Josh Mirsky has overcome a lot in his life. With help from his mentor, Dave Thompson, he wants to spread his message of positivity, hope and humor with the world. SLA focuses on celebrating and including people with different brains.
Josh and Dave say farewell to Season 2 by reflecting on the past months.
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George Andriopoulos is a management consultant who prides himself on fixing broken businesses. He’s an entrepreneur and accomplished keynote speaker. He’s also producer of TEDx Farmingdale and since meeting him almost a year ago, he’s become a dear friend and mentor to Josh and I. He is the first guest we have to have back on the show due to not pressing record the first time. We're proud to have him as a friend, and stoked to have him drop in live from his living room.
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SLA teams up with Spread The Word: Inclusion to moderate an international panel of inclusion all-stars! Hear a conversation about neurodiversity, virtual inclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic, and inclusion beyond April and social distancing.
Haley Moss - Attorney, Artist, Author, Autism Self-Advocate
Britney Bautista and Savannah Rock- Special Olympics North America Youth Ambassadors
Daniel Jones - Autistic YouTuber and Social Media Sensation behind TheAspieWorld
Jerry Holy - Specialist - Unified Champion Schools, Special Olympics North America
Soeren Palumbo - Vice President, Global Youth Engagement, Special Olympics International
John and Mark Cronin - Cofounders of New York-based social enterprise John's Crazy Socks
Catalina Mildenburger - Special Olympics Latin America Youth Leader
Matt Hoverman has written for Disney Jr's Fancy Nancy and Sofia The First, PBS' Arthur and Curious George, among many other excellent kids shows, along with being an accomplished playwright and voice over actor - but we reached out because of his efforts to normalize people who carry the label of "different."
Inspired by his sister, Matt has made an effort over the years to include characters that expose young viewers to learning differences and differing abilities in an accessible, digestible and fun way. Most recently, he wrote in a character with Autism into Disney Jr.'s Fancy Nancy - released on International Autism Awareness/Acceptance Day.
Matt wanted to make it clear that the episode was a team effort, including the magnifique leadership of Fancy Nancy’s head writer Krista Tucker, the brilliant eye of the director Jamie Mitchell, the entire talented crew, our encouraging executives at Disney Junior, and our insightful expert consultants, particularly Elaine Hall of RespectABILITY – who all did their best to get this very important story just right.
COVID-19 couldn't stop Mirsky's friends from wishing him a happy 27th birthday. People from all over the U.S. gathered on Zoom to wish him well, despite all of the challenges we've all faced.
Party guests include the Spectrum Designs team (www.spectrumdesigns.org) which includes some of Josh' best friends in the world, Marc Cordon of The Golden Mic Podcast and The Joy Revolution, and George Andriopoulos of The Launchcast and Launchpad 516!!!
Josh and Dave get together, while staying six feet apart, to talk about the effects of COVID19 on the community and catch up on all things SLA.
The SLA crew recently appeared on The Launchcast, a show that focuses on leadership hosted by their friend and mentor, George Andriopoulos. Check out the episode and more awesomeness from George on The Launchcast wherever you get your podcasts.
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Josh and Dave sit down with one of their oldest friends in the game, Megan Carranza from Adventures In Autism! The gang talk about her and her family's journey, the global Autism community, and her awesome podcast, which was a huge inspiration for SLA.
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TRIGGER WARNING: This episode surrounds the topics of child neglect, abuse and wrongful death.
"An NYPD officer and his fiancee pleaded not guilty to murdering the officer’s 8-year-old son, Thomas Valva, as new troubling details emerged about life in what prosecutors are calling “a house of horrors.” - CBS News NY
Dave and Josh process the news unfolding in their own backyard - the abuse, neglect and death of Thomas Valva.
Josh and Dave regroup after Josh recovers from a long bout with the flu. Dave shows Josh what he unfortunately missed out on - a deep dive interview on inclusion with Jay Ruderman from the Ruderman Family Foundation.
Erica Molsom, Director, and Michael Warch, Producer of Pixar's short film Loop hang out with Josh and Dave. Some technical difficulties didn't stop the gang from having an awesome conversation about inclusion, neurodiversity, and the truly special film about two kids in a canoe figuring each other out.
Josh and Dave meet in Dave’s car to record today’s episode after the planned episode was deleted due to technical difficulties. Recorded on Dave’s phone in the rain, this is our worst sounding episode but also one of our proudest, as it proves to ourselves that we always do what we have to do to “make it work.”
In the first episode of the second season of SLA, Josh and Dave land a sit down with Mary Rohlich, the producer behind the NETFLIX Original Series "Atypical." Will she invite us to be on the show? Listen to find out!