033.5 – Highlights Podcast

Welcome to the Dad-To-Dad Highlights Podcast presented by the Special Fathers Network. Here’s a brief overview of host David Hirsch’s decades long commitment to fathers as well as snippets from some of the couple of dozen Dad to Dad Podcast interviews. Transcript: Dad to Dad 33.5 Highlights Podcast Tom Couch: Hi, and thanks for listening to the dad, to dad, podcast, fathers, mentoring, fathers of special needs kids presented by the Special Fathers Network. The Special Fathers Network is the brain child of founder. David Hirsch. David has spent decades advocating on behalf of fathers and fighting to drastically reduce

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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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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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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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097 – SFN Mentor Fathers & Adaptive Sports: A Compilation

We’ll hear excerpts of some of host David Hirsch’s conversations with five special fathers. These Fathers of kids with special needs have used adaptive sports to give their children’s lives purpose and great meaning. We’ll hear from Gregg Chalmers. Gregg’s son Ryan is a Paralympic champion with Spina bifida who has pushed his wheelchair all the way across America. We’ll hear from Air Force veteran Bob Roybal. Bob’s son Brody, has no legs and is a forward for the three-time-champion U.S. Paralympic hockey team. Then there’s Angel City sports founder Clayton Frech whose 14 year old son Ezra was born missing

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096 – Hamilton and Broadway Star Miguel Cervantes Recounts the Passing of Daughter, Adelaide, Due to Epilepsy & Infantile Spasms

We are proud to present this very special edition of the Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast. Host David Hirsch talks to special father Miguel Cervantes. Miguel performed the lead role of Alexander Hamilton for the entire 171 week Chicago run of “Hamilton: An American Musical.” Miguel and his wife, Kelly, son Jackson and Newborn Adelaide, moved to Chicago so Miguel could take on the role of a lifetime. But soon after, Adelaide started having seizures due to a severe form of pediatric epilepsy. Tragically Adelaide passed away at age three. In this Dad to Dad Podcast, Miguel talks to

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095 – Joe Lofino Has A Two & Three Year Old With Fragile X Syndrome

The Special Fathers Network was created so that dads with an average of 10 or more years of experience raising a child with special needs, could share their insights with and mentor younger fathers, who are closer to the beginning of their journey raising a child in a similar situation. On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch talks to young father, Joe Lofino. Joe and his wife Jennifer have two children ages two and three, both with Fragile X Syndrome. Joe talks to David about life with his children and how he’s adjusted to this sudden change of

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094 – Air Force Reservist, Youth For Christ Director and Stand Up Comic Jarell Roach Has Two Childen With Autism.

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father, Air Force reservist and stand-up comic Jarrell Roach. Jarell, and his wife Kinesha, have four children; John, Karia, Jeremiah and Karley. Both Karia and Jeremiah have Autism. We’ll hear about Jarell’s family, his military service and about being campus director for Greater Omaha Youth for Christ. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Show Links: Find out all about Jarrel at: https://jroachpresentations.com Find out about Greater Omaha Youth for Christ at http://goyfc.org Transcript: Dad to Dad 94 – Air Force Reservist, Youth For

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093 – Sam Rodriguez Turns Tragic Loss Into Incredible Acts Of Kindness.

From terrible tragedy comes forgiveness, which leads to incredible acts of kindness. On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad Podcast, host David Hirsch talks to Special Father Sam Rodriguez. Sam and his wife Stacey have three children. Ben, Emma and Manny, who passed away as a baby. Sam tells his family’s story including the formation of the Manny Rodriguez fund and the 87 random acts of kindness day. That’s all on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Show Links: Find out about the Manny Rodriguez children’s education’s fund at Facebook.com/mannysfund The Akron Children’s hospital website: https://www.akronchildrens.org The Courageous

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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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090 – Doctor & Boxer Hackie Reitman’s Daughter’s Aspergers Has Propelled Him To Advocate For Neurodiversity

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with Dr. Harold Reitman, a retired orthopedic surgeon and former professional heavy weight boxer, an author, a filmmaker and founder of Different Brains.org. Dr, Reitman is father to Rebecca, 38, who has Asperger Syndrome. We’ll hear all about Harold, or Hackie and he’s known in boxing circles, and his incredible and inspiring life on this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast. Show Links: https://www.differentbrains.org Hackie Reitman Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Reitman Transcript: Dad to Dad 90 – Doctor & Boxer Hackie Reitman’s Daughter’s Aspergers Has Propelled Him To Advocate

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089 – SFN Mentor Fathers: Reflections On The Loss Of A Child With Special Needs

This SFN Podcast is a compilation of excerpts from earlier interviews of SFN Mentor Fathers who each lost a child with special needs. They are listed here in alphabetical order. The number relates to each dad’s podcast: #66 Jerry Castro/Son Jack age 15, #31 Kris Kazian/daughter Lexi age 2, #57 Tim Kuck/son Nathaniel age 4, #64 Shane Lee/daughter Jocelyn age 4 1/2, #37 Matt Mooney/son Elliot age 99 days, #13 Jim Mueller/son Luke 23 and #29 Rooster Rossiter/daughter Ainsley age 12. Not all families are able to perpetuate their child’s memory in the form of a non-profit, but many of these

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088 – Mark O’Halloran Has Six Adopted Children: 4 from Russian & 2 from Mexican Orphanges

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with special father Mark O’Halloran. Mark and his wife, Gerlinde, have adopted six children, four from Russia and two from Mexico all who suffered severe trauma from being abandoned by their birth parents and living in orphanages. Three of the kids have very limited cognitive ability as a result. Mark is also the director of economic development at Together Chicago, a not for profit dedicated to inspiring change and hope in the Windy City. We’ll hear all about Mark and his family on this Dad to Dad podcast,

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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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086 – Dan Morrissey Helped His Daughter with Cerebral Palsy To Start Emily’s Bracelets

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with special father, Dan Morrissey. Dan and his wife Kristin have two children, one of whom, Emily, has Cerebral Palsy. We’ll hear the Morrissey family story including how they started a new business, www.Emilysbracelets.com. We’ll also hear how Emily’s younger brother PJ wrote two books about having a sister with special needs. That’s all on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 86 – Dan Morrissey Helped His Daughter with Cerebral Palsy To Start Emily’s Bracelets Dan Morrissey: Emily from

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085 – Don Garner’s Daughter Frannie Was Diagnosed With a Brain Tumor at Age 8

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with Don Garner. Don and his wife Alisa have three girls, one of whom, Francesca, was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 8 years old. We’ll hear Don’s story and how the Make a Wish Foundation granted a very special wish to Frannie and the entire Garner family. That’s all on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network. Transcript: Dad to Dad 85 – Don Garner’s Daughter Frannie Was Diagnosed With a Brain Tumor at Age 8 Don Garner: I said,

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084- Special Moments of the Dad to Dad Podcast

We’ve talked to over 80 Dads in the Dad to Dad podcast, presented by the Special Fathers Network, and in this episode we present a “greatest hits” version of the podcast. You’ll hear many fathers chiming in on why they joined the Special Fathers Network and why being a father of a kid with special needs is so important to them.  Transcript: Dad to Dad 84- Special Moments of the Dad to Dad Podcast Special Dad: I tell people that one of the blessings of having a son with autism, I’m the only dad. I know who’s 25 year old

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083 – Jon Heckert Makes it Possible For His Son With Special Needs to Race and Hunt Among Other Activities.

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with Jon Heckert. Jon and his wife Doris are parents of a son, Jackson, who was diagnosed early in life with special needs. In the Heckert household the word can’t doesn’t exist. Jon makes sure Jackson competes in races and he takes him on hunting trips. Jon is indeed a special dad. As a side note, just prior to this interview, host David Hirsch pushed Jackson in the Louisiana Half Marathon. We’ll hear all about that and more on this Dad to Dad podcast, presented by The Special

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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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081 – Jude Morrow Of Derry, Northern Ireland, Is A Father With Asperger’s Syndrome

On this Special Fathers Network Dad to Dad podcast, host David Hirsch speaks with special father Jude Morrow, of Derry Northern Ireland. Jude’s son, Ethan, doesn’t have special needs, Jude himself, the dad has special needs. He’s on the autism spectrum and he’s written a book about his experience which will be available in April 2020. It’s a fascinating conversation and it’s all on this Dad to Dad Podcast. Visit Jude Morrow Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/jude.morrow.7 Transcript: Dad to Dad 81 – Jude Morrow Of Derry, Northern Ireland, Is A Father With Asperger’s Syndrome. Jude Morrow: I think that dots have

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