Inspiring Change Podcast


Episode 16: Gabby’s Team: A Multiagency Approach to Transition

A conversation with Gabby Kozinski, a recent high school graduate from Bucyrus, OH, and the multi-agency group of professionals who have been her support team as she gets ready for the next phase in her journey. Learn more: Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities | View Map of Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities | Ohio Employment First


Episode 15: “It Gives You Teeth”: Reflections on the 30-Year Anniversary of the ADA

July 2020 marks the 30-year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, signed into law by the first President Bush in 1990.We talk to D’Arcee Neal, Diana Mairose, and Mark Seifarth – three people from three different generations – about what the ADA means to them, what it does for them, where it misses the mark, and their recommendations going forward as the journey continues.

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Episode 14: We Are the Ones We’ve Been Waiting For

Our second vodcast episode features Sarah Buffie’s keynote address at the 2020 Transformation Summit. "How might we co create this new chapter together? I believe it starts by going within. It starts by recognizing and honoring the resilience that lies within each one of us. When we can understand and make explicit the ways in which our own resilience carries us through difficult times, we are more able to honor and recognize the resilience in others.

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Episode 13: "We Are in This Together, and We Need to Stay Connected" – How Ohio’s Daily COVID-19 Update has Elevated Awareness About the Importance of Access (Audio Version)

We chat with Marla Berkowitz, Lena Smith, and Christy Horne – the superstar team of ASL interpreters for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s daily COVID-19 press conferences. John Moore of DSC is the discussion moderator. Music from Sean Forbes.

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Episode 12: "We Are in This Together, and We Need to Stay Connected" – How Ohio’s Daily COVID-19 Update has Elevated Awareness About the Importance of Access

Our first vodcast episode! We chat with Marla Berkowitz, Lena Smith, and Christy Horne – the superstar team of ASL interpreters for Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s daily COVID-19 press conferences. John Moore of DSC is the discussion moderator. Music from Sean Forbes.


Episode 11: An Inspiring Conversation with Kim Clairy and William Miller

Kim Clairy is an occupational therapist, consultant, poet, and self-advocate. Her husband, William Miller, is a writer and novelist. The two of them sat down with us during a short open mic interview at OCALICON 2019 to share the story of how they met, and give a glimpse into how their marriage works.

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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 soulbirdconsulting.info

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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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