Al Levin joins the program to discuss the need to have open conversations about depression, and how to overcome stigma. Al shares his own journey of recovering from major depressive disorder and how he helps others, including hosting his own podcast, The Depression Files. Discover the changes that need to happen in order to ensure that everyone has access to treatment.
Lori Golden from Ernst & Young joins the program to discuss the importance of recognizing mental health needs in the workplace and shares takeaways from the company's initiatives. Discover what organizations and individuals can do to help all people fully participate and contribute to making our world a better place.
Josh Blue, comedian and winner of "Last Comic Standing" joins the program to discuss how he got started in comedy, his thoughts on "inspirational porn" and advice to others with disabilities about how to live your best life. Josh shares practical tips with his trademark sense of humor- you will not want to miss this episode!
Kate Nash, CEO and creator of PurpleSpace joins the program to discuss the #PurpleLightUp campaign in celebration of the International Day of Disabled Persons. Discover how you can participate in this unified global call to action.
Doug Foresta, therapist and producer of Human Potential at Work, joins the program to discuss the 3 biggest obstacles that keep us from living our full potential. He also shares tips about how to tap into the power of your brain to calm anxiety and relieve stress.
David Perez, Chief Global Strategist for Ruh Global Communications, joins the program to discuss progress towards disability inclusion in Latin America, and what the rest of the world can learn from efforts in the region. Discover the connection between corporate accessibility initiatives and higher revenues, as well as how to build community and create positive change.
Janice Valentine, founder of #HackAccessDublin, joins the program to discuss her event which brings together engineers, developers, designers, urban innovators, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in innovation, with the objective of making Dublin inclusive to people of all abilities by hacking the obstacles to access.
Our guest this week is Julian John, Managing Director of Delsion, a people and development consultancy that focuses on supporting organizations around learning, development and inclusion. Julian discusses how companies can manage people as individuals, uncover employee's strengths and meet their individual needs. Discover a five step approach to inclusion and learn how to gain traction within an organization.
Sumaria Latif joins the program to discuss the work that Herbal Essenses is doing to creating interactive and accessible packaging design. Sumaria is a Special Consultant for Inclusive Design at Procter & Gamble, and she is helping to identify opportunities where Herbal Essences (and P&G as a whole) can transform products, packaging, and services to touch the lives of more consumers more completely.
Dr. Chris Law, President and owner of Accessibility Track, joins the program to discuss his work helping to lead developments in the field of organization-wide approaches to accessibility. He reveals what he calls the frontier of accessibility- which is getting decision makers to incorporate the needs of persons with disability in their design thinking.
Gagan Chhabra, ABD, joins the program to discuss his own journey of growing up with a vision impairment, and how he was able to step outside of the preconcieved notions of what was possible for his life. He also discusses what the research says about the challenges that youth with disabilities face, even in more technologically advanced countries.
Josh Christianson from from the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology joins the program to discuss the work that the organization is doing to foster collaboration and action around accessible technology in the workplace. Discover how accessible technology benefits people of all abilities and how technology can impact the retention of persons with disabilities in the workplace.
Seth Rosenzweig, CEO of Team Impact, joins the program to discuss the work that they are doing to provide support for children diagnosed with a life-threatening or chronic illness and their families.
Team IMPACT brings together two of Seth's passion areas; improving the quality of life for children battling serious and chronic illness and transforming and empowering a generation of future leaders to positively change the world.
Therapist Nicole Amesbury joins the program to discuss the impact that technology and social media has on our mental health. Discover the pros and cons of technology and what we need need to be mindful of when it comes using technology in a responsible and positive manner.
Catalina Devandas joins the program to discuss her unique role as the first UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. Discover the international perspective on disability inclusion and how disability inclusion work ties into the United Nation's SDG's (Sustainable Development Goals).
Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, Executive Producer of the documentary "End Game" on Netflix, joins the program to discuss the need for additional education and policies changes around end-of-life issues. She discusses why so often, people aren't dying in ways that match their goals and values, and what physicians can do to help patients make informed decisions.
Mike Gifford, Founder and President of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, joins the program to discuss the work he has been doing in the area of web accessibility and the importance of that work. Discover how Mike was able to tackle issues of web accessibility through a powerful software tool and how assistive technology will actually help with machine learning and AI.
Dr. Nassar Siabi joins the program to discuss his journey of empowering persons with disabilities. For his work, he has been awarded an OBE in 2010 for his contribution in helping over 250,000 disabled people transition from education into work and received the lifetime achievement award from the National Diversity Awards in 2015.
Diane Lightfoot, CEO of Business Disability Forum, joins the program to discuss the work that her organization does to empower persons with disabilities. She also discusses the problem of the disability pay gap and the work that is being done to ensure that meaningful employment is available to all.
Christian Perera, Accessibility Consultant, UK Digital Team at McDonald’s Corporation joins the program to discuss his journey from having a spinal cord injury to becoming an accessibility consultant. Christian discusses some of the obstacles that he encountered along the way and how he overcome them.
Mindy Scheier, fashion designer and founder of Runway of Dreams, shares her story. Mindy's son Oliver, was born with Rigid Spine Muscular Dystrophy, causing clothing challenges due to muscle weakness and his inability to dress himself. After spending years in the fashion industry, Mindy decided there was an opportunity to meld her worlds together. Runway of Dreams aims to be the authority on incorporating modifications to mainstream clothing for the differently-abled community, changing the landscape of fashion as being ALL-INCLUSIVE.
Kannan Srinivasan, Director of Human Resources at Flextronics Technologies, discusses the work that they are doing to include persons of all abilities in their workforce. Kannan discusses what has worked best for them, and how they were able to make inclusive hiring a mainstream practice in their organization.
Megan Morrone, Producer & Host at TWiT.tv, discusses women's voices in technology, and the importance of considering multiple perspectives. She also shares the ways in which social media and technology can be used to increase accessibility and be a platform for diverse voices.