Addiction specialist, Columbine survivor, recovered addict. Austin Eubanks shares what we need to know about the opioid pandemic in America. Austin Eubanks was in the Columbine High School library on April 20th, 1999. He was shot and saw his best friend killed. The shooting was tragic, but what was even more of a tragedy was the introduction of opioid medication to lessen the physical pain which started the domino effect of addiction.
Autism, biological and internal experiences. After recording part one and two in our series on neurodiversity I still had so many questions! After recording part one and two in our series on neurodiversity I still had so many questions! I wanted to know what was like to have autism. What does it feel like to have these heightened sensory experiences? What was it like to be in a world of mostly neurotypical people who don't understand what you're going through? Then, on the other hand, I wanted to know what was going on biologically in the brain of an autistic child. If you scanned the brain of someone on the spectrum would there be any differences? What medical advancements have been made? All of these questions are more than answered in this episode. In fact, I believe that after listening you will be 100% more informed than 99% of the population on the subject of autism. This is a two-part interview, the first half is Anita Lesko who is on the spectrum and explains to us what it feels like to mentally and physically to have autism. Then at minute 9:15 Dr. Lawrence Fung from Stanford University does an amazing job of explaining what the medical world knows about this very complicated disorder.
Autism in the workplace is just now beginning to be recognized. Scott Kinnamon and Laura Barr take us through what it is like to create a productive work environment that is beneficial for both the employer and the employee that is on the spectrum. Companies in the silicon valley have discovered that people with Aspergers tend to outperform other employees in areas such as software testing. Scott Kinnamon, however, does not own a tech company. He is the founder of Young Filmmakers Workshops in Denver Colorado. Where he has created an environment that a young woman named Olivia has not only been accepted into the creative community, she has thrived. If you are an employer, I challenge you to listen to this episode and perhaps shift your perspective... if autism is a disability or perhaps an asset. Reference: Young FilmMakers Workshops Scott Kinnamon Laura Barr Enlightened Inclusion Open Media
Adversity and Love, the perfect mix. Jon Schlegel is the founder of an extremely successful restaurant in Denver Snooze, an AM Eatery. Snooze is wildly successful now, but I wanted to know what Jon's story was like before opening a restaurant. Have you ever worried that the hardships of your family are damaging your kids in some way? Your health, financial troubles or the fact that you might not be able to help with their college could be holding them back? Jon Schlegel's mother Sandy Schlegel A.K.A Mamma Snooze joins in and shares what is it like to raise a Maverick. Spoiler Alert! It doesn't involve handouts or paying for their college. The chances of opening a restaurant and it becoming as successful as Snooze is today are not good (to say the least). So what gave Jon the confidence that his idea would work? What role did his up bring play? And now, that Jon has kids of his own, what is he doing to make sure the legacy of love his mom and dad started carries on.
Neurodiversity, Autism Spectrum Disorder and why Early Intervention is getting overlooked. Chances are either you have someone in your family or social circle that has been diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). 1 in 68 kids have Autism according to the CDC and even with plenty of kids being diagnosed, we still don't know a whole lot about ASD. Leaving most of us in the dark when it comes to raising, educating or working with people on the spectrum. We are, however extremely lucky to have found Laura Barr who is not only equipped with the education but also has first-hand knowledge of the power of early intervention and what it is like to raise a child with a high functioning autism spectrum disorder or what she calls neurodiversity. High functioning autism is something Laura Barr has a ton of experience with. As an education specialist an advocate and a mom. She has been able to not only help schools but business as well. Helping them understand the complexity of neurodiversity and the value of creating an environment that is inclusive and empathic towards all students and workers.