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On February 8, 2007, Holly Bahme-Lytle suffered a tremendous loss when her son Isaac, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, unexpectedly passed away just six weeks short of celebrating his fourth birthday. Determined to turn her personal tragedy into an opportunity to help families similar to her own who were struggling with the hardships of having a loved one affected by autism, Holly channeled her grief and founded the ISAAC Foundation in July of 2007. This was no easy task as the year … Continue Reading >>
On February 8, 2007, Holly Bahme-Lytle suffered a tremendous loss when her son Isaac, diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, unexpectedly passed away just six weeks short of celebrating his fourth birthday. Determined to turn her personal tragedy into an opportunity to help families similar to her own who were struggling with the hardships of having a loved one affected by autism, Holly channeled her grief and founded the ISAAC Foundation in July of 2007. This was no easy task as the year following Isaac’s death Holly gave birth to her youngest son, Caleb, who was later diagnosed with high functioning autism.

Through it all, Holly never allowed personal hardship to derail her desire to provide services for families in need. In the early years, the ISAAC Foundation provided financial support to hundreds of children in the region diagnosed with autism so that they could receive critical therapy interventions that were not covered by their insurance. She later broadened the scope of ISAAC Found << Show Less
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#127 | The Craziest things Parents Have Done In this podcast, parents discuss some of the funny, and more serious things, parents have done in the name of autism. We apologize for the poor audio as we had a set of microphones fail during recording but felt like the content was still fun to share.
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#127 | The Craziest things Parents Have Done In this podcast, parents discuss some of the funny, and more serious things, parents have done in the name of autism. We apologize for the poor audio as we had a set of microphones fail during recording but felt like the content was still fun to share.
#126 | Sexual Assault and Prevention TRIGGER WARNING
In this episode we welcome Jim Lane and Jenn Ranney from the Arc of Spokane. Jim is a sexual Abuse Awareness-Disability Professionals Trainer in the Arc of Spokane’s Sexual Abuse Prevention program.  His program works to end sexual abuse of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities by educating disability professionals, parents, guardians, and family caregivers.  You will hear about how to recognize abuse and correctly respond to it.
#125 | Isaac’s Clubhouse Banter What is Isaac&#8217;s Clubhouse? It&#8217;s a safe place for children on the autism spectrum to congregate, explore interests, and make connections with peers in their community. In this episode, members of our Tuesday after school Clubhouse crew join me for their first ever podcast experience. You&#8217;ll have to forgive the excessive background noise as the kids learn how to have less fidgets and quiet hands.
#124 | Behind the Scenes in Special Education In this podcast we get a behind the scene&#8217;s view point from a special education teacher. You&#8217;ll laugh and probably cringe as we chat about some of the real-life realities of special education.
#123 | Sibling Counseling In this short episode, little sister Kelly joins her mom Holly to talk about their journey finding her a counselor. Their solution may be an opportunity that could help others find support they need, sooner rather than later.
#122 | Red Instead vs. Light it Up Blue Podcast Promo In this segment, David, Maria and Holly discuss the upcoming recording of Red Instead vs. Light it Up Blue: Creating a Community of Purple.
If you are interested in participating in the upcoming recording of Red Instead vs. Light It Up Blue, please email Hello@theisaacfoundation.org with Red Instead podcast guest in the subject like and we will connect with you regarding scheduling. This goest for any of our upcoming podcasts.  We love you guests to join us.
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#121 | IEP and Special Ed Gripes Every now and again, you need to get some of your safe people together and gripe about how special education and the IEP process just-plain-sucks.  In this episode, David and Maria join me to vent about complicated seasons of sadness parents experience at different times, frustrations with IEP conversations and how we wish systems were better when it comes to meeting the various needs of our kids on the spectrum.
You&#8217;ll notice an abrupt end to this episode, as the remaining content can be heard later this week under: Red Instead vs. Light it Up Blue Upcoming Podcast.
Disclaimer: We ran into microphone complications at the start of this podcast and had to share one microphone but since it&#8217;s great content, we still wanted to share.
#120 | Self Advocate Caleb Lytle: Improvements Over Time We dug through the vault and pulled out an interview from earlier this fall with Holly&#8217;s son Caleb. In this podcast (over dinner), Holly and Caleb reflect on areas of growth Caleb has experienced over the years.
#119 | Sibling Independence with guest Maria Jennings On this week&#8217;s episode, Maria Jennings joins me to discuss the dynamic that having a child with a disability has made on our neurotypical children and how we have each noticed a higher level of independence and self-advocacy skills.
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Holly shares her experience using combination door knobs in her home which increases safety and provides a means for neurotypical siblings to have their own secure space. https://www.amazon.com/Signstek-Keyless-Digital-Electronic-Security/dp/B00KS3JC30?pd_rd_w=c3bUq&pf_rd_p=07da9b2f-52f3-4fa6-b605-4458a1e54cf1&pf_rd_r=6R7D68GAYSBMFW69TFMK&pd_rd_r=6e8a228e-37d3-478b-833f-4e7d1cf0cd97&pd_rd_wg=7uwUR&pd_rd_i=B00KS3JC30&psc=1&ref_=pd_bap_d_rp_36_i
Holly also explains the benefit of registering an ISAAC Alert (911 dispatch note linked to your home address) if you have locking interior doors and window at your home: https://theisaacfoundation.configio.com/page/programsisaacalert
Families who are interested in accessing ISAAC Foundation&#8217;s Sibling Spotlight program can find the registration link here: https://theisaacfoundation.configio.com/page/siblingspotlight
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