When we talk about diversity and inclusion, people with disabilities are often left out of the conversation. We think about gender, race, sexuality, cultural heritage — but not always disabilities. So was I a wee bit excited to talk to Tony award-winner Ali Stroker this week on the Spawned Parenting Podcast? Yes I was! Did I come away from this interview even more inspired than I had imagined? Absolutely.
It was fantastic to get to chat with this amazing actress and passionate disability advocate about representation for kids and adults with disabilities, her new middle-grade novel, The Chance to Fly, the importance of visibility (and what those of us able-bodied people may not always see), and how to make the world better and more inclusive for kids who have disabilities.
She’s all about helping others turn limitations into opportunities — however you may get around.
It’s really a fun, inspiring chat — take a listen on Apple Podcasts right now (any other favorite podcasting app works too), or click right here to listen — if you’ve got Broadway fans in your family, it’s also fun hearing which singers Ali tries to emulate when she’s practicing.
And be sure to stick around for two (very) cool new Cool Picks of the Week.
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TilePix: An amazing gift for a dad (hint)
If you caught our Instagram last week, you might have seen the video of Kristen creating a hilarious graduation gift for her daughter, thanks to TilePix. They’ve created an incredibly smart solution for creating memory walls of art, thanks to their magnetic frames that make it a snap to change out your art, reposition it, rotate it, or move it around.
They make it so easy to personalize a memory wall, build a layout that’s as big or small as you’d like, or use their Splits feature to turn a single photo into a multi-pice gallery display. Very cool! And so pro. TilePix also make a great gift in time for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.
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Prisma: An innovative online school
Not every school has been able to adapt to all the changes in schooling over the past year — and certainly not every student. Which is why Prisma is such a helpful solution for so many kids.
This innovative online school for kids in grades 4-8 is an innovative alternative to traditional school. The flexible curriculum adapts to every child’s interests and learning speed, which means your student can learn what they’re curious about, all while getting the attention they deserve from Prisma’s teachers and expert coaches. It’s all about bringing out children’s natural curiosity and inclination to learn, and developing 21st-century skills like creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.Not standardized testing.
Prisma will even help you register as a homeschooling parent so you can get started.