123 – From Russia With Love: Alex Lyubelsky Has a Daughter With Mild Retardation, Autism, ADHD & Asperger’s

David Hirsch’s guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Alex Lyubelsky. Alex and his family came to the U.S. from Russia when he was a boy. He now lives in Wheaton, Illinois and works in corporate recruiting. He and his wife Tonie have two children, one of whom, Amanda, has mild retardation, Autism ADHD and Aspergers. We’ll hear about Alex’s journey to the U.S.and how he and Tonie have worked together to raise their two children. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Contact Alex at alyubelsky@yahoo.com Transcript: Coming Soon

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122 – SOAR Founder Stephen “Doc” Hunsley Lost His Son At Age 5 To Dravet Syndrome and Autism

Our guest this this week is Stephen “Doc” Hunsley . Doc is a father of three children, one of whom, Mark, sadly passed away at age five due to complications from Dravet Syndrome and Autism. Doc is the founder of SOAR (Special Opportunities Abilities & Relationships) Special Needs, focusing on Abilities/the positive not Disabilities/the negative. We’ll hear Doc’s life story, including his time in the Air Force, the loss of his brother at five days, the loss of his career as a pediatrician and more on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. For more information about SOAR Special Needs

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120 – Mark Arnold of Bournemouth, England, Advocates For Fathers Raising Children Like His Son, Who Has Autism & Epilepsy

Our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast is Mark Arnold. Mark and his wife Clare live in Bournemouth, South England and are parents to Phoebe and James, who is autistic, has epilepsy and is mostly non verbal. Mark is the director of the Urban Saints Additional Needs Ministry, hosts the Additional Needs Blogfather blog, and started an advocacy group called Dad’s File Circle. We’ll hear his story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. LINKS-Urban Saints:  https://www.urbansaints.org/additionalneeds Additional Needs Alliance:   http://additionalneedsalliance.org.ukand https://www.facebook.com/groups/additionalneedsalliance/  The Additional Needs Blogfather:   https://theadditionalneedsblogfather.com The Dads’ Fire Circle (Founded July 2020): https://thedadsfirecircle.com and https://www.facebook.com/groups/thedadsfirecircle/ YouTube channel:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sK7U6d0r_7uVmyg0yN5sQ

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119 – Al Feria Father Of Four Including A Non-verbal Son With Autism & Works With One Collective

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with special father Al Feria. Al has four children, including John, who is autistic and non-verbal. Al works for One Collective a christian not for profit helping integrate communities across the globe. We’ll hear his intriguing story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. To find out about One Collective go to: onecollective.orgContact Al directly at: Alcoleparis@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 119 – Al Feria Father Of Four Including A Non-verbal Son With Autism & Works With One Collective Tom Couch: The Special Fathers Network

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117 – Chris LaFriniare: Co-Creator of A Bunch Of Dads Facebook Group & Father of Zachary Who Has Autism

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Chris LaFriniere. Chris is the founder of the Bunch of Dads Facebook group that currently has over 120,000 members. Chris also has a son Zachary who is autistic. We’ll hear Chris’ story on this Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links:A Bunch Of Dads Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/abunchofdadsContact Chris LaFriniere at” CLafriniere@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 117 Chris LaFriniare: Co-Creator of A Bunch Of Dads Facebook Group & Father of Zachary Who Has Autism Tom Couch: The Special Fathers Network is thrilled to be sponsored by Rubin Law. A multigenerational

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111 – Registered Nurse Roddy Vannoy Juggles Caring For COVID Patients And Two Daughters with Autism

In this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Roddy Vannoy about the challenges of being a single father of three girls, including two with autism. Roddy is a registered nurse who treats COVID patients and his story is an amazing one. For more information on the Special Fathers Network, go to https://21stcenturydads.org/about-the-special-fathers-network/ Show links: Here’s where you can purchase the book “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters” by Meg Meeker M.D.https://www.amazon.com/Strong-Fathers-Daughters-Secrets-Father/dp/0345499395 Reach out to Roddy Vannoy at RoddyVannoy@gmail.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 111 – Registered Nurse Roddy Vannoy Juggles Caring For COVID Patients And Two Daughters with Autism Roddy

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104 – Dr. Stephen Grcevich, A Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist & Founder Of Key Ministry

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Dr. Stephen Grcevich, a child & adolescent psychiatrist and founder of Key Ministry, promoting meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with special needs. To find out Key Ministries go to: https://www.keyministry.org To find out about Dr, Grcevich’s book, Mental Health & The Church: A Ministry Handbook for Including Children and Adults with ADHD, Anxiety, Mood Disorders, and Other Common Mental Health Conditions, go to https://www.amazon.com/Mental-Health-Church-Including-Conditions/dp/031053481X Follow Stephen Grcevich on Facebook or Twitter: search Key Ministy. Transcript:  Dad to Dad 104 – Dr. Stephen Grcevich, A Child &

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103 – HopeAnew.com Co-Founder Jonathan McGuire Talks About Raising A Son With Autism & Advocating For Other Families

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Jonathan McGuire. Jonathan and his wife Sarah are parents to Josiah and Jordan who is autistic. Jonathan and Sarah formed HopeAnew.com; a laugh together, cry together, pray together community that helps parents of kids with special needs navigate their path to the future. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. To find out about Hope Anew, read the blog and listen to the podcast, go to http://hopeanew.com Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/hopeinthetrenches/ Transcript: Dad to Dad 103 – HopeAnew.com Co-Founder Jonathan

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102 – Successful Serial Entrepreneur Robert Blackwell Has A Daughter With Autism Who Is Thriving

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Robert Blackwell, a successful serial entrepreneur who is founder of Killerspin, a luxury table tennis company that’s transformed the sport and been a pioneer in the #UnPlugNPlay movement. His daughter Ali-Yah is 23 and was diagnosed with autism at age 2 as the result of reaching a vaccine. We’ll hear Robert’ and Ali-Yah’s amazing story, how he played ping pong with legal consultant Barack Obama and Pope Francis’ connection to Killerspin. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. To find out about Killerspin

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002 – Randy Lewis: The Walgreens Story & Providing Employment For Those With Disability

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 series. Transcript: Dad To Dad 2 – Randy Lewis: The Walgreens Story & Providing Employment For Those With Disability Lee Habeeb: This is Lee Habeeb, and this is our American stories and it’s time for our Special Father’s Series, which tells the stories of fathers with special needs children. And it’s brought to us by the Special Fathers Network, which matches up

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005 – Actor Joe Mantegna’s journey with his daughter Mia, who has Autism

Movie, television and Broadway star Joe Mantenga and his wife Arlene 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. Transcript: Dad To Dad 5 – Actor Joe Mantegna’s journey with his daughter Mia, who has Autism David Hirsch: Hi, I’m David Hirsch. This is the Special Fathers Network podcast stories of fathers helping fathers. Joe Mantegna: People say to

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015 – Dan Marquardt Father of 10 Including Six Adopted Kids With Special Needs.

In this Special Fathers’ Network Podcast, David Hirsch talks with Dan Marquardt, from Marquardt of Barrington, Buick GMC. Dan and with his wife Jennifer are parents to 9 children, including six adopted children who all have special needs. It’s an amazing story of a couple who are trying to make the world a better place – and succeeding.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 15 – Dan Marquardt Father of 10 Including Six Adopted Kids With Special Needs. Tom Couch: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The Special Fathers Network is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children

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016 – Rob Gorski Father of Three Boys With Autism & The Autistic Dad Blog & Website.

This Special Fathers Network Podcast features a series of conversations David Hirsch had over the last few months with The Autism Dad, Rob Gorski. Rob and his wife Liz are parents to three special needs boys.Rob shares his stories and writes of his parenting experiences both positive and negative on his website “The Autism Dad.com.” These interviews took place over several days and we’re featuring them for you now.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 16 – Rob Gorski Father of Three Boys With Autism & The Autistic Dad Blog & Website. Rob Gorski: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The

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021 – Sports radio legend Dan McNeil on raising his Autistic son and best friend, Patrick.

In this Special Fathers Network Podcast, Host David Hirsch talks to Chicago Sports radio legend, Dan McNeil. Dan has been broadcasting all across the radio dial throughout his 30 plus year career in Chicago.Currently he’s broadcasting at his old home, Sports Radio 670, The Score. Dan tells us about being a Dad – a special father to three boys – Van, Patrick and Jack. It’s his second son, Patrick who’s Autistic.The bond between Dan and Patrick is very special. Patrick regards his Dad as his best friend. We’ll hear the story of the McNeil family, Dan’s kids, his wife, Sherri and

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024 – Peter Morici, sight impaired dad, talks of life with an autistic child and another with ADHD.

In this Special Fathers Network podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father Peter Morici, a father of two who has been visually disabled for the past several years. Peter and his wife Elena have been married for 13 years and have two kids, Alex, 11, who is autistic and Jenny, 8, who has a form of ADHD. Peter has spent a lot of time over the years trying to find alternative forms of treatment for his kids. He discovered with the help of others that he could take matters into his own hands and with great success. Also, recently Peter

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025 – Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson opens up about his twins, one who is severely autistic.

In This Special Fathers Network podcast, David Hirsch talks to Special Father Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson. Rabi Artson and his wife Elana are parents of 25 year old twins, Shira and Jacob, who’s severely autistic. Rabbi Artson has found that allowing his non-verbal son Jacob the ability to communicate via keyboard was the key to unlocking many of Jacob’s difficulties. And like many parents of special needs children, the bond between child and parent is very strong indeed. We’ll hear great stories, profound insights and examples of what makes the Artsons a very tight knit family unit. Transcript: Dad To Dad

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026 – How David Friedman and his family of 6 worked together to raise their autistic son/ brother.

In This Special Fathers Network podcast David Hirsch talks to special father, David Friedman. David and his wife Diane are the parents of 4 children, Stacy, Jenna, Helene and Mathew who is autistic. We’ll hear the Friedman story of and how they’ve stuck together as a family unit.And David Friedman who has had a successful business career formed a company called Autonomy Works, where employees with autism use their particular skills to perform needed services for clients.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 26 – How David Friedman and his family of 6 worked together to raise their autistic son/ brother. Tom

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027 – Lessons learned from Brian Rubin, an attorney who represents families with special needs kids.

In This Special Fathers Network podcast David Hirsch talks to special father, Brian Rubin, a lawyer who works with families with special needs kids. Brian and his wife Linda have been married 41 years and have three grown children, Nicole, Benji, and Mitchell, who is autistic.We’ll hear the Rubin family story, get some sage advice, and we’ll hear about Brian’s legal work and how he and his team really help the special needs community. That’s all in this Special Fathers Network podcast.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 27 – Lessons learned from Brian Rubin, an attorney who represents families with special

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033 – Lee Jorwic, a father of an autistic son, creates opportunities for the disabled.

Lee Jorwic, a manufacturers sales rep tells about his life with an autistic son and how facilitative communication has allowed Chris to share his thoughts with the world around him. We’ll also hear about Lee’s work as Chairman of the Board of the Ray Graham Association, creating opportunities that empower people with disabilities. That’s all in this Special Fathers Network Podcast.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 33 – Lee Jorwic, a father of an autistic son, creates opportunities for the disabled. Tom Couch: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The Special Fathers Network is a dad to dad mentoring program

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034 – Steve Bundy, father of an autistic child with Muscular Dystrophy, helps parents world wide.

Meet Steve Bundy, author and Vice President of Joni and Friends, providing assistance to families with special needs around the world. Steve is father of two children, Jaron and Caleb who is autistic and has a rare form of Muscular Dystrophy.  Transcript: Dad to Dad 34 – Steve Bundy, father of an autistic child with Muscular Dystrophy, helps parents world wide. Steve Bundy: He’s a bundle of blessing, but a bundle of challenge at the same time, I did not know what to do with all this emotion going on inside me, which is one of the reasons I am

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035 – Ascendigo President Peter Bell on raising an autistic son.

Special Father Peter Bell tells David Hirsch about life raising an autistic son. Peter also shares his experiences helping other families deal with autism in his role as president of Ascendigo Autism Services. Transcript: Dad to Dad 35 – Ascendigo President Peter Bell on raising an autistic son. Peter Bell: Every now, and then I kind of say, I need a break from autism, which unfortunately, you know, it’s hard to do completely, but you learn to kind of figure out how to manage that and do your best to basically live in the moment and do everything you can

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036 – Dave Elsinger, father of an autistic son and missionary at Reach Global.

David Hirsch talks to Dave Elsinger a father of two children including an autistic son. Dave is a leader and missionary with Reach Global of the Evangelical Freee Church of America and he’s our guest on this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network.  Transcript: Dad to Dad 36 – Dave Elsinger, father of an autistic son and missionary at Reach Global. Dave Elsinger: You know, when a doctor gives you a diagnosis, all he’s giving you is a snapshot of your child at that moment. They are growing. They are changing even with a diagnosis of

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100 – IDF Ret. Major General Doron Almog: Lost His Son With Autism & Was The Force Behind Creating Aleh-Negev in Southern Israel

In this 100th episode of the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, we are both honored and pleased to welcome a truly exceptional father, Doron Almog, retired Major General, Israel Defense Forces. Doron is a truly heroic figure in his native Israel. During his 34-year military career he was involved in dozens of high level missions including the legendary rescue of the 105 Jewish Air France hostages from the Entebbe, Uganda airport in 1976. Doron and his wife Didi have been married 42 years and are the proud parents of three children: one of whom Eran, was born with Autism

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099 – Dr. Lawrence Fung – Director of the Stanford Neurodiversity Project & Father of a Child with Autism

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Dr. Lawrence Fung, a psychologist and Director of the Stanford University Neurodiversity Alliance. Dr. Fung and his wife Michele have two children Hannah,13 and Zachary, 16, who was diagnosed with Autism at age 3. We’ll hear Dr. Fung talk about his work to help take advantage of the inherent talents of individuals with Autism. It’s a fascinating glimpse at a man who is changing the world for the better. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Find out more about the Stanford Neurodiversity

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098 – David Hall Autism Advocate Who Also Has 3 Children On The Autism Spectrum

In this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father David Hall, the founder of Life Guides For Autistics and Neuroguides. David has three children who are all on the Autism spectrum and more recently discovered he is too. We’ll hear some sage advice and pearls of wisdom from David in this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Here’s our host, David Hirsch. Show Links: Jeff Erlinger with Mr. Rogers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BZlyxS37Kk Find out more about the Autism spectrum at https://neuroclastic.com Find out more about Neuroguides at https://neuroguides.org Transcript:  SFN 98 – David Hall Autism Advocate Who

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