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Start Early And Often

Start Early And Often

My ultimate objective is to get rid of my daughter. That’s not quite as bad as it sounds! My goal is to enable my youngest daughter to move out and live in a place of her own. When I have spoken on the podcast to people involved in training programs, one common theme has been that often the young people that come to them lack some of the basic daily living skills.

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Why A Saturday Job Is So Valuable

Why A Saturday Job Is So Valuable

What’s in a part time or Saturday job? An awful lot, I believe, if you’re a young person with additional needs. I should qualify that by acknowledging that for some young people there will be restrictions on the kind of jobs they can hold down because of the nature of their needs.

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Our Focus

Young people with additional needs should have the opportunity to live independently in a way right for them. The podcast is about sharing stories and sharing solutions that enable parents and carers to support them on this path to greater independence.

Independence for most people consists of three things:
1) Having a Purpose for the day – usually paid employment, but possibly a place to go to make a contribution to the world.
2) Having the Daily Living skills for independence – being able to look after ourselves, cooking, shopping.
3) Having Relationships with family, friends and maybe even a partner one day.

There is also an additional consideration that serves as the foundation of all these – Financial. Like it or not money often dictates how we live our lives, and we need to confront the issue of how our children will survive financially when we are gone.

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137 Financial Future Series – Questions To Consider

137 Financial Future Series – Questions To Consider

The financial future for young people with additional needs can be challenging. They are more likely to have lower incomes, less likely to be employed full time and government assistance can be difficult to get and even more difficult to keep. So planning ahead to create a solid financial platform is essential in this new series – Financial Future I’ll be exploring the challenges, what solutions are out there, and how to plan ahead so that future financial security is achievable.

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136 Technology – Changing The Future Series – The Here And Now And The Next

136 Technology – Changing The Future Series – The Here And Now And The Next

In this episode I’m looking back over this latest series which has focused on the role that technology plays and will play in the lives of young people with additional needs. I’ll be discussing what assistive technology really means today and talk from my own experience about how technology supports my own daughter to live the life she wants. I’ll also explore what the future holds and how technology will increasingly enable our young people to live more independently

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Red Giraffe Guide

This guide is aimed at children who may live semi or fully independently at some point in the future, but a lot of the principles will benefit children with more challenging needs. One of the key objectives we have as parents is to make our children feel better about themselves and build up their self-esteem and confidence.

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