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Independence and Universal Design with Todd Stabelfeldt

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Release Date: 08/05/2019

An Innovative Approach to Designing Adaptive Clothing with Samanta Bullock show art An Innovative Approach to Designing Adaptive Clothing with Samanta Bullock

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Our guest today is wheelchair model Samanta Bullock. Martyn interviews this amazing inclusivity advocate turned fashion designer about her efforts to make adaptive clothing that meets the needs of those who need accommodations but also fits well for the able-bodied. Samanta talks about why she started on this journey, shares some of her biggest challenges, and expresses why it's important to have both able-bodied and disabled people model the same ensemble in the marketing of her fashion line called SB.

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Inclusion in the World of Acting with Danny Woodburn show art Inclusion in the World of Acting with Danny Woodburn

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Actor and comedian Danny Woodburn is today's guest. In addition to his acting work, Woodburn is a disability rights activist and serves on the Performers with Disabilities Committee for SAG-AFTRA. He talks with Mai Ling about the importance of inclusion for actors with disabilities, holding the film entertainment industry accountable for making auditions and jobs accessible to everyone, and his one-on-one chat with Bryan Cranston regarding these issues.

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Building a Company around Accessible Accommodation with Srin Madipalli show art Building a Company around Accessible Accommodation with Srin Madipalli

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Our new co-host, Martyn takes the lead and interviews his friend and co-founder of Accomable, Srin Madipalli. Accomable was an accessible accommodation website that Martyn and Srin later on sold to Airbnb. Through late-night coding, angel investors, and many trans Atlantic flights; Srin pulled off the impossible. Learn how he managed such a progressive achievement in this insightful and inspiring conversation.

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Martyn Sibley Joins the Show: New Format, Same Great Information show art Martyn Sibley Joins the Show: New Format, Same Great Information

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

This episode is the first with our new format and new co-host. Martyn Sibley joins Xceptional leaders as our regular co-host so today we spend a few minutes getting to know him. He shares a bit about his background with Disability Horizons and Accomable and then he and Mai Ling tease the new format for the show.

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Why Podcasting? With Mai Ling Chan show art Why Podcasting? With Mai Ling Chan

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

This week, our host, Mai Ling Chan, is in the hot seat. The roles are reversed as fellow Xceptional Podcast Network host, Matt Hott of Speech Science takes the mic to interview Mai Ling. She talks with Matt about what prompted her to start this podcast, gives insight into what keeps her going, and shares some news about the future of the show. In addition to all this valuable info, Matt digs into just what makes Mai who she is as a person.

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Strong Foundations Build Leadership with Sara Simpson show art Strong Foundations Build Leadership with Sara Simpson

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Xceptional Leader Sara Simpson is our guest on this edition. As a person with physical challenges, Sara has nevertheless led a fulfilling life and achieved many goals that are remarkable. She shares about how she has excelled in corporate America with a disability, gives her personal story of hardship and how she turned it into a speaking career, and talks about her special heart for reaching out to children.

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Autism Parent Takes Advocacy to the Next Level with Catherine Hughes show art Autism Parent Takes Advocacy to the Next Level with Catherine Hughes

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Catherine Hughes, aka The Caffeinated Advocate, is our guest today. She has been advocating on behalf of those with special needs for many years and she brings a wealth of knowledge on the advocacy space to this conversation. Catherine talks about the nitty-gritty of advocacy work, strategies for reaching out to politicians for advocating, and some of the things that drive her in her work.

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Mom Writes the First Autism Sourcebook with Karen Siff Exkorn show art Mom Writes the First Autism Sourcebook with Karen Siff Exkorn

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

We are joined by Karen Siff Exkorn, bestselling author of The Autism Sourcebook: Everything You Need to Know About Diagnosis, Treatment, Coping, and Healing--from a Mother Whose Child Recovered. Karen shares with us why she wrote the book and how she approached the book-writing process. She also gives some tips and encouragement for someone who wants to write a book, and even talks a bit about the controversial topic of autism recovery.

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An Exceptional Teenage Life with Cassidy Huff show art An Exceptional Teenage Life with Cassidy Huff

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

We are joined on the show today by the multi-talented, young Cassidy Huff. She is a singer/songwriter, musician, and a voiceover artist for Dreamworks and Amazon. Cassidy has a rare disease which has resulted in her undergoing dozens of surgeries, yet this encouraging teenager is constantly giving back to others in the same condition. You don’t want to miss her sharing her inspiring journey on this episode.

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Special Speech Therapy Nonprofit with Amanda Charney show art Special Speech Therapy Nonprofit with Amanda Charney

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Speech-language pathologist, Amanda Charney, is our guest today. Amanda founded Small Steps in Speech, an organization that provides grants to families with children with speech and language disorders who are either not covered or not fully covered by their health insurance. She tells the story of what led to the creation of the nonprofit, shares tips on how to select board members for a nonprofit, and explains the importance of building relationships and partnering with others in your field.

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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.