Welcome to Sock Talk! A segment of the Orange Socks podcast where your host, Gerald Nebeker, documents topics affecting people with disabilities.

Sock Talk: A Doll Like Me with Amy Jandrisevits

Sock Talk: A Doll Like Me with Amy Jandrisevits

Amy Jandrisevits created A Doll Like Me, so kids with physical differences could love and cherish their very own doll that looked exactly like them. She personally makes each doll by hand, and to date she has raised more than $225,000 to help off set the financial burden for those who could not otherwise afford a doll.

August 2020 Newsletter

A couple years ago I had the opportunity to do an interview with Stephanie and Andy. Their story was both heartbreaking and inspiring. In the interview, they share their profound experience of having a child with a terminal diagnosis of anencephaly. Similar to...

Sock Talk: Go Shout Love

In this episode, Gerald talks with Josh Veach, the co-director for Go Shout Love. A cause-driven for-profit  business that raises funds and awareness for families on unique medical journeys.  Go Shout Love The formation of Go Shout Love Go Should Love...

July 2020 Newsletter

A nonprofit in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pegasus , “[provides] therapeutic horseback riding programs and equine-assisted activities and therapies for children and adults with physical, developmental, and intellectual disabilities.” Not long ago, I did a...

Sock Talk: Special Needs International Adoption

Sock Talk: Special Needs International Adoption

Dr. Gerald Nebeker talks about a few adoption agencies that help facilitate international adoptions for children with disabilities. In this podcast you will also hear from Michelle, the CEO of Reece’s Rainbow as well as Kecia and Chris who have adopted two children with Down syndrome from the Ukraine.

May 2020 Newsletter

We often talk about what we can do for people with disabilities, but what about what they can do for us and those in their community? Volunteering isn’t limited by a person’s disability, and a school district that serves Bergen County in New Jersey has found a way to...

Sock Talk- Early Intervention with Kristin Mancuso, PT, DPT

Sock Talk- Early Intervention with Kristin Mancuso, PT, DPT

Dr. Gerald Nebeker talks about early intervention services that are available to children with developmental delays and disabilities.  Gerald speaks with Kristin who is the director of the Early Intervention program at RISE. She explains who is eligible and...

April 2020 Newsletter

I really appreciate the many followers of Orange Socks. One of them sent me an article from the Mirror, a newspaper in England. The headline reads, “Coronavirus: People with Down’s [sic] syndrome could be left to die to ‘save’ medical supplies.” I thought, “how...

Sock Talk- Employment and People With Disabilities

Sock Talk- Employment and People With Disabilities

Even though the country has a record low employment rate of 2-3 percent, people with disabilities have an unemployment rate of 65 percent. Why is this?  In this Podcast Gerald talks about with proper training, coaching, and job matching, people with disabilities...

March 2020 Newsletter

At times throughout the challenges of raising a child with a disability, it can feel as though we are alone. It's easy to think no one understands. However, although each family's path is unique, there are many who are sharing the same struggles and grief. Instead of...

Sock Talk- NIPT

Sock Talk- NIPT

In this episode Dr. Gerald Nebeker talks about NIPT prenatal testing and how the results are often misinterpreted.  NIPT Testing What is NIPT? NIPT stands for noninvasive prenatal testing. Doctors often use NIPT to screen for genetic abnormalities.  It is considered...

February 2020 Newsletter

Orange Socks’ parent, RISE, Inc. supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their home. One of these people is Buddy. Buddy has an adventurous spirit and during his growing up years frequently ran away from home, only to return later with...

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