Listen to all the heartwarming stories about very special fathers and their very special children.
The Father Who Was Transformed By His Son’s Autism
And it would lead him, to then transform the lives of thousands of other “differently-abled” Americans. Former Walgreens executive Randy Lewis’ incredible story as part of our Special Fathers poscast series.
David Hirsch talks about SNF in interview with iHeart Media-Chicago
David Hirsch, founder of 21st Century Dads, discusses the Special Fathers Network with iHeart Media-Chicago. David’s heartfelt interview will move and encourage many to help support the SFN mission. You can listen to the interview here.
A Special Father…With a Special Son
This is the story of a virus that changed 6-year-old Ben Oommen’s life forever…and now his father Tony’s story, of living in a whole new world. For our “Special Fathers” series, we hear from the fathers of children with special needs.
Listen to Oommen’s special story.
A Father Of Two Daughters With Special Needs
Skip Gianopulos Is the father of four daughters; two with special needs. Take a listen to see just how this man’s life has been changed, and how he’s helped change the lives of many more through his work with GiGi’s Playhouse.
Here is Skip sharing his story.
Building confidence, independence and self esteem with people of all abilities though scuba diving.
Jim Elliott, the father of two daughters with disabilities and founder of Diveheart.org, changes lives by people with all abilities through scuba diving, scuba therapy and related activities.
See how special children build confidence with Diveheart.org.
Paul Gianni and his special daughter, Gigi
Paul and his wife Nancy are co-founders of Gigi’s Playhouse, an achievement center for children like daughter Gigi who have Downs Syndrome. There are now more than 30 Gigi’s Playhouses across the country. Listen to Paul share his life with and commitment to his special daughter, Gigi.
Special Father Clayton Frech and Angel City Sports
Ezra Frech, Clayton’s 12 year old son, was born different: he was missing his left knee and had only one finger on he left hand. After a mourning period and good advice from an orthopedic doctor, Clayton and his wife started their special needs journey. Ezra received a prosthetic leg and had toe to hand surgery at 2 years old.
As an active athletic himself, Clayton went on to create Angel City Sports, which offered sports programming in Southern California for kids, adults & veterans with physical disabilities or impairments. Read more about Clayton and Ezra Frech.
Jeff Aider, founder of Walcott School for Special Students
Molly Aider, Jeff’s oldest daughter, struggled in school with dyslexia and learning differences. At a conference with school counselors, Jeff and his wife were told to send Molly to a large school in the suburbs or to a boarding school. Instead, Jeff and his wife founded Walcott School in Chicago — a college prep high school for students with learning differences.
Learn more about Jeff, Molly and Walcott School.
Special Chronicles interviews David Hirsch, founder of 21CD
On Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 276, Daniel Smrokowski is joined by David Hirsch, founder of Twenty First Century Dads foundation and the Special Father’s Network. Tune in as we discuss: how Special Father’s Network began; David’s Connection to the Special Needs Community and Gigi’s Playhouse Down Syndrome Achievement Centers; David’s Book “21st Century Dads: A Father’s Journey to Break the Cycle of Father Absence; Special Father’s Network Mentoring Program for Dads raising children with special needs; Special Fathers Network Podcast Series; Mentor Fathers; and more!
Listen to the podcast here.
Special Father Joe Mantegna talks about his special daughter Mia, who has autism.
Movie, television and Broadway star Joe Mantenga and his wife Leah discovered that daughter Mia — at two and a half years old — was autistic. Joe shares his journey with listeners of raising an autistic child: finding the right schools and searching for needed resources. He also talks about the special relationship between Mia and her younger sister Gia.
Listen to Joe’s story here.