Sarah Stites, author, and communications specialist joins the program to discuss the Emili Aregak Center and the work they do to promote the inclusion and flourishing of youth with disabilities and their families in Gyumri through therapy, socialization, training, and labor market integration. Sarah also discusses the Aregak Bakery & Cafe, Armenia's first cafe to intentionally employ young adults with disabilities and their moms.
Robert Scoble, blogger, technical evangelist, and author, joins the program to discuss technology trends and how tech will shape our lives in the future. Discover how emerging technologies can be used to assist with memory issues, as well as mental illness, as well as some of the challenges that future technologies will bring.
Rory Cooper, PhD, founder, and senior researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Labs (HERL) and a world-renowned expert in wheeled mobility and the pioneer in wheelchair selection and configuration, joins the program. Dr. Cooper discusses that efforts that are underway to increase the independence of people with spinal cord injury or disease (SCI/D) and equipping them with the skills necessary to operate new technology.
In this episode, Debra is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss what companies and organizations need to consider as more of their employees are working remotely. Debra shares what she's learned as a business owner and someone who has been on the forefront of using technology for good.
This episode features an interview with Dr. Christopher Lee, Managing Director at the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and Sam Evans, Certification Manager at IAAP, as they discuss the history of their organization and the work that they do to define, promote and improve the accessibility profession. Discover some of the certifications that are available through the IAAP and the benefits of those certifications.
Len Harac, publisher of Exceptional Parent Magazine, joins the program to discuss his publication, which provides practical advice, emotional support, and the most up-to-date educational information for families of children and adults with disabilities and special healthcare needs. Len discusses why they decided to make the magazine available in a digital format only, and the mission of the magazine.
Psychologist, author and coach Dr. Patti Ashley returns to the program, along with her daughter Elizabeth Herman, who is a school psychologist and parent coach, as they discuss some of the challenges that parents have faced with sending their children back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also discuss the struggle that mothers have about not feeling "good enough" and the need for parents to have self-compassion.
In this special episode of Human Potential at Work, Debra Ruh is joined by LaMondre Pough, Chief Sustainability Officer at Ruh Global Impact as they discuss the topic of discrimination. Discover the impact of discrimination both on individuals and on society as a whole, as well as the various forms of discrimination. LaMondre also shares his thoughts about the evolution that is happening as there is an increasing awareness of discrimination, and what needs to happen to create lasting change.
Tim Sutton, veteran law enforcement officer, disability advocate and trainer, and founder of A Better Understanding, joins the program to discuss his experience working with individuals with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Tim shares some of the current laws regarding silver alerts, and safety tips for persons with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and their caregivers.
Gavin Neate, founder and CEO of Neatebox, joins the program to share his journey of how he came to found his company, and shares his vision for being part of a movement that encourages a more inclusive society. Discover how Neatebox provides smart solutions that help persons with disabilities with both communications and mobility.
Vernon Sankey and Katey Lockwood join the program to discuss powerful concepts that can help you find peace even in midst of challenging times. Discover how to live a more fulfilled and enlightened life, and how to let go of thoughts and ideas that keep you from fully enjoying the present moment.
Actor and producer Andy Arias joins the program to share his amazing journey, which includes being born prematurely and weighing less than a pound at birth. Andy reveals how growing up in foster care with a disability shaped the person that he is today, and how he overcame challenges in his life. Discover the importance of humor and creativity for being resilient, as well as how hope can help us move forward.
Kristine Biagiotti-Bridges joins the program to discuss how being a working mom and raising a daughter with a disability has impacted her work life. She also reveals how Dell is supporting the parents of persons with disabilities and their allies.
In this episode, Debra Ruh, CEO of Ruh Global Impact, is joined by her producer, Doug Foresta, as they discuss the need to be kind to ourselves and others, especially during an election year and the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover how we can appreciate and tolerate differences, even if we don't always agree with each other.
Dr. Patti Ashley joins the program to discuss how she became involved in exploring grief and the healing process, including losing her father to a sudden heart attack when she was eleven years old. Discover the stages of grief, and how to navigate sadness. Dr. Ashley also debunks some common misconceptions that people have about grief, and the importance of giving yourself time and space to grieve.
Greg Hammer, MD, Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, joins the program to discuss his new book "GAIN Without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals" and offers a path towards personal resilience. Discover the 4 step process towards happiness and increased resilience.
James Partridge, Founder/Director of Face Equality International and Founder and Chief Executive of Changing Faces, a British charity supporting and representing children, young people, and adults who have disfigurements to the face, hands, or body, joins the program. James discusses his own story of having 40% burns to his face, upper body, arms, and hands in a car accident at the age of 18. He also discusses the work that his organization does to change public opinion and combat discrimination, and to help support those with a visual difference.
Karen Peltz Strauss, former Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) deputy bureau chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, joins the program to share her journey of advocating for the full implementation of the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, and the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution program. Discover how the FCC's Disability Rights Office provides expert advice and assistance to other Commission bureaus and offices, consumers, industry and others on issues relevant to persons with disabilities.
Don Watson, Vice President Global Workplace and Enterprise Services at Merck and Nora Vele, Executive Director of Compliance and Diversity & Inclusion for Merck, join the program to discuss the work that Merck is doing to incorporate business disability inclusion on a global basis. They also share their thoughts about Merck being named Employer of the Year by Disability:IN.
Darryl Adams, Assistive Technology Program Manager at Intel, joins the program to discuss how he connects his passion for assistive technology innovation with Intel’s disability inclusion efforts to help others reach their full potential, regardless of ability.
Lily Bond, Senior Director of Marketing at 3Play Media, joins the program to discuss how her company uses a three-step captioning and transcription process that leverages technology and human editing to provide a uniquely high-quality, cost-effective captioning solution. Discover the importance of quality captioning, both from an accessibility and marketing perspective.
James Sinclair, Chief Executive at EnterpriseAlumni, joins the program to discuss how companies and organizations can expand their talent pool through hiring alumni talent.
EnterpriseAlumni is the market-leading Alumni & Retiree Management Platform for the large enterprise enabling rapid acceleration of recruiting and sales programs. Powering the Alumni networks of the world's largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies EnterpriseAlumni enables them to create engaging and vibrant Alumni communities.
Dr. Johannes Drooghaag joins the program to discuss the connection between accessibility and cybersecurity and what we need to think about when designing technology.
Amena EL-Saie, CEO & Co-founder at Helm Consulting in Egypt, shares her story of how she came to co-found Helm, and why it was important to her that the organization be self-sustainable vs. a charity or nonprofit. Discover the reforms that need to happen when it comes to inclusion, and how Helm is partnering with multinational corporations.