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Independence and Universal Design with Todd Stabelfeldt

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Release Date: 08/05/2019

How Google is Addressing Accessibility and Inclusion with Kyndra LoCoco show art How Google is Addressing Accessibility and Inclusion with Kyndra LoCoco

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

We are happy to be joined on the show today by Kyndra LoCoco. She is the Accessibility Partner Programs Manager at Google and she chats with Martyn about her work in the disability community. Kyndra shares her background, her journey to becoming a googler, and her personal connection to the disability community. They also touch on topics such as how Google addresses accessibility in their products, verbiage changes in the community and much more.

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Managing Online Communities in the Disability Space with Deborah Jaffe show art Managing Online Communities in the Disability Space with Deborah Jaffe

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Deborah Jaffe is our guest today and she joins the program to talk about the two disability focused Facebook groups of which she is the creator and admin. She talks with Mai Ling about how the groups got started and the steps required to manage them and keep engagement alive. Deborah also shares how she filters through news stories, helpful info, tips, etc. to find what is applicable to the members of the groups. This information is valuable to anyone looking to build a community in the disability space.

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Sustaining Your Business Despite Adversity with Josh Wintersgill show art Sustaining Your Business Despite Adversity with Josh Wintersgill

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We’re joined today by entrepreneur, Josh Wintersgill. He is the founder of Able Move and creator of the easyTravelseat, an amazing product which makes it easier for wheelchair users to move from their chair to airline seats. Josh shares with Martyn about some of the highs and lows since launching his business, he talks about pivoting and diversification in product offerings, and how the pandemic has pushed his team to innovate.

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Affordable Robotics for Accessibility with Harout Markarian show art Affordable Robotics for Accessibility with Harout Markarian

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

In our first episode of 2021, we start off with a fantastic conversation with entrepreneur Harout Markarian. Harout is an author as well as the founder and CEO of Markarian Robotics. Mai Ling chats with him about his vision for creating efficient and affordable products for the mobility challenged using robotics. Harout’s goal is to make life accessible for all through this new company and he’s sharing this message via his book and podcast too.

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Year End Special with Mai Ling and Martyn show art Year End Special with Mai Ling and Martyn

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

In this final episode of 2020, Mai Ling and Martyn take a few minutes to share some thoughts on the past year. They also also share a few thoughts on networking and then chat a bit about holiday plans. We hope you enjoy this fun, short, wrap-up episode of the show.

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The Origins of Accessible Technology with Alan Brightman show art The Origins of Accessible Technology with Alan Brightman

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Today’s featured interview is an insightful conversation with Alan Brightman. Alan is a former executive of both Apple and Yahoo where he was a pioneer in the field of assistive technology. He talks with Mai Ling about the early days of developing accessible technology, the hurdles and challenges they had to overcome, and laying the foundation for the tools available today. This is a fascinating interview packed with information and insights.

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Adaptive Clothing and Hidden Disabilities with Victoria Jenkins show art Adaptive Clothing and Hidden Disabilities with Victoria Jenkins

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Today we’re sharing an important discussion about hidden disabilities with our guest Victoria Jenkins. She is a designer, garment technologist, and the creative director and founder of Unhidden Clothing. Martyn talks with her about the challenges of living with a disability that is not visually obvious as well as her work designing and altering clothing to make them suitable and comfortable for people with disabilities.

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Spotlighting Lived Experiences From a Kids Perspective With Mathew Klickstein show art Spotlighting Lived Experiences From a Kids Perspective With Mathew Klickstein

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Today’s guest is prolific storyteller Mathew Klickstein. Mathew is a writer, speaker, and filmmaker; just to name a few. He talks with Mai Ling about his work with the Kids of Widney High, a group of young adults with developmental disabilities who formed a touring rock band. These experiences inspired Mathew to write the YA book titled, The Kids of Widney Junior High Take Over the World!, which imagines what the real-life kids might have experienced in Junior High.

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Finding Your Voice Through Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Lydia Dawley show art Finding Your Voice Through Augmentative and Alternative Communication with Lydia Dawley

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Today Mai Ling sits down for a chat with Lydia Dawley, CEO of AAC consultation agency Click. Speak. Connect. Lydia has Mixed Cerebral Palsy, is a wheelchair user, and an AAC user so she brings her unique experiences and perspectives to the table. Listen in as she shares her journey and her passion for helping others with AAC devices reach their fullest potential in communication.

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Virtual Occupational Therapy with Georgia Vine show art Virtual Occupational Therapy with Georgia Vine

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In this episode, Mai Ling and Martyn share a few updates with you and then Martyn sits down with occupational therapy student and disability blogger, Georgia Vine, for a conversation. Georgia shares some experiences with living with cerebral palsy, why she chose to enter the field of occupational therapy, and about her blog, NotSoTerriblePalsy.com.

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Entrepreneur, computing technology expert, and universal design advocate, Todd Stabelfeldt, is our guest today. Todd is a C4 quadriplegic who is passionate about discovering new ways for disabled individuals to gain more independence. He shares the story of the accident which caused his spinal cord injury and talks about gaining as much independence as possible through the assistance of technology. Todd is a business owner and in recent years was a keynote presenter at Apple’s WWDC.