Special Needs, Special People – 12/16/2014 – Marja Byers

Deanne interviews Marja Byers, the incoming executive director for Blindskills, Inc. located in Salem. She explains her experience with blindness as well as all the great support services for people with vision impairments and their families available through Blindskills.

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Special Needs, Special People – 11/18/2014 – Maureen Clifford

Deanne interviews Maureen Clifford, who has a PHD in Psychology and broke her foot – off her leg. Maureen talks about her experiences of the time she spent in her wheel chair and what it feels like to be told she would never walk again. Also, Patty Taylor talks about the new changes that will allow her child and other children earning modified diplomas to get financial aide for college through the K plan.

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Special Needs, Special People – 9/02/2014 – Kris Gabrielson

Deanne interviews Kris Gabrielson Project Director of Parent-delivered Massage Study/Qigong Sensory Training Institute and Angela, a parent of a child that was in and benefited from the program. Qigong massage techniques are being studied to determine if they can have a positive impact on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. This is an exciting research project created by Salem’s Dr. Silva.

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Special Needs, Special People 5/20/2014 – Cheryl Cisneros

Deanne Interviews Cheryl Cisneros, Executive Director Creating Opportunities along with Heidi Petersen and Marybeth Bell. The team discusses parenting and educating students with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as how to set up support groups for parents.

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Special Needs, Special People 4/29/2014 – Love Reins Ranch

Deanne interviews staff , parents and participants from Love Reins Ranch: Katie Evans, Ron, Jeff, Angela and Aiden. Love Reins is a non-profit organization providing therapeutic equine activities to children with disabilities.

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Special Needs, Special People – 03/18/2014 – Boyd and Cara Turnquist

Part 1 Deanne interviews Flexibility trainers from the Courthouse Athletic Club Jill Boyd and Cara Turnquist about the benefits of flexibility training for people with and with out disabilities. Part 2 Deanne interviews staff from Access Technology,Inc. Access Technology offers a wide variety of technology equipment to improve levels of independent living and learning.

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Special Needs, Special People 2/18/2014 – Pamela Lyons Nelson

Feb 18 2014. Deanne interviews Pamela Lyons Nelson. Pamela has over 30 years experience in counseling people with eating disorders. The discussion gives great insight on the needs of people experiencing eating disorders.

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