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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.


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.