065 – John Felageller, Father of a Son With Autism, School Teacher, Blogger and Writer

On this Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch talks with Special Father John Felageller, a 4th grade teacher and father of 11-year-old Christopher, who is autistic. John and his wife Elizabeth have been through some challenging times but have emerged stronger thanks in part to their involvement an evangelical christian church. That’s all on this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network.  Transcript: Dad to Dad 65 – John Felageller, Father of a Son With Autism, School Teacher, Blogger and Writer John Felageller: Being in the waiting room that they gave us and, and really just

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055 – Becky Davidson, a solo parent of a son with profound special needs.

In this Dad to Dad Podcast we talk with our first Mom. Becky Davidson is a podcaster, author and mother to Jon Alex, who has multiple special needs. Becky and her husband Jeff formed Rising Above Ministries.org, a national organization that helps families with children with special needs. Sadly, In 2017, Jeff passed away unexpectedly, leaving Becky an only parent. Becky talks to Host David Hirsch about her life, her husband and the new book she and Jeff wrote, “Common Man, Extraordinary Call, thriving as the Dad of a Child with special needs.” It’s a jam packed edition of the

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053 – Steve Duffley’s son Christopher is a blind & Autistic internet singing sensation

In this Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks with special father, Steve Duffley. Steve’s son Chris, who is blind and autistic, is an internet singing sensation who has inspired millions with his voice and his message. Transcript: Dad to Dad 53 – Steve Duffley’s son Christopher is a blind & Autistic internet singing sensation Steven Duffley: Christopher definitely was born in may of 2001. He was totally blind. We didn’t get the autism diagnosis until he was like four and a half, five years old. Oh, wow. Dang. That fall opened the eyes of my heart at a

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052- John Shouse, advocate for people with autism and dad of autistic son, Evan.

In this Dad to Dad Podcast host David Hirsch talks with John Shouse, father of three, including Evan, who is autistic. John advocates on behalf of people with autism in his home state of Tennessee and he’s David Hirsch’s guest on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad #52- John Shouse, advocate for people with autism and dad of autistic son, Evan. John Schouse: Grandpa Lloyd, uh, Janet’s father, the news that, that Evan had autism, it was a very difficult thing for him to deal with. And I know that he reached out to a gentleman that

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051 – Bo Bigelow, father of two, including a child with Autism and USP7, a rare gene mutation.

In this Dad to Dad Podcast host David Hirsch talks with special father Bo Bigelow, a lawyer, cofounder of Disorder: A rare film festival and father of two, including Tess, who has a rare disease related to the mutation of the USP 7 gene. Bo is also the host of the podcast Stronger Every Day, documenting his journey as Tess’ parent. He’s our guest today on the Dad to Dad Podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 51- Bo Bigelow, father of two, including a child with Autism and USP7, a rare gene mutation. Bo Bigelow: And I create this blog post

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047- Seth Keiffer, country music artist, dad & stepdad of 4 including a child with autism

In this Dad to Dad podcast we hear from country music artist, Seth Keiffer, a fatherland stepfather of four including a child with autism. Seth has great stories to tell and great music as well. He’s David Hirsch’s guest on this Dad to Dad podcast. To find out more about the Special Fathers network go to 21stcenturydads.org. Transcript: Dad to Dad 47- Seth Keiffer, country music artist, dad & stepdad of 4 including a child with autism Seth Keiffer: Patience and don’t give up, you know, don’t give up on them and don’t give up on yourself, you know, perseverance,

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037 – Matt Mooney lost his son Eliot after 99 days, then adopted Lena, with special needs from a Ukraine orphanage.

He’s an amazing guy. After living through the loss of his son, Eliot, after only 99 days, due to Trisomy 18, or Edwards Syndrome, Matt and his wife Ginny went on to form the charitable group 99 Balloons.org. Then despite all they’d been through, they adopted Lena, a young girls with special needs from an orphanage in Ukraine. Matt is David Hirsch’s guest in this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network Transcript: Dad to Dad 37 – Matt Mooney lost his son Eliot after 99 days, then adopted Lena, with special needs from a Ukraine orphanage.

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040 – Brent Chase works to help his autistic brother, Alec.

Our guest in this Dad to Dad podcast is special brother, Brent Chase. Brent grew up having a younger brother who’s autistic. We’ll hear Brent’s stories and how he’s working to develop products that will benefit his brother Alec and others like him. That’s all on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 40- Brent Chase works to help his autistic brother, Alec. Brent Chase: One of the person that’s, I’ve been a father figure. She’s not necessarily a father figure as my mom, she’s always been great support. And even though like growing up was very hard,

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042 – Paul Koza, a father of triplets, two of whom are autistic

Meet Paul Koza, a retired sales executive. Paul has four boys, two whom were diagnosed with autism. He’s an engaging guy and he’s our special guest on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 42 Paul Koza, a father of triplets, two of whom are autistic Paul Koza: We had triplets and two were disabled and we’ve been married 40 years. So that’s, that’s one of the greatest accomplishments in our lives. You know, there are gifted people in the world that don’t care about the money. They do it for the right reasons. They just do it

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045 – Author Rick Daynes, father of 5 including 3 kids with special needs

In this Dad to Dad podcast we hear from special father, Rick Daynes. Rick doesn’t have a child with special needs, he has three children with special needs. And he’s written a book to help other special needs dads and parents with their journey. It’s called “Keep It Together Man: For Dads with a Special Kid.” We’ll hear all about it in this Dad to Dad Podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 45 – Author Rick Daynes, father of 5 including 3 kids with special needs Rick Daynes: He saw that and he ran over there and he got this trophy

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