Today’s problem is something we all face eventually - the transition from teenage life to adulthood. It’s a big deal for everyone, but for young people on the autism spectrum that transition can be really tough.
Did you know that young adults with autism have lower employment rates than people with other disabilities? A report published by the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute tells us that for two-thirds of young people with autism, that transition from high school to adulthood was pretty much not happening, with no real plan or support for developing a career or plan for higher education within two years of graduating high school.
One solution may be in entrepreneurship, and my guest is paving the way. My guest today is Betty Proctor.
Betty Proctor was working as a social worker at the FSU Autism Institute when the clock started ticking. Her daughter was about to graduate from high school, and she knew that she needed to spend more time with her. She also saw a need for her daughter, who is on the Autism spectrum, to develop her passions and strengths into a career for her future. So, she took a leap of faith and left her job to partner with her on making and selling jewelry at local markets.
That leap landed in Railroad Square, where they opened Obsessions Gift Shop, and then to a non-profit organization called Motivating People Through Arts and Crafts (MPAC)
MPAC serves as a resource for the community to provide social, life, employment, and entrepreneurial skills while educating the public on awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder and Communications Disorders. Today we’re going to explore how MPAC works and most importantly, how we can help.
Today’s problem affects 100% of people, and it’s getting worse every year, and affecting younger and younger as the problem grows. In fact, we have now gotten to a point where the number of people and amount of money available to solve the problem may not be enough. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to learn how we can help.
The problem is stress, and the mental, emotional, and physical toll that it takes on our bodies, lives, and relationships. Just a couple of episodes ago, we talked about self care, and the ways our bodies talk to us when it is in need of TLC. Today’s show is about one of the solutions: mindful meditation.
My guest this week is Stacey Turknett, a Certified Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher. Stacey has over 20 years of personal practice steeped in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. Stacey has been in education for 12 years as a Character Education Coach where she taught social-emotional learning (SEL) and mindfulness before founding Stacey Turknett Meditation and Mindfulness Coaching. She studied Sociology and Criminal Justice at Fort Hays State University where she also earned a certificate in Life Transitions and a certificate in Multiculturism. Stacey is a Certified Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher from The School of Positive Transformation and holds a certificate from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (foundation 1 certificate) from Mindful Leader Foundation.
People have been talking about today’s show for generations, even though we’re not supposed to talk about it. After all, Jonathan Swift said in 1712, “You cannot reason someone out of something he or she was not reasoned into.”
Mark Twain said about today’s topic, “I am quite sure now that often, very often, in matters concerning religion and politics, a man’s reasoning powers are not above a monkey’s.”
Yep, I’ve got my friend the Rev. Sheldon Steen back in the studio today to talk about religion and politics.
Rev. Steen has been working in ministry for fifteen years, earning a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. He began his professional work in youth ministry in Florida and Georgia, and then as the Pastor of Jasper First Presbyterian Church in Jasper, Florida.
After serving as a Parish Associate at Faith Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee, Sheldon directed the campus ministry at UKirk Tallahassee, serving Florida State University and Florida A&M University. He joined Christ Presbyterian Church in June, 2020, leading the northeast Tallahassee congregation through the COVID-19 pandemic and at a time when almost every element of our lives, including our spirituality, is politicized.
Have you ever made a big change in life or started a new chapter? Have you ever felt like you were ready for something new but didn’t know where to start? Have you ever been down and out and needed a helping hand? Then this show is for you!
If one good turn deserves another, then my guest today should brace herself for a lot of good coming her way. As the founder of Notable Impressions, Denishia Sword is repaying the good turn she received as a student at Florida State University by sharing the same gift with others.
Launched in October of 2020, Notable Impressions is a non-profit professional development agency that helps their clients prepare for and navigate the professional world with professional apparel, resume consultation workshops, and scenario-based learning and coaching.
Denishia has more than 15 years of communications, marketing, community outreach and media relations experience. She has most recently served as the Director of External Affairs and Chief of Education, Advocacy and Research (Bureau Chief) for a Florida state agency. She has produced several television newscasts; served as an instructor of public speaking at the Florida State University; and has been responsible for media relations for several state agencies. Mrs. Sword has also provided public outreach on behalf of the Florida House of Representatives and has led crisis communications efforts during health-related and natural disasters in Florida.
Mrs. Sword is a certified Leadership and Life Coach. Mrs. Sword has received several awards for communications and marketing initiatives, including the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC) Award for Excellence in Public Health Communication. Mrs. Sword holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communications and marketing from the Florida State University. Some of Mrs. Sword’s volunteerism includes: Administrative Team of Destiny Church TLH; ProfessioNOLE Mentor through FSU; and co-founder of Pro-tique, the professional clothing giveaway.
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