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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.


Perceiving Disability

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.