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Recent Episodes of Blind Abilities


Wellness Wednesday: Navigating Therapy—Finding the Right Therapist and Knowing When to Seek Help

Wellness Wednesday: Navigating Therapy—Finding the Right Therapist and Knowing When to Seek Help

In Episode 37 of Wellness Wednesday, join hosts Beth Gustin, LPC, and Robin Ennis, LCSW, CPC, as they delve into the essential steps for finding a good therapist. Discover what to look for in a therapist's style, how to navigate insurance versus private pay options, and most importantly, how to recognize when therapy might be the right choice for you. Whether you're considering therapy for the first time or looking to switch therapists, this episode offers invaluable insights and practical tips to guide you on your wellness journey.

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Episode 1011 11 July 2024 19m and 47s


Unlocking Potential: The Summer Transition  Program Tours State Services for the Blind

Unlocking Potential: The Summer Transition Program Tours State Services for the Blind

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The Students of  the Summer Transition Program (STP), toured State Services for the Blind (SSB), which provides resources and training in independent living skills, job readiness, orientation & mobility, and college preparation for blind, visually impaired, and deaf-blind students. During this tour, students engage in activities like job shadowing, mock interviews, employment readiness, and learning about accessible technology. The STP program aims to equip students with essential skills for life after high school, emphasizing the wide range of services SSB offers to support their success and independence.

 

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Episode 1012 30 June 2024 11m and 28s


Paul Martz: Science fiction author and technology blogger for Applevis is embracing Challenges and Pushing Boundaries. And What about AI?

Paul Martz: Science fiction author and technology blogger for Applevis is embracing Challenges and Pushing Boundaries. And What about AI?

In the futuristic world of digital landscapes and interstellar travel, Paul Martz stands as a beacon of innovation and creativity. An award-winning blind science fiction author, technology blogger for Applevis, and former punk rock drummer, Paul thrives on embracing challenges and pushing boundaries. Despite his visual impairment, Paul has ventured into the uncharted territories of  becoming an editor while his gripping tales of futuristic adventures are being amplified and winning awards. Check out his award winning flash fiction piece, More Than Electric Sheep

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As an editor for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers group, Paul collaborates o...

Episode 1011 27 June 2024 45m and 26s


Wellness Wednesday: Conflict Resolution – When to Walk Away

Wellness Wednesday: Conflict Resolution – When to Walk Away

In episode 36 of Wellness Wednesday, hosts Beth Gustin, LPC, and Robin Ennis, LCSW, CPC, delve into the dynamics of arguments and effective communication during conflicts. They share insights on recognizing the signs that indicate it’s time to step back from a heated discussion. Join Beth and Robin as they offer practical advice on how to avoid unproductive battles of words and maintain healthier conversations.

 

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            Robin Ennis on the web at www.robinennislcsw.com

            Beth Gustin, LPC, NCC, EMDRIA Approved Consultant...

Episode 1010 26 June 2024 11m and 23s


Wellness Wednesday: The Loneliness of Inaccessibility - How Group and Classroom Settings Can Be Inclusive or Leave Us Wanting

Wellness Wednesday: The Loneliness of Inaccessibility - How Group and Classroom Settings Can Be Inclusive or Leave Us Wanting

In this 35th episode of Wellness Wednesday, hosts Beth Gustin, LPC, and Robin Ennis, LCSW, CPC, explore how group settings like college classes, meetings, and PowerPoint presentations can often be inaccessible. They discuss how this inaccessibility can make it hard for people to access information and participate in discussions, leading to feelings of isolation. Beth and Robin share their experiences and strategies for handling these challenges and making group settings more inclusive.

 

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            Robin Ennis on the web at www.robinennislcsw.com

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Episode 1009 12 June 2024 13m and 25s


SSB Opportunities: Golf Event for Blind and Visually Impaired Students on June 17

SSB Opportunities: Golf Event for Blind and Visually Impaired Students on June 17

Shane DeSantis joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to announce the June 17th Golf Event for students with State services for the Blind.

 

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When

Monday June 17 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon

Where

Oak Marsh Golf Course
526 Inwood Ave North
Oakdale, MN

Who

SSB students and students 8 and up.

What

An introduction to golf specifically for students who are blind or visually impaired will include a brief overview of the sport of golf and t...

Episode 1008 5 June 2024 7m and 35s


Gina Martin's Journey Toward Founding Diverse Abilities is a Testament to Resilience and Transformation

Gina Martin's Journey Toward Founding Diverse Abilities is a Testament to Resilience and Transformation

Join us on Blind Abilities as we talk with Gina Martin, founder of Diverse Abilities. Diagnosed with Progressive Cone Dystrophy in 1992, Gina's journey to embrace her blindness began in 2015. After an intensive 9-month rehabilitation at the Louisiana Center for the Blind, Gina transformed her life and career, focusing on disability awareness and empowerment. Since founding Diverse Abilities in 2019, she has delivered impactful workshops promoting inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and language (IDEAL). we hope you enjoy Gina’s inspiring story and insights on creating more inclusive environments.

You can find out more about Gina and Diverse Abilities on th...

Episode 1007 3 June 2024 26m and 6s


Wellness Wednesday: Finding Your True Self: Embracing Your Unique Journey

Wellness Wednesday: Finding Your True Self: Embracing Your Unique Journey

In this 34th episode of Wellness Wednesday, hosts Beth Gustin, LPC, and Robin Ennis, LCSW, CPC, explore the concept of self-identity and the impact of external influences on our personal definitions of who we are. Join Beth and Robin as they guide you through the process of embracing your authentic self and understanding that your identity is yours to define, free from the noise and expectations of others. Tune in to discover how to confidently navigate your path and stay true to yourself.

 

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Episode 1006 29 May 2024 9m and 37s


Peer  to Peer with Maddy and Amy: An Introduction to the Peer Ambassadors for Transition Age Students

Peer to Peer with Maddy and Amy: An Introduction to the Peer Ambassadors for Transition Age Students

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Maddy and Amy are SSB students conducting peer-to-peer programming for students across the state for instruction on various topics of interest for visually impaired students. They are also available to meet with others one-on-one for peer discussion and will be planning virtual and in-person group activities!

Meet Addy and Amy as they talk about their schooling and leadership roles as Peer Ambassadors at State Services for the Blind (SSB) in Minnesota.

Here  are some upcoming events mentioned in the podcast:

 

Student Meet Up: Com...

Episode 1005 28 May 2024 9m and 43s


The Blind Kitchen: Adaptive Tools, Helpful Strategies, and Specialized Knowledge to Blind and Visually Impaired People - Meet Founder Debra Erickson

The Blind Kitchen: Adaptive Tools, Helpful Strategies, and Specialized Knowledge to Blind and Visually Impaired People - Meet Founder Debra Erickson

Debra Erickson, founder of The Blind Kitchen, joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind abilities Studio to introduce us to and bring us up to date with The Blind Kitchen, the web site, the audio described videos and what to expect in the coming months. With over 90 items on the store shelves, Debra has an adaptive tool for just about anyone. Whether you need it or someone you know that needs it, Debra has it and more than likely, has a blog or video demonstrating its uses with safety and vision loss in mind. We hope you enjoy!

 

Episode 1004 20 May 2024 31m and 55s

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