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SCP137: Miracles Every Day (Meet SO Athlete David Raineri)

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 137, Daniel Smrokowski is sits down with his friend David Raineri, fellow athlete in Special Olympics Illinois, and his parents– Wally (mother) and Don (father). Tune in to hear David’s story of his amazing abilities, thoughts from his parents raising a son with Down syndrome/other special needs, how David first got started in […]

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SCP135: Accessibility Aboard Pace Bus

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 135, Daniel Smrokowski sits down with Ray Campbell, chairman of Pace Bus’ Suburban ADA advisory committee, a user of para-transit, and a person who is blind.  Tune in to hear Ray share how he first started working with Pace; what the ADA is and the committee he is on; how Pace benefits […]

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SCP134: Spread Goodness and Respect

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 134, Daniel Smrokowski sits down with Soeren Palumbo, co-founder of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.  Tune in to hear Soeren share his backstory of growing up with his sister who has intellectual disabilities; why he co-founded this campaign; how he met Timbo Shriver; Importance of the r-word campaign; […]

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SCP133: Autism Awareness

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 133, Daniel Smrokowski sits down with Kerry Magro, a national speaker, author, consultant, and autism advocate.  Tune in to hear Kerry discuss: his backstory of being nonverbal and diagnosed with autism; “autism can’t define me…I define autism”; overcoming obstacles, Kerry’s making a difference nonprofit; his speaking career; books he’s written; film project’s he’s […]

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WHERE HOPE GROWS Movie Sees World Through Special Needs Eyes

The movie Where Hope Grows tells the story of Calvin Campbell, a former professional baseball player who was sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate.  His life is in a slow downward spiral when it’s suddenly awakened by the most unlikely person — Produce, a young man with Down syndrome, named who works […]

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David (right) with Chris (left) on the set of the movie WHERE HOPE GROWS (Photo Courtesy of Chris Dowling)

First Actor with Down syndrome To Star in Feature Film Appeared on Special Chronicles

David DeSanctis, a native of Kentucky, is an actor who was diagnosed with Down syndrome.  DeSanctis is making history come this May 15, 2015 as he has the starring role in a feature-length movie.  The movie, Where Hope Grows, will open in theaters across the country.  This is the first film for DeSanctis to appear in […]

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Pontiac Township High School Spreads Smiles With New Video!

Laura Baumgardner is a special education life skills teacher at Pontiac Township High School in Pontiac, Ill.  Laura shared with Special Chronicles the video that her school produced for the 2015 Spread the Word to End the Word awareness day.  She called-in to the Special Chronicles podcast radio show episode #134 with a report on […]

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Top End the #Rword Stories to Share!

This Wednesday, March 4, is the annual Spread the Word to End the Word day.  This is an awareness day about the hurtful effects of the word “retard(ed)” or the “r-word” as we refer to it as.  This day also promotes inclusive people-first language. Check out (and share) the following r-word stories to let your […]

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SCP137: Miracles Every Day (Meet SO Athlete David Raineri)

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 137, Daniel Smrokowski is sits down with his friend David Raineri, fellow athlete in Special Olympics Illinois, and his parents– Wally (mother) and Don (father). Tune in to hear David’s story of his amazing abilities, thoughts from his parents raising a son with Down syndrome/other special needs, how David first got started in […]

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WHERE HOPE GROWS Movie Sees World Through Special Needs Eyes

The movie Where Hope Grows tells the story of Calvin Campbell, a former professional baseball player who was sent to an early retirement due to his panic attacks at the plate.  His life is in a slow downward spiral when it’s suddenly awakened by the most unlikely person — Produce, a young man with Down syndrome, named who works […]

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SCP135: Accessibility Aboard Pace Bus

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 135, Daniel Smrokowski sits down with Ray Campbell, chairman of Pace Bus’ Suburban ADA advisory committee, a user of para-transit, and a person who is blind.  Tune in to hear Ray share how he first started working with Pace; what the ADA is and the committee he is on; how Pace benefits […]

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SCP134: Spread Goodness and Respect

In Special Chronicles Podcast Episode 134, Daniel Smrokowski sits down with Soeren Palumbo, co-founder of the Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.  Tune in to hear Soeren share his backstory of growing up with his sister who has intellectual disabilities; why he co-founded this campaign; how he met Timbo Shriver; Importance of the r-word campaign; […]