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Welcome to "The Blind Chick," where hosts Penn and Moses Street navigate the world of vision loss with humor, heart, and resilience. Penn, who began her journey into vision loss at the age of nine, is joined weekly by amazing members of the blind community sharing stories of hope, love, and triumph. Conversations range from informative insights to tales of denial and grief, forming a supportive community. Join us to discover that life doesn't end with vision loss; it's an opportunity to thrive. Subscribe now for a podcast that goes beyond challenges to showcase the vibrant and resilient lives led by "The Blind Chick" community. It's time to embrace life, laugh, and learn that there is indeed life "AFTER sight."

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Welcome to "The Blind Chick," where hosts Penn and Moses Street navigate the world of vision loss with humor, heart, and resilience. Penn, who began her journey into vision loss at the age of nine, is joined weekly by amazing members of the blind community sharing stories of hope, love, and triumph. Conversations range from informative insights to tales of denial and grief, forming a supportive community. Join us to discover that life doesn't end with vision loss; it's an opportunity to thrive. Subscribe now for a podcast that goes beyond challenges to showcase the vibrant and resilient lives led by "The Blind Chick" community. It's time to embrace life, laugh, and learn that there is indeed life "AFTER sight."

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English

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Episodes

From Capitol Hill to Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

4/11/2024
Summary In this episode, Jocelyn Hunter, Senior Director of Communications at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, shares her experiences and insights. She discusses the top three things to experience in Washington, DC, including the US Capitol Tour, the Portrait Gallery, and a baseball game. Jocelyn also talks about her journey of gaining confidence and independence after being diagnosed with a rare eye condition. She shares her work experience on Capitol Hill and her career growth at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind. Jocelyn emphasizes the organization's mission of creating independence for the blind and visually impaired and highlights the services they offer. Chapters 00:00 Introduction and Welcome 03:19 Top Three Things to Experience in Washington, DC 06:09 Gaining Confidence and Independence 08:04 Working on Capitol Hill 13:03 Career Growth at Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind 22:29 Creating Independence for the Blind and Visually Impaired 23:31 Services Offered by Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind 26:43 Closing Remarks Thank you for listening to this episode of The blind Chick. We know you have questions, so let us know what they are. Call us at (720) 712-8856 or email us at feedback@aftersight.org. Have a great week.

Duration:00:26:31

Belief Beyond Sight: Kayla Jenkins

4/4/2024
Walking by Faith, Not Sight: Kayla Jenkins' Inspiring Journey on The Blind Chick Podcast In this episode of 'The Blind Chick,' hosts Moses and Penn Street bring to the fore stories of resilience and the triumphs over life's hurdles, particularly focusing on living with vision impairment. The narrative unfolds with Moses and Penn encouraging audience engagement through feedback and announces the addition of a new podcast, 'Game Changers,' about adaptive sports. The highlight of the episode is an inspiring conversation with guest Kayla Jenkins, a young woman who, despite an aggressive form of glaucoma that led to significant vision loss, earned her law degree and is pursuing seminary studies. Jenkins, the youngest of twelve siblings, shares her journey from aspiring lawyer to founding Blind Faith Ministries, a platform rooted in faith and resilience against adversity. Throughout, the hosts and Jenkins touch upon the importance of self-advocacy, the distinction between sight and vision, and the role of faith in navigating life's challenges. The episode not only sheds light on Kayla's personal journey and aspirations but also discusses broader themes of adaptation, support, and the impact of loss on life's path. Chapters 00:00 Welcome to The Blind Chick Podcast! 00:45 Engaging with Our Audience: Feedback and Announcements 01:32 Introducing Game Changers: A New Podcast on Adaptive Sports 02:00 Don't Miss the Audio Trekker Hike Event! 03:11 Meet Kayla Jenkins: Law Graduate and Seminary Student 05:02 Kayla's Love for Vintage Fashion and Overcoming Vision Challenges 07:13 Finding Personal Style with Vision Loss 08:36 Kayla's Family Background and Hereditary Glaucoma 10:04 Kayla's Journey to Becoming a Lawyer 11:42 Facing Vision Loss During Law School 14:55 The Birth of Blind Faith Ministries 20:16 Kayla's Vision for Blind Faith Ministries and Being a Light for Others 24:58 Final Thoughts and Gratitude Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you would like to make a comment or suggest a guest or have questions for Penn or Moses, please call us at 720-712-8856 or email us at feedback@aftersight.org. Have a great week.

Duration:00:27:07

All the Light We Cannot See: Joe Strechay

3/28/2024
Summary In this episode, Penn and Moses are joined again by Joe Strechay, a blind filmmaker and advocate for disability representation in the film industry. Joe shares his experience working on the film 'All the Light We Cannot See' and the challenges of casting actors with low-vision. He discusses the importance of realistic representation and the impact it can have on changing societal perceptions of blindness. Joe also talks about his journey in the film industry and his future projects. He emphasizes the need for more opportunities for blind and low-vision individuals in the industry and the power of storytelling to create positive change. Takeaways Realistic representation of blindness in film and television can help change societal perceptions of blindness. Casting actors with visual impairments can bring authenticity and depth to characters with disabilities. There is a need for more opportunities for disabled individuals in the film industry, both in front of and behind the camera. Storytelling has the power to challenge stereotypes and create positive change. Chapters 00:00 Introduction 01:10 Guest Introduction 03:32 Casting Process 04:27 Challenges in Casting 05:48 Impact of Blindness Representation 06:47 Meeting Aria 07:44 Bringing the Book to Life 08:34 Creating Realistic Blindness 09:30 Sound Design and Immersion 10:56 Attention to Detail 11:55 Joe's Journey in the Film Industry 13:45 Future Projects 14:44 Impact of Joe's Work 16:37 Joe's Background and Passion for Film 19:33 Transition to Writing and Consulting 20:25 Representation in the Industry 21:51 Breaking Barriers 23:46 Upcoming Projects 25:41 Consulting Work and The Dot Experience 26:33 Conclusion Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you have any questions, please call us at 720-712-8856 or you can email us at feedback@aftersight.org. Thanks for listening.

Duration:00:27:20

In Darkness We See: Joe Strechay Unleashed

3/21/2024
Empowerment and Inclusion: A Conversation with Joe Stretchay on 'The Blind Chick' Podcast This episode of 'The Blind Chick,' an Aftersight original podcast, features hosts Moses and Penn Street engaging in a heartfelt conversation with Joe Stretchay, a renowned figure in the film industry known for his work on advocating for the inclusion of blind and low-vision actors. The discussion covers a range of topics, including overcoming adversity, the significance of representation in media, and the impact of Stretchay's work on challenging ableism in the film industry. Stretchay shares insights from his involvement in major productions like 'See,' 'Daredevil,' and 'The OA,' emphasizing the importance of authentic representation and innovative techniques that cater to blind and low-vision individuals. The episode not only celebrates the achievements and contributions of Joe Stretchay but also underscores the broader themes of strength, resilience, and the transformative power of representation in media. 00:00 Welcome to The Blind Chick Podcast! 00:33 Listener Feedback and Contact Info 01:15 Celebrating Birthdays and Special Guests 01:32 Joe Stretchay: A Visionary in the Film Industry 03:57 Exploring Ableism in Entertainment 05:09 The Art of Touch Language in 'See' 08:12 Behind the Scenes: Creating a World for the Blind 16:50 The Impact of Authentic Representation in Film 17:33 Universal Design and Accessibility in Set Design 26:57 Concluding Thoughts and Birthday Wishes Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you would like to have your question answered by Penn and Moses, please give us a call at 720-712-8856 or if you would rather email us you can do so at feedback@aftersight.org

Duration:00:27:54

Shine Music Festival

3/14/2024
Creating Inclusive Music Festivals: The Story of Shine Music Festival This episode of 'The Blind Chick' podcast features a conversation with Shawn Satterfield, a pioneer in making music festivals inclusive for people with disabilities. Shawn shares her journey of recognizing her purpose after a revealing experience at a concert, and how it led to the creation of the Shine Music Festival. The festival is designed to be universally accessible, not just in terms of physical accessibility but also in representing a diverse set of performers on stage. The hosts and Shawn discuss the importance of inclusivity beyond just the ADA section at concerts, highlighting the festival's approach to accommodating neurodiverse individuals and ensuring all attendees can enjoy the festival equally. The discussion also touches on the impact of such inclusive festivals on both the disability community and the broader audience, fostering a more understanding and inclusive society. Additionally, Shawn mentions future plans for expanding the festival and the need for sponsorship and support to continue making inclusivity at music festivals the norm. 00:00 Welcome to The Blind Chick Podcast! 00:48 Easter Memories and the Joy of Childhood 01:39 Introducing Shawn Satterfield: A Pioneer for Inclusion 02:09 The Birth of a Purpose: From ADA Sections to Inclusive Festivals 06:12 Expanding the Vision: Beyond Accessibility to Universal Design 12:35 The Impact of Inclusion: Changing Perceptions and Building Community 16:39 Looking Ahead: The Future of Shine Music Festival and Inclusive Events 23:10 How You Can Support Shine Music Festival 26:12 Closing Thoughts and How to Get Involved Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at feedback@aftersight.org or call us at (720) 712-8856. Thank you for joining us this week.

Duration:00:27:18

Blindly Globe-Trotting: Tales of Travel and Adaptability

3/7/2024
Navigating Life and Vision Loss with Lea Gaffen-Kessel In this episode of 'The Blind Chick,' hosts Penn and Moses welcome clinical social worker and licensed therapist Lea Gaffen-Kessel. Lea shares her personal journey with vision loss, her professional work in mental health, and her love for travel despite the challenges her condition presents. Lea discusses the process of seeking accommodations for her condition in the workplace and highlights the importance of support groups and accessible travel opportunities. Throughout the conversation, the hosts explore Leah's path to becoming a therapist, inspired by her own mental health journey, and the resources available for those experiencing vision loss. Guest stories and inquiries about accessible travel and mental health in the context of vision loss are central to this engaging discussion. Chapters 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:25 Meet the Hosts: Moses and Penn 00:47 Introducing Guest: Lea Gaffen-Kessel 01:36 Getting to Know Leah: Personal Interests and Travels 05:45 Lea's Journey with Vision Loss 13:23 Lea's Adventures in Accessible Travel 19:29 Lea's Career as a Clinical Social Worker 22:59 Lea's Support Group for Vision Loss 26:18 Conclusion and Contact Information Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you have any questions, please reach out to us at feedback@aftersight.org or call us on our voice mail line at (720) 712-8856. Have a great day and we'll see you next week.

Duration:00:27:36

Professor Blindie's Guide to Seeing the Funny Side of Blindness

2/29/2024
Resilience and Rediscovery: Ariana Dewberry's Journey from Sight to Insight This episode of The Blind Chick podcast features host duo Moses and Penn Street engaging in conversation with guest Ariana Dewberry, also known as Professor Blindie. Ariana shares her profound journey of sudden vision loss in 2018 due to pseudotumor cerebri, leading to legal blindness. Despite the setbacks, including misdiagnosis and significant mobility loss, Ariana emphasizes resilience, the transition to learning new skills such as Braille and cane navigation, and her motivation to start her business, Blind Intelligence. The discussion also covers the impact of the loss of Ariana's son and how she channels her grief into positive actions, including initiating a scholarship in his name. Her story underlines the theme of overcoming adversity and using personal experiences to inspire and assist others in the community. 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:25 The Hosts' Banter and Introduction to the Episode 02:01 Introducing the Guest: Arianna Dewberry 02:43 Ariana's Childhood Hero and the Origin of 'Professor Blindie' 04:11 Ariana's Sudden Vision Loss Journey 06:01 The Struggles and Challenges of Losing Vision 10:42 Ariana's Rehabilitation and Learning New Skills 15:59 Starting Blind Intelligence and Overcoming Personal Loss 21:30 Ariana's Takeaway and How to Connect with Her 24:56 Closing Remarks and Shout-outs Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please feel free to email us at feedback@aftersight.org or give us a call on our voicemail line at 720-712-8856.

Duration:00:27:15

Embracing Adaptive Sports and Changing Paths

2/22/2024
The Blind Chick Podcast: Conversation with Emily Shavers In this episode of The Blind Chick, hosts converse with Emilee Schevers who talks about her experiences as a visually impaired individual. Emily discusses her engagement with goalball, an adaptive sport for visually impaired individuals, and her passion for advocacy and inclusivity in the Miss Personality Eastern Canada pageant. Additionally, she shares her experiences working in a camp that accommodates visually impaired individuals. Emilee emphasizes the impact of trying new things and boosts confidence in individuals facing similar situations. 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:58 A Glimpse into the Hosts' Lives and Their New Year Resolutions 01:25 Guest Introduction: Emily Shavers, the Goalball Enthusiast 02:57 Getting to Know Emily: Her Heroes, Theme Song, and Vision Loss 04:49 Unique Experience with Color Vision 10:15 Journey into Goalball 12:55 Experience in Pageantry and the Birth of Personality Pageant 17:38 Love for Camp and Her Role as a Camp Coordinator 20:10 Takeaway Message and Final Thoughts 22:04 Advocacy Work and Her Social Media Platform, Tru Faces Thank you for listening to this episode of the blind chick. We hope you have an amazing week if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please leave us a message at feedback@aftersight.org or give us a call if you have a question for one of our hosts at 720-712-8856.

Duration:00:27:13

Love and Self-Care: Nefertiti Matos-Olivares' Path to Happiness

2/15/2024
Overcoming Life’s Challenges: The Blind Chick Podcast ft. Nefertiti Matos-Olivares In this episode of The Blind Chick podcast, the hosts Penn and Moses Street have an enlightening and emotional conversation with Nefertiti Matos-Olivares. Nefertiti, a successful blind woman, shares her journey of dealing with blindness, the struggles she encountered while writing audio descriptions as a blind person, and how coping with the end of a long-term relationship while undergoing a major double transplant surgery. Nefertiti emphasizes the importance of believing in oneself, finding joy within yourself, self-care, therapy, and various physical activities to help maintain mental and physical health. She also shares how she employs rest as a radical, rejuvenating act. The conversation ends with information on how listeners can connect with her and join her in her quest to uplift and represent the visually impaired community. If you would like to follow along with a transcription of this episode, click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/fx9vqlW2gak 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:36 Valentine's Day Reflections 01:37 Interview with Nefertiti: Part 1 02:13 The Struggles and Triumphs of Being a Blind Professional 02:37 Nefertiti's Personal Journey and Challenges 04:35 The Importance of Self-Care and Mental Health 14:56 Nefertiti's Experience with Heartbreak and Disappointment 17:49 Finding Strength and Resilience in Difficult Times 21:57 How to Connect with Nefertiti and Learn More 23:42 Closing Remarks and Future Episodes Thank you for listening to this episode of the blind chick. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email us at feedback@aftersight.org or give us a phone call at 720-712-8856. Thanks for listening and have a great week.

Duration:00:25:10

The Power of Descriptive Narration: Nefertiti's Journey

2/8/2024
The Journey of Nefertiti Matos-Olivares: Audio Description Pioneer In this enlightening episode of 'The Blind Chick' podcast, we have a discussion with Nefertiti Matos-Olivares, a professional audio describer and a prominent figure in creating accessible experiences. Nefertiti shares her personal journey from being a library worker to her role in Descriptive Video Works and her active involvement in the Social Audio Description collective. She also shares her struggles and the road to achieving her current status in a world not designed for her. This episode highlights the evolution of accessible experience in cinema with audio description and the impact it has on the visually impaired community. The second part of the discussion is scheduled for next week, where we touch on self-care and self-love. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this podcast, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/7ixlxxTYV4g 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:38 Movie Reviews: The Beekeeper and American Fiction 00:58 The Importance of Audio Description in Movies 01:52 Guest Introduction: Nefertiti Matos-Olivares 03:30 Nefertiti's Journey into Audio Description 04:57 Challenges and Triumphs in Nefertiti's Career 10:23 The Impact of Audio Description on the Blind Community 16:41 Nefertiti's Work with Sundance and the Social Audio Description Collective 23:10 Overcoming Barriers and Embracing Change 26:37 Conclusion and Teaser for the Next Episode Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you like this episode, please like subscribe and send us your feedback. We need to push this show to the top of the charts, so more people can be inspired by the stories of the community. You can reach us through email at feedback@aftersight.org or calling our voicemail line at (720) 712-8856.

Duration:00:27:34

From Darkness to Empowerment

2/1/2024
From Darkness to Empowerment This podcast episode continues an engaging and enlightening interview with Charlie Kramer, a disability life coach and public speaker. Charlie discusses his unique approach to coaching, his experiences with client transformations, and his insights into redefining disability. He also highlights the importance of owning one's disability, and the need for creating a new sense of 'normalcy' around disabilities in our society. This episode touches on the struggle of living with disabilities, the power of changing one's personal perspective, and the impact of personal growth on societal perceptions. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this show, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/O40HNEa1izc 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:45 Diving into Part Two with Charlie Kramer 01:37 The Importance of Life Coaches 03:22 When to Seek a Life Coach 05:35 Embracing Disability and Changing Belief Systems 07:18 The Power of Acceptance and Self-Perception 09:16 Redefining Disability and Embracing All Aspects of Self 21:26 The Impact of Language and Self-Identification 25:51 Final Thoughts and Takeaways Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. We hope you enjoy this episode. If you have any questions for any of our house, please email us at feedback after site.org or call us at 720-712-8856. We hope you have a wonderful week.

Duration:00:27:41

Living a Kick-Ass Life with a Disability

1/25/2024
The Blind Chick Podcast: Exploring Strength, Overcoming Hurdles, and Embracing an Adventurous Lifestyle Would you like to give somebody a shout-out because they've done something awesome or have achieved a personal goal, or it's a holiday that you want to send them a special message? You can now purchase shout-outs at aftersight.org/shoutout. Receive 50% off by using the code LOVE at check out. When you purchase a shout-out, we will read it on one of our shows for the whole world to hear. Join us for an insightful episode of The Blind Chick, an Aftersight original podcast. Listen to inspiring stories of strength, overcoming hurdles, and embracing life's adventures despite visual impairment. A week prior we introduced a new feature, 'Shout-out', allowing listeners to share their experiences, and we're thrilled to have received our first response from a listener, who shared her empowering journey of increased self-awareness and independence. In this episode, we have an incredible guest on board - Charlie Kramer - a renowned disability life coach who empowers people with disabilities to lead fulfilling lives. Known for his catchphrase 'live kick-ass lives,' Charlie inspires us all to step into our true selves rather than assimilate. So join us as we discuss Charlie's unique approach, the difference between a life coach and a therapist, and the empowering choice of expressing a full identity. Enjoy listening! If you would like to follow along with the transcript of this show, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/HLX0pYrLzgL 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:39 Engaging with Listeners: Shout Out Segment 01:05 Appreciating Listener's Feedback: Michelle's Story 02:20 Introducing the Guest: Charlie Kramer 03:07 Getting to Know Charlie: Personal Background 05:55 Charlie's Travel Recommendations 08:14 Charlie's Journey with Retinitis Pigmentosa 10:50 Charlie's Approach to Living with Vision Loss 18:50 Charlie's Unique Approach as a Life Coach 23:58 Connecting with Charlie: Social Media and More 25:34 Wrapping Up and Looking Forward to Part Two If you enjoyed this show, we would love to hear from you! You can reach us at feedback at after sight.org or call us on our voicemail line at 720-712-8856 as always thank you for listening to The Blind Chick.

Duration:00:26:46

Lights, Camera, Self-Esteem: Unveiling the Truth Behind Photographs

1/18/2024
Overcoming Self Esteem Challenges & Story Time with The Blind Chick Tune in for an uplifting and insightful episode of 'The Blind Chick' where Penn Street, the blind chick, and her husband Moses Street share their personal experiences in boosting self-esteem through the power of perception. They share how they survived a severe winter with improvised warmth and a lot of humor. Penn discusses her fondness for sunglasses and the empowering effect they have on her self-image. Tune in as they dive deep into the impact of appearance in media and social media. They explain how emotions play a crucial role in photography and discuss some practical tips to feel more confident in front of the camera. The show concludes with both emphasizing the importance of embracing uniqueness and practicing kindness. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this show, please click on the link below. 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:54 Surviving the Polar Vortex: A Personal Experience 02:32 High School Memories and Mean Girls 04:45 The Impact of Media on Self Esteem 05:41 The Secret to Being Photographed 07:16 Photography Tips and Tricks 23:25 Embracing Your Differences in Photos 25:10 Final Thoughts and Wrap Up Well if you enjoyed this show then I know you're going to love next week. If you have any questions of the hosts of The Blind Chick, then shoot them an email at feedback@aftersight.org or give them a call at (720) 712-8856. Don't forget to give a shoutout to your loved one, or just anyone who may need a little pick-me-up. Just head to www.aftersight.org/shoutout and type in the promo code LOVE for 50% off your purchase. We'll see you next time.

Duration:00:27:58

S3E2: From Victim to Victor: The Story of Safety Positive

1/11/2024
The Blind Chick Podcast: Discussing Self-Advocacy and Safety for the Visually Impaired with Amy Wilson In this enlightening episode of The Blind Chick Podcast, hosts Penn and Moses dive deep into the world of self-advocacy and safety for the blind with Amy Wilson, founder of the Safety Positive Foundation. Discussing troubling statistics around abuse of the blind, Amy sheds light on her foundation's mission to educate people, ultimately improving personal safety of the visually impaired community. From offering self-advocacy training to partnering with law enforcement and healthcare, Amy's dedication is truly inspiring, creating lasting change in the community. Tune in for an eye-opening discussion about empowerment, resilience, and safety in the blind community. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this show, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/4WKVEDAJeF8 00:00 Introduction to The Blind Chick Podcast 00:28 Hosts' Personal Stories and Insights 01:39 Guest Introduction: Amy Wilson 02:05 Getting to Know Amy Wilson 03:46 Amy's Journey: From Vision Loss to Empowerment 07:34 Amy's Involvement with OneTouch Project 08:46 The Dark Side of OneTouch Project 13:23 The Importance of Verbal Craft Training 20:14 Pepper Spray Training for the Blind 23:03 Future Plans for Safety Positive Foundation 25:38 How to Connect with Amy and Safety Positive Foundation 27:09 Closing Remarks and Contact Information Thank you for listening to this episode of the blind check to find out more information about Amy Wilson and the Safety Positive Foundation, please visit safetypositivefdn.org. If you would like to reach us, email us at feedback@aftersight.org or through our phone line 720-712-8856. Have a great week.

Duration:00:27:52

Paving The Way With Jo

1/4/2024
The Blind Chick Podcast: An Insightful Conversation with Author Joe Pinto In this episode of The Blind Chick podcast, hosts Penn and Moses Street delve into an enriching discussion with pioneering blind author, Jo Elizabeth Pinto. Amidst New Year resolutions banter, the conversation unravels Pinto's life journey, beginning with her groundbreaking entrance into mainstream education in the 1970s. She recalls the daunting challenges faced by blind children at school, ingeniously highlighting the intersectionality of disability prejudice and sexism. The discussion fortuitously segues into the importance of inspiring characters in her books who are not defined by their disabilities. The hosts also highlight Joe's mentoring efforts in supporting others to adapt to their new condition of blindness. Lastly, the episode underscores the need to challenge societal norms and follow individual passions, as Jo culminates with powerful advice drawn from her life experiences. The discussion from this thought-provoking episode urges listeners to see past physical disabilities and acknowledge the capabilities each one possesses. If you would like a transcript of this podcast, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/1YQVDKq17Pg 00:00 Introduction and Hosts' New Year Resolutions 01:03 Exciting Guest Introduction 01:45 Journey to the Podcast 02:36 Experience as a Pioneer in Mainstream Schooling 06:31 Challenges of Unemployment Among the Blind 11:07 Writing Journey and Books 14:15 Experience as a Blind Parent 21:59 Jo's Mentoring Experiences 24:37 Conclusion and Contact Information Thank you for listening to this episode of The Blind Chick. If you have any comments or questions, you can get a hold of us in two ways feedback@aftersight.org (720) 712-8856

Duration:00:27:35

Goodbye Aftersight, Hello Blind Chick

12/28/2023
Aftersight: Year-end Wrap Up In this final episode of Aftersight for 2023, host Penn Street reflects on the year's milestones and memorable highlights. From connecting with Olympic athletes and artists to discussing innovative technology with entrepreneurs, Aftersight has touched various aspects of life. It also played an important role in preserving braille for future generations and providing comfort through a memorial episode dedicated to a dear friend. This episode is beautifully wrapped up by an inspiring message from Jonathan and a ‘mashup of voices’ that have left their impact throughout the year. As Aftersight transitions into 'The Blind Chick', Penn sends out a warm and hopeful message to all her listeners as we step into 2024. A transcript of this episode can be found here: https://share.descript.com/view/kM1FpkGsdMk 00:03 Introduction and Welcome 00:22 Transition to New Year and New Name 00:42 Year in Review: Highlights and Milestones 02:53 Guest Interview: Mike May 07:04 Guest Interview: Chad Allen 12:13 Guest Interview: Ginny Owens 18:58 Guest Interview: Kelvin Crosby 22:58 Guest Interview: Ricky McKinney 24:36 Closing Remarks and Looking Forward We are so excited to have Moses Street joining the Blind Chick show. If you have questions for Penn and Moses, please reach out at feedback@aincolorado.org or call us at (720) 712-8856

Duration:00:24:20

From Singin' and Dancin' to Journalism

12/21/2023
Aftersight with Bridget Kuenning-Pollpeter In this episode of 'Aftersight', host Penn Street engages with esteemed guest Bridget Kuenning-Pollpeter. Bridget is a journalist, mom, and performer who fought adversity from birth. She shares her experiences with diabetes, vision loss, and an eating disorder, using her story to inspire and change lives. Bridget later pursued a career as a creative nonfiction writer and journalist, circling back to her love for creativity. She discusses her favorite works and how she navigates the freelance writing world. Topping it off with talks about identity and body image and the importance of kindness, this episode emanates an aura of resilience and positivity. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this episode, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/O9nNMo7U2WF 00:03 Introduction and Welcome 00:25 Meet the Guest: Bridget 01:50 Getting to Know Bridget: Ice Breaking Questions 04:28 Bridget's Struggles with Health and Eating Disorders 05:17 The Impact of Body Image and Eating Disorders 11:08 Bridget's Journey in Performing Arts 14:52 Transition to Writing and Journalism 22:10 Bridget's Favorite Pieces and How to Follow Her Work 27:04 Closing Remarks and Holiday Wishes We hope you enjoyed this episode of Aftersight. Thank you for joining us. If you would like to reach any of the hosts or ask a question, please reach us at feedback@aimcolorado.org or call us on our voicemail line at (720) 712-8856.

Duration:00:27:53

Penn Gets A Co-host!

12/14/2023
Aftersight Episode: Introducing A New Co-Host and Exciting Future Plans In this episode of Aftersight, Penn Street, the host, introduces her husband Moses Street as the new co-host for her podcast. She explains that the show's name will soon change to 'The Blind Chick', a reference to her own experiences as a low-vision individual and her willingness to see change. Penn dives into the history of how she came up with the new name for the show and the need for a co-host. Furthermore, she shares about the fun and challenges of hosting a podcast by oneself. Several notable guests and past interviews are mentioned, which includes celebrities like Diane Schuur and Chloe Duplessis. Excitingly, Penn reveals that Aftersight is now in the top 25% of USA podcasts, and she looks forward to what's to come in 2024. If you would like to follow along with a copy of this podcast, click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/SVyhJ1A48K1 00:03 Introduction and Welcome 00:25 Introducing the New Co-Host 01:33 The Story Behind 'The Blind Chick' 02:12 The Journey 04:17 The Impact 07:11 The Evolution 07:46 Controversy and Acceptance 08:49 The Need for a Co-Host 10:14 The Dynamic Duo: Penn and Moses 12:26 Favorite Episodes and Future Guests 20:38 Celebrating Success and Looking Forward 24:58 Closing Remarks and Gratitude Thank you for listening to this episode of Aftersight. If you would like to ask Penn and Moses a question, you can do so using the following links: Feedback@aincolorado.org (720)712-8856

Duration:00:26:51

Jeff Hanson: An 'Extra'ordinary Life Part 2

12/7/2023
Celebrating Jeff Hanson's Legacy, Part 2 In this episode of 'Aftersight', host Penn Street welcomes back Julie and Hal Hanson, parents of Jeff Hanson, a remarkable artist who passed away three years ago. They share more about Jeff's unique style, how he adapted to low vision, and his deep passion for raising donations for charity through his art. They also discuss Jeff's ambitious goal of raising $10 million for charity, which has so far reached the $8 million mark. The episode ends with an introduction to the upcoming 'Growing Kindness' sculpture project, inspired by Jeff's beloved poppy artwork. If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this recording, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/9xa9pmmLIgB 00:03 Introduction and Welcome 00:21 Remembering Jeff Hanson: A Remarkable Artist 01:37 Jeff's Unique Artistic Techniques 05:26 Jeff's Love for Poppies and Their Influence on His Art 07:15 Jeff's Vision and Its Impact on His Art 10:19 Jeff's Philanthropic Journey and Goals 12:30 The Growing Kindness Sculpture: A Tribute to Jeff's Legacy 19:08 Jeff's Love for Fine Things and His Unfulfilled Dreams 23:09 Jeff's Theme Song and His Parents' Reflections 25:03 How to Learn More About Jeff and Support His Legacy 26:47 Conclusion: A Tribute to Jeff's Impact Thank you for listening to this episode of Aftersight soon to be named "The Blind Chick". If you have a question for Penn or would like to reach one of our other guests, please email us or call us on our voice mail line listed below. Have a wonderful week and we'll see you next time. feedback@aincolorado.org (720) 712-8856

Duration:00:27:55

Jeff Hanson an 'Extra'ordinary Life - Part 1

11/30/2023
Aftersight: A Tribute to an Extraordinary Life - Part 1 This episode of Aftersight features the parents of Jeff Hanson, a young, award-winning artist who excelled despite suffering from severe vision loss due to neurofibromatosis. Jeff's work, combining unusual colors and heavy, tactile textures, raised over a million dollars for charities nationwide by the time he turned 20. He also had a memorable friendship with Sir Elton John, initiated through a Make-A-Wish experience. The episode encourages listeners to visit Jeff's website, jeffhansonart.com. Learn more about his inspiring life and art. 00:00 Introduction and Welcome 00:25 Introducing the Special Guests 01:08 The Story of Jeff Hanson: Early Life and Challenges 02:22 Jeff's Parents Share Their Grieving Process 04:01 Jeff's Artistic Journey Begins 05:32 The Evolution of Jeff's Art 13:52 Jeff's Art Becomes a Business 22:08 Jeff's Make-a-Wish Experience 26:41 How to Learn More About Jeff's Legacy 27:14 Conclusion and Farewell If you would like to follow along with a transcript of this show, please click on the link below. https://share.descript.com/view/rwCVQ5Xhkgx If you have a question for any of our AINC original hosts, please email us at feedback@aincolorado.org or call our voicemail line at (720) 712-8856.

Duration:00:28:30