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Tony Mantor: Why Not Me the World

Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors. Although autism is becoming more widely recognized, there is still a lack of understanding and awareness surrounding the condition. As a result, many individuals and families affected by autism struggle to find the support and resources they need. Why Not Me The World podcast aims to bridge that gap by providing valuable information and insights into autism, fostering empathy and understanding, and promoting acceptance and inclusion. Nashville based Music Producer Tony Mantor explores the remarkable impact his guests make by empowering their voices in spreading awareness about autism and helping break down the barriers of understanding. Join Mantor and his guests as they delve into the world of autism and explore topics such as diagnosis, treatment, research, and personal stories. Together, we can create a more informed and compassionate society for individuals with autism. 


Marie Martin: From Telecommunications to Warrior Mom – Transforming Autism Advocacy and Challenging Systemic Barriers
Send us a Text Message.Marie Martin never imagined she'd become a fierce advocate for her autistic son, Zach, but life had other plans. Join us as Marie reveals her transformative journey from a telecommunications professional to a warrior mom, equipped with a wealth of knowledge about autism, ADHD, and co-occurring conditions. You'll gain invaluable insights from her experiences, including the hurdles she and her family face due to Zach's demand avoidant profile and severe anxiety.The episode takes a critical look at the systemic flaws within the UK's Children and Families Act 2014, particularly its impact on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Marie unpacks the deficiencies in professional training and accountability, as well as the pressures placed on local authorities through initiatives like "safety valves." Hear a poignant personal story that underscores the desperate need for better resources and independent support systems, advocating for a more inclusive and effective educational landscape.But Marie's advocacy doesn't stop at education. Learn about Zach's incredible journey into the workforce, where despite his talents and glowing testimonials from companies like National Grid and Morrison's Energy, he faced significant challenges. Marie's relentless efforts in fighting for neurodivergent employment opportunities, including going to the press and harnessing the power of social media, emphasize the urgent need for systemic change. As the episode concludes, we call upon our listeners to join forces in spreading the message that no one should face these struggles alone.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
31:54 6/5/24
Temple Grandin: Part 2: Embracing the Spectrum – Insights and Strategies for Thriving with Autism
Send us a Text Message.Unlock the complexities of autism with Dr. Temple Grandin, one of the most respected voices in the field. Our in-depth conversation peels back the layers of the autistic experience, illuminating the importance of early intervention, hands-on learning, and the richness of talents within the spectrum. Discover how practical life skills and work experience can transform lives, and learn strategies to support both verbal and non-verbal individuals in expressing themselves and thriving in a world that often misunderstands them.Meltdowns can be one of the most challenging aspects of autism, but they don't have to be a barrier to peace. Dr. Grandin and I share personal insights and strategies on navigating these intense moments with calmness and consistency. From identifying the underlying causes of frustration to managing sensory sensitivities, this episode equips listeners with tools to help their loved ones gain control over their experiences and communicate more effectively.Step into the shoes of someone living on the autism spectrum as we explore the vital role of educational support, accommodating workplaces, and the cultural understanding of autism. Dr. Grandin's wisdom is complemented by a practical look at dietary needs and therapy choices for autistic children, emphasizing the significance of a teacher's connection over the name of a therapy. Plus, Temple Grandin reflects on her illustrious career and how her no-nonsense approach to problem-solving has forged paths in agriculture and autism advocacy alike. Join us to embrace diverse perspectives and champion the autistic community through education, empathy, and empowerment.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
33:42 5/29/24
Temple Grandin: Part 1: Charting a New Frontier - Unleashing the Power of Autistic Minds in Society and Industry
Send us a Text Message.From the depths of silence to a voice that echoes across the globe, Temple Grandin's life is a testament to the uncharted brilliance of the autistic mind. Our conversation peels back the curtain on Temple's journey, revealing the significance of nurturing communication in non-verbal children and the power of supportive educational systems. Temple's raw recount of adolescence showcases her unyielding resilience amidst the sting of high school bullying, yet she emerged with a steadfast determination that would shape her into the celebrated thought leader and animal behaviorist she is today.Imagine a world where the workplace thrives on the diverse talents of the autistic community. Temple Grandin guides us through this transformative vision, emphasizing the critical need for practical skills training and workplace accommodations, like written instructions, to tap into the rich pool of visual, pattern, and word thinkers on the spectrum. Her insights are a beacon for integrating hands-on classes in education, illuminating the path for those with autism to shine in industries that yearn for their unique skills—from technology to specialized retail.Temple's conversation culminates in a powerful call to action, urging society to embrace and integrate the 'different operating systems' of autistic individuals. As we dissect the importance of life skills education and the value autistic individuals bring to fields as varied as aviation and pharmaceuticals, it becomes clear that autism is not a hindrance but a lens through which new solutions emerge. Temple's vision extends beyond mere acceptance, advocating for a future where appreciation for the rich variety of human minds fosters a more inclusive and thriving society. Join us on this inspiring journey, as we uncover the untapped potential that lies in recognizing and valuing neurodiversity.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
31:58 5/22/24
The Anniversary Episode of "Why Not Me the World Podcast
Send us a Text Message.Celebrating a year of heartfelt stories and shared experiences, "Why Not Me the World Podcast" reaches its first milestone with gratitude and excitement that knows no bounds.  As your host Tony Mantor, I've had the honor of welcoming guests whose resilience and joy have touched us all, and now, from the vibrant city of Nashville, Tennessee, we're gearing up for another trip around the sun.  This special anniversary episode is a heartfelt thank-you to each of you—our global listeners—for the laughs, tears, and profound connections we've created together.Starting this Wednesday, buckle up for a two-part interview with the legendary Temple Grandin, a luminary whose insights into autism have revolutionized our understanding and acceptance.  Her captivating conversation is a testament to the powerful voices that guide our mission, fostering a community where autistic individuals are uplifted and celebrated. We're not just sharing stories; we're building a movement, one episode at a time. So, whether you're a long-time listener or newly tuning in, join us as we embark on another year of discovery and inspiration right here on "Why Not Me? The World Podcast.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
04:41 5/19/24
AJ Cullen Langell: Unleashing Compassion – The Synergy of Canine Companions and Autism Support
Send us a Text Message.Imagine discovering the key to unlocking new levels of connection and learning for those with autism—a key covered in fur and filled with unconditional love. That's exactly what AJ Cullen Langell brings to light in our heartwarming episode as she recounts the story of Autism Barks. AJ, a special education teacher, witnessed firsthand the incredible influence her dog, Ella, had on her students, catalyzing the creation of an initiative that intertwines her passion for canines with her dedication to the autism community. We delve into the distinctions among service dogs, therapy dogs, and emotional support animals, unraveling the specialized roles each plays in supporting individuals with autism.Through AJ's lens, we're taken on a journey that explores not only the enchanting bond between humans and dogs but also the intricate process of tailoring a service dog's training to the needs of their autistic companions. Our conversation traverses the complexities involved in acquiring a service dog, from the hefty financial commitment to the extensive training, often spanning up to two years. Moreover, we examine the delicate balance of ensuring the well-being of both the individual and their canine helper, debunking the myth that service dogs are a panacea. AJ's experiences illuminate the transformative capacities of these remarkable creatures and the dedication required to craft such finely attuned partnerships.Our exchange concludes with a candid discussion on the power of advocacy and research in animal-assisted interventions, aimed at broadening acceptance and understanding within educational and medical circles. Sharing stories of triumph and trial, AJ and I underscore the necessity of combatting biases and fostering a more inclusive view of autism. By weaving connections with organizations that share our vision, we advocate for recognizing therapy animals as invaluable allies in the lives of those on the autism spectrum. We invite you to tune in and perhaps even share your own encounters with the healing presence of pets in the journey with autism.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
37:37 5/15/24
Ebony Allard: Harmonizing Life's Symphony - From Autism Revelation to Entrepreneurial Innovations
Send us a Text Message.When Ebony Allard stepped into the luminous yet puzzling world of her autism, she unearthed an unexpected sanctuary amidst the rhythmic hum of Spain's foreign tongue. Our latest conversation with this mystic artist and self-actualization facilitator is nothing short of a revelation, as she shares the untold nuances of living with autism diagnosed in adulthood. Ebony's narrative is not just her own - it echoes the silent symphonies of many who navigate life feeling perennially out of sync, only to discover that their unique symphony has its own harmonious place in the world.Venture with us through the entangled pathways of Ebony's metastable nervous system, where humor became her shield and rebellion her salve during the tumultuous journey from adolescence to the vast stages of university life. Her candid reflection on the seismic shifts from small classrooms to the grand theatres of scenic art and theatre practice casts a spotlight on the coping mechanisms that so often go unseen. In this chapter of Ebony's life, the laughter and defiance that peppered her story reveal a profound self-awareness and resilience that speaks volumes to anyone wrestling with their mental health in the face of daunting social landscapes.But the richness of Ebony's tapestry doesn't stop at her personal triumphs; as the founder of Ebony Unlimited Limited, her entrepreneurial flair has ignited transformations that are nothing short of miraculous - from marketing professionals to men of the cloth. Our exchange dives into the kaleidoscope of her ventures and the delicate dance of neurodiverse relationships, all while dispensing wisdom that resonates deeply with those striving to carve out their unique imprint in business and life. Ebony's journey, marked by her laughter, learning, and limitless potential, is a testament to the fact that sometimes, the most profound insights come from embracing the very things that make us different.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
37:25 5/8/24
Dawn Rix: Harmonizing the Melodies of Motherhood and Music Through the Autism Spectrum
Send us a Text Message.Every family's journey is unique, yet some stories resonate with the universal rhythm of resilience and hope. Joining me today is Dawn Rix, whose melodious life as a singer-songwriter intertwines with her profound role as a mother to a son with autism. Dawn's tale, harking back to a time when autism was a whisper rather than a conversation, offers a deep-dive into the realities of an unexpected path; from her son's diagnosis to the dissolution of her marriage and her unwavering pursuit of music. Her voice, both literally and metaphorically, provides a stirring soundtrack to a narrative of perseverance and enlightenment.Amid the personal stories, my own saga unfurls, detailing the grit required to fight for my son's educational rights. The hurdles leaped include threats of expulsion due to misunderstood outbursts and the relentless pursuit of an appropriate learning environment, crossing state lines if necessary. These experiences underscore the importance of armoring oneself with knowledge of legal rights and the urgent call for improved transition programs for our special needs children as they grow beyond the school system. It's a testament to the emotional and financial tolls that shape, but never define, our journey as parents in this realm.As the conversation shifts to the present, the intricate tapestry of life with an adult son with autism is laid bare.The narrative is one of constant vigilance and the hidden power of music as a therapeutic force. The quest for suitable residential care and the move towards a state with a stronger support system illuminates the often-unseen struggles and the strength required to navigate this landscape. It's a poignant reminder of the delicate balance between caring for a loved one with special needs and preserving one's own well-being, all while the familiar undercurrent of love and dedication persists.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
36:03 5/1/24
Jana Fuchs: Weaving Strength and Positivity through the Family Tapestry of Autism and ADHD
Send us a Text Message.Navigating the intricate maze of raising children with autism and ADHD is a quest that resonates deeply with many, including myself. When Jana Fuchs, an expert clinical psychotherapist and coach, joined us, she brought not only her professional expertise but also her personal narrative of fostering a positive dynamic within her family. Our conversation traversed the rewarding complexities of sibling relationships affected by neurodiversity, the intersection of ADHD and autism, and the essential strategies to empower both children and parents facing social challenges.With Jana's guidance, we ventured into the nuanced world of educational advocacy, where crafting a supportive environment for neurodivergent children becomes paramount. Sensory sensitivities, adaptability, and the importance of open communication, especially in the wake of bullying, were part of our candid dialogue. We also illuminated the process of securing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and the necessity of a responsive school atmosphere, which can dramatically alter a child's academic and social experiences, especially as they approach the transformative teenage years.The episode culminates with a celebration of the victories that often go unseen, as we recounted moving stories of mothers and children who've made remarkable strides on the autism spectrum. Jana shared an inspiring anecdote of a mother's patient and creative journey with her level three autism-diagnosed son, shattering misconceptions and opening doors to understanding the spectrum's nuances. We closed with a reminder of the powerful impact a supportive community can have, with Jenna extending the warmth of her coaching through a free discovery call, advocating for a world where no mother feels isolated in her journey with neurodiversity.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
34:26 4/24/24
John of Showboat TV: Orchestrating Inclusion and Celebrating Diversity through Music and Autism Engagement
Send us a Text Message.When John from Showboat TV swapped his mobile DJ decks for the director's chair, he didn't just change his job title; he transformed lives. Tune in to an episode that's not only about beats and tunes but also about breaking barriers and creating a symphony of inclusivity, especially for those with autism and special needs. My guest, John, recounts his personal journey and how it led him to adopt a hiring philosophy that values capability over credentials, opening doors for the often underrepresented in the entertainment industry.Feel the rhythm of inclusion as we explore the unifying power of music and its role in personal growth for individuals with autism. I share a moving story of how an open mic night became a sanctuary for self-expression, building confidence in those facing mental health challenges. John shares the spotlight with an autistic colleague whose keen attention to detail transformed our studio scheduling, illustrating the extraordinary impact of recognizing and embracing individual strengths.Wrapping up with the joy that reverberates through Showboat TV's karaoke events, we celebrate the sense of belonging that's cultivated when everyone's invited to the stage. I reflect on the parallels between my days as a mobile DJ and the vibrant karaoke scene, where encouragement from the audience empowers performers from all walks of life. This episode is an ode to diversity, talent, and the potential that lies within every community, inviting listeners to experience the harmony of inclusion that John and Showboat TV champion every day.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
34:03 4/17/24
Dr. Ashley Ruba's Candid Reflections on Life with Autism and ADHD
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered what it's like to view the world through a neurodiverse lens? Dr. Ashley Ruba, a developmental psychologist, peels back the curtain on her life with autism and ADHD, offering a rare glimpse into the delicate tightrope walk of managing the need for structure against the quest for new experiences. Through her eyes, we navigate the nuanced interplay of social dynamics, the pursuit of academic excellence, and the personal strategies that make day-to-day life both challenging and rewarding. With Ashley's expertise and candid storytelling, our conversation becomes a beacon of understanding for anyone touched by the complexities of neurodiversity.As we traverse the landscape of social connections and creativity, Ashley's story unfolds, revealing the magnetic pull of her direct communication style and how it shapes relationships in her new home of Seattle. Discover how a neurodiverse mind approaches friendships, creativity, and the balancing act of dealing with depression alongside the mental whirlwind of ADHD.     From the power of music and movies in focusing a creative mind to the invaluable role of therapy in supporting mental health, Ashley's journey is a testament to resilience, self-acceptance, and the rich tapestry woven by life's varied threads. Join us for an episode that celebrates the beauty of the human spirit and the courage to embrace your authentic self.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
35:16 4/10/24
Katie Griswold: Chasing Dreams and Championing Autism Advocacy on the Pageant Stage
Send us a Text Message.As the vibrant hues of pageantry blend with the powerful message of inclusion, Katie Griswold stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration during Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month. Diagnosed with autism at age eight, Katie's story is one of determination, resilience, and the transformative power of self-expression through dance and online education. Her journey echoes the struggles and achievements many face, while her relationship with her brother offers an intimate glimpse into the family dynamics that nurture acceptance and understanding. Join us to unearth the depths of Katie's experiences, from the trials of public school to the triumphs of the Miss Georgia pageant stage.Katie Griswold is not just a contestant; she's a visionary, aiming to claim the titles of Miss Georgia and Miss America as platforms for advocacy. Her story is a testament to the courage found in facing adversity head-on and the superpowers that autism can bestow. The pageant world has been her stage to challenge perceptions and advocate for those with disabilities, treating them as individuals first. We'll uncover the pageantry glitz, the heartfelt ambition, and Katie's dream to amplify her advocacy through the universal language of music, inspiring others to embrace their identities with pride and confidence.The melody of Katie's determination crescendos with the announcement of her song "Make a Difference," set to debut on iTunes. It's more than a song; it's the anthem for our shared journey of courage and the celebration of autism. Together, we reflect on Celebrate Autism Day's impact, the essential role of educational programs in fostering a world of inclusivity, and the power of family support. Be part of our conversation that not only educates but uplifts, and get ready to be moved by the stories of bravery that remind us all—you are never alone.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
32:22 4/3/24
Uzma's Voyage: Charting a Course Through Autism and Advocating for Neurodiversity
Send us a Text Message.When your world turns upside down after your child's autism diagnosis, where do you turn? Uzma's compelling journey as a certified autism specialist and parent unfolds in our latest podcast episode, where she candidly shares the heartaches and triumphs of raising a child on the spectrum. Her story is a beacon for parents wading through the complexities of early signs, diagnosis, and the maze of professional support—or the lack thereof. Uzma's insistence on clear, jargon-free communication provides comfort and direction, offering a lifeline to those feeling adrift in a sea of uncertainty.Embracing neurodiversity isn't just a concept; it's a transformative movement, and Uzma is at the forefront, coaching families and advising corporations on the value each unique mind brings to the table. One success story that stands out is of a 27-year-old who learned the dance of two-way communication, a testament to the potential within everyone waiting to be unlocked. The conversation also illuminates the gender disparities in autism diagnosis, challenging us to redefine our perceptions and support mechanisms.For those seeking guidance or yearning to contribute to the mission of understanding autism, Uzma opens the channels of connection through Instagram (@CoachingwithUzma) and LinkedIn. This episode is not just about sharing knowledge; it's an invitation to join a community where isolation dissipates and acceptance grows.  To our listeners and anyone grappling with similar experiences, reach out, share your story, and help us cultivate a world that celebrates neurodiversity in all its forms.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
31:47 3/27/24
Rachel Winder: Weaving the Bonds of Neurodiversity - A Mother and Son's Enlightening Odyssey through Autism and ADHD
Send us a Text Message.Every family has its own unique tapestry of experiences, but for Rachel Winder, the threads of her life weaved a particularly intricate pattern. As an autistic mother raising an autistic child, she faces the world with a perspective that's as enlightening as it is challenging. Step into Rachel's shoes for a moment and you'll begin to understand the depth of neurodiversity's impact on identity, advocacy, and the unbreakable bond she shares with her son. Together, we navigate the complex journey of late diagnosis and the battle for recognition and support within a medical community often riddled with misconceptions.The path to educational support for neurodivergent children can be a labyrinth of emotional and legal battles, but Rachel's resilience shines a beacon of hope for families navigating similar terrain. Her candid account sheds light on the transformation that occurs when a neurodivergent child finds a supportive community, and the importance of tailoring that support to the individual. We celebrate the remarkable transformation within the family dynamics and discover how every member, with their distinct neurodivergent traits, contributes to a richer, more harmonious home life.Adolescence is an odyssey for any individual, and for those with ADHD and autism, it can be akin to navigating an entirely different dimension. Rachel opens up about the tools she and her son employ to manage their daily experiences, from humor to pattern recognition, offering a glimpse into the intricate dance of cognitive empathy and social cues. We traverse the landscape of therapeutic pathways that support the neurodiverse community and grapple with the ongoing pursuit of parenting, self-discovery, and the quest for inner peace. Rachel's story is a vivid affirmation of the autistic experience, illuminating the spectrum of diversity that enriches our world.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
37:00 3/20/24
Madison Sasser: Embracing the Voyage of Self-Discovery and Thriving with Autism in the Literary World
Send us a Text Message.Discovering oneself can be a life-long journey, punctuated by profound moments of realization. For Madison Sasser, author and unguarded voice of the blogging world, that moment came at 23 with an autism diagnosis. Her story is one of navigating the murky waters of self-identity and professional life, a tale she recounts with raw honesty in our latest episode. Madison's narrative is a beacon for anyone who's felt adrift in a sea of societal expectations, providing an intimate look into the complexities of late autism diagnosis and the pursuit of personal truth amidst a career in writing.If you've ever felt like an outsider in your own life's story, Madison's insights into the stigma surrounding autism will resonate deeply. She dissects her journey through the often unforgiving terrain of the writing industry, where she's juggled the roles of blogger, podcaster, and aspiring author. This episode peels back the layers of Madison's experiences: from the siren call of law school for its false promise of stability, to the strategy of diversifying income streams to sustain her writing passion. It's a candid exploration of the hurdles she's faced, underscored by a clarion call for acceptance and understanding within the autistic community and beyond.Wrapping up our heart-to-heart with Madison Sasser, the notions of self-perception and career aspirations come to the forefront. We venture into the balancing act of maintaining a public persona while guarding one's personal space, particularly as a writer touching on sensitive topics. Madison candidly shares her blogging beginnings, born from workplace frustrations, and the subsequent sense of camaraderie and validation she found online. It's a conversation about overcoming obstacles, taking life step by step, and persisting in the face of adversity. By episode's end, Madison's encouragement for anyone on a similar journey is clear: embrace your path, seek support, and foster a culture of self-responsibility and mutual respect.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
32:21 3/13/24
Lynne, The Awesomism Mom: Nurturing Resilience and Sparking Change for Autistic Adults
Send us a Text Message.Every parent's journey comes with its unique milestones and hurdles, but when you're raising a child on the autism spectrum, those experiences can redefine the very essence of resilience and discovery. Join me as I sit down with Lynne, the Awesomism Mom, who opens up about the rollercoaster ride parenting her son Peyton has been. From recognizing the early signs of autism to the evolution of "Awesomism," Lynne's story is one of unwavering love, adaptation, and the pursuit of a life where her son's abilities are not just acknowledged but celebrated.The conversation takes a hopeful turn as we explore the groundbreaking strides of Team Awesomism, the virtual academy Lynne pioneered to champion the cause of autistic adults. The academy is more than a learning platform; it's a beacon of empowerment, illuminating paths to essential life skills, employment, and independence. Lynne shares how Peyton's unique learning journey inspired the academy's ethos, and we delve into their mission to equip these adults for a world that often overlooks their potential.As we wrap up our heartfelt dialogue, we confront the broader issues that touch the lives of those on the autism spectrum, such as the pressing concern of housing. Lynne's activism in advocating for appropriate living solutions for autistic adults paints a vivid picture of the challenges and the need for systemic change. Our discussion serves as a clarion call to embrace a "Why Not Me" mindset, to not just listen but to join the fight for awareness, acceptance, and real-world solutions that uplift and integrate the autistic community into every facet of society.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
33:31 3/6/24
Darcy Lippman: Unveiling a Mother's Dual Insight into Autism at Home and in the Classroom
Send us a Text Message.Imagine stepping into the world of a special education teacher who navigates the same trials and triumphs at home with her own autistic son as she does with her students. Meet Darcy Lippman, a remarkable mother and educator who joins me, Tony Mantor, to unravel the rich tapestry of her experiences with her son.Through Darcy's eyes, we traverse the early days of Jiren's life, confronting developmental delays with a cocktail of love, patience, and early interventions. Our heartfelt conversation pulls back the curtain on the daily resilience required in parenting and educating a child with autism, offering a treasure map of strategies and support systems for fellow travelers on this path. Darcy doesn't just share her journey; she gifts us with the wisdom of her dual perspective, shedding light on how professional expertise in the classroom intersects with the emotional realities of home. Our discourse ventures into the intricate dance of "masking" and societal perceptions that often leave autistic children and their needs in the shadows. This episode is an invitation for you to grab a front-row seat as we navigate the landscape of autism education, from the disparities in services for verbal autistic children to the enlightening experiences of sitting on both sides of the special education table.In the powerful narrative of Darcy's life, we also celebrate the extraordinary role of alternative therapies, like the magic of horse therapy, in fostering communication and emotional regulation for children like Jiren. As we wrap up our discussion, we touch upon the critical role of community support, the balance needed in parenting, and the confidence to embrace your own unique path. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a beacon of hope and affirmation for anyone who loves a child with a disability, emphasizing that while the journey may be challenging, it's also replete with moments of profound joy and growth. Join us as we share stories, strategies, and the unspoken bond that connects us all in the realm of autism.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
33:14 2/28/24
Jim Irion: The Unseen Struggle and Triumphs in Adult Autism
Send us a Text Message.When Jim Irion finally pieced together the puzzle of his life after an autism diagnosis at 37, it was akin to finding a missing key to a lock long-closed. Our latest episode offers an intimate glimpse into Jim's powerful narrative, highlighting the profound influence a late diagnosis can have on understanding oneself and redefining one’s life path. We journey alongside him as he traverses the realities of adult autism, from the daily nuances like tying shoes to the larger life decisions that shape our existence. His voice serves as a beacon for others who may be grappling with similar challenges, and his candidness about the mental health battles he's faced is both sobering and deeply impactful.Through the lens of Jim's experiences, we tackle the complexities that autism weaves into the fabric of daily life. He lends us his insights on the delicate balance of expressing oneself while managing the intricacies of neurodiversity. Our conversation ventures into the nuances of meltdowns versus tantrums, the weight of career uncertainty, and the importance of recognizing and embracing one's autistic traits. Jim's story isn't just about the hardships; it's a resonating message that clarity and empowerment can emerge from the most tangled of situations.The episode culminates with an empowering discussion on perseverance and the importance of building a resilient support network. Jim's reflections on suicide and the coping strategies he has developed offer a lifeline of hope and solidarity to listeners. Together with the autistic community and their allies, we underscore the shared commitment to understanding, advocacy, and the unwavering 'Why Not Me' spirit. Join us for this heartfelt conversation that promises to enlighten, inspire, and remind you that you're not walking this path alone.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
34:55 2/21/24
Selena Lanelle: A Mother's Tale of Resilience and Empowerment in Raising Three Children with Autism
Send us a Text Message.Imagine facing the challenges of parenting not one, but three young children with autism, each with their own unique set of needs and behaviors. Selena Lanelle, a brave mother and author, joins me to share her deeply moving story that stretches from the heartache of early autism signs in her twins to the complexities of navigating a world that often misunderstands non-verbal communication. With raw honesty, Selena recounts her family's journey through domestic violence, the reflection on autistic traits within her own marriage, and the eventual empowerment they found on the other side of adversity.In our conversation, Selena doesn't just recount her trials; she also offers hope and guidance through her books, "Autism Avengers" and "Unveiling Shadows." These works provide a beacon of light for parents in similar situations, reinforcing the message that they are not alone. We also address the delicate task of balancing a social life amidst the unpredictability of public outings and delve into strategies for fostering independence. Selena's story is more than just an account of her life—it's a testament to resilience, a source of support, and an invitation to join a community that understands the unique triumphs and challenges of raising children on the autism spectrum.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
27:40 2/14/24
Chris Weakly: Uncovering Self-Truths - An Autistic Adult's Story of Self-Discovery and Empowerment
Send us a Text Message.Imagine discovering a core truth about yourself that reshapes the narrative of your life. That's exactly what happened to Chris Weakly, who uncovered his autism diagnosis well into adulthood. Join me, Tony Mantor, on a profound journey with Chris as he opens up about the seismic shifts in self-awareness, personal relationships, and career paths that followed his revelation. His raw account navigates the complexities of adult autism support, and highlights the sanctuary he found within the IT world, where structure and logic reign supreme. Teetering on the edge of familial connection and isolation, Chris's tale is one of courage amidst the intricacies of sibling ties and professional life. We traverse the landscape of his childhood, marked by bullying and a lack of understanding, only to be uplifted by tales of empowerment and recognition of his unique gifts. His story serves as a beacon, illuminating the need for inclusive workspaces and underscoring the pivotal role of empathy and acknowledgment in the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum.As we wrap up our heartwarming dialogue, Chris and I reflect on the ripple effects of advocacy and visibility for the autistic community. We touch upon the burgeoning support systems for families and the exciting inroads being made towards global inclusion, like the autism-friendly initiatives at Dubai's airport. Every story has the power to resonate and catalyze change, and Chris's narrative is no exception. Your story, too, is waiting to be heard. Share it with us on "Why Not Me," and join a community committed to understanding and celebrating the diversity of the human experience.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
30:45 2/7/24
Leah Oladitan: Cultivating Wholesome Nutrition Across Life's Stages and Embracing Dietary Diversity in Autism
Send us a Text Message.Navigate the complexities of nutrition with Leah Oladitan, a distinguished registered dietitian, as we uncover the dynamic realm of dietary guidance. Leah's international expertise illuminates the intricate process of customizing nutrition plans, debunking the myth that dietitians are merely gatekeepers of calorie counting. We traverse the puzzling world of food labels together, equipping you with Leah's practical strategies to sidestep marketing traps and select wholesome options on your supermarket safari.Feeding a family isn't just about putting dinner on the table; it's an art, especially when catering to children with sensory sensitivities or who are on the autism spectrum. Leah and I share candid insights into the subtle art of introducing new foods, the power of a structured mealtime, and the virtue of patience as tastes slowly evolve. The dialog extends to the wider challenges parents face, offering sage advice for cultivating a nourishing eating environment and tackling the commonplace trials of picky eaters.As we round off our conversation, Leah and I delve into the unique nutritional requirements through various stages of life, from cracking the truth about eggs to addressing the needs of our aging population. Discover how technology like health apps can be a double-edged sword in managing wellness, and hear my personal reflections on the triumphs of those who've transformed their lives, one bite at a time. This episode is a heartfelt ode to the victories, both big and small, on the journey to better health. Join the conversation and find encouragement to make changes that resonate deeply with your own life story.https://mentorednutrition.comhttps://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
31:07 1/31/24
Kristi Mickelson: A Mother's Crusade in Education and Advocacy for Autistic Children
Send us a Text Message.When Kristy Mickelsen, a romance author turned fierce advocate, first noticed the early signs of autism in her children, she embarked on a journey many parents can relate to—one filled with determination, love, and the pursuit of understanding. Our heartfelt conversation with Kristi in today's episode is not just a story of parenting autistic children, but a deeper look into the fabric of family, advocacy, and the power of relentless support. She captures the essence of her fight against a system that underestimated her kids, revealing a mother's unwavering dedication to altering the trajectory of their lives, even if it meant starting her own school to cater to their educational needs.Navigating life with children on the autism spectrum brings its unique set of challenges and triumphs, as Kristy eloquently illustrates through the intricacies of her son's sensory processing disorder and her daughter's auditory processing difficulties. The family dynamic, punctuated by adaptability and education, is a testament to the resilience inherent in families like Kristy's. They've turned obstacles into opportunities for growth, and the close bond between her children showcases the beauty and depth of sibling relationships formed under such circumstances. Kristy's narrative encourages us to educate ourselves about autism and shows us the profound impact that knowledge and empathy can have on changing perceptions and strengthening connections.As we part ways with Kristy Mickelsen, her story leaves us inspired, reminding us that change often starts with a single individual's experience. As listeners, we're privy to the daily realities for families with autistic children, from sensory-sensitive lifestyle adaptations to the nurturing of special interests that provide solace and joy. Kristy's journey underscores the significance of changing one life at a time, and as your host, I am humbled to share these transformative tales with you. If Kristy's story moves you, know that there are many more voices waiting to be heard, and we invite you to continue joining us as we uncover them together in future episodes.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
32:59 1/24/24
Anna Kennedy's Lifeline of Hope in the Autism Community
Send us a Text Message.When Anna Kennedy OBE speaks, you can't help but be moved by the power of a mother's love and the strength it takes to move mountains for her children. Join us as Anna Kennedy shares her deeply emotional and empowering journey of raising two autistic sons, Patrick and Angelo. Her candid recollections—from confronting a world that lacked autism awareness to the life-affirming accomplishments of her children—offer a beacon of hope to any parent walking a similar path. In a conversation that is both eye-opening and heartwarming, we navigate the challenges and triumphs within the autism community. We discuss the indispensable role of smaller charities that offer a lifeline to families, the critical importance of early intervention, and the nuances that make each autistic individual beautifully unique. Anna's story embodies the tenacity and advocacy that it takes to find the right support and to stand firm against those who might dismiss or misunderstand the needs of those with autism.The episode wraps up with a celebration of achievements and the supportive network that exists within the autism community. We indulge in the success of heartening events such as Autism's Got Talent and the Autism Hero Awards, while also emphasizing the value of shared experiences. The warmth and encouragement found in these stories shine a light on the significance of understanding, connection, and acceptance, reminding us all that within the intricate tapestry of autism, no one is ever alone.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
31:20 1/17/24
Bob and Sam Huber: Understanding, Accepting and Embracing Autism - A Father and Son's Journey
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever felt like the 'black sheep' in your family, or perhaps, in the world? We embarked on a journey with Sam Huber and his father, Bob, who vulnerably shared their personal experiences with autism, the monumental challenges they faced, and the triumphs they ultimately celebrated. Sam gives us a vivid glimpse of living in a neurotypical world while having autism, and Bob candidly reveals how these dynamics impacted their family, especially Sam's younger brother, Nick. We went back in time to the 90s, shedding light on the misunderstandings and misconceptions surrounding autism, and the enduring importance of understanding and acceptance.Building a bridge of communication and understanding in parent-child relationships is no small feat - particularly when autism is part of the equation. In our heartfelt discussion with Sam and Bob, they emphasized how shifting perspectives to view the world through the eyes of an autistic child can be a game-changer. We tackled guilt, reflected on past mistakes, and highlighted the necessity for continuous growth in a positive direction. We couldn't help but heap praises on Bob for his remarkable parenting journey, and Sam's suggestion that he takes a 'victory lap' for his accomplishments with his autistic son who has grown into a successful adult.Wrapping up the episode, we dared to challenge the conventional perception of autism, proposing a shift from viewing it as a medical condition to recognizing it as a culture. This enlightening debate with Sam and Bob offered a fresh perspective on what it means to be autistic. We stressed the significance of storytelling in bridging cultural gaps and implored society to strive for better understanding and acceptance of those with autism. Remember, you are not alone in this journey. We hope you'll join us in spreading awareness and acceptance of autism within our communities.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
32:45 1/10/24
Tony Mantor: Embracing the New Year with Stories of Hope and Unity in Autism Awareness
Send us a Text Message.As the calendar flips to a new chapter and we wrap ourselves in the possibilities of the New Year, I—Tony Mantor, your guide through the auditory waves of Why Not Me the World—am here to offer a sanctuary of stories and understanding from the heart of Nashville. With a heart full of gratitude, I reflect on the laughter, tears, and solidarity that our guests have brought into our lives, celebrating the vibrant tapestry of human experience they've woven, particularly in the realm of autism awareness.Gather 'round as I stand before you, microphone in hand, ready to unwrap the gifts of conversation and connection that await us in the episodes to come. I'm eager for you to hear the extraordinary tales and insights from our future guests, stories that promise to enrich your understanding and foster a community where no one walks alone. Together, we'll continue this journey, hand in hand, inviting you to become a part of our ever-expanding narrative—because every story, perhaps even yours, is a note in the symphony of life just waiting to be played.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
04:53 1/4/24
Celebrating 25 Episodes: A Heartfelt Look Back on Our Journey Through Autism
Send us a Text Message.Who would have thought that a podcast started by someone with no initial knowledge on autism would make it to 25 episodes? Well, we've done just that, and it's all thanks to your unwavering support and our amazing guests who've courageously shared their experiences living with autism. As we take a short break to celebrate the holiday season with our loved ones, we encourage you to revisit our past episodes. For those who are new, there's a treasure trove of enlightening conversations about autism waiting for you.This journey of learning and growth wouldn't have been possible without you, our listeners, and the remarkable individuals who've become part of our podcast family. Your support has not only helped us chart on Apple and other platforms worldwide, but has also sparked friendships and a deeper understanding of autism. We welcome your suggestions for future topics and urge you to share our podcast with others. We have exciting plans for the upcoming year, including a song and video for Autism Awareness Month in April. See you mid-January with a fresh new season, brimming with insightful discussions, laughter, and heartwarming stories. Until then, wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with prosperity.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
05:02 12/25/23
Ionit Sabatello: Navigating Autism, A Journey of Strength and Acceptance
Send us a Text Message.Ever pondered how complex the journey of raising an autistic child can be? It's an untrodden path filled with unique challenges, unexpected joys, and profound learnings. In our latest episode, we invite you to step into the shoes of Ionit Sabatello, a courageous mother, as she shares her personal voyage of navigating her son's autism diagnosis since the tender age of seven.Ionit's tale takes us from her homeland of Israel to her current residence in London, painting a vivid picture of the obstacles faced during her son's diagnosis process, exacerbated by the language barrier and a change of environment. She provides a heartfelt insight into the early struggles her son underwent in school, the eventual relief a diagnosis brought, and the incredible progress he's made since. We delve into the unique family dynamics, highlighting the importance of understanding and addressing each child's individual needs, and the struggles and triumphs of Ionit's son's interactions with the world around him.As we round up our discussion, Ionit takes us through her journey of acceptance, shedding the self-blame and guilt, and learning to embrace her son for who he is. We also discuss the indispensable role of seeking support and resources, and the power of communication in building a robust relationship with her child. Tune in to this episode that promises not only to touch your hearts, but also to provide invaluable insights and advice to those embarking on their own autism parenting journey.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
30:41 12/20/23
Andee Joyce: Unveiling the Beauty and Strength in Autism Through Music
Send us a Text Message.What if you had a unique way of seeing the world, but didn't know why you were different until you were 44? That's what happened to our extraordinary guest today, Andee Joyce. Diagnosed with autism later in life, Andee shares her compelling journey of self-discovery and acceptance with us. Struggling to maintain relationships and jobs became a part of life for her, as she grappled with her unique mind. Instead of letting these challenges hold her back, Andee found strength in her difference and began to find her place in the world.Music and spoken word became a solace for Andee, a way for her to express her experiences and navigate through her unique mind. She reveals how her one-woman show, 'Rhythm and Autism', was born and the stories that inspired her touching song, 'Tracy's Tambourine'. Not just that, we also get an exclusive sneak peek into her upcoming sensory-friendly performance at the Walters Center next April. Andee's art is a testament to her resilience, showing the world that autism is not a condition to be fixed, but a different way of experiencing life.Venturing into Andee's past, we explore how her sensory sensitivity during her childhood paved her way to the creative arts. From being a hyperlexic student in an era where neurodivergence was a misunderstood concept, to her choice of attending an alternative school, Andee's early life experiences have shaped her into the inspiring individual she is today. As we wrap up this emotionally charged episode, one thing is clear - Andee's story isn't just about understanding autism, it's about recognizing the beauty and strength in everyone's unique journey. So, tune in and let Andee's compelling story inspire you to embrace your own differences and turn them into your strengths.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
30:18 12/13/23
Dr. Eric and Christine Weiss: Exploring the Potential of Stem Cell Therapy in Enhancing the Lives of Individuals with Autism
Send us a Text Message.What if you could unlock the potential of stem cell therapy to improve the lives of those with autism? Join us in an enlightening conversation with Dr. Eric Weiss and his wife, Christine, as we journey through their personal encounter with autism, starting from their son's diagnosis in 1995. We discuss the challenges, triumphs, and the critical role of finding the right resources and support for autistic individuals.The conversation takes a riveting turn as we explore the groundbreaking field of stem cell therapy as a potential treatment for autism. Hear a powerful testimony from a mother who has witnessed transformative improvements in her son after administering stem cell injections. We delve into the science behind this novel treatment, its ability to mitigate brain inflammation, and its promising success rate. We also shed light on the safe use of umbilical cord blood, a practice with over six decades of medical endorsement.As we venture further, we dive into a fascinating discourse on the intersection of autism and stem cell therapy. We also reference a book that delves into this subject matter. Learn from a mother as she narrates her son's autism journey and the positive impact of stem cell therapy. Understand the science behind stem cells, their potential benefits for those who are autistic, and the importance of empathizing and supporting austistic individuals. This episode is an illuminating peek into the potential of stem cell therapy to enhance autistic lives, offering a beacon of hope to families wrestling with this challenge.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
33:51 12/6/23
Susan Morantes: A Mother's Journey through Autism's Challenges
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an insightful conversation with Susan Morantes, a mother to an autistic son and an integral part of the Dan Marino Foundation. Susan's tale of navigating through the labyrinth of autism is both moving and informative. She takes us through the process of getting her son diagnosed, the challenges they faced in finding a school that could cater to his needs, and the steps she took in helping her son adapt to these changes. Susan's experience offers a beacon of hope and knowledge to anyone dealing with similar circumstances and shines a light on the evolving services for children with autism.What does it mean to fully understand another's thought process, especially when it differs so widely from your own? Susan opens up about her son's unique mental workings and how she's worked tirelessly to help him grasp the impact of his words. She also highlights her attempts to create a fulfilling social life for him and discusses how a change in diet has positively impacted their lives. It's a journey marked by continuous learning and adaptation, portraying the resilience of parents and families dealing with autism.Transitioning an autistic child to independence is a subject that cannot be ignored. Susan shares her ongoing struggle in this domain, highlighting her continuous concerns about her son's future. The conversation underscores the importance of a supportive environment and a community that fosters growth for children with special needs. We discuss potential future living arrangements and the importance of finding a place that can provide him with the necessary support and engagement. Join us as we delve deep into this intricate journey of parenting an autistic child, and gain insight into the resilience and dedication required to navigate these complexities.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
32:33 11/29/23
Alize Adelle:The Unshakeable Bond: An Aunt, Her Niece, and Their Autistic Journey
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to a conversation that will move your spirit and inspire your heart. We are honored to have Alize Adelle, who has been the guiding light for her severely autistic niece, Hannah.Alize enlightens us about Hannah's early diagnosis journey, which was fraught with uncertainties and societal misconceptions. Hannah's remarkable adaptation to her non-verbal interaction, using Disney film catchphrases to express herself, is a testament to the extraordinary resilience embedded in her spirit. As the world grappled with an unexpected pandemic, life presented Alize and Hannah with a unique set of challenges. Alize navigates us through this tumultuous time, describing how she managed to explain the concept of COVID-19 and the subsequent isolation to Hannah. Through it all, Alize managed to establish a sense of balance and structure, turning her home into a sanctuary of calm amidst the storm. The lockdown period, while tough, also offered opportunities for breakthroughs and fostered a symbiotic coexistence between Alize and Hannah.Our exploration of family dynamics establishes the unique bond between Alize and Hannah, a bond that is both tender and unshakeable. Alize's recounting of taking Hannah on a Disney cruise underlines the courage and adaptability that Hannah has nurtured over the years. We also acknowledge the critical role of Alize's sister and friends in building a robust support network. Our conversation ends on a note of hope and advocacy, underscoring the importance of sharing stories that triumph over adversity. We invite you to join us and possibly share your own journey - you never know who it might inspire.https://tonymantor.com music bed written by T. WildWhy Not Me the World music published by Mantor Music (BMI)
31:48 11/22/23