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A Blind View With Guest Ashley Wayne

Thriving in the Midst of Chaos: Parenting With Special Needs Kids

Episode 78: A Blind View With Guest Ashley Wayne In this episode, Ashley Wayne discusses parenting children with special needs through the lens of blindness. Ashley was born blind, as were her two older children. Her son also has cerebral palsy. She was initially worried about how she would be able to parent while blind. However, no one else appeared concerned, so she pressed on. She had done some babysitting in the past, and it hadn’t gone well. However, she found successful ways to parent by trial and error. She found that her children being blind actually made learning to parent easier. She found that her own experience was helpful in teaching her children tips and tricks to make living with blindness easier. To help her she uses braille labels, a braille tablet, Facebook groups and support, taking her time, and a screen reader. She has found it helpful for the kids to use a braille typewriter. She copes by enjoying silence, drinking soda, prayer, social support, and dates with her husband. She recommends taking it one day at a time, letting the children go at their own pace, and reaching out to others. Facebook: A Blind View by Ashley Wayne Shriners hospital National Federation for the blind Braille bookstore Email us if you have any questions or ideas! We are now on instagram! Check out updates on our website. Follow Thriving on Twitter. Check us out on Facebook! We are also on Pinterest! Please subscribe to our podcast in the iTunes store, or wherever you find your podcasts, Leave us a 5-star review, to help us know what you like and what you don't like, and to make sure other like-minded people find support through this podcast. Show Music: Intro Outro: Intro Outro 2 by Mattias Lahoud under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Theme Song: 90s rock style by monkeyman535 under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Self Care Song: Green and Orange No Water by Duncan Alex under CC-BY 3.0 License (www.freesound.org) Hosted by: Jessica Temple  Disclaimer: Our show is not designed to provide listeners with specific or personal legal, medical, or professional services or advice. Parents of children with health issues should always consult their health care provider for medical advice, medication, or treatment. Copyright 2021 Jessica Temple


25 Feb 2021

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Episode 36: A Blind View With Ashley Wayne

Homeschool Biscuit

Today I am speaking with a blind homeschooling mother who has adopted two kids. She discusses life and parenting through the lens of blindness, disability and adoption. About the Guest Ashley is a wife, mother and writer who happens to be totally blind. She and her sighted husband are raising two children who are both blind. Their son also has cerebral palsy. Both their children were adopted from Eastern Europe and they are in the middle of their third international adoption. Before becoming a full time homeschooling mom, she received her MSW from Florida State University. She has worked as an adaptive technology trainer, as a summer camp director, at a group home for children in foster care and as a case manager in a homeless shelter. While in college, she was involved with the National Federation of the Blind and the Florida Independent Living Council. Support me: https://anchor.fm/homeschool-biscuit/support My website: homeschoolburrito.com My store: burritofamilystore.com Send me a voice message: https://anchor.fm/homeschool-biscuit/message Music credits: "Derp Nugget" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ "Balloon Game" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ "Raving Energy (Faster) " Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/homeschool-biscuit/support


1 Jan 2021

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Blind Hope in Foster Care with Ashley Wayne

Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey

Ashley is a wife, mother, writer, and former social worker who also happens to be totally blind.  She and her sighted husband are raising two children, adopted from Bulgaria, and they recently had a biological son of their own.    Ashley's Links Her Facebook Page - A Blind View Her writing on Her View From Home Her Blog Foster Care: An Unparalleled Journey Find All Our Links Here https://linktr.ee/fostercarenation Patreon https://patreon.com/fostercarenation Website https://fostercarenation.com Connect with us on our Facebook Page https://facebook.com/7timedad Connect on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fostercarenation/

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17 Nov 2020

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Looking at the World with Hope with Ashley Wayne | EP 13 (S2, EP 8)

Camden Boyd's The Happiness Question

Today, I'm joined by Ashley Wayne, who tells us how she is able to navigate life blind, while raising 3 adopted special needs children, 2 of which are also blind, with her sighted husband Luke.  ---- Find more of Ashley Wayne by going to her Facebook here: facebook.com/ABlindView, or her blog here: life-the-braille-edition.blogspot.com. Listen to more episodes of The Happiness Question by going to TheHappinessQuestion.com --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/thehappinessquestion/supportSupport this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/camden-boyds-the-happiness-question/exclusive-content


6 Jul 2020

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Blind Mother Raises Blind Children with Ashley Wayne

Belly of the Beast Life Stories & Beyond with David All

Ashley Wayne shares her story of facing down her fear of being blind and becoming a mother. And now, she has two blind children and a newborn. EPISODE SUMMARY Part IThe gift of sight was always seen as a luxury to Ashley up until this momentShe’s days from going to get her daughter in Bulgaria, the international adoption nearly realizedIn these early moment, a blind woman confronts being a blind mama to her blind daughterAshley was blind at birth, two detached retinas, not even a perception of lightThe darkness hadn’t slowed her down, but the simple everyday tasks of changing diapers or taking her to a friend’s house to play seemed insurmountable“It was scary; when you’re suddenly put in charge of another human being it’s very sobering"Parenting brought her to her knees, Ashley had to realize it was OK to ask for help Part IIAshley had spent a lifetime being independent, and thriving, as a blind personBut the realities of being a mother changed her perceptionShe shifted her mindsetDay by day, Ashley was successful at doing the little things and life started to return to normalNormal enough to begin (and finish) the process of adopting their blind son, who had Cerebral PalsyFaith is everything to Ashley, and she elaborates on this fundamental aspect of her lifeA Grand Canyon experience through a blind families eyesBlind people don’t have superpowers like exceptional hearingAshley has to be extremely present to experience special moments with her family4-weeks ago, Ashley birthed her first biological son, that appears to be fully sightedAshley still yearns to see, especially the little things like seeing what her infant is looking at and being fascinated by Part IIIAshley shares advice to her younger self just as she’s about to take on motherhoodShe writes a lot about the distancing she and her family experience being blind (see articles in the guest resources section) and urges folks just to treat them normal QUOTABLES"It was a very emotional time. I remember as it got closer, feeling this immense weight and wondering, am I really going to be able to take care of her? I had done a lot of things as a blind person that I think many people would imagine would be pretty difficult.  But parenting felt like it was going to be this much more insane and immense task. And I really didn't know if I could do it, but we had obviously committed and were going to adopt her." "And I didn't need sight, and I could get along just fine without it, and almost to the detrimental extreme of that end, you know, believing that sight wasn't necessary, and I was an amazing blind person who could do anything [Laughter]. I didn't need anyone's help, especially help from those the sighted people.  I think parenting really did bring me to my knees, figuratively and literally sometimes, just the realization that sight is a gift, and it would be not just nice to have, but would be preferred in a lot of cases when it comes to parenting, and that it was OK to admit that." "You know, every little task, like I kind of dreaded every diaper change, like, am I going to get her clean enough?" "You realize that things weren't quite as intense or frightening as I had originally thought. It doesn't mean that I still didn't need help or things weren't frustrating at points. But it began to feel less and less alien and yeah, just a bit more normal." Regarding faith… “It’s everything. It's what I hope to... We hope and strive for, to teach our children that there is a God. And it's, we can know him through Christ." "I've always had to rely more on my hearing. And just to dispel a myth, because I always have to take any opportunity to mention this, you know, blind people don't have super hearing." Advice to a younger Ashley… "You will figure it out. Yeah, you'll make some mistakes, but nothing so horrible that neither you or her will be scarred for life. You will figure it out together and all the things will get done." Learn more about Ashley WayneAshley’s Facebook: A Blind ViewHere are a few of Ashley’s articles:+ A blind mother’s courageous journey of parenting two blind children (profile piece)+ Learning what it means to be a blind mother+ I’m a blind mom raising blind kids, here’s what I’d like you to know ENABLE OUR MISSIONYour podcast is a sacred space and judgment free zone. It's free of advertising and outside influence -- 100% listener supported.A podcast where you can feel safe to listen and know that you're not alone. Transformation is scary, but not a single butterfly has ever attempted to climb back into the cocoon.To keep us advertising free and support our mission to heal, inspire and shape lives with extraordinary personal life stories, chip-in $5 a month at BellyStory.com/support.Thank you for listening.Warmly,David AllCreator, Storyteller, ProducerCO-CREATE OUR PODCASTTo submit your story, sign-up for new episode emails, contact us or support our mission with a donation, visit:BellyStory.com


26 May 2020

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47. Ashley Wayne Tells Stories of Being a Wife, Mom, & Writer Who is Totally Blind

Fancy Free Podcast

Writer Ashley Wayne tells us stories she finds humor in as a wife and mom who is totally blind. You won't believe some of the pickles she's been in! She is loving books by David McCullough, 1776, and John Adams. We laugh about Meg Duncan's episode. Listen here. Ashley is a wife, mother, and writer who is totally blind. She and her sighted husband are raising two internationally adopted children, who are also both blind. They had their 3rd child in April, Ashley's first pregnancy. She is currently a stay at home, homeschooling mom. Before this, she worked in a variety of social work settings having graduated with her MSW in 2008. Check out Ashley's Facebook page, A Blind View by Ashley Wayne. Show Tidbits: Join Fancy Free's private Facebook Group! It's so much fun! The question of the week is "What is the most surprising or uncharacteristic piece of advice you've ever received?" Click the Subscribe button so you don't miss a single episode! Leave a rating and written review! I will be forever grateful!!! If you have your own not-so-fancy story to tell, email me at notfancy@fancyfreepodcast.com! Do it. It'll be fun! The best way to help Fancy Free reach more listeners is to tell a friend about it. Share the laughter! Thursday we have a special episode with Colleen and Bridget of the Hot Flashes and Cool Topics Podcast! Thanks so much for listening, have a great week, and remember NO ONE is as fancy as they look! ~Joanne


26 May 2020

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Episode 80: Hear the Unbelievable Health Journey of Totally Blind Wife and Mother Ashley Wayne

Revealing Healing Motivational Health Stories

Don’t miss the truly inspirational story of blind mother and wife Ashley Wayne. You would think that being blind would you hold you back on many fronts, including adoption but not Ashley. As you will here, she and her sighted husband adopted two children who have their own disabilities (including both are blind themselves). This is a true motivating story that everyone should take note of. Ashley’s ability to push herself in the face of her own adversity is amazing. Don’t miss the Revealing Healing of Ashely Wayne!


23 Mar 2020

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Ep.33 - A Blind View with Ashley Wayne

The Adverse Effect

Navigating the minefield of parenting throws up its daily challenges, but what if your children are blind ... and you are too?   In today's episode, Ken Cheadle explores the world of Ashley Wayne, a wife, mother and writer who happens to be totally blind. She and her sighted husband are raising two internationally adopted blind children and are in the middle of their third international adoption.   Born in Florida but now living in Utah, ocean-loving Ashley recalls the anguish her parents faced with her early arrival — followed by the heartbreaking revelation that in the three months after coming home from the neonatal intensive care unit she had become blind.  Ken delves into Ashley’s school days, from attending a public high school to the not-so-smooth introduction of her now husband.    Intrigued? Join Ken and guest Ashley Wayne as they discuss overcoming the processes of international adoption, caring for children with special needs and how to treat someone who may be blind at … The Adverse Effect.  “Asking for help does not make you weak or less of a person, it just makes you human.” — Ashley Wayne Today on The Adverse Effect:  Learn how Ashley’s parents dealt with her early arrival and the discovery that their beloved new baby had become blind.  Hear how Ashley negotiated her school years.   Discover her battle through the international adoption process while also dealing with discrimination.  Find out about the challenges and the beauty of living with children with special needs.   Listen to Ashley share techniques on how to avoid the victim mentality and some useful tips on how to speak to someone else who is blind.  Connect with Ashley Wayne:  Read her blog @ Life the Braille Edition A Blind View on Facebook  Thanks for tuning in!   Thank you for joining us on today’s episode of The Adverse Effect! If you like what you hear, remember to rate us highly on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts.  Don’t forget to check out our website, or hang out with us on Twitter to stay up-to-date on what’s in store for you!  The Adverse Effect Podcast with Ken Cheadle is proudly produced by Podcast Wagon 


10 Sep 2019

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Podcast episode 84: What's it Like Being Blind and Adopting Special Needs Children? with Ashley Wayne

Wheel With It: Inclusion and More!

Ashley is a blind mother raising children with special needs. She discusses life and parenting through the lens of blindness, disability and adoption Follow Ashley:  https://www.facebook.com/ABlindView/ Follow me on socials: https://www.instagram.com/realtalkpodcastoffical/ https://www.facebook.com/realtalkpodcastofficial/ https://twitter.com/home?prefetchTimestamp=1566064168735


23 Aug 2019