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Moving Past Labels and Overcoming Fear with Doug Foresta
Posted in: Human Potential on February 24, 2017
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Debra discusses her recent experiences trying to get counseling for her daughter, Sara, and the lessons about labels and fear. Debra and Doug Foresta (the show's producer) explore how labels get in the way, and how we begin to overcome fears and limiting…

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Does Technology Help or Hinder Us? with Doug Foresta
Posted in: Human Potential on February 17, 2017
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Debra Ruh and Doug Foresta discuss the positives and negatives of technology, and how we can effectively navigate technology and social media. Doug and Debra discuss how we can use technology to the fullest, but also unplug and make sure to connect to a deeper, calmer place within…

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Lessons From a Blind Filmmaker with Michael Schwartz
Posted in: Human Potential on February 10, 2017
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Michael Schwartz, President of Trailhead Productions, LLC, discusses how he continues to make films despite losing his vision. Michael discusses the lessons for all of us about the dangers of labeling others and making assumptions about what others are capable…

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How Accessibility Helps Your Bottom Line with Paul Smyth
Posted in: Human Potential on February 3, 2017
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Paul Smyth, Head of IT Accessibility at Barclays Bank, discusses the importance of digital and technological accessibility. Paul discusses the business advantages of accessibility, beyond mere compliance, and how Barclays is building their accessibility efforts into their…

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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs with Jennie Mustafa Julock
Posted in: Human Potential on January 27, 2017
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Jennie Mustafa Julock, AKA "The Audacity Coach" joins the program to talk about her new book "Hilda" and shares tips for how to overcome the negative beliefs that keep us stuck from reaching our full human potential. Discover how to develop a more compassionate relationship with yourself and what…

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Social Attitudes Towards Persons with Disabilities - What Needs to Change
Posted in: Human Potential on January 20, 2017
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Disability rights advocate Stephane Leblois joins Debra and producer Doug Foresta as they discuss the difference in attitude towards persons with disabilities between the Boomer, Gen X and Millennial generations, and what still needs to change in terms of social…

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Microsoft's Chief Accessibility Officer Jenny Lay-Flurrie
Posted in: Human Potential on January 13, 2017
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Jenny Lay-Flurrie, the Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft, discusses how Microsoft creates a culture of accessibility. Jenny shares her own journey of accessibility as someone who has hearing loss and how she uses technology in her personal and professional…

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Creating a Business Model For Greater Social Impact with Michael Pirron
Posted in: Human Potential on January 6, 2017
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Michael Pirron, the founder of Impact Makers, discusses the "B Corporation" and how it can be used to have greater social impact. Michael shares how his own story of how he came to create a new business model that takes social entrepreneurship to a new level.

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Disability and Creativity with Dennis Palumbo
Posted in: Human Potential on December 30, 2016
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This episode features an interview with Dennis Palumbo, a former Hollywood screenwriter (Welcome Back Kotter, My Favorite Year)  turned psychotherapist and novelist. Dennis shares his journey of how he became a psychotherapist and his perspective on creativity and the depiction of disabled persons…

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The Power of Structured Negotation with Lainey Feingold
Posted in: Human Potential on December 23, 2016
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Author and civil rights lawyer Lainey Feingold discusses the power of structured negotiation to increase access for persons with disabilities. Discover how structured negotiation works, and how it can be a winning alternative to lawsuits. 

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