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A Digital Accessibility Deep Dive with Tanner Gers

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Release Date: 09/25/2023

Making an Impact through Fiction with Carol Van Den Hende show art Making an Impact through Fiction with Carol Van Den Hende

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is speaker and award-winning author Carol Van Den Hende. She talks with Mai Ling about her novels which are helping both people with disabilities and their loved ones.  These fictional stories draw from Carol’s Chinese American heritage and in addition to telling heart-warming, genuine narratives, they also explore themes such as accessibility, inclusive design, and how cultural background affects relationships. She also shares some of her experiences around book publishing as well.

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The Intersection of ADHD, Women, and Asian Culture with Kim To show art The Intersection of ADHD, Women, and Asian Culture with Kim To

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Certified ADHD Coach, public speaker, and entrepreneur, Kim To, joins Mai Ling Chan on this episode to share her thoughts and experiences with ADHD. Kim talks about the journey to her diagnosis and why she moved into coaching others with this same challenge. She also talks about the unique situation of being an Asian woman with an ADHD diagnosis, which Mai Ling has also experienced. This insightful conversation offers an oft-overlooked perspective on ADHD from two women who are living it every day.

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De-Stigmatizing Stuttering & Business Growth Tips with Maya Chupkov show art De-Stigmatizing Stuttering & Business Growth Tips with Maya Chupkov

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Today’s guest on the podcast is fellow podcaster, Maya Chupkov. Maya is the Executive Director, Producer and Host of Proud Stutter, an award winning and multi-nominated podcast and advocacy nonprofit organization that is de-stigmatizing stuttering and embracing speech diversity. She speaks with James about her story of growing up with a stutter, what prompted her to launch the podcast, and how her PR experience has benefitted what she’s doing now. This conversation is full of tips that you can apply to your own disability-focused business today.

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Building Bridges through Broadcast Media with Zach Damon show art Building Bridges through Broadcast Media with Zach Damon

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest for the very first episode of 2024 is award-winning professional actor, voice actor, and broadcaster Zach Damon. We’re thrilled to kick off the new year talking to Zach about his advocacy work in the disability space using his skills and experience in media production. Zach has developed a TV show that he also hosts, along with numerous other projects in the broadcast media arena. He also does advocacy work at the city government level as well as with the Boy Scouts. This great conversation is the perfect way to start 2024 and inspire you in your efforts.

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The Best of 2023 Disability Leadership with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges show art The Best of 2023 Disability Leadership with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Don’t miss the final episode of the Xceptional Leaders podcast for 2023! Our hosts, Mai Ling and James, share some valuable information as they look back over this past year. They talk about the strides that were made in the area of disability in 2023, highlights from some of this year’s guests, and success stories from around the world. They also share some areas that still need improvement as well as a look at what’s coming down the road too. Join us for this special wrap-up of 2023!

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Embracing ADHD and Neurodiversity as an Adult with Julia Ovcharenko show art Embracing ADHD and Neurodiversity as an Adult with Julia Ovcharenko

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Our guest today is neurodivergent Ukrainian entrepreneur and mental health enthusiast, Julia Ovcharenko. She talks with Mai Ling about the stigma around ADHD and adjusting to ADHD and neurodiversity diagnoses as an adult, which is a very personal topic for Mai Ling, as she shares in the introduction segment before the interview. As the CEO and Founder of Numo ADHD, a new app for adults with ADHD, Julia is dedicated to creating a thriving community and vital resources for those with ADHD. The app has productivity aids, support groups, and many other features to assist users and help them...

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AAC and the Journey to Ms. Wheelchair Arizona with Brooke Brown show art AAC and the Journey to Ms. Wheelchair Arizona with Brooke Brown

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

James and Mai Ling kick off the episode with some updates and top takeaways from the conversation with today’s guest. AAC user and disability advocate Brooke Brown speaks with Mai Ling about her experience as Ms. Wheelchair Arizona 2022 and the Arizona State Coordinator for Ms. Wheelchair America, her journey to achieving the title and position, and the role AAC played in the process. Brooke also shares her thoughts on the word “inspire” in the context of people with disabilities and more in this International AAC Awareness Month episode.

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Valuable Resources for Disability Entrepreneurs with Nikki Powis show art Valuable Resources for Disability Entrepreneurs with Nikki Powis

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Mai Ling chats with Nikki Powis about some fantastic resources for disability entrepreneurs in today’s episode. Nikki is the Director of the National Disability Institute and she shares how she started at NDI and some of the top challenges for entrepreneurs based on her over three decades of experience in this space. She also gives some tips for investor pitches and speaks about how the social impact of business ventures is an integral element of successful businesses.

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A Digital Accessibility Deep Dive with Tanner Gers show art A Digital Accessibility Deep Dive with Tanner Gers

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Today Mai Ling has a chat with the founder of AccessAbility Officer, Tanner Gers. AccessAbility Officer’s aim is to make work and the web better through the services they offer, including digital accessibility training and certification, as well as staffing and recruiting. Tanner shares with us his journey to founding this organization, starting with how life changed when he became blind, what true ADA-compliant digital/online accessibility means for companies, and how the certification program works and the benefits it provides. Join us for this deep dive into the important topic of online...

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Observing Without Eyesight with Dr. Mona Minkara show art Observing Without Eyesight with Dr. Mona Minkara

Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & James Berges

Dr. Mona Minkara chats with James in today’s episode about how to use other senses beyond eyesight to observe scientifically. Mona is a blind assistant professor of Bioengineering at Northeastern University and a travel vlogger who lives by the maxim that vision is more than sight. In this fascinating conversation with James, she talks about her interest in science at an early age, how she uses other senses in her scientific work, and how curiosity is an integral part of her personality. She also shares her passion for traveling the world and thoughts on overcoming the doubts that so many of...

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Today Mai Ling has a chat with the founder of AccessAbility Officer, Tanner Gers. AccessAbility Officer’s aim is to make work and the web better through the services they offer, including digital accessibility training and certification, as well as staffing and recruiting. Tanner shares with us his journey to founding this organization, starting with how life changed when he became blind, what true ADA-compliant digital/online accessibility means for companies, and how the certification program works and the benefits it provides. Join us for this deep dive into the important topic of online accessibility.