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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.


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.


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.


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.


Reimagining elder care during the pandemic

Author and journalist Sandra Martin discusses the lessons learned around the treatment of the elderly during the pandemic. She makes a case for models of community care and homecare as we rethink our healthcare system in the aftermath of COVID-19. This is the March 28, 2021 episode.


Making journalism inclusive

We learn about the 2021 TD Disability & Inclusion Fellowship for aspiring journalists with The Walrus’ executive director, Jennifer Hollett. We also meet the 2020 Fellow, Aimee Louw, who talks about why this was an important opportunity for her. This is the March 27, 2021 episode.


Rethinking Disability Conference

Jeannette Campell, CEO of the Ontario Disability Employment Network previews the Rethinking Disability Conference taking place March 24th. She says "pandemic or not, there's always a case to hire People with Disabilities", This is the March 21, 2021 episode.


Explaining Coronavirus Vaccines

As more Canadians roll up their sleeves for the jab, infectious disease specialist Dr. Scott Halperin, director of the Canadian Centre for Vaccinology, explains the different vaccines approved in Canada and how well they're holding up against Covid variants. We also hear from disability advocate Niko Pupella of Community Living Ontario on what has and hasn't worked for the disability community during the vaccine rollout. This is the March 20, 2021 episode.


Living with Multiple Sclerosis

Julian Uccello joins us to talk about his soccer career and the multiple sclerosis diagnosis that brought it to an end. He describes the significance of MS Awareness Month and reflects on what he has lost and gained on his journey. This is the March 14, 2021 episode.


How to Lose Everything: A Memoir by Christa Couture

We talk to singer-songwriter Christa Couture about her memoir, “How to Lose Everything,” which is being released this month as an audiobook. Christa talks about her journey with grief and the strategies she has used to cope. This is the March 13, 2021 episode.


Disability Day of Mourning & COVID-19

Vivian Ly from Autistics United Canada, reflects on Disability Day of Mourning, which took place on March 1st. We discuss the online vigil to remember the victims of filicide and the significance of the Disability Day of Mourning in the context of a global pandemic. This is the March 7, 2021 episode.


A New Documentary on Paralympians

Director Scott Marshutz discusses his new documentary, Let ‘Em Play, which follows for young athletes with disabilities as they each try to secure a spot on the US Paralympic team. The documentary chronicles their triumphs and setbacks. This is the March 6, 2021 episode.


Telling Disability, Food, and Cultural Stories Through Art

Jules Sherred, curator of the Cowichan Valley Disability, Culture and Food Through Art Exhibit discusses this unique photo and video exhibit being mounted in the summer of 2021. The exhibit explores the stories of People with Disabilities and racialized communities around food security and access. This is the February 28, 2021 episode.


Navigating Pregnancy with a Disability

Researcher and scientist Hilary Brown of the University of Toronto describes her new study examining barriers to prenatal health and pregnancy care for women with disabilities. We find out about the role of stigma and the lack of accessible services for maternal care for women with disabilities and examine some possible solutions. This is the February 27, 2021 episode.


Exploring Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

In this feature-length special edition of the Pulse, we bring together various points of view on Medical Assistance in Dying, including Canada's Bill C-7. We speak to People with Disabilities, academics, physicians, and lawyers on both sides of the issue in search of common ground. This is the February 20, 2021 episode.


Making Sex Accessible

We learn about an exciting collaboration between the Tetra Society of North America (Atlantic chapter) and Venus Envy, a Halifax-based sex shop and bookstore. We discuss why People with Disabilities often get left out of conversations on sex and sexuality and how designing accessible sex toys is a great way to get the conversation started. This is the February 13, 2021 episode.


Making Art During the Pandemic

We meet blind pianist Michael Arnowitt and African-American textile artist Therisa Rogers. They discuss how they've been keeping busy as artists during the pandemic and we learn about Michael's upcoming online piano concert. This is the February 5, 2021 episode


Chris Vallée

We meet AMI-tv's new Ottawa reporter, Christopher Vallée, who describes his passion for journalism and storytelling. Christopher is an advocate for men's mental health - he shares his experiences. This is the episode of January 30th, 2021


Blindness and Sleep

Neuroscientist Steven Lockley, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, speaks about sleep and circadian disorders in people who are blind or partially sighted. We learn about the impact of reduced light exposure on our body clocks and how Professor Lockley's research can assist both blind and sighted people who have trouble sleeping. This is the January 23, 2020 episode


Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

Paralympian Ness Murby says that People with Disabilities are far from helpless during an emergency. With adequate preparation, People with Disabilities can stay safe during emergencies such as floods, fires, hurricanes, or power outages. Ness discusses the AMI Emergency Series. This is the January 16, 2021 episode.