This episode features an interview with Kip Henderson, a 2018 VSA Emerging Young Artist, Victoria Dugger, first prize recipient for the 2016 VSA Emerging Young Artist and Betty Siegel, Director of VSA & Accessibility at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Kip and Victoria discuss how their experiences have influenced their work and their vision as artists.
This episode features an interview with MMA Fighter Garrett Holeve and his father Mitch Holeve, as they discuss Garrett's battle to be allowed to compete as an athlete with Down Syndrome. Discover the work they are doing to help people of all abilities to be healthier and more fit.
Brendan Roach, Senior Disability Consultant at Business Disability Forum, joins the program to discuss global disability accessibiliity and how he is working with business and government in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to improve business disability confidence. Discover the need for creating a global framework when it comes to disability inclusion.
In this episode, you'll hear from Minda Dentler, as she shares her inspiring story of becoming the first female wheelchair athlete to complete the Ironman World Championship. Minda shares tips for developing the proper mindset for success, and how to set goals, get past fear and conquer your own "personal Ironman."
Judy Heumann, internationally recognized leader in the disability community, joins the program to discuss her journey of advocating for accessibility for disabled persons and the need to broaden the conversation towards a human rights model that ensures that all people are able to access the help they need to reach their full human potential.
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.