My name is Dr. Steven W. Nourse. I retired in 2014 from Central Washington University where I managed the Master Teacher Program in the Seattle area and taught special education classes to graduate and undergraduate students. In the past 50 years I have taught junior high school, high school, alternate high school, at numerous two and four-year colleges, and the Washington State Correction Center for women in Purdy, Washington.

I have lived on Vashon since 1985 with my wife Barbara of 49 years and I raised my two daughters here. I became disabled in 1971 when I was on my honeymoon in San Francisco from transverse myelitis. Since then I have used a wheelchair for mobility. Many times, persons with disabilities are defined in life by what they “cannot” do. I believe, as a person with a disability, that persons with disabilities should, instead, be defined by what they “can” do!

This concept may be a new paradigm, but it is also the essential theme of my show, “Isabled, The Radio Show of Possibilities.” This will be a monthly show and will explore different topics pertinent to various disabilities. My first series of shows will address the topic of service dogs, therapy dogs, and comfort animals. I will cover Federal laws and the legitimacy regarding the use of these animals. There will also be interviews with experts who train these animals, as well as my relationship with my own service dog. I will close with personal stories from Islanders and others who have used service animals effectively in their lives and environment. This series will be titled, “Who let the Dogs Out?”

Future topics may include distance learning for students with special and unique needs, ADHD, autism spectrum, Down’s syndrome, and anything you would suggest or like me to discuss. I will also take questions on special education topics sent to my home email and research and respond to them in future presentations. I hope you enjoy the show. Suggestions for topics are welcomed!

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