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Freedom Up Close

Freedom Up Close

By Freedom Up Close
Born from a 10 year friendship, Dani and Josh discuss freedom and independence as persons with albinism and visual impairment, where on the spectrum they are, their life experiences, and what mental, spiritual, and financial freedom means to them. After all, no two people have the same perspectives. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most of all, they will make you think about your own individual freedom.
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Episode 20 - How Smart Is TOO Smart?

Freedom Up Close

Episode 20 - How Smart Is TOO Smart?

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Episode 23 - What Are Soft Skills?
You've heard the term "soft skills" used. You've heard it mentioned on an IEP somewhere. What are some real, tangible examples of soft skills? Dani and Josh talk about how these skills help make life easier and how they start us on the path to adapting things to our individual needs.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:02:31
July 8, 2021
Episode 22 - Blind In The Family
Dani and Josh talk about their experiences interacting with family while being on the blindness spectrum and having albinism. They also talk about what possibilities there are and what experiences they've faced that make them want to do better when it comes to the possibility of raising their own respective families.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
47:56
June 3, 2021
Episode 21 - Blind-isms
No matter where you are on the blindness spectrum, you use something, do something, squint at something, feel for something, or do something just to adapt and cope. It might be just a tool that you use, or a lifehack that you've just sort of kept to yourself, or it may just be something incredibly funny that you've experienced. Dani and Josh break down their experiences and laugh it up! For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:18:51
May 26, 2021
Episode 20 - How Smart Is TOO Smart?
The future is now! Dani and Josh talk about smart technology and how it plays a part in their every day lives. Josh talks about some possible other aspirations towards his own house, plus how much technology is too much for one home? For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:18:08
May 19, 2021
Episode 19 - Canes and trains and rideshares, oh my!
Dani and Josh talk about their experiences traveling around their own communities while being visually impaired, plus Josh shares a story about renewing his driver's license at the DMV as a bioptic driver, and more fun and laughs! For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
59:57
May 13, 2021
Episode 18 - Becoming An Entrepreneur
What goes into becoming an entrepreneur? How has the internet played a part in owning your own business? Dani and Josh crack the mics for the very first time since our new years episode to talk about what it takes to start your own business AND how technology has revolutionized how you can do just that! For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
50:05
May 6, 2021
Episode 17 - New Year, new...what?
Does a new year really mean a new you, or do you have to work for it? What's involved in turning over a new leaf? Was 2020 such a bust, or were there glimmers of hope? Dani and Josh break down what they learned in 2020, what resolutions they've kept, the resolutions they're thinking of, and carrying over into 2021. Plus, why resolutions fail, the difference between resolutions and goals and how that correlates to your happiness, and - of course - this show wouldn't be Freedom Up Close without FOOD!  All this, plus a look ahead for Freedom Up Close for the new year! For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:05:08
January 1, 2021
Episode 16 - Freedom Up Close Holiday Special
Dani and Josh prepare to round out the year on their penultimate episode of 2020 with their first holiday special. They talk traditions, music, food (yes, food), family, music, and movies plus, what to look for on their last episode of 2020!   For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com  Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:07:26
December 24, 2020
Episode 15 - The Fear of Beginning
Dani and Josh discuss the fear of beginning. Have you ever wanted to start a project, but then overthink the project to the point where you psych yourself out? Are you a perfectionist? Maybe an overachiever? Join the club! So are we! For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
56:55
December 17, 2020
Episode 14 - Glasses, Contacts, and Bioptics, oh my!
Dani and Josh share their experiences, pros, cons, and times where they were just flat out annoyed at the vision aids that they use. Plus, what's the most annoying test you've had to do at the doctor's office? Also, not every aid is going to work with everyone and that's okay!  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:06:40
December 10, 2020
Episode 13 - Dani and Josh celebrate Thanksgiving!
Dani and Josh talk about thanksgiving, what it means to them, the food, the traditions, and all of the fun that goes along with it.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
52:24
December 3, 2020
Episode 12 - All About Fall
Dani and Josh talk about their favorite season - FALL! What's not to like? The sweaters, the foliage, apple cider and doughnuts, bonfires, and so much more!  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
51:21
November 19, 2020
Episode 11 - Welcome Back & Update
Dani and Josh come back after taking some well needed time off to exercise some self care and to address some personal things. They discuss their ongoing projects, some big news from Dani, and what's coming down the pipe for Freedom Up Close. Lean more about the fundraiser supporting the Autism Nature Trail in New York's Letchworth State Park and calendars with photographs by Rochester, New York native John Kucko by visiting their IndieGogo Campaign For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
58:34
November 12, 2020
Episode 10 - Social Media: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Mature and Adult themes. Listener discretion is advised.  Dani and Josh talk Social Media. Got a Facebook or an Insta? Maybe TikTok? Do you remember MySpace, Hi5, Bebo, or some other Internet social platform? Or maybe you were a member of a BBS or a web forum? Plus, the dark side of social media: the trolls, keyboard thugs, and the comparisons that we do against other people just from what we see on a webpage!  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:18:10
September 24, 2020
Episode 9 - Humans are Wonderful
Dani and Josh discuss the complexities surrounding being human. You know, being us, and all of the good, bad, and even the downright ugly that goes with being a human, including some callbacks to our previous show. This won't be the last time we talk about this though. At least to Dani and Josh, this barely scratches the surface.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:10:02
September 17, 2020
Episode 8 - Happiness
Dani and Josh take on the heavier topic of happiness. What makes you happy, or unhappy? How do you ensure your happiness?  Is happiness a destination, or is it the stops along the way? What are going to be the ups and downs of maintaining your happiness? Plus, a new feature that is being added to the show to help you participate!  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:47:15
September 10, 2020
Episode 7 - Computers and Tech
Dani and Josh nerd out on one of their favorite subjects, computers!  They talk about their experiences with them, how computers have played a part in their individual lives, give advice on how to build or buy your own system, and even some info and experiences about pursuing a career in IT.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:21:06
September 3, 2020
Episode 6 - Getting The Job
Whether you're legally blind, totally blind, or are coping with another disability altogether, we all know how difficult it can be to get a job, especially with the current climate. Dani and Josh break down what you're going to need to know when looking for a job, what you might face, how to apply and craft an effective resume and CV, and how to handle the interview process. For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:32:14
August 26, 2020
Episode 5 - Tools We Use
Dani and Josh talk about the tools they've used, and still use, as well as their individual experiences as persons on the blindness spectrum. Plus, what happens when you're made fun of for using those tools, and why you should never compare your blindness to others. For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com   Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:33:13
August 19, 2020
Episode 4 - Who are you, and why?
Dani and Josh break down what's behind who you are, and what factors make you the person you are today. Plus, what you can do when you aren't exactly sure of who you really are.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:31:45
August 12, 2020
Episode 3 - Calm in Chaos
Dani and Josh talk about the impact the novel coronavirus has had on their lives, their routines, their surroundings, and how they've coped. They talk about what's kept them sane, what self care you can employ, what behaviors to avoid, and when a good time might be to seek help.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com New! Talk With Us! Be a part of the conversation, or just vent: talkwithus@FreedomUpClose.com Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close   Nine to Freedom
01:01:18
August 5, 2020
Episode 2 - Life Experiences
Dani and Josh talk about the things that have shaped their individual lives as well as the friendships around them.  Tell us about the little things that have shaped your life and their significance! E-mail us at info@freedomupclose.com For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com Visit our website to learn more about us: FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close Nine to Freedom
46:32
July 29, 2020
Episode 1 - What Is Albinism
Dani and Josh break down the facts about what albinism is and discuss how albinism has shaped their lives. We discuss communities and how important they can be as well as how frustrating they can be from time to time.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com Visit our website to learn more about us:  FreedomUpClose.com Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close Nine to Freedom Mentions: Meltzer's Driver Training Center
56:42
July 22, 2020
Episode 0 - Introduction to Freedom Up Close
Dani and Josh introduce themselves and talk about their 10 year friendship. They discuss how they met, why they started Freedom Up Close, and what they'll be talking about in future episodes.  For business inquiries, show suggestions, comments, and more, contact us here: info@FreedomUpClose.com. Check out our other projects: Albinism Up Close Nine to Freedom
22:24
July 15, 2020