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The Shining Beautiful Series Podcast

I Just Have to Go Back to the Islands

Apr 30, 2022

Caregivers and parents need a break from time to time. Time to think, reflect, and turn back the clock on always being available. As we find out, it isn't easy to leave emotionally, financially, or logistically.  As special needs parents, you just don't back a suitcase and walk out the door. 

It has been three years...


Apr 19, 2022

Meet Doug Crandell, author of 22 Cents an Hour, Disability Rights and the Fight to End Subminimum Wages.

Join Mikelle and Katherine as we explore with Doug, the history of subminimum wages, and the challenges which are still present after all these years to gain pay equity for workers with disabilities in this lively...


Mar 15, 2022

At the time of Mikelle's diagnosis of cerebral palsy, the path was uncharted. Expectations for her were low, and while willing to learn, her doctor knew little about her condition. Katherine and Mikelle share the great, the good, and the ugly parts of their journey to help Mikelle navigate the medical system and beyond.


Feb 17, 2022

Oh, the holidays created some challenges for the ladies.  Family in the hospital, Mikelle's van totaled by a DUI driver on Christmas Day, a missing new computer, and continued staff shortages, but with persistence and plenty of patience--they prevail!


Jan 16, 2022

A new meeting of the moms!  So what does inclusion look like in the age of staff shortages and COVID and in rural Colorado?

Meet, Jen Mendenhall, parent, advocate, and a new member of the State Rehabilitation Council.

After months of frustration, Jen and Codi found the perfect balance for them with hybrid education. ...