection in Special Needs Parenting
Parenting Impossible – The Special Needs Survival Podcast
by Annette Hines
6M ago
In an emotionally charged conversation with Eric Jorgensen of True North Disability Planning, we venture deep into the heart of community and its indispensable role in special needs parenting. Through recounting her own journey with her daughter Elizabeth, born with a mitochondrial defect, Host Annette Hines unveils how community acted as their family lifeline, providing a shared belief system and collective elasticity to push forward. Eric, embodying his Navy ethos, emphasizes the value of a supportive community, a nurturing fixture that provides control and personalization, strikingly differ ..read more
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