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2019-05-19 Specially Fit Foundation - Marky Oliver, the CEO and Founder of the Specially Fit Foundation. He is also a Coach of the Specially Fit Athletes. Their motto is “Changing the community one rep at a time.”

Special Needs Family Hour - 5/19/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Specially Fit Foundation intends to spread the awareness that anyone can participate in exercise despite perceived limitations. By bringing together individuals such as those with special needs or children living in foster homes to join their team, they hope to make a difference in the community by changing lives through health, fitness and love.

Specially Fit Foundation’s goal is to inspire others to believe in themselves. Through their events and programs, they aim to enhance the lives of their participants by providing them the opportunity to grow their health, fitness and independence. By expanding their programs, they are opening more doors to expanding the possibilities for these individuals. Specially Fit Foundation offers the following activities: Fitness Classes for Individuals with Disabilities and At Risk Individuals; Group Home/Day Care/Foster Home Fitness Classes; Individual Fitness Programs; Power Lifting Programs; and Various Special Olympics Programs.

Specially Fit relies on private support through grants, corporate and individual donations to include volunteering of time to continue providing their services to individuals in Tampa, Florida with developmental disabilities. Through your donation, they can make an impact on hundreds of individuals with special needs.

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2019-05-12 Arts4All Florida – Is a non-profit that conducts art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers. They promote the accomplishments of artists with disabilities

Special Needs Family Hour - 5/12/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guests are Wendy Finklea, the Director of Arts4All Florida, and Jennifer Sabo, the executive director of Arts4All Florida. We also have artist Dani Bowman and Janalyn Peppel. Dani Bowman is an animator and entrepreneur who founded her company, DaniMation Entertainment, at age 11.  She has worked professionally in the animation industry since 14. Janalyn Peppel is a graphic designer and entrepreneur from Gainesville specializing in art & 3D printing.

The mission of Arts4All Florida is to provide, support and champion arts education and cultural experiences for and by people with disabilities. Their vision is to create a world in which the arts are universally accessible.  They do this by:

Conducting art education programs in schools, Department of Juvenile Justice facilities, and community centers

Promoting the accomplishments of artists with disabilities through their artist registry, exhibitions, and performance.

Increasing access to the arts through professional development workshops

Arts4All Florida is headquartered in the College of Education at the University of South Florida.

Arts4All Florida Art Camp Programs

Registration is open for Arts4All Florida summer camp programs!  All camps are inclusive and socially oriented, teaching creative expression led by professional artists, art teachers, certified instructors, and disability experts that specialize in music, dance/movement, theatre, and visual art for students of all ages and abilities.

Animation Gets Real – Tampa <https://arts4allflorida.org/arts4all-florida-presents-arts4all-florida-summer-camp-animation-gets-real

Animation Gets Real – Miami  <https://www.miamidadearts.org/education/arts4all-florida-animation-gets-real-miami-summer-camp>

Artfully Fun – Tampa  <https://arts4allflorida.org/artfully-fun-summer-day-camp-macdill-air-force-base

Camp SpARTan – Tampa <https://arts4allflorida.org/camp-spartan-blast-fun

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2019-05-05 Guardianship with Emma Hemness Special Needs Lawyer. We discuss the process of becoming your developmentally disabled child’s guardian and why it is important.

Special Needs Family Hour - 5/5/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Emma Hemness is our family attorney for Guardianship, Special Needs Trust, and Estate Planning. She is a trusted advisor. Her law practice is The Elder Law Office of Emma Hemness, P.A. 

Many of the same laws affecting older adults are of special relevance to persons with disabilities, whether they are children, young adults or seniors. Advising families about the intricacies of SSI and Medicaid programs for persons with disabilities is a key area of practice in Elder Law. Families with special needs members are also counseled on appropriate legal documents and processes, such as Special Needs Trusts and Guardian Advocacy, respectively.

Emma Hemness Special Needs Lawyer is a state and nationally recognized Expert in Elder Law. She is one of only 100 board certified elder law attorneys in Florida. She was the 2011 Florida Elder Law Attorney of the Year, 2011 Top 50 Women Lawyers in Florida, and Florida Super Lawyer in Elder Law 2008-Present.

Emma Hemness is dedicated to serving the needs of persons with disabilities and their families as an integral part of her Elder Law practice.  Emma is a member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), an invitation-only national organization of special needs trusts attorneys. She has had the pleasure of serving as an ambassador of the SNA to both the Autism Society of America and the National ARC in recent years.

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2019-04-07 Social Security Benefits and Supplemental Security Income with Liz Montefu

Special Needs Family Hour - 4/7/2019 12:00:00 AM

We discuss Social Security Disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income coverage with Liz Montefu, the President and Founder of Montefu Consulting. 

Liz has been guiding individuals through the rough waters of Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income claims for over 25 years. She is experienced in benefit coordination and can help – whether you are filing for benefits for the first time or you are preparing to go before an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing.

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2019-03-31 Ric Edelman discusses providing for your Retirement and your Child with Special Needs

Special Needs Family Hour - 3/31/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Ric has devoted his career to improving financial literacy. Barron’s has ranked him the #1 independent financial advisor in the nation three times. His firm, Edelman Financial Services, is now one of the largest financial planning firms in the country, managing $18 billion for more than 30,000 clients nationwide. Ric is an award-winning radio and television personality, and a #1 New York Times bestselling author. In this broadcast, we focus on the family with a member who has special needs.

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2019-03-24 Champions for Children - Join us as we discuss their various programs from Positive Parenting, Playgroups & Screenings to Child Abuse & Bullying Prevention with their Associate Director, Nikki Daniels.

Special Needs Family Hour - 3/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Champions is a nationally-accredited agency working to prevent abuse & neglect by providing evidence-based and research-informed resources, education and support to parents and caregivers. Champions offers various programs including Classes and Individualized Support, Playgroups & Screenings, Home Visiting Services, Child Abuse & Bullying Prevention.

Each year, Champions for Children’s programs serve nearly 40,000 children and parents. CFC is committed to serving families with children from birth to 18 years old, with a special focus on the critically important 0-5 year-old range. The families they serve represent the full socioeconomic diversity of the Tampa Bay Area. In order to ensure all families, have access to services, CFC is committed to providing all services at no charge or, in very limited circumstances, a low fee.

Note: Hillsborough County consistently ranks as the highest in the state for the most reported and confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect. Children who are abused or neglected are significantly more likely to face impaired socioemotional development, poor physical health, substance abuse, and an array of emotional and psychological issues. They are also 3 times more likely to continue the cycle of abuse later in life.

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2019-03-17 Easter Seals 100th Anniversary Celebration. America’s largest nonprofit healthcare organization helping 1.5 million people annually with comprehensive health and wellness programs locally and nationally.

Special Needs Family Hour - 3/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Our guest is Susan Ventura, the President and Executive Officer of Easter Seals Florida.

We discuss their services to include: early intervention, inclusive childcare, medical rehabilitation and autism services for young children and their families; job training and coaching, employment placement and transportation services for adults with disabilities, including veterans; adult day services and employment opportunities for older adults – in addition to a variety of additional services for people of all ages including mental health and recovery programs, assistive technology, camp and recreation, care giving support including respite – and much more. 

Note: More than 89 cents of every dollar spent supports local services for people with disabilities and special needs.

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2019-03-10 Successful Parents Program helping with mental health and other needs identified by families

Special Needs Family Hour - 3/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Our guests are with Success 4 Kids & Families. It is an organization that offers community based services for families in Hillsborough County. They have been offering a helping hand to parents and families when kids begin to experience problems in school, at home, or even with the law since 2005. We will be discussing their successful parents program which addresses mental health and other needs identified by the family.

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2019-03-03 The Pepin Academies Transition Program for students with learning disabilities and learning related disabilities.

Special Needs Family Hour - 3/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

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Our guests are Dr. Jeff Skowronek, the Executive Director of the Pepin Academies Tampa and Riverview Campuses and Janae Kaptan, the Transition Coordinator of the Pepin Academies.

The Pepin Transition Program offers vocationally based training in conjunction with life and job readiness classes designed for individuals from age 18 to 22 with identified learning or learning-related disabilities that have deferred receipt of their high school diploma to continue their education beyond the traditional 24 credit diploma.

The Pepin Transition Program is committed to providing the opportunity for students to have real-world experiences through pre-vocational training at various job sites, including the Hillsborough County Public Defender’s Office, Publix Supermarkets, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa Police Department, Well Built Bikes at University Mall, food service at Raymond James Stadium, event set up at TPepin Hospitality Centre, and childcare at Academy Kids. 

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2019-02-24 Pepin Academies a tuition free public charter school dedicated to students with learning disabilities and learning related disabilities

Special Needs Family Hour - 2/24/2019 12:00:00 AM

Pepin Academies celebrates their 20th Anniversary. Our guests are Geri Henry, Principle of the Pepin Academies Riverview Campus and Holly Lisle, Director of Development for the Pepin Academies Foundation. Established in 1999, Pepin Academies are 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit, tuition-free, public charter schools that serve students with specific learning and learning related disabilities. They educate students in 3rd through 12th grade, and also offer a transitional, job training program for students 18 to 22-years-old.

Pepin Academies are considered ESE Center schools. They feature a nurturing environment that focuses on improving the academic and social success of students. All students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities such as sports, clubs, music, dance, culinary arts, theatre, and much more. The goal is to make sure no child falls through the cracks.

Today, Pepin Academies has grown to serve over 1000 students, with Hillsborough County campuses in Tampa and Riverview and a campus in New Port Richey, which serves the students in Pasco County.

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2019-02-17 Pharmacist Sally DePalma Discusses Tips on Working with Your Family Pharmacist

Special Needs Family Hour - 2/17/2019 12:00:00 AM

Sally DePalma is the Executive Director of the special needs ministry the One Roof Initiative. She is also a pharmacist as well. We discuss all aspects of working with a pharmacist - starting with your physician's script, placing your medication order, how to make sure common mistakes don't happen to you, what you can do if your prescription medication costs too much, the pharmacist consultation, and the importance of having a working relationship with your pharmacist to name just a few topics covered on the show.

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2018-02-10 F.R.I.E.N.D.S Families, Raising, Inspiring, Educating, Networking for Down Syndrome

Special Needs Family Hour - 2/10/2019 12:00:00 AM

We will be discussing the support group F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Families, Raising, Inspiring, Educating, Networking for Down Syndrome) with Belinda Romero of the West Florida Association. Their mission is to provide all encompassing educational and support services to families who have been impacted by Down Syndrome; while promoting complete community integration of those impacted by Down Syndrome.

Their goals are to provide broad reaching educational services; financial and social service support; educational outreach, and community integration for families impacted by Down Syndrome.

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2019-02-03 Autism Awareness Shop – We discuss their retail operations, vocational training, therapy, support groups and workshops.

Special Needs Family Hour - 2/3/2019 12:00:00 AM

We have Jennifer Band, the President and Founder of the Autism Awareness Shop, Scott Band, Director of Online Operations and Ardena Bosley, the Community Liaison. Their goal is to increase the independence and improve the overall quality of life for individuals on the autism spectrum through gainful employment.

The success of this employment will be implemented by intensive and therapeutic on the job vocational skill building at actual retail establishments designed with supports in place. The Autism Awareness Shops serve to increase awareness and acceptance of those on the autism spectrum through community inclusion and demonstrating how every member of our community has something to contribute.

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2019-1-27 Learn Your Function, Inc., a quality adult training program focussed on helping the individual with disabilities maximize their skills founder Jim Cracchiolo, discussed helping families schieve financial well-being in spite of their child's mental illness.

Special Needs Family Hour - 1/27/2019 12:00:00 AM

We have Jim Cracchiolo, one of the founders of Learn Your Function, Inc., a quality adult training program with facilities in Land 'O Lakes, Tampa, and New Port Richey.

They have educated professionals who teach quality life skills in a safe environment.  They focus on individualized goals in the areas of functional academics, appropriate behavior skills, employment, and independence.

LYF Inc’s goal is to help individuals with disabilities fulfill their need for life skills attainment, independent choice making and environment specific learning to help maximize their quality of life.

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2019-01-20 Ava's Law with Anna Bullard- Insurance for Autism. Tips on medical record organization

Special Needs Family Hour - 1/21/2019 12:00:00 AM

This show features Ava's Law with Anna Bullard, an advocate for medical insurance for children with autism.  Mrs. Bullard started her journey of advocacy for Autism in 2007 when her middle daughter Ava was diagnosed with Autism. Anna was instrumental in the passage of Ava’s Law in Georgia, named for her daughter, requiring insurance coverage for Autism. Later on the show, fellow Mom, Kim Mueller shares her tips on medical record organization!

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2019-01-13 Special Olympics Florida & Special Olympics Florida, Healthy Community Tampa Bay

Special Needs Family Hour - 1/8/2019 12:00:00 AM

We have representatives from Special Olympics Florida and Special Olympics Florida Healthy Community - Tampa Bay!

Special Olympics Florida is a program that provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with intellectual disabilities who wish to participate, giving them opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes, and the community

Special Olympics Florida, Healthy Community is a premier, health care delivery approach that focuses on the whole person with an intellectual or developmental disability and provides integrated health care coordination that includes primary health care.

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2018-12-30 Allen Giese author of When Mental Illness Strikes -Crisis Intervention for the Financial Plan discusses helping families achieve financial well-being in spite of their child’s mental illness.

Special Needs Family Hour - 12/30/2018 12:00:00 AM

Allen Giese is the founding partner and President of Northstar Financial Planners, Inc., in Plantation, Florida. He is also the father of an adult son who has a mental illness. Allen knows firsthand the impact that a loved one’s mental illness can have on a family’s finances. He has made it his mission to help other parents struggling with balancing their son or daughter’s needs and their family’s financial well-being. We discuss creating a financial plan for families with special needs, particularly mental illness. Provide for your love one and safeguard your future!

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