112 – Jack Lavin, CEO of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Reflects on Raising a Child with Down Syndrome

Meet Jack Lavin. Jack has a storied business career including his current role as CEO/President of the Chicago Chamber of Commerce. He’s the father of three children including Emily, 24, who has Down Syndrome. We’ll hear Jack’s inspiring story and the commitment he and his wife Kathy have made to serving those with disability, on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links: Contact Jack Lavin at: JLavin@chicagolandchamber.org Find out about the Gateway to Learning at: https://www.gtlchicago.com/programsThe email is: info@gatewaytolearning.org Transcript:   Dad to Dad 112 – Jack Lavin, CEO of Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Reflects on Raising a Child with

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108 – Nik Nikic’s Son Chris Who Has Down Syndrome Is Training for Ironman Florida – 1% Better Every Day

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast we hear from SFN father Nik Nikic. Nik has two children including son Chris (20), who has Down Syndrome. Nik has developed the 1% Better Every Day method to help Chris set and achieve goals, like being a triathlete and now public speaker. It’s a great story and it’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show links:Find out all about Chris and his amazing accomplishments at: https://chrisnikic.com Transcript:  Dad to Dad 108 – Nik Nikic’s Son Chris Who Has Down Syndrome Is Training for Ironman Florida – 1%

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107 – Mike Carmody Has A Brother With Down Syndrome & Is Co-Founder of Opportunity Knocks

Meet Mike Carmody whose brother John has Down syndrome. Mike has spent the last decade running Opportunity Knocks, a non profit that provides activities, programs and general kindness to young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mike’s our guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. To find out more about Opportunity Knocks go to: www.opportunityknocksnow.org Transcript: Dad to Dad 107 – Mike Carmody Has A Brother With Down Syndrome & Is Co-Founder of Opportunity Knocks Mike Carmody: He’s been like the guiding force in my life to help me learn who I am and what I need to

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003 – Skip Gianopulos: Raising Four Daughters Including Two With Down Syndrome

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. Transcript: Dad To Dad 3 – Skip Gianopulos: Raising Four Daughters Including Two With Down Syndrome Tom Couch: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The Special Fathers Network is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs through our personalized matching process. New fathers with special needs children connect with mentor fathers in

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006 – Paul Gianni And The Founding of Gigi’s Playhouses for Individuals With Down Syndrome.

Paul and his wife Nancy are co-founders of Gigi’s Playhouse, which are Down syndrome achievement centers for individuals, like their daughter Gigi, who have Down 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. Transcript: Dad To Dad 6 – Paul Gianni And The Founding of Gigi’s Playhouses for Individuals With Down Syndrome. Tom Couch: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The Special Fathers Network is a dad to dad mentoring program for fathers raising children with special needs through our personalized

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017 – How John Cronin, who has Down Syndrome, and his dad Mark launched John’s Crazy Socks.

Meet John Cronin. John and his Dad, Mark, own the successful on-line business John’s Crazy Socks. John has Down Syndrome and it was his idea to start a business selling colorful crazy socks with his Dad. Today David Hirsch talks to John’s Dad, Mark Cronin about the journey that led to this crazy successful business idea. That’s on this Special Fathers Network Podcast.  Transcript: Dad To Dad 17 – How John Cronin, who has Down Syndrome, and his dad Mark launched John’s Crazy Socks. Tom Couch: This is the Special Fathers Network podcast. The Special Fathers Network is a dad

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023 – Joe Ciriano tells of becoming a widower and raising a special needs child solo.

Host David Hirsch talks to Special Father, Joe Ciriano. Joe and his late wife, Joy were married for 21 years and had four children. Ashley, 28, Emily, 25, Charles,18 and 14-year-old Grace who has Down Syndrome. Joe has had his challenges and his life became even more challenging when he became an only parent after his wife Joy passed away in 2009, due to breast cancer. Joe and six other fathers who had also lost their wives became a part of a support group, their story is told in the book, The Group, by Donald J Rosenstein and Justin Yopp. Joe

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101 – Dr. Ben Satterfield – Has Two Kids with Down Syndrome & Spent a Career Helping Special Needs Kids Communicate

Ben Satterfield is David Hirsch’s guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Ben and his wife Pat are parents to five children, including Kathleen and Blake who both have Down Syndrome. Ben has spent his much of his life developing computer solutions that help those with disabilities communicate with their families and loved ones. We’ll hear Ben’s fascinating life story on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Show Links: https://gatfl.gatech.edu/index.php Email Ben direct at: Ben@gatfl.org Transcript: SFN Dad to Dad 101 Dr. Ben Satterfield – Has Two Kids with Down Syndrome & Spent a Career Helping

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092 – Montage Of SFN Mentor Fathers Reflecting On Raising Children With Down Syndrome Dads

This is the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Of the close to 100 Dads we’ve interviewed thus far, many are the proud parents of kids with Down Syndrome. So today we’re going to hear clips from these Dads. We’ll hear how they reacted to the news that they’re child has Down Syndrome, and we’ll hear how these children have been a real blessing. That’s all on this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by The Special Fathers Network. Dad to Dad 92 Montage Of SFN Mentor Fathers Reflecting On Raising Children With Down Syndrome Dads Special Dad: I was

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091 – Rob Wrubel, CFP, Special Needs Planner, Author and Father of a Daughter with Down Syndrome

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with Rob Wrubel, a father of three, including Sarah, who has Down Syndrome. Rob is a financial planner who specializes in helping special needs families invest in their future. He’s an author, an advocate for children with special needs and he’s David Hirsch’s guest on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Show Links: Cascade Investment Group: https://ciginc.net Rob Wrubel’s website: https://robwrubel.com Transcript: Dad to Dad 91 Rob Wrubel, CFP, Special Needs Planner, Author and Father of a Daughter with Down Syndrome Rob Wrubel: Some of the funniest

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087 – Juan Vagilenty Has Two Children with Special Needs: Pallister-Kallian & Down Syndrome

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with special Father Juan Vagilenty, a lawyer from Chicago. Juan and wife Anna, have two children with special needs. Amelia, age 9, has Pallister-Killian Mosaic Syndrome, or PKS and Max, age 7, has Down Syndrome. We’ll hear the Vagilenty family story and how religion has been an important part of their life. Transcript: Dad to Dad 87 – Juan Vagilenty Has Two Children with Special Needs: Pallister-Kallian & Down Syndrome Juan Vagilenty: But I just want to mention one thing that, um, sister Rosemary thought powerhouse behind

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082 – Josh Avis, Father of 3 Adopted Children (2 With Down Syndrome) & Co-Founder of The Lucky Few

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with Josh Avis, father of three and cofounder of The Lucky Few Instagram account and podcast. Josh and his wife Heather have adopted three children two of whom have Down Syndrome. Josh and Heather consider themselves among the lucky few to have two children with special needs, in fact, Avis has written a book entitled The Lucky Few: Finding God’s Best in the Most Unlikely Places, which you can find at Amazon. We’ll hear all about the Avis family and The Lucky Few on this Dad to Dad

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068 – John Dodd, A Father of a Girl With Down Syndrome is Incredibly Upbeat!

John Dodd is our guest on this Dad to Dad podcast. John has a daughter with Down Syndrome. He’s also had some significant challenges in his life but has remained incredibly upbeat. He’s a model for us all. Hear John’s incredible story on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 68 – John Dodd, A Father of a Girl With Down Syndrome is Incredibly Upbeat! John Dodd: I had some wisdom that people have shared from time to time that I kind of created a David Letterman top 10 list. So if

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063 – Kelly Moynihan, special father of Nicki who has Down Syndrome with some great advice.

Meet Kelly Moynihan, a retired oil industry veteran and a father of three, including Nicki who has Down Syndrome. Kelly has some sage advice for fathers of kids with special needs and he’s our guest on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 63 – Kelly Moynihan, special father of Nicki who has Down Syndrome with some great advice. Kelly Moynihan: The other thing about having a mentally disabled individual in your family, you know, they bring you down to earth every now and then our daughter enjoys the simple things in life. So to watch her have

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062 – Non-Profit Leader John Wagner wrote a book about his son David who has Down Syndrome.

On this Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch talks to John Wagner, a father of three, including David who has Down Syndrome. John has also written a book his about his family called “Perfect: Sacred Stories From The Heart of a Dad,” and he’s our guest on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 62 – Non-Profit Leader John Wagner wrote a book about his son David who has Down Syndrome. John Wagner: Let me tell you what she did say in the hospital. Literally like the first words out of

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059 – Sean Farrell wouldn’t change a thing about his son with Down Syndrome.

On this Dad to Dad podcast we hear from a father who feels blessed to have a boy with Down Syndrome, saying families that have someone with Down Syndrome, are statistically happier and have a better life. Sean Farrell is David Hirsch’s guest on this Dad to Dad Podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 59 – Sean Farrell wouldn’t change a thing about his son with Down Syndrome. Sean Farrell: We had a nurse there who was the mother of a daughter with down syndrome and she pulled me aside and she said, listen, you

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041 – Author Stacy Tetschner wrote a book to help parents of kids with Down Syndrome.

He wrote the book “Windows into Heaven – Stories Celebrating Down Syndrome” He’s the father of three, including an adopted boy with Down Syndrome. He’s Stacy Tetschner and he has an amazing story to tell on this Dad to Dad Podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 41 – Author Stacy Tetschner wrote a book to help parents of kids with Down Syndrome. Stacy Tetschner: One of the individuals. That’s our biggest supporter with this book is an OB GYN. He actually orders the books 10 or 15 at a time and keeps them in his office. And he said, I didn’t

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044 – Tom Delaney – father of Jack, who has Down Syndrome

In this Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch talks with his guest Tom Delaney. Tom’s the president of Bankers Insurance Services, he has two boys Charlie and Jack who has Down Syndrome. We’ll hear the story of Tom’s family and how he’s worked to be the best Dad he can be. That’s all on this Dad to Dad podcast. Transcript: Dad to Dad 44 Tom Delaney – father of Jack, who has Down Syndrome Tom Delaney: And I think this is a common thread actually, throughout the special needs community is the siblings are such good people. Charlie’s got

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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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