Natalie Vecchione is the 9th inspiring interview in our Grief and Rebirth Podcast’s Rebirth series. She is the co-founder of FASD Hope, whose mission is to provide awareness, information, and inspiration for people whose lives have been touched by FASD. She is also the producer and host of the FASD Hope! Podcast series, an FASD parent advocate, a special-needs homeschool parent mentor and a peer support mentor. FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) describes the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Natalie’s story is a true-life story of triumphing over daunting obstacles and finding rebirth, which includes reinventing her career into a calling to help those parents, families and loved ones whose lives have been touched by FASD.
IN THIS EPISODE, YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT THINGS LIKE:
- Why Natalie and her husband John grew their family through domestic adoption.
- It has been estimated that 1 in 20 children in the United States have a FASD and it is the most common developmental disability in the Western World.
- What led to Natalie’s decision to homeschool her son and daughter.
- Natalie is the co-author of the book “Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and Launching Teens with developmental disabilities.”
SOME QUESTIONS IRENE ASKS NATALIE:
- What is mental health first aid, for which you are certified?
- How did you reinvent your career into a calling to help those whose lives have been touched by FASD?
- What is the honor you received in 2019 from the state of NC?
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