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Independence and Universal Design with Todd Stabelfeldt

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Release Date: 08/05/2019

Discovering and Nurturing Hidden Autism Talents with Swathi Chettipally show art Discovering and Nurturing Hidden Autism Talents with Swathi Chettipally

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Today Mai Ling and Martyn share some updates on what has been keeping them busy lately and then they follow that with a wonderful interview with Swathi Chettipally. Mai Ling talks with Swathi about her experiences as a mother of an adult daughter with autism. Swathi shares some very heartfelt stories of the struggles and triumphs their family has faced. She also gives encouragement to other parents of children with challenges. This inspirational conversation is one that you don’t want to miss.

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Valuing People with Disabilities as Consumers and Employees with Shani Dhanda show art Valuing People with Disabilities as Consumers and Employees with Shani Dhanda

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

In the featured guest chair on the show this week is disability equality advocate, Shani Dhanda. Shani is the founder of the Diversability Card, a LinkedIn Changemaker, and a #WorkWithMe Ambassador at Virgin Media. Shani chats with Martyn about the spending power in the disability community that some businesses fail to appreciate. She also talks about the value of inclusion and diversity in the workplace and having a level playing field for all job applicants.

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Students Flourishing in Virtual AAC Classroom with Kate Ahern show art Students Flourishing in Virtual AAC Classroom with Kate Ahern

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

This is an exciting episode of the show today! Mai Ling and Martyn announce that the new book, Becoming An Exceptional Leader, is now available on Kindle! Additionally, Mai Ling shares a great conversation with educational specialist Kate Ahern. Kate talks about her personal experience with designing and sharing academically-focused group augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) online classes. You don’t want to miss this information-packed interview.

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Evidence Based Design for Inclusive Home Products with Ed Warner show art Evidence Based Design for Inclusive Home Products with Ed Warner

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Ed Warner is our featured guest today. Ed is the CEO and cofounder of Motionspot, a UK-based company offering products for people with disabilities that are designed with both form and function in mind. Martyn talks with Ed about how Motionspot began and how the company got to where it is since the founding in 2012. Ed’s passion for designing equipment that has all the necessary features to make them usable but are also stylish and aesthetically pleasing comes through in this in-depth conversation.

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Leading Black Women with Disabilities with Zakiya Mabery show art Leading Black Women with Disabilities with Zakiya Mabery

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Today’s featured guest is Zakiya Mabery, Founder and CEO of B. Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Planning. Mai Ling chats with Zakiya about the issues that are precisely what her organization specializes in; diversity and inclusion. She also talks about how vital networking has been to her career and the challenges she faces living with multiple disabilities herself. Listen in for this story of perseverance from this inspiring businesswoman and author.

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Startup Funding and Employment Opportunities for Disabled People with Hardeep Rai show art Startup Funding and Employment Opportunities for Disabled People with Hardeep Rai

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

In this jam-packed episode of the show, Mai Ling and Martyn share a conversation between Martyn and co-founder and CEO of the Kaleidoscope Group (Kg), Hardeep Rai. Through the various organizations that make up Kg, Hardeep and his teams offer a variety of services, tools, and resources for entrepreneurs with disabilities or someone who has a startup in the disability sector. Listen in as Hardeep shares some highlights from his story and how Kg can potentially support your business venture.

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Online Entrepreneurship That Makes a Difference with Mark Esho show art Online Entrepreneurship That Makes a Difference with Mark Esho

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

In today’s episode, Martyn and Mai Ling talk about the things going on in the world right now and how they relate to the disability community. Also, Martyn interviews internet entrepreneur Mark Esho, to learn about his successful businesses and how they started. Mark also shares some insight into his newest project, an app for rating businesses on accessibility found at accessrating.com. And lastly, Mark gives us three tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Speech Therapy Apps are Back with Barbara Fernandes show art Speech Therapy Apps are Back with Barbara Fernandes

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

We’re joined on the show today by speech-language pathologist and founder of Smarty Ears Apps, Barbara Fernandes to talk about the recent resurgence in use of tablet apps in therapy sessions. Barbara shares how these apps are valuable tools that can have great results. She also talks about how important parental involvement can be when working with children. This is a very informative conversation that you don’t want to miss.

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The Gift of Adversity with Henry Fraser show art The Gift of Adversity with Henry Fraser

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Mai Ling and Marty share what’s been happening in their respective worlds and how things have been different during the current pandemic. Then Martyn takes the mic to have a chat with visual artist, speaker, and author Henry Fraser. Henry shares the story of the accident which disabled him and how he overcame the odds and learned to make something beautiful from the tragedy. He talks about how his speaking led to a book deal, some writing challenges he’s faced, and his newly released book, The Power In

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Accommodating Restrooms for ALL People with Christina Abernethy show art Accommodating Restrooms for ALL People with Christina Abernethy

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Our guest on this edition of the show is Christina Abernethy. Christina is an author and advocate for people with disabilities. She talks with Mai Ling about her experiences as a mother of a child with autism, her work heading the Pennsylvania chapter of Changing Spaces, and as the creator of the Love Hope & Autism website. Christina also shares about her passion for encouraging public venues to offer accommodating restrooms with changing tables for all ages, not just toddlers.

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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.