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A World of Difference: The Podcast

A World of Difference: The Podcast

By A World of Difference
"A World of Difference" celebrates and supports families who are navigating the journey of learning differences. The show is produced by Beacon College (America's first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating students who learn differently). Episodes examine neurodiversity issues related to learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, autistic spectrum disorders, and learning differences from birth through the baccalaureate years through compelling storytelling, conversations with experts, viewer Q&As, and interviews with successful/famous individuals with learning differences.
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A World of Difference, S1, E7 | "Helping Students with Learning Disabilities Successfully Transition to College"
As high school seniors await acceptance letters from their dream and "safety" schools, they dream of ditching the constraints of high school for the freedom that college life brings. For parents of aspiring collegians who learn differently, the reality of that looming independence comes with heightened uncertainty, anxiety, additional hurdles to negotiate, and the overriding question: is my child who learns differently poised for making a successful transition from high school to college? On this episode of the Beacon College-produced “A World of Difference,” TV show, you'll meet a high school senior who learns differently who is prepping for that transition and see how one family is approaching this next chapter of life. You'll also receive the straight dope from our panel of transition professionals on helping LD high schoolers make the college transition with fewer stumbles in our “Ask the Experts” segment. And you'll meet this month’s “Difference Maker,” real estate guru John Crossman, who learned later in life that the career he built was constructed upon a foundation of dyslexia, a realization that powers the caring heart he has for helping young people find their way.
March 2, 2021
"A World of Difference," S1, E6 | "Pushing Students Who Learn Differently — but not over the Edge"
The Flying Wallendas earned fame and a reputation as circus daredevils for performing stupendous acts of balance on a high-wire.  Yet, even the uncanny skill with which they performed their incredible seven-person chair pyramid stunt pales in comparison to the balance required by parents of children who learn differently when it comes to walking the tightrope of when to push your child and pushing too hard.  Good parents want the best for their kids. And sometimes, children need a nudge.   But what is pushing too hard? In this episode, we’ll learn how a collective of Florida exceptional student education charter schools serving students with learning and learning-related disabilities negotiates that fine line.  Next, we’ll drill down on the topic and suggest some strategies for parents in our “Ask the Experts” segment.   And, we’ll close out the program with this month's “Difference Maker,” British micro-artist Willard Wigan, the brilliant creative who found that big things come in the smallest of packages.
January 27, 2021
"A World of Difference" Season 1, Episode 5
How can parents help their autistic child succeed academically?  What are some tools, strategies, and resources that parents can lean on to provide their child with autism added support?   We'll explore these questions and provide some practical strategies with our panel in our “Ask the Experts” segment.   And we'll meet this episode's "Difference Maker," author, filmmaker, and disability advocate Quinn Bradlee.
December 17, 2020
"A World of Difference," S1, E4 | "Boosting LD Numbers in STEM"
Students who learn differently are underrepresented in STEM fields. This episode of "A World of Difference," which celebrates and supports families living with learning differences, offers strategies for supporting STEM. It also profiles the STEAM Lab at The Christ School in Orlando which inspires dyslexic students to embrace science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.
November 18, 2020
"A World of Difference," S1, E3 | ''Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity''
This episode focuses on ''Ensuring Workforce Diversity Includes Neurodiversity,'' and features Carolyn Jeppsen, Co-Founder/CEO/President, BroadFutures, a national organization that helps job candidates with learning disabilities reach their highest potential and works to change employer perceptions about learning disabilities. Also featured: RAISE, a local Florida grassroots program that equips clients with disabilities to join the workforce, and this month's “Difference Maker” is Jhillika Kumar, whose LinkedIn-like platform matches neurodiverse job candidates with employers. It also features a ''Just the Facts'' presentation from Drs. A.J. Marsden and Nicki Nance on the benefits to employers of nurturing a neurodiverse workplace.
October 30, 2020
"A World of Difference," S1, E2 | "The Americans with Disabilities Act at 30"
This episode of "A World of Difference" examines the first three decades of the Americans with Disabilities Act with a Q&A with Haley Moss, Florida's first openly autistic attorney, reflections from disability advocates Dr. George J. Hagerty, president of Beacon College, and author/filmmaker/disability activist Quinn Bradlee, founder of Friends of Quinn. The show also includes an extended intimate interview with this month's "Difference Maker," retired U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, the lead sponsor of the ADA. Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida is a nonprofit liberal arts school and America's first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating primarily students with learning disabilities, ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.
September 28, 2020
"A World of Difference," S1, E1 | "Helping Students Emerge Successfully from the COVID Cocoon"
"A World of Difference" is a newsmagazine style show that celebrates and educates parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, employers, and more on how to navigate the journey of neurodiversity. This episode focuses on helping parents prepare their children for success once they return to in-person learning on campus following the COVID cocoon. It includes a feature on the Sleboda family and how COVID impacted their son's academics. It includes expert strategies for supporting children's successful return to school and Q&As with parents, and a "Difference Makers" profile on Matt Morgan, a former WWE professional wrestler turned mayor of Longwood, Florida, who has wrestled ADD all his life. The show is produced by Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida, a nonprofit liberal arts school and America's first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating primarily neurodiverse students.
August 5, 2020
"A World of Difference" Episode 1 trailer
"A World of Difference" is an new TV show and podcast that celebrates and supports families navigating the journey of neurodiversity. Episodes feature profiles of families with children from kindergarten to college with learning disabilities and learning differences, provides advice from experts from Beacon College, America's first accredited baccalaureate institution dedicated to educating neurodiverse students, and salutes "Difference Makers," successful and/or famous individuals living with learning differences.
July 29, 2020