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Discussing Disability

Discussing Disability

By Arkansas Support Network
Discussing Disability is a podcast by Arkansas Support Network, a statewide home- and community-based disability service provider. As a part of their work, the organization comes across a lot of discussions about life and disability and the intersection of the two. So, their CEO, Dr. Syard Evans, decided to interview guests from all across the organization and learn about issues impacting disability, impacting human beings, and impacting the world around them.
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Self-advocacy
In this episode of Discussing Disability, ASN's CEO, Syard Evans, visits with two individuals who receive supports from ASN, Larry and Ricky, and discusses their experiences receiving support services and learning to be effective advocates for themselves and for others.
37:49
May 11, 2022
Supported Employment
In this episode of Discussing Disability, ASN's CEO, Syard Evans, visits with two workers who receive supports from ASN, Justin and Shay, and two members of ASN's Vocational Services team who support and assist them, Steve and Laramie. Both Justin and Shay share their experiences and provide important insights into the value of work roles and effective support strategies. Justin reminds us all that important conversations and discussions don't always follow a traditional cadence but remain valuable and vital to our collective understanding, and both individuals reinforce the necessity of learning effective ways to ask for help in order to be successful.
28:26
April 07, 2022
COVID - Jim's Experience
Approximately a year or so into the pandemic, CEO Syard Evans, sat down with ASN's Director of Operations, Elaine Lawson, one of ASN's Directors of Quality & Programming, and one of ASN's Division Quality Specialists, Jim Mears to talk about the pandemic and how it had impacted ASN. Jim Mears stepped up in amazing ways in the early days of the pandemic in a way that provided leadership and hope for all of us. Jim shares his experience here.
07:52
March 28, 2022
COVID - Terri's Experience
Approximately a year or so into the pandemic, CEO Syard Evans, sat down with ASN's Director of Operations, Elaine Lawson, one of ASN's Directors of Quality & Programming, and one of ASN's Division Quality Specialists, Jim Mears to talk about the pandemic and how it had impacted ASN. In this section of the conversation, Terri shares her family's experience with COVID-19.
05:38
March 27, 2022
COVID - Difficult Conversations
Approximately a year or so into the pandemic, CEO Syard Evans, sat down with ASN's Director of Operations, Elaine Lawson, one of ASN's Directors of Quality & Programming, and one of ASN's Division Quality Specialists, Jim Mears to talk about the pandemic and how it had impacted ASN. Elaine, along with ASN's Chief Operations Officer, Ginnie Trammell, immediately stepped in and assumed the overwhelming task of contact tracing within ASN, and their tireless efforts are a key factor in ASN being able to keep people as safe as possible while continuing to operate at full speed. Elaine shares one of the more challenging aspects of taking on the role of contact tracing.
01:44
March 27, 2022
COVID - Our Response
Approximately a year or so into the pandemic, CEO, Syard Evans, sat down with ASN's Director of Operations, Elaine Lawson, one of ASN's Directors of Quality & Programming, and one of ASN's Division Quality Specialists, Jim Mears to talk about the pandemic and how it had impacted ASN. Here's a piece of that conversation focused on ASN's response to the global pandemic.
09:11
March 27, 2022
Building a New Future
Sometimes there are important conversations that occur in-between podcast episodes that we're lucky enough to get recorded. We'll always try to share those when they occur to supplement the important monthly podcast conversations we are having at ASN. In this clip, ASN's CEO, Syard Evans, provides thoughts and insights for fellow providers on the challenges and opportunities we currently face in the disability services system at the Arc of Indiana's recent virtual conference as a part of Quillo's founder, John Dickerson's, keynote address.
03:38
March 18, 2022
Enabling Technology
The term "Enabling Technology" is showing up more and more in the disability services field, but Enabling Technology isn't as much about gadgets and technological advances as it is about truly person-centered supports that empower people and legitimately support their pursuits of living good lives. Recently, ASN invited some friends from Core Services of NE Tennessee (www.coreservicestn.com) to travel to NW Arkansas and spend some time helping us learn more about Enabling Technology. While they were in town, Dr. Syard Evans sat down with Nick Filarelli and Adam Gothard to talk about what Nick and Adam have learned in the process of Core becoming a leading Tech First provider.
48:39
February 23, 2022
Supports, Supported, and Supporting - A Conversation on an Evolving Support Relationship
Dr. Syard Evans engages in a conversation with Kasey Hodges about the evolution of providing supports, her journey to becoming Arkansas Support Network's new Ethics and Mission Integration Director, and what she hopes to accomplish in that role.
24:20
January 28, 2022