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Immersive Technologies and the Disability Community with Liz Hyman

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Release Date: 06/28/2021

Live Entertainment Events Made Accessible for All with Austin Whitney show art Live Entertainment Events Made Accessible for All with Austin Whitney

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Attending live events can be stressful and challenging for people with disabilities so that’s why we’re so excited about what today’s guest is doing! Today Mai Ling chats with Austin Whitney, an accessibility consultant for event producers, about how event planners can make their events accessible to everyone. Through his various organizations, Austin is working to make more events accessible, educate folks with special needs about how to attend and enjoy live entertainment, and a whole lot more. As a wheelchair user himself, Austin is using his lived experiences to make a huge...

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Mai Ling and Martyn kick off this episode with a chat about disability and health related awareness days and how to everage them. Mai Ling also shares an update on the next book in the Xceptional Leaders series. Then Martyn shares an interview with Isaac Harvey. He is the president of Wheels and Wheelchairs, an organization which pairs up wheelchair users with roller skaters to experience fun outdoor adventures together. Isaac talks about his story as a wheelchair user, how he first got involved with Wheels and Wheelchairs, and some of the other projects he’s working on.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Today Mai Ling and Martyn take a few minutes to celebrate 100 episodes of the show before introducing our guest. Martyn brings us a great conversation with YouTuber and Instagrammer, Gem Hubbard. Gem talks about her journey of being disabled as a child, the dark times after becoming disabled, and how she was able to persevere. She also recounts how she went from working a retail job to launching into the world of social media and becoming an online content creator and disability influencer through her Instagram and YouTube outlets.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Our guest today is Steven Woodgate. Steven chats with Martyn about his personal experiences with dyslexia and how he turned those challenges into his superpowers. He also shares about using his unique perspective on problem solving in the business world, using technology advancements to your advantage, and overcoming obstacles as a neurodiverse person.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Charlie Randell and Georgina Twelftree are a couple in an interabled relationship and in this conversation with Martyn they open up about the challenges they face with accessibility and overcoming misconceptions and stereotypes. Charlie has cerebral palsy and depends on mobility aids to get around and they have decided to share their experiences and candid, real-life situations to help educate and inform others who are in similar situations. Through their blog, YouTube videos, and social media content, Charlie and Gina are sharing valuable information with the world.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Martyn and Mai Ling are back with another great episode and they share some important updates at the top of the broadcast. Then Mai Ling has an insightful conversation with speaker, blogger, and business consultant Sheri Byrne-Haber. As a subject matter expert in the fields of disability and accessibility, Sheri is a prominent and sought-after voice in the disability community. Using her knowledge and personal experience, Sheri consults with Fortune 200 companies and government agencies and she shares some of her wisdom and information for those working in the disability space.

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Immersive Technologies and the Disability Community with Liz Hyman show art Immersive Technologies and the Disability Community with Liz Hyman

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

In this episode, Mai Ling talks with CEO of the XR Association (XRA), Elizabeth Hyman, about the benefits of using immersive technology in ways to empower persons with disabilities. XRA is the trade association representing the technology manufacturers that power the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality industries. Elizabeth helps to define the terminology and explain the work XRA is doing to integrate these powerful technologies in innovative ways by creating industry best practices and working directly with developers. This conversation is full of information on this exciting emerging...

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

Our guest this episode is the founder of The Disability Union in the United Kingdom, George Baker. George founded the first union by and for disabled people and carers because he believes that “the only way to further disability rights and increase inclusion is for all disabled people to work together and support each other.” He shares with Martyn the impetus for the union, how it operates, and the benefit it brings to members.

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Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley

After a few episode hiatus, Martyn is back to share what he’s been up to the past few weeks. Mai Ling also shares some updates before welcoming this week’s guest, Ruchi Kapila. Ruchi is a Bay Area-based speech-language pathologist, vocologist, presenter, and soprano with experience in acute care and acute rehabilitation hospital settings. They provide gender affirmative voice services privately and is licensed in California and Texas. Ruchi is also co-creator/co-host of the podcast The Hyndsyte Project, an interview series with BIPOC Trans and Gender Nonconforming activists.

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Our Xceptional Leader guest today is the founder of The Informed SLP, Meredith Harold. Mai Ling Chan chats with the fellow SLP about her path to creating the business, juggling motherhood and her career, and where things are today. Meredith also serves on multiple boards and committees in the SLP field and is a co-host of the Evidence & Argument podcast which explores the science of speech–language pathology. You don’t want to miss this conversation on the inner workings of a successful business.

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In this episode, Mai Ling talks with CEO of the XR Association (XRA), Elizabeth Hyman, about the benefits of using immersive technology in ways to empower persons with disabilities. XRA is the trade association representing the technology manufacturers that power the virtual, augmented, and mixed reality industries. Elizabeth helps to define the terminology and explain the work XRA is doing to integrate these powerful technologies in innovative ways by creating industry best practices and working directly with developers. This conversation is full of information on this exciting emerging technology.