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Disability in the Entertainment Business with Sawsan Zakaria

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Release Date: 03/13/2023

Adaptive Intimate Apparel with Nicole Cuervo show art Adaptive Intimate Apparel with Nicole Cuervo

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest for today is Nicole Cuervo, the founder & CEO of Springrose, a startup designing adaptive intimate apparel that improves quality of life for women with limited mobility. She speaks with Mai Ling about her journey as an entrepreneur by sharing exactly what adaptive intimate apparel is, why it is needed, and the personal experience in her family that led her to develop her products. Nicole also talks about her approach to the expansion of her product line, how to find your ideal customer, and the importance of considering research and development when setting pricing.

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Revolutionizing Disability Employment with David D'Arcangelo show art Revolutionizing Disability Employment with David D'Arcangelo

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In today’s episode, James sits down with the CEO of Arc Angel Communications, David D'Arcangelo, to talk about his work to bring more people with disabilities into the workforce. As a legally blind person, David knows firsthand the challenges that many people with disabilities face when seeking employment. He talks about his passion for improving the human condition, disability as part of your identity, how to get more people with disabilities into the workforce, and focusing on the ability part of disability. Don’t miss this engaging, insightful conversation!

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Aphasia In Chinese Speakers with Anthony Kong show art Aphasia In Chinese Speakers with Anthony Kong

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In recognition of Aphasia Awareness Month, we knew June would be the perfect time to focus on aphasia. So today Mai Ling chats with Dr. Anthony Kong, an expert on aphasia with an emphasis on aphasia among speakers of Chinese languages. Anthony begins by sharing a bit about what aphasia is and then goes deeper into how the specific elements of Asian languages can cause aphasia to be even more pronounced in speakers of those languages. He also talks about why he felt he needed to focus specifically on aphasia in Chinese speakers as well as some tips on how you can effectively blaze a trail in an...

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Trauma-Informed Care with Rachel Archambault show art Trauma-Informed Care with Rachel Archambault

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Today James sits down with Rachel Archambault, who is a speaker and consultant in the area of trauma-informed care as well as a licensed speech-language pathologist. Rachel collaborates with service providers (SLPs, doctors, PT/OT, etc.), parents, businesses, schools, hospitals, universities, rehab, and communities to incorporate trauma-informed care into their settings with clients. She speaks with James about how experiencing a traumatic event was the impetus for launching the PTSD SLP, she shares her thoughts on acknowledging the line between the scope of practice for an SLP and a...

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Uniting SLP Entrepreneurs with Ebony Green show art Uniting SLP Entrepreneurs with Ebony Green

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Today we are joined by Speech Language Pathologist Ebony Green. Ebony is the CEO and founder of SLP Business Suite and she talks with Mai Ling about how she got started as an SLP, starting a private practice, fighting imposter syndrome, and pivoting mid-career. She also shares her passion for networking and connecting people which led her to launch the Made for More SLP Business Conference.

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Harnessing the Power of AI for SLP Reports with Michelle Boisvert show art Harnessing the Power of AI for SLP Reports with Michelle Boisvert

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Dr. Michelle Boisvert joins this episode of the show for an informative conversation with Mai Ling. Using her expertise as a Speech-Language Pathologist, Michelle co-founded easyReportPRO.com to address some of the challenges that SLPs face which she knew could be simplified with the use of technology. She talks about what easyReportPRO is, how it works by incorporating AI, and the impetus to start the platform. Mai Ling also asks her about how she built her team, the future of AI in healthcare, and thoughts on other uses of AI in the SLP arena.

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Resilient Leadership and AAC Advocacy with Kim Vuong show art Resilient Leadership and AAC Advocacy with Kim Vuong

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Oanh "Kim" Vuong is our guest for today’s episode. As a person with cerebral palsy and an AAC user who is an active advocate, she offers a unique and valuable perspective on disability leadership. Mai Ling chats with Kim about the independent confidence she developed at a young age, her advocacy work in southern California, and some of the initiatives she’s currently undertaking. From curriculum development to beach accessibility issues, Kim is an example of a leader who tackles the task despite the challenges.

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Integrating AI into Your Business with Mai Ling & James show art Integrating AI into Your Business with Mai Ling & James

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In this episode, our hosts tackle the timely topic of using Artificial Intelligence tools in your disability-focused business. Mai Ling and James give you a crash course on AI, covering this subject from various angles including ethical considerations, practical uses of tools like ChatGPT, integrating AI into your entrepreneurship efforts, tips for writing prompts, and more!

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Connecting Neurodivergent Jobseekers and Employers with Jhillika Kumar & Conner Reinhardt show art Connecting Neurodivergent Jobseekers and Employers with Jhillika Kumar & Conner Reinhardt

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

We have two great guests in this episode! James sits down for a conversation with Jhillika Kumar and Conner Reinhardt, the CEO, and COO respectively, of Mentra. As a neurodiversity employment network, one of the goals of Mentra is to connect neurodivergent jobseekers with jobs, but it goes beyond that. Jhillika and Conner talk in depth about all the problems that Mentra aims to solve, why a neurodiverse workforce is an advantage, and how universal design fits into this discussion. They also share a bit about their own experiences with neurodiversity.

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Accessibility in Space with Anna Voelker show art Accessibility in Space with Anna Voelker

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

In this episode, Mai Ling is joined by guest Anna Voelker, founder and Executive Director of SciAccess, Inc. SciAccess is an international nonprofit that promotes disability inclusion in STEM education, outreach, and research and Anna speaks with Mai Ling about the beginnings of the non-profit, what universal design is, and having an early interest in space that led to later endeavors. They also chat about what accessibility really means and the AstroAccess initiative, a program focused on furthering disability inclusion in space exploration.

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Our hosts, Mai Ling and James, share some important updates on what is going on in their respective careers before we dive into a discussion with our guest. Sawsan Zakaria chats with Mai Ling about her participation in the Easterseals Disability Film Challenge on multiple occasions. As an actress and model with a neuromuscular disease called spinal muscular atrophy, Sawsan talks about her experiences as an actress with a disability in LA, recounting some of the highs and lows. She also shares her thoughts on how the collective preconceptions about disability are slowly shifting in the industry.