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Journey into the Galaxy of Accessibility and Inclusion! A weekly look into the world of accessibility and inclusion with sit down interviews with folks doing game changing work, current events discussions, and much more!

Journey into the Galaxy of Accessibility and Inclusion! A weekly look into the world of accessibility and inclusion with sit down interviews with folks doing game changing work, current events discussions, and much more!
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New York, NY

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Journey into the Galaxy of Accessibility and Inclusion! A weekly look into the world of accessibility and inclusion with sit down interviews with folks doing game changing work, current events discussions, and much more!

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English

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Episodes

Episode Seventeen: Building the Access Community with Betty Siegel

8/14/2018
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This week we come to you live from our pop up studio at the Kennedy Center LEAD Conference in Atlanta, GA. We share our first mini interview from the the pop up studio featuring Renet Jones from the Townsend Center at the Univ. of West Georgia, as well as sit down with the conference founder and access champion, Betty Siegel. Find out why this conference has moved the field forward, the inspiration behind Betty’s many scarves, her short lived pianist career, and much much more! Subscribe and...

Duration:00:30:21

Episode Sixteen: LEAD Conference Preview

8/7/2018
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This week we have mini-episode! It’s a cute, mini, adorable, accessible look at the upcoming Kennedy Center LEAD Conference. We take a first look at the sessions and go over why #AccessNerdCamp is my favorite time of year! Subscribe and Share: iTunes: https://goo.gl/Qcf4Nd GooglePlay:https://goo.gl/C1pu1Z SoundCloud: https://goo.gl/1sP9NJ Stitcher: https://goo.gl/jUJC77 Transcript: https://goo.gl/FASmnf LEAD Conference: https://goo.gl/U9DEEq

Duration:00:24:10

Episode Fifteen: Deconstructing Decolonization in the Arts with Annalisa Dias

7/31/2018
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This week we chat with Annalisa Dias about her work in decolonization. Don’t know what that is? I didn’t either, but after chatting with her and a little time spent on Google I’ve come to find it’s incredibly important work. We chat about why this work matters, where it came from, and why she feels it’s ingrained in her DNA. Also remember to reach out if you want to chat at the Kennedy Center LEAD Conference. We’ll be there next week! Subscribe and Share: iTunes: https://goo.gl/Qcf4Nd...

Duration:00:33:17

Episode Fourteen:Increasing Diversity and Eliminating Excuses in Casting with Jon Jon Johnson

7/24/2018
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This week we sit down with fellow George Mason University alum Jon Jon Johnson who is helping change the way casting happens in the DC/Baltimore area. We talk about eliminating excuses, the importance of representation, wearing many hats, and unconscious bias in casting. Shoutouts include the amazing Katie Keddell, Ally Theatre, The Arcanists, and some of our favorite professors like Heather McDonald, Ed Gero, Rick Davis, and Mary Lechter. Keep an eye out for some #StrawGate2018 mini...

Duration:00:40:13

Episode Thirteen: Obliterating Stigmas with Carlita Ector & Darkness Rising

7/17/2018
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This week on the podcast we chat with Carlita Ector, performer and founder of Darkness Rising. We chat about the stigmas faced in the world of mental health and specific hurdles she’s working to overcome in the black community. We hear about her journey with mental health and building a community of artists out of finding what helped her. We also have a few call to actions with our #SolveInspirationPorn discussion and our upcoming episode on #StrawGate2018 ! Subscribe and Share: iTunes:...

Duration:00:38:21

Episode 12: Expanding the “Yes And” Universe with Aaron Gold

7/10/2018
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This week on the podcast we begin our Mental Health Inclusion Series with Aaron Gold whose improv show You Are Not Alone at the The Magnet Theater has created a community space for comedians and audience members alike to take care of themselves and their mental health. We chat about his journey creating this show, what mental health means to him, and his hit podcast Don’t Mind If I Don’t. We also keep the #SolveInspirationPorn conversation going with previous guest and access champion Becky...

Duration:00:34:58

Episode Eleven: The Voracious Voting Rights Defender, Michelle Bishop

7/3/2018
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This week on the podcast we sit down with Michelle Bishop who is the Disability Advocacy Specialist for Voting Rights for the National Disability Rights Network. We chat about the current state of our voting systems, the tenuous nature of voting rights for many people with disabilities, evolving voting technology to be accessible and secure, and much more. We also keep the #SolveInspirationPorn conversation going with access champion Katie Keddell chiming in from the DC area. Finally, this...

Duration:00:44:30

Access Champions Podcast Episode Ten: Beginning a discussion on "Inspiration Porn"

6/26/2018
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This week we take a look at some of the upcoming interviews and events that the podcast will be adventuring to. Additionally, we begin the discussion of "inspiration porn", noting the innate issues, but also looking at counter-arguments for the humanity and positivity that may lie behind it. This discussion is now open for all listeners so reach out if you’d like to hop on the podcast and share your thoughts and views! This episode was sponsored by “Come On, Calm”, a new children’s book...

Duration:00:19:07

Access Champions Podcast Episode 9: Extreme Audience Equity with Brittany Pyle

6/19/2018
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On this week's episode of The Access Champions Podcast we sit down with our first Chicago Access Champion, Brittany Pyle. Brittany is the Director of Production and Audience Engagement at the Chicago Humanities Festival as well as on the steering committee for the oft-mentioned Chicago Cultural Access Consortium. We talk about when she first encountered accessibility, winning the Kennedy Center's Emerging Leader Award, and what does an equitable audience experience actually look like. We...

Duration:00:39:20

Access Champions Podcast Episode Eight: Danish Super-App-Man Hans Wiberg

6/12/2018
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On this week’s episode of The Access Champions Podcast we sit down with farmer turned Access Champion Hans Wiberg and discuss the creation of the Be My Eyes App. We sift through all of the hurdles of creating an access minded app and how over a million volunteers are helping make a difference in the blind community. We also shoutout this week’s Access Champion Tweet of the week from @TourettesHero aka Jess Thom, we announce the T-Shirt Contest winner, and begin the journey of examining the...

Duration:00:44:04

Access Champions Podcast Episode Seven:Searching for a Relatable Superhero

6/5/2018
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On this week’s episode we take a deep dive into an article by Pasquale Toscano in the Boston Globe titled, “Where are all of the superheroes with disabilities?”. As a comic book fan growing up and a consumer of so much of the superhero content out there as an adult I wanted to take a look at the state of diversity, through the lens of disability, in this genre. Finding our way to everyone being super just the way they are. We also give some love to Roundabout Theatre Company and Jamie...

Duration:00:35:18

Access Champions Podcast Episode Six: The Amazing CO/LAB & Friends

5/31/2018
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On this week’s episode of The Access Champions Podcast we sit down with CO/LAB Theater Group’s Arielle Lever, Becky Leifman, and actor Emanuel Frowner. We discuss the creation of CO/LAB and how they continue to diversify how they serve and engage the cognitive/developmental disability community. Additionally, we take a look at articles by VICE on the MTA and The Huffington Post on accessibility or lack thereof at live music performances. Shoutouts include Katie Sweeney, Kyle Wright,...

Duration:01:05:32

Access Champions Podcast Episode Five: The Digital Master of the Access Universe Christina Trivigno

5/22/2018
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On this week's episode of The Access Champions Podcast we sit down with TDF Associate Director of Digital Strategy Christina Trivigno to learn about her journey with the arts, dealing with access hurdles in social media, creating Broadway's premier access website, the villainous MTA elevators, and more. We also take a quick look at some exciting news from Xbox and once again shoutout amazing things happening in Chicago. Subscribe on iTunes: http://tiny.cc/ituneschamp Subscribe on Google...

Duration:00:46:12

Access Champions Podcast Episode Four: Access In Action #1

5/16/2018
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On this week's episode of The Access Champions Podcast we debut a new type of episode that takes a look at some current events around the world. We look at a game-changing ruling for theatrical captioning in Missouri, the incredibly tenuous voting rights of Americans with disabilities, and what Pinterest is doing to let people of all abilities pin their favorite recipes. Additionally, we give some love and take a look at what's going on with CO/LAB Theatre Group, Alanna Raffel and Access...

Duration:00:43:06

Access Champions Podcast Episode Three: The Incredible Human Sofiya Cheyenne

5/8/2018
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On this week's episode of the Access Champions Podcast we sat down with actress and advocate Sofiya Cheyenne. We chatted about her experience growing up in the arts as a little person (or LP), how she became an advocate, what she's doing in rehearsal rooms to change perceptions, and so much more. We also take a look a some exciting things happening with the Chicago Cultural Access Consortium and recently here in NYC with ALMA NYC. Links below! Note: Avengers Spoiler at 23:42 (kind of)...

Duration:00:58:13

Access Champions Podcast Episode Two: The Uncanny Andrew Duff

4/30/2018
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On this week's episode of The Access Champions Podcast we sit down with NYC actor and advocate with autism, Andrew Duff. We chat about his journey with the arts and what theatre taught him about himself. We talk about his time at Autism Speaks and his thoughts on the evolution of their mission. We also get to hear about what it was like be a part of Tectonic Theater Project's latest play this past fall, Uncommon Sense. Click here for the transcript of the interview:...

Duration:01:16:51

Access Champions Podcast Episode One: The Spectacular Supporting Transitions Duo

4/23/2018
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On the debut episode of the podcast I get to chat with both Aliza Greenberg and Alison Mahoney from the Museum Access Consortium's Supporting Transitions Program. We talked about the program, where it came from, where it's headed, and what the journey has been trying to engage cultural organizations to help solve the underemployment happening in the cognitive/developmental disability community. Learn more about the Museum Access Consortium at www.museumaccessconsortium.org

Duration:00:54:36