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Behind the Breakthroughs

Aug 13, 2019

In this episode Dr. Annette Nunez and Maylene Johnson chat with Michele Kong, M.D., an empowering Autism Mom and Co-founder of KultureCity. Michele shares her journey of how her son's autism, "the invisible disability," left her family feeling socially isolated.  Through her journey she connected with other families who shared similar experiences with social isolation.  This led her to ask the question of, " How do we change it?"  Change happens by changing the culture and that is how KultureCity was created.  Acceptance and inclusion are key factors for integrating not only the individual, but also the family into society and the community.  KultureCity is a movement and only when everyone buys into it, there is a culture shift and change for true acceptance and inclusion regardless of the each individual's challenges.  The core of KultureCity is to make the never possible.  Listen to this episode to find out more about KultureCity and to find a site near you.



MINDSHIFT (takeaways)

  1. For parents, know that you are never alone, especially in those long silent hours and long nights. It may feel like you are alone, but know that there is someone always there for you.
  2. Never give up! The love and drive you have for your child will be enough to keep you going.
  3. You are going to get told, "no " many times. Know that it is possible to overcome the "no’s" and "nevers." It requires hope and love. 
  4. As a community we need to pick up the responsibility and burden and together with these families meet them where they are. By working together it is possible to make it a reality where there is inclusion for everyone regardless of what the challenges are.