Divorce when Children live with Disabilities

March 8, 2016
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley

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Episode Description

Joryn Jenkins is a trial attorney with 36 years of courtroom experience, now in private practice at Open Palm Law, http://openpalmlaw.com/, in Tampa, Florida. She discusses her career and her law firm ‘Open Palm Law’. She explains Collaborative Law and highlights its principles. She talks about the experiences of divorcing couples, their children who are living with persistent disabilities, and their families. She explains the ways in which collaborative divorce works to help manage or overcome the challenges she’s mentioned for mothers, fathers, their children living with persistent disabilities and their families. She says what more she would like to do and to see done to promote collaborative divorce as a positive change for mothers and fathers and for their children who are living with persistent disabilities. She comments on internet radio as an opportunity for family caregivers to discuss their experiences of divorce when a child is living with persistent disability.

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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.

Dr. Gordon Atherley

Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.

Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.

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