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Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
101. Jalondra Davis On Race, Disability, & Advocacy
Have you ever thought about what enables you to ignore certain injustices in the world but not others? Do you feel safer advocating in certain spaces as opposed to others? Is privilege allowing you to pick and choose what and who you advocate for? There’s a lot to unpack here, friends.. that's why we are so grateful that Jalondra Davis has joined us once again to discuss all things race and disability. She is a Black feminist, artist, and intellectual. She has a 5 year old son with Down syndrome, a PHD in ethnic studies, and a Master’s degree in creative writing. Today, we’re covering everything from the aftermath of last year’s Black Lives Matters protests, to racial inequity in the disability community, and what Jalondra is realizing about her son’s identity as he grows up. We hope you join us for this important conversation, friends! Enjoy. SHOW NOTES Keep up with Jalondra Davis Website Warrior Mama Blog Instagram: @jalondradavis Instagram: @shiloh.akin Twitter Listen to our previous episode with Jalondra Davis here. Check out the gloves Micha has for Ace here #goodnews. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! CHECK OUT HEATHER’S NEW BOOK Preorder “Different, A Great Thing To Be” by Heather Avis --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Feb 9
1 hr 15 min
100. How did we get here?
It all started when Micha tried to find a Down syndrome podcast that could help her get her son Ace to brush his teeth. When she couldn’t find one, she called Heather, who called Mercedes, and you know the rest of the story. Here we are 100 episodes later sharing our most memorable moments from the last 3 years and some special updates from former guests! We’re celebrating with some friends from our early interviews, leaders in the DS space, and even some of our favorite self-advocates! We’re so glad that what started with us running around in shiny skirts with bright lipstick has turned into such a special community with you all. Thanks for sticking around for the last 100 episodes. Here’s to many, many more. __ SHOW NOTES Check out all the episodes we mentioned today! Ep 3 w/Liz Platcha Ep 17 & 92 w/Kayla McKeon Ep 22 w/Jen Jacob Ep 25 w/Tesney Davis Ep 27 w/Michelle Sullivan Ep 51 w/Jared Kozak Ep 66 w/Matthew Schwab Ep 79 & 80 w/Dr. Sarathy Ep 84 w/Michelle Sie Witten LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Feb 2
57 min
99. Our Response to "The Last Children of Down Syndrome" by Sarah Zhang
Only 18 children with Down syndrome were born in Denmark in the year of 2019. The article “The Last Children of Down Syndrome” by Sarah Zhang is exploring all the reasons why.. starting with prenatal testing. Zhang says, “Prenatal testing is changing who gets born and who doesn’t. This is only the beginning.” Today, we’re taking time to respond to this article and sharing our own thoughts on prenatal testing, eugenics, the idea of “risk aversion,” the hopes we have for our children, and so much more. This is a heavy one, friends. But we hope you stick with us for this important conversation. __ SHOW NOTES Read The Last Children of Down Syndrome by Sarah Zhang LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Jan 26
59 min
98. Looking Back on 2020 & Moving Forward in 2021
Happy New Year, friends! We mustered up the courage to look back on our 2020 resolutions from last January.. and let’s just say, we didn’t quite meet all our goals for the year. But that’s okay. We’re moving forward with opportunities for growth in 2021 and we invite you to come alongside us! But first, join us for a chat about what we did over the holidays, health updates, 2021 goals (including T-swift and Beyonce aspirations) and so much more. We’ve missed you and we are so excited to release new episodes this year! __ SHOW NOTES Listen to the rest of our 2020 Goals episode here. LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Jan 19
1 hr 2 min
Throwback: Unlearning the Advocacy Language
We’re re-releasing one of our favorite episodes all about advocacy and language. This conversation never gets old! Enjoy.. When it comes to finding the right language to use in this advocacy space, it can be tricky.. to say the least! Do we go with person-first or identity-first language? Should we say disabled or differently abled? And how can we use language to empower our kiddos with Down Syndrome? We’ve done a lot of learning (and unlearning!) to try and figure this all out. And as women who do not have any disabilities or diagnoses, we know we still have a long way to go! For now, we invite each of you to grow alongside us as we strive to use language that is most honoring to the disability community! Here’s to lifelong learning, friends! __ SHOW NOTES Read more on this topic at The Body Is Not An Apology LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Jan 12
45 min
Throwback: Is Inclusion Always the Best Option?
We’re starting this year off strong with an important conversation all about school and inclusion. If you’re parenting a child with a disability, we think you’ll relate! Enjoy.. When Micha and her family moved across the country this summer, she realized it might be time to shift her son’s classroom setting as well. In this week’s episode, Micha’s discussing her decision to place Ace in a more restrictive classroom environment and we’re answering lots of hard questions about school for our kiddos with Down Syndrome.. Is inclusion really always the best option? What if you don’t have the access or opportunity to pursue inclusion? Are you no longer an advocate if you choose a non-inclusive setting for your child? So friends, join us for a conversation about social justice, school, and Micha’s thoughts on Ace’s classroom setting. Enjoy! ___ SHOW NOTES Read “The Myth of The American Dream”  LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Jan 5
37 min
Throwback: Unpacking Privilege & Understanding Intersectionality w/Jalondra Davis
As we head into the new year, we invite you to confront your privilege and pursue justice alongside us. Start by listening (or listening again) to this interview with Jalondra Davis. Enjoy.. We know that Down Syndrome does not affect one more race more than another so why is the advocacy space not more diverse? We have Jalondra Davis - author, scholar, feminist, and mother, on to address this topic and more. We’re chatting about everything from her son’s diagnosis story to the many systems that impact our children with Down Syndrome and the intersections between different types of injustice. Get ready to take notes, friends. We have so much to learn from Jalondra. SHOW NOTES Keep up with Jalondra Davis Website Warrior Mama Blog Instagram: @jalondradavis Instagram: @shiloh.akin Twitter Listen to our episode with Kelli Caughman Join the Black Families Down Syndrome Network group on Facebook or find the DSDN group that’s right for you! LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Dec 29, 2020
48 min
Throwback: Public Speaking & Self-Advocacy w/Matthew Schwab
We’re back with another one of our favorite interviews! Join us for a fun and insightful conversation with an extraordinary self-advocate! Enjoy.. At 22 years old, Matthew Schwab is a public speaker, employee, volunteer, ambassador, intern, campaign manager, and so much more. You may have even seen him advocating for employing people with disabilities on his TedX Talk! When he’s not writing speeches or selling merchandise, he’s sending emails or hanging out with his girlfriend. We’re so happy he took the time to sit down with us and chat all about his busy life, his future goals, and his journey from being sad about his Down Syndrome diagnosis to embracing it! __ SHOW NOTES Follow Matthew Schwab on Instagram and Facebook. Visit matthewschwabspeaks.com to book Matthew for your next speaking opportunity! Watch Matthew’s TedX Talk: How I Know Including People With Down Syndrome Is A Good Thing LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Dec 22, 2020
27 min
Throwback: Shelley Gottsagen On Her Son Zack Gottsagen's Fame, The Oscars, + More!
Who remembers this awesome episode from earlier this year?! Listen (or listen again) for an amazing interview about an amazing self-advocate/celebrity! Enjoy.. You’ve seen Zack Gottsagen on the big screen during his hit movie, The Peanut Butter Falcon, and you’ve seen him onstage at the Oscars, but have you ever wondered about the woman who’s supported him since the beginning? In this VERY special interview, we’re talking to Zack’s mom, Shelley Gottsagen, who’s been shouting his worth boldly for 34 years. Not only was Zack the FIRST person with Down Syndrome to present an Academy Award on stage at the Oscars, he was the FIRST person with DS to be fully included in his elementary school, then the first to attend a prestigious performing arts school for middle school. And when he auditioned for a performing arts high school and didn’t get it in, his mom fought back. Knowing her son was talented enough, she investigated and found out that the school had never let a person with a disability in before. She took this information straight to civil court, and Zack started at that high school the next year. Tune in to hear more about a lifetime of self-advocacy, fighting systems, Zack’s relationship with Shia Lebeouf, The Oscars, Peanut Butter Falcon, what’s next for Zack, and so much more. __ SHOW NOTES Watch Zack present an award at the Oscars with co-star Shia Labeouf here. Watch The Peanut Butter Falcon, starring Zack Gottsagen, Shia Labeouf, and Dakota Johnson! Follow Zack Gottsagen on Instagram!  LET’S CHAT Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com with your questions and Good News for future episodes. HELP US SHIFT THE NARRATIVE Interested in partnering with The Lucky Few Podcast as a sponsor? Email hello@theluckyfewpodcast.com for more information! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Dec 15, 2020
49 min
97. Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide!
Looking for the perfect gift (that’s actually meaningful) to give your friends and family this year? We’ve got you covered! Our 2020 Holiday Gift Guide is here and we are so excited to tell you about all these wonderful, narrative-shifting, and worth-shouting businesses! Shop for bow ties and books, soaps and sweatshirts, and even jams, art, and coffee too! We have something for everyone on your list, including your furry, four-legged, friends! But don’t pay full price, use our discount codes! And that’s not even the best part of the gift guide.. Many of these amazing businesses were founded by entrepreneurs with Down syndrome and many of them employ individuals with disabilities. So friends, keep an eye out for a GIVEAWAY on our Instagram where you can win products from each of these businesses and have a very happy (& safe) December. Tis’ the season for shopping small and shifting the narrative! __ SHOW NOTES Businesses by Self-Advocates: Charlie French Art: Shop abstract art and holiday prints by Charlie, an artist with Down syndrome. Sweet Heat Jam Co: Enjoy unique and flavorful jams and support employees with disabilities! Code: THELUCKYFEW for 10% off! Soap by Zach: Check out Zach’s organic, small batch, goat milk and honey soap. Code:  THELUCKYFEW anywhere on the site for a free holiday peppermint goatmilk and honey soap w/your order! Doggy Delights by Allison: Support this entrepreneur with DS by purchasing some delish doggy treats for your best friend! Code: LUCKY2020 for 10% off! Businesses with Inclusive Employment: Haerfest Roasting Co: Enjoy certified organic coffee made with compassion and support a business dedicated to inclusive employment. Code: LUCKY21 for 21% off! H-Bomb Ties: Make a difference in style! This company is dedicated to providing jobs for individuals with disabilities + making fashionable ties! (We call that a win-win!) Code: THELUCKYFEW for 15% off! Businesses that Shift the Narrative: No Such Thing Co: Shop beautiful apparel and accessories that remind you there is no such thing as normal! Code: LUCKY10 for 10% off! Love That Surpasses: Enjoy custom apparel with an important message and support this non-profit as they deliver bags of hope to mothers who receive a DS diagnosis. Enable Special Needs Planning: ENABLE helps parents of children with disabilities create comprehensive plans for their future. Give a planning package as a gift our enter our giveaway on Instagram! The Lucky Few: Level up your advocacy (and accessory) game with our keychains, enamel pins, sweatshirts, shirts, + more! These items make the perfect gift for the worth-shouters in your life! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support
Dec 8, 2020
59 min
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