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53 minutes | Jun 12, 2021
Innovative Eyecare Treatments
In this special one-hour episode we learn about exciting innovations in eyecare and vision health. We hear from experts, a parent advocate, and a representative of Fighting Blindness Canada.
24 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Lynne Jackson is a professor in the Department of Psychology at King's University College at Western University. She shares the results of a recent experiment, which looks at the impact of environmental accessibility on perceptions of the competence of People with Disabilities. This is the June 6, 2021 episode.
25 minutes | Jun 5, 2021
Reflecting on the Helping Professions
People with Disabilities routinely come in contact with social workers, speech therapists, physiotherapists and others. Occupational therapist Madeline Burghardt and social worker Anne Fudge Schormans reflect on their careers and research and make an argument for a disability-inclusive practice in the helping professions. This is the June 5, 2021 episode.
24 minutes | May 30, 2021
Outdoor Adventuring While Blind
Ron Walsh, the Blind Adventurer, makes a case for outdoor activities, physical exercise, and pushing your limits as a person with a disability. Ron shares his personal story and shares his tips for staying active during the pandemic. This is the May 30, 2021 episode.
23 minutes | May 29, 2021
Re-imagining Mental Illness
We speak to public historian and PhD candidate Kira Smith about her research into case files of patients at the Brockville Asylum between 1894 and 1950. Kira talks about the ways in which ideas about mental health are revealed through an examination of patient case files. This is the May 29, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | May 23, 2021
Building Accessible Housing
Kate Chung discusses the Accessible Housing Network and why it was formed. She talks about their campaign to include accessibility in building codes across Canada. This is the May 23, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | May 22, 2021
Income Security During COVID-19
We speak to political scientist Peter Graefe from McMaster University. He discusses the findings of a new survey on the impact of COVID-19 on income supports, work, and financial security. This is the May 22, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | May 16, 2021
Disability and Human Rights in Nova Scotia
We speak to Joseph Fraser, the new CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Fraser discusses his goals for the commission, including addressing ableism, racism, and access to justice. This is the May 15, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | May 15, 2021
Able to Lead: Disablement, Radicalism, and the Political Life of E.T. Kingsley
Ravi Maholtra and Ben Isitt discuss their new book, Able to Lead, a biography of crusading disabled early-20th century politician E.T. Kingsley. We reflect on Kingsley's legacy and the value of a disability perspective on the recounding of history. This is the May 15, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | May 9, 2021
Mainstreaming Disability Art
JS Ryu of the National accessArts Centre discusses their programming and services geared to artists with disabilities as well as Global Affairs Canada’s acquisition and display around the world of the works of 13 artists with disabilities. This is the May 9, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | May 8, 2021
Disability and COVID in Low and Middle-Income Countries
Vera Kubenz of the University of Birmingham discusses her recent study of the experience of COVID-19 for People with Disabilities in low and middle-income countries. This is the May 8, 2021 episode.
27 minutes | May 2, 2021
Using Sound to Make Astronomy Accessible
Tim Spuck from Associated Universities Inc., talks about new software that aids visually impaired and blind astronomers by converting images into soundscapes in real time. This software is one means of making astronomy and other sciences accessible to People with Disabilities. This is the May 2, 2021 episode.
24 minutes | May 1, 2021
Disability and Work
Colin Barnes from the University of Leeds talks about the history and future of disability and work - and the need for an international disabled workers' movement. This is the May 1, 2021 episode
52 minutes | Apr 24, 2021
Eyecare During the Pandemic
In this one-hour special, ophthalmologist Dr. Deepa Yoganathan shares advice and answers common questions about preserving eye health during the pandemic. Also, Liz Tully, a patient with wet AMD, shares her experience receiving eye injections during the pandemic. Finally, Dr. Larissa Moniz from Fighting Blindness Canada talks about some of FBC's resources and programs. This is the April 24, 2021 episode.
27 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Preparing for the Tokyo Paralympic Games
As the Canadian Paralympic Committee prepares to send its delegation to Tokyo in August 2021, Western University’s Laura Misener discusses some of the challenges faced by Canadian Paralympians during the pandemic. She makes the case for parasport as a social movement and a vehicle for change. This is the April 18, 2021 episode.
28 minutes | Apr 17, 2021
Immigrating to Canada with a disability
Toronto Star immigration reporter Nicholas Keung discusses recent changes to Canada’s policy around medical inadmissibility for prospective immigrants with disabilities. Later, Jay Dolmage of the University of Waterloo recounts the history of racism and eugenics underpinning Canada’s immigration system. This is the April 16, 2021 episode.
27 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Discussing Disability with Kids
Kelly Fritsch & Anne McGuire, discuss their new children’s book, “We Move Together”, which is a story for people of all ages that effectively explores disability and difference. This is the April 11, 2021, episode.
27 minutes | Apr 10, 2021
The World’s First Accessible Hotel
Gennifer Freiman of the Disability Opportunity Fund discusses West Virginia’s Schoolhouse Hotel. Opening in 2022, this boutique hotel plans to be fully accessible to People with Disabilities. We discuss the importance of normalizing disability in the travel, tourism, and hospitality industry. This is the April 10, 2021 episode.
26 minutes | Apr 4, 2021
Meeting the Blind Chocolatier
Stuart Hann, the Blind Chocolatier, talks about his journey as a pastry chef after suddenly losing his vision due to a rare eye disease. This is the April 4, 2021 episode.
28 minutes | Apr 3, 2021
Keeping Books Accessible
Laurie Davidson from the Centre for Equitable Library Access (CELA) talks about the importance of books in alternate formats for Canadians who are print-disabled and the threat of government cutbacks. This is the April 3, 2021 episode.
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