Inspiring Change Podcast

Episode 10: “I Feel Like I’m in School All Over Again”: More Tales from Home Schooling During A Global Pandemic

We chat with an intervention specialist and two parents from Lancaster, OH, about what it’s like to try and educate and engage students while schools are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rachael Mills teaches first through third grade students at Medill Elementary. Bridget Kelly is the mother of third grade student, Damian. Ben Berger is the father of first grade student Evelyn. Hint: Patience and flexibility are key. It also helps when you can tag out and take a short break. And know that it’s going to be okay.

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Episode 9: Pull Out the Christmas Lights and Create a Dance Studio: Direct Care and Residential Programs During a Global Pandemic

REM Ohio provides an array of supports and services for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, most of which involve direct, face-to-face, hands-on, and physical proximity. So how do these services continue in the era of social distancing? We discuss with Buffie LaBelle, regional director for the East region of the state, and Heather Reynolds, a program supervisor.

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Episode 8 – Words Matter: How Do You Deliver Special Education Services During a Worldwide Pandemic?

We chat with a multiple disabilities teacher and parent of a first grader and learn about their tag-team efforts to continue education during the school shut down.

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Episode 7 – The Crow Master

Our new series – “Voices, Visions, and Victories” – continues with a conversation with Katie Robinson, accessible educational materials production specialist in the AT&AEM Center at OCALI. We talk about the challenges of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, friendly encounters with strangers, paying attention to purple wildflowers, and her murder of crows.

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Episode 6 – Playing Pictionary with Ketchup: A Conversation on Trauma, Connections, and Healing with Sarah Buffie, Soul Bird Consulting

In the first episode in "Voices, Visions, and Victories" – our new series produced during the COVID-19 pandemic – we chat with Sarah Buffie about trauma's impact on the brain and body, cultivating intentional social practices during a period of isolation, getting curious together, and incorporating more engagement in our physical surroundings – which might include singing, dancing, or even playing with expired condiments during times of quarantine. Learn more and connect with Sarah at

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Episode 5 – It’s Different for Girls: A Conversation with Four Women on the Spectrum

A panel discussion with four autistic women about their diagnosis, their work, their personal and professional relationships, and their communities. Moderated by Dr. Ruth Aspy and Dr. Barry Grossman, licensed psychologists specializing in assessment and intervention for people with ASD. Recorded live at OCALICON 2019. You can find Kim Clairy’s poetry here.

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Episode 4: An Inspiring Conversation with Alicia Shoults and Angela Krile of the Ohio State Fair

How do you "dial back the fair" and create a sensory-friendly experience in an environment that can often trigger sensory overload? Listen to our full interview with Alicia Shoults, marketing and public relations director for the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, and Angela Krile, vice chair of the Ohio Expositions Commission.

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Episode 3: An Inspiring Conversation with Kevin Miller

We catch up with director Kevin Miller from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities at the ODNR park at the Ohio State Fair.

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Episode 2: A Day at the Fair: The First Sensory Friendly Morning at the Ohio State Fair

“It’s her first time out in a big outing like this. She’s non-verbal, and she’s just loving it.”

Let’s spend a day at the Fair! We profile the first ever Sensory Friendly Morning at the 166th Ohio State Fair. Find out what happens when you lower the lights and sounds of the midway and take additional steps towards accommodating the needs of those with sensory challenges.

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Episode 1: Shifting Expectations: Reflections on Ohio’s Continued Transition Towards Community Employment and Individual Choice

“How do we build a better community together?” Many people with disabilities have historically found work in what are commonly referred to as sheltered workshops. These are typically spaces where they perform repetitive tasks such as stuffing envelopes or shredding documents. Since 2012 – if not before – Ohio has been shifting away from this type of employment model towards one where community employment and individual choice are the preferred outcomes for people with disabilities. How is that move going? We catch up with some of the professionals behind the scenes and on the front lines during their annual gathering in Columbus.

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Episode 0: Inspiring Change Teaser

“Yeah, like I said, it’s her first time out in a big outing like this. She’s nonverbal, and she’s just loving it.”

In our teaser episode, we get a quick taste from Episode 2 – “A Day at the Fair.” We chat with a few of the participants in the first ever sensory friendly morning at the Ohio State Fair.

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