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Life & Work with Jeanetta Bryant

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jeanetta Bryant.

Hi Jeanetta, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
We are a non-profit organized to help parents, pastors and teachers find resources to help children with special needs be their best. It is a very personal story as my youngest child, Lindsey has Autism and was given a bleak prognosis, through her journey, we have witnessed her defy the odds and blossom into a wonderful and fully engaged girl. It has been successful because God placed parents in our path that guided us forward and gave inspiration on our darker days. Abilities Workshop is our way of not only organizing essential information but as a “pay it forward” opportunity. If parents were responsible for helping us find our way, we want to help as many parents as we can find their path too.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Abilities Workshop is in the midst of launching 5 National programs in the next three months and we are only 18 months old. I am astounded at how well we have been embraced by this community by both parents and professionals. The special needs community has so much to offer and share, we are simply an outlet for it to be found. This concept was born here in Orlando as an in-person event. Covid certainly had other plans. Six months into what seemed to be a great growth model, Covid-19 lockdowns occurred and we were forced to cancel events. That moment of uncertainty was hard. Ultimately, it helped us grow in ways we could have never imagined. That moment when the whole world “paused” we had conversations, we spoke with experts and leaders from around the world- people that ordinarily would have been too busy to talk to a small non-profit. Those conversations lead to an international podcast (currently in 28 countries) and all of our programs being reworked to fit a National Model. We are thrilled to work with folks from all parts of the world and, through these outlets, share HOPE.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
Our world changed when we heard Lindsey’s diagnosis. We started focusing on answers and turning every rock in an effort to fight for our daughter. I was fortunate to have had corporate and entrepreneurial background that when this choice became an option, we were able to make the most of it. Now sharing hope and lending encouragement to parents coupled with dreaming of the next great way to “step up” with colleagues dominates our time. The fun biproduct is that I am still constantly learning more ideas and strategies in helping Lindsey be her best.

Are there any books, apps, podcasts or blogs that help you do your best?
My college degree was Interdisciplinary Information Technology – Digital Media. This question is funny to me because I have found many times I have gone back to my roots in this field while creating for the passion of my life, supporting Lindsey and other special needs families. Along the way, I wrote a blog- http://hopefaithandautism.blogspot.com, created an app- https://www.littleturtlelearningtools.com, started a podcast – https://www.abilitiesworkshop.com/podcast and have written a couple books- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1700531549/

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