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Planning a future can be challenging.   Most people plan their future one step at a time, planning forward, toward their dream or goal. The PATH Process, “Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope”, is a creative planning tool that actually starts with the dream or end goal in mind, and you plan the action steps backward from that dream.   In this episode, Annette speaks with Teri Steinberg, a disability consultant, and mom, about…
In this episode, Annette speaks with Christa Couture, an award-winning recording artist, author, and broadcaster from Toronto, Canada.  Christa, who is also disabled, wrote the book “How to Lose Everything” which is a story of the grief and loss she has suffered in her life.  Christa has also recorded a Walrus Talks (the Canadian Ted Talks) called “Living Better”  where she speaks about accepting your life as different rather than better.   Christa…
June celebrates LGBTQ+ Pride month each year to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising.  Pride Month is a time to recognize the issues, challenges, and discrimination the LGBTQ+ community has faced and to celebrate the triumphs.  In this podcast episode, Annette speaks with Ivylee Martinez and her adult child El Martinez, regarding gender identity issues.  El Martinez identifies with the pronouns They/Them/Their and at just 19 years old, boasts an impressive activism resume.  El begins by…
Resilience is the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult challenges.  Many special needs parents may struggle with this throughout their child’s journey.  The many challenges and difficulties with everyday life, doctors, and getting the proper supports they need can be overwhelming. In this episode, Annette speaks with Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon, who goes by Marcia NB.   Marcia NB has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and is the author of the new book…
Resilience is the ability to withstand or recover quickly from difficult challenges.  Many special needs parents may struggle with this throughout their child’s journey.  The many challenges and difficulties with everyday life, doctors, and getting the proper supports they need can be overwhelming. In this episode, Annette speaks with Dr. Marcia Nathai-Balkissoon, who goes by Marcia NB.   Marica NB has a Ph.D. in industrial engineering and is the author of the new book…
What’s ADHD? Adult ADHD or Attention -Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder where a person has difficulty concentrating, is hyperactive or restless and displays impulsive behaviors.   This previously recorded podcast is one of our favorites and offers some effective ways to manage Adult ADHD. In this episode, Annette has a conversation with David Greenwood, author of the book, Overcoming Distractions-Thriving with Adult ADHD. The book profiles many entrepreneurs around the country who have ADHD…
How To Make Communication Meaningful with Randi Sargent Communication is key, and being able to communicate with your loved ones and friends when they may not be able to use their voice can create challenges.  We wanted to release this extremely helpful, previously recorded podcast again to remind listeners there are alternate ways to communicate other than just speech and voice.  In this episode of Parenting Impossible, Host Annette Hines speaks with special needs mother…
The negative impacts of the pandemic have been talked about over and over for the past year.  Let’s talk about the positives, the good things that the pandemic has brought us.  In this episode Annette discusses the three positive lessons she has learned from the pandemic. The three positive changes that have happened: 1 – Observation, 2 – Collaboration, and 3 – Innovation. Annette starts off the episode with a mini review as to what…
Dyslexia is a common disorder that challenges your ability to read, spell, write and speak.  This neurological disorder is of particular interest to Annette as she discovered as an adult that she was dyslexic. In this podcast episode, Annette speaks with author Elizabeth Trudeau about her daughter’s journey with dyslexia, which inspired her new book “Brilliantly Dyslexic”.   Elizabeth’s daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia as a very young age leading to many learning challenges as…
Annette LOVES all the questions she gets because she LOVES doing these question and answer podcasts.  Making sure the disabled community has access to all the information they need is key to Annette.  This is one reason why in addition to being a successful attorney, Annette is a podcast host, speaker, author and blogger.   As an attorney, Annette does have an ethical responsibility though to not engage in a client /attorney relationship with someone…