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For All Abilities

Jan 6, 2020

This is episode one of For All Abilities – The Podcast! Welcome! This podcast celebrates the strengths in our differences! I will feature people who are living successful lives with ADHD, Dyslexia, Learning Differences and Autism.


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Transcription of For All Abilities Episode One:

Hi, Your App Lady friends!

have a big announcement today. As you know, you haven't heard from me in a while. My son had a very serious bout with autoimmune encephalitis. He was diagnosed in November of last year. And that really put a damper on everything I was doing. But the good news is he is better than ever now. He is well on the road to recovery and is getting the treatment for autoimmune encephalitis, which is IVIG infusions. It's basically taking the immune systems through blood products from thousands of other people putting it into one infusion and allowing his immune system to be overtaken by many, many other people's immune systems. That's the treatment for autoimmune encephalitis, but it seems to be the treatment for whatever has been wrong with Henry for 21 years. So after 21 years of going down the wrong path medically with treatments for him, we seem to finally have hit something that is actually helping tremendously, helping his seizures and helping him recover. He has a bit of a difference in the way that his brain works now, because of the swelling from the autoimmune encephalitis, but that seems to be 100% reversible and every day is a is a better day for him. We have had little setbacks here and there, but overall, he is doing so so well.

I have launched a new business and I'm going to launch a podcast that's going to match that business. It's called For All Abilities. I'm developing software that helps employers support their employees with ADHD, dyslexia, learning disabilities and high functioning autism. I'm super excited about this because I keep running across people who have these diagnoses and really their brain is not broken. their brain is just working in a very different way. And often that difference in how their brain works actually is their superpower. I want to start focusing on that and showcasing these people. So many people have come to me and been embarrassed that they have ADHD or dyslexia, or high functioning autism, or don't want to tell other people about it, because they think it makes them less. I think it makes them more and I want to start showcasing all of that, and talking to people who are living amazing, successful lives with these diagnoses. For All Abilities: The Podcast is going to be all about the superpowers that people have that sometimes our society calls it disabilities, but I really do think all of our abilities should be celebrated. We shouldn't be focusing on people's weaknesses or needs. We should be focusing on their strengths and differences. The differences are what makes our world go around. Really none of us fit in that box called the norm. All of us have differences. And if we embrace those, I think our world can be a much better place. Coming very soon, will be my new podcast called For All Abilities. I'm going to just rebrand Your App Lady into For All Abilities. I hope that works okay for most of my audience. It is an easier way for me to do it. And it keeps the past Your App Lady podcasts on Libsyn, which is the organization that helps get it out to all the different podcast apps. I am all about making my life as easy as I can. So that's what I'm going to do and I hope you continue to listen and find out about these amazing stories of people who are using their differences to strengthen our world. I will see you soon This is Betsy. Bye!