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Disability Activism Through Art (Illuminating part 2)

Two contributors to the "Illuminating" exhibit, hosted by Holland-Bloorview Kids Hospital, discuss how their art is meant to be a vehicle for social change. Each discusses their feelings about sex, relationships, and dating and offer tips on how healthcare professionals can better address sexual health with People with Disabilities. This is the August 1, 2021 episode.


Blindness: The Play

Hannah Thompson is a professor of French and Critical Disability Studies at Royal Holloway University in London. She discusses her role as a consultant on the play "Blindness", which premieres in Toronto in August 2021. We also find out why she thinks of herself as "partially blind". This is the July 31, 2021 episode.


Do We Need Disability Pride?

Multiple Sclerosis patient communicator Ed Tobias says Disability Pride Month isn't for him. We find out why. Ed Tobias is a retired broadcast journalist and the author of "We're Not Drunk, We Have MS: A toolkit for living with Multiple Sclerosis." This is the July 25, 2021 episode.


Illuminating: Sexual Health & Disability

Dr. Amy McPherson of Holland-Bloorview Kids Hospital, discusses a new online art exhibit featuring the work of youths with disabilities navigating sexuality within the healthcare system. Dr. McPherson makes the case for a conversation about the positive experience of sex for People with Disabilities. This is the June 24, 2021 episode.


Making Accessibility Fashionable

Kate Mior is a performer, living statue, DJ, and a fashion designer whose corsets function as accessibility support braces for people with scoliosis and other back conditions. She talks about making accessibility fun and fashionable, and about her varied career. This is the July 18, 2021 episode.


Disability Pride is Revolutionary

Anthony Frisina is a disability activist and author of a new book, "Above & Beyond". He discusses his book and offers his take on Disability Pride Month, calling for disability revolution. This is the June 17, 2021 episode.


Loving Disability

University of Calgary instructor and researcher Alan Martino talks about the barriers faced by people with intellectual disabilities in pursuing and maintaining romance. This is the July 11, 2021 episode.


Explaining Bill C-35

Carla Qualtrough, Minister for Employment, Workforce Development, and Disability Inclusion and Jewelles Smith, Communications & Government Relations Officer for the Council of Canadians with Disabilities join us to discuss Bill C-35. If enacted, the Bill would create a federal disability support benefit for working-age adults with disabilities. This is the June 10, 2021 episode.


Disability Advocacy at the UN

Laverne Jacobs is with the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor. She has been recently nominated to serve on the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She discusses why it's important for Canada to have a voice on an international committee. This is the July 4, 2021 episode.


Mumilaaq Qaqqaq on Decolonizing Politics

Nunavut MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq joins us to reflect on her term in the House of Commons and her future plans. She discusses the housing crisis in Nunavut as well as disability issues. This is the July 3, 2021 episode.


Busting Reopening Anxiety

Psychiatrist Arlene MacDougall has tips and tricks to combat reopening anxiety. She says it's important to undertake self-care practices and keep lines of communication open with friends and family. This is the June 27, 2021 episode.


Enacting Indigenous equality

Brenda Gunn is a legal scholar at the University of Manitoba. She explains the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and what its adoption means for Canada. This is the June 16, 2021 episode.


Using Tech to Improve Work

Economist Jim Stanford of the Centre for Future Work discusses a new study, Bargaining Tech: Shaping New Technologies to Improve Work, not Devalue It" exploring the impact of new technology on the quantity and quality of work in Canada – and strategies for ensuring that new technology produces more benefits for workers. This is the June 20, 2021 episode.


Queering Disability

Kate Welsh is a Queer, disabled artist, activist and educator who believes in centering the voices of LGBTQ disabled people in therapy, activism, and social justice work. She discusses her role as a Queer-friendly counsellor whose work is informed by a healing justice paradigm. This is the June 19, 2021 episode.


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.