The Lucky Few

The Lucky Few

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Hey friends! Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast where we are shifting the narrative by shouting the worth of people with Down syndrome. With your hosts, Heather Avis, Micha Boyett, and Mercedes Lara. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theluckyfewpod/support


Episode 32 - The (Beautiful) Reality of Befriending Someone with Down Syndrome
Jul 15 • 54 min
We believe that one of the most powerful ways to shift the Down Syndrome narrative is by creating meaningful friendships with people who have DS. But we’re not just talking about those forced, obligatory, hero-complex infused friendships. We’re talking…
Episode 31 - Abortion and Down Syndrome
Jul 8 • 52 min
Buckle up, friends. Today we’re diving into an important yet tricky topic: abortion and Down Syndrome. You may have seen in recent news that many states are suggesting laws that allow for abortion of a fetus with Down Syndrome at any point in the…
Episode 30 - Surviving (And Thriving) This Summer!
Jul 1 • 46 min
Hi friends, we’ve missed you! Summer is here and so are we! What better way to kick off your vacay season than with an episode full of tips, tricks, and travel strategies to keep you and your family going all summer long? Because let’s face it, these…
S03 Episode 10: BONUS- Heather Avis on her new book: Scoot Over and Make Some Room
May 20 • 64 min
Hey friends! Welcome to the last episode of season three, and it’s a treat. We’re finishing up with a special BONUS interview with one of our favorite people (though we may be a little biased), Heather Avis. Not only does she co-host this podcast, she is…
S03 Episode 9: Best of Season 3 - Owning Your Influence In ALL Your Spaces!
May 15 • 61 min
“Moral of the story: Potty training is the worst.” - Heather. That’s right friends. We’re tackling this fun topic today, but most importantly, chatting all about the many memorable moments from this season! We even have Tesney Davis back on to tell us…
S03 Episode 8: Owning your Influence by Using your Gifts with Michelle Sullivan
May 6 • 54 min
Michelle Sullivan has found her voice, and she’s using it to host a podcast, run a clothing company, and most importantly— advocate like a mother. She credits all of this to her 5 year old son, Eli, who has Down Syndrome. Eli helped his mama own her…
S03 Episode 7: Owning Your Influence By Using Your Words with Amy Julia Becker
Apr 29 • 59 min
When Amy Julia Becker received her daughter Penny’s Down Syndrome diagnosis, she mourned the loss of a hypothetical child, the one she had always expected. However, Amy Julia and her husband quickly found joy, love, hope, and perspective in their now 13…
S03 Episode 6: Owning Your Influence and Broadening The Spaces - Tesney Davis on Dual Diagnosis
Apr 22 • 67 min
Tesney Davis always knew she wanted to adopt a child with different abilities, but she never checked the box for Autism. When she discovered her adopted son with Down Syndrome had an additional diagnosis, her world changed, yet so did her mindset. Now,…
S03 Episode 5: Owning Your Influence in the Business World with Mica May
Apr 15 • 68 min
Mica May believes every day life can be magical and lovely. She strives to delight her family, friends and community by creating spaces to connect and products to inspire creativity and productivity. She is a mama to three kids, Jackson (who has Down…
S03 Episode 4 - Owning Your Influence in the Spotlight with Lisa Gungor
Apr 8 • 70 min
Hey, friends! Thanks for joining us for Episode 4 of this season. You picked the right day to tune in. We’re chatting with Lisa Gungor, a wife, musician, and mama to two girls, one who has Down Syndrome. Lisa is one of the curators of the two-time Grammy…
S03 Episode 3: Owning Your Influence in Down Syndrome Spaces with Jen Jacob
Apr 1 • 59 min
“Congratulations! You’re going to have a baby with Down Syndrome..” the words Heather dreams a doctor would say when delivering a Down Syndrome diagnosis. Thankfully, fierce advocates like Jen Jacob are here to make that vision a reality. Jen is the…
S03 Episode 2 - Owning Your Influence in Front of the Camera With Amanda Booth
Mar 25 • 65 min
Hi friends! Welcome back to Season Three, Episode Two of The Lucky Few Podcast. Today, we’re chatting with Amanda Booth, an actress, model, and mama based in Los Angeles. She has appeared on network television shows such as Hot In Cleveland, Maron, and…
S03 Episode 1 - Owning Your Influence: WDSD & Dear Mom, Conference
Mar 21 • 70 min
Hi friends! Welcome to Season 3 of The Lucky Few Podcast. We are SO glad you found your way here, and on World Down Syndrome Day of all days! There is no better time to talk about owning your influence than right now. So let’s talk about it, with all the…
S02 Episode 10 - Season Finale: Questions and Answers
Dec 3, 2018 • 63 min
Hey, friends! We are so glad you’re here for the final episode of Season Two of The Lucky Few Podcast! Listen along as we relive the best of this season and answer questions from you lovely listeners! From the conversations about inclusion with Kristen,…
S02 Episode 9 - The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide
Nov 26, 2018 • 64 min
Welcome to The Lucky Few Podcast, friends! Thanksgiving is behind us and the holiday season is ahead! Struggling with gift ideas for your friends and family? We’ve got you covered. Listen along for the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide, your inside look into…
S02 Episode 8 - Self Advocacy: Down Syndrome in DC with Kayla McKeon
Nov 19, 2018 • 35 min
This week on the Lucky Few Podcast, we have the honor of sitting down with Kayla McKeon, the first registered lobbyist with Down Syndrome! Not only is Kayla active in her church and Special Olympics, she is a Ruby’s Rainbow college scholarship recipient…
S02 Episode 7 - Looking Back and Shooting Forward | LIVE from Dear Mom, Conference Utah
Nov 12, 2018 • 73 min
Coming at you LIVE from Orem, Utah - the ladies of The Lucky Few podcast take the stage at Dear Mom Conference! Heather, Micah, and Mercedes are reading their “Dear Mom” letters to their former selves and revealing all the things they wish they knew when…
S02 Episode 6 - Discipline: Down Syndrome with Dr. David Stein
Nov 8, 2018 • 53 min
This week on The Lucky Few Podcast, we’re talking about all things discipline and behavior with Dr. David Stein, a psychologist and former Co-Director of the Down Syndrome Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. His “respond but don’t react” approach to…
S02 Episode 5 - Marriage & Relationships: Parents Raising a Child with Down Syndrome
Oct 29, 2018 • 73 min
What happens when five married couples get together to talk about raising kids who have Down Syndrome? Join us around the campfire for this episode to find out! We’re talking all about growing stronger through tough seasons, splitting therapy…
S02 Episode 4 - Inclusion: The Church with Jamie Lim Lee
Oct 22, 2018 • 75 min
This week on The Lucky Few Podcast, we’re breaking through cultural and religious stereotypes that discriminate against people with Down Syndrome, with the help of none other than Jamie Lee! Jamie is a mother of two children, Shane (5), who has Down…
S02 Episode 3 - Education: So Happy to Learn with Terry Brown
Oct 15, 2018 • 71 min
This week on The Lucky Few Podcast we’re talking all about education! And we’re learning from none other than Mrs. Terry Brown, the creator of the “So Happy to Learn” program. She is passionate and gifted at teaching individuals with Down syndrome, and…
S02 Episode 2 - Inclusion: A Parent’s Perspective with Kristin Enriquez Pt. 2
Oct 8, 2018 • 33 min
The inclusion-conversation continues with our friend, Kristin Enriquez this week! She is an inclusion expert and educational consultant, who has the unique perspective of both an educator and mom, with her 24+ year career in special education and her ten…
S02 Episode 1 - Inclusion: An Educator’s Perspective, with Kristin Enriquez Pt. 1
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
W E R E B A C K ! ! ! ! For our first two episodes of this second season, we’re chatting with Kristin Enriquez, an inclusion expert and educational consultant, who has the unique perspective of both an educator and mom, with a long career in the field of…
S01 Episode 9 - Q & A Season 1 Finale
Jul 11, 2018 • 67 min
It’s our Season One finale! And we’re celebrating by taking your questions! From adoption to social media to navigating extracurricular activities, Heather, Mercedes and Micha are here to answer your deepest questions (or maybe just the first questions…
S01 Episode 8 - Therapy and All the Feelings
Jun 27, 2018 • 52 min
It is finally here! Welcome to the episode where we talk about all things therapy, and trust us… you won’t want to miss this one. What do you do when it feels like therapies are taking over? How much therapy should your child be receiving? How do you…
S01 Episode 7 - The Dads Episode
Jun 13, 2018 • 72 min
Welcome to the Dad episode. In honor of Father’s Day coming up the dads take over this episode and talk all about being a dad and what it specifically looks like when parenting kids with Down syndrome. They talk about their journey to becoming a Dad,…
S01 Episode 6 - Friendship Pt. 2 - Guest Melynn Henry
May 30, 2018 • 72 min
We continue our conversation about friendship, this time focusing on one particular relationship between two little girls in Amarillo, Texas in the 80’s. Micha sits down with her lifelong friend Melynn Henry to talk about Carey, their childhood friend…
S01 Episode 5 - Friendship with GiGi’s Playhouse and Just Like Me
May 16, 2018 • 59 min
Welcome to the latest episode of The Lucky Few Podcast. On this episode we talk all about friendship. We get to hear from another awesome Heather who works for the awesome Gigi’s Playhouse and her friend Bill (who we are super jealous of by the way) and…
S01 Episode 4 - Adoption - Guest Lisa Eicher
May 2, 2018 • 48 min
Welcome to our latest episode of The Lucky Few Podcast! Today we are talking about all things adoption; from the hope, joy, and true magic it provides to the daily struggles that not enough people are talking about. We share our personal adoption stories…
S01 Episode 3 - College - Guest Liz Plachta of Ruby’s Rainbow
Apr 18, 2018 • 35 min
Here at The Lucky Few Podcast we are all about raising the bar for individuals with Down syndrome. One great way that we have seen that is through Ruby’s Rainbow and we are so excited to have the Liz Plachta, the founder, with us today. Ruby’s Rainbow…
S01 Episode 2 - Siblings & Special Guests
Apr 4, 2018 • 58 min
On this second episode of The Lucky Few Podcast we talk about siblings, and because siblings can be difficult, we brought in some of the best ones we know! We get to talk to @Jimbo_Is_The_Man’s sisters, Pam and Julie, about growing up with him and how…
S01 Episode 1 - World Down Syndrome Day
Mar 21, 2018 • 61 min
Welcome to our first official episode of The Lucky Few Podcast! In this episode, we chat about our own World Down syndrome Day celebrations that range from waking the kids up in the morning to fulfilling Heather’s lifelong dream. Plus we talk out our real…
S01 Episode 0 - Welcome to the Lucky Few Podcast
Feb 11, 2018 • 13 min
Welcome to The Lucky Few Podcast. We are so excited to announce the official podcast for The Lucky Few. In this episode we take the time to introduce ourselves and share a little about the future of the show. Over the past few years we have experienced…