Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley
High profile topics and amazing people who are changing the worldview on disability.
info_outline Unique Disability Industry LinkedIn Profiles with Rebecca Okamoto 09/21/2020
Unique Disability Industry LinkedIn Profiles with Rebecca Okamoto Communication consultant, Rebecca Okamoto, the self-described “20 word person”, is our guest today. Rebecca works with clients to confidently and clearly market their businesses in as few as 20 words. She worked with both Martyn and Mai Ling to upgrade their LinkedIn profiles and she walks through her process in this interview and explains how vital it is that your profile educates your audience. This is a great conversation that is full of valuable information for every professional regardless of indus
info_outline Discovering and Nurturing Hidden Autism Talents with Swathi Chettipally 09/07/2020
Discovering and Nurturing Hidden Autism Talents with Swathi Chettipally 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.
info_outline Valuing People with Disabilities as Consumers and Employees with Shani Dhanda 08/24/2020
Valuing People with Disabilities as Consumers and Employees with Shani Dhanda 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.
info_outline Students Flourishing in Virtual AAC Classroom with Kate Ahern 08/10/2020
Students Flourishing in Virtual AAC Classroom with Kate Ahern 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.
info_outline Evidence Based Design for Inclusive Home Products with Ed Warner 07/27/2020
Evidence Based Design for Inclusive Home Products with Ed Warner 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.
info_outline Leading Black Women with Disabilities with Zakiya Mabery 07/13/2020
Leading Black Women with Disabilities with Zakiya Mabery 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.
info_outline Startup Funding and Employment Opportunities for Disabled People with Hardeep Rai 06/29/2020
Startup Funding and Employment Opportunities for Disabled People with Hardeep Rai 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.
info_outline Online Entrepreneurship That Makes a Difference with Mark Esho 06/15/2020
Online Entrepreneurship That Makes a Difference with Mark Esho 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.
info_outline Speech Therapy Apps are Back with Barbara Fernandes 06/01/2020
Speech Therapy Apps are Back with Barbara Fernandes 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.
info_outline The Gift of Adversity with Henry Fraser 05/18/2020
The Gift of Adversity with Henry Fraser 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
info_outline Accommodating Restrooms for ALL People with Christina Abernethy 05/04/2020
Accommodating Restrooms for ALL People with Christina Abernethy 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.
info_outline Spotlighting Uniqueness with Kendra Gottsleben 03/23/2020
Spotlighting Uniqueness with Kendra Gottsleben Our guest on this edition of the show is author Kendra Gottsleben. Kendra has a rare disorder known as MPS VI and is a wheelchair user, yet she has not allowed this to prevent her from doing incredible things. She is not only an author but also a speaker and disability advocate. Listen in as she shares her story of becoming a published author and gives her tips to help you achieve your goals.
info_outline Opening a Special Coffee Shop (Part 2) with Karin York 03/09/2020
Opening a Special Coffee Shop (Part 2) with Karin York Mai Ling checks back in with Karin York to get an update on her progress with opening a coffee shop designed to employ people with special needs. Karin was our guest back in April of 2019 to share about the first steps in this journey. Now she brings us up to date on some of the challenges she’s dealt with since then and how things are going now that the shop is open for business.
info_outline Inclusivity for Disabled Actors in Film and TV with David Proud 02/24/2020
Inclusivity for Disabled Actors in Film and TV with David Proud Actor, writer, and director David Proud joins the show today to chat with Martyn about disabled actors in the media. As a wheelchair user, David brings his unique perspectives to this topic. He talks about the importance of media to culture in general, why he feels more disabled actors should be cast in prominent projects, and shares some of his personal experiences in the acting industry in the UK.
info_outline Dating and Intimacy for Persons with Disabilities with Jennie Williams 02/10/2020
Dating and Intimacy for Persons with Disabilities with Jennie Williams We are celebrating the month of love in this episode with our guest Jennie Williams, CEO of Enhance the UK. Martyn chats with Jennie on the topics of dating and intimacy for people with disabilities and the unique challenges that they face in the pursuit of romantic relationships. Jennie has tackled these subjects in her leadership role at Enhance the UK and she shares her thoughts, experiences, and observations on the issues in this very frank and open discussion.
info_outline Author Writes 15 Books AFTER Her Stroke with Chou Hallegra 01/27/2020
Author Writes 15 Books AFTER Her Stroke with Chou Hallegra Today, Mai Ling and Martyn chat briefly about Martyn’s World Changers Academy launch and their current book project. Then Mai Ling shares a conversation with author and stroke survivor, Chou Hallegra. Chou is the founder of Grace & Hope Consulting, LLC and she talks about her life as a single mother of children with multiple challenges, the story of her stroke recovery, and how she came to write numerous books in just a few years. She also shares 3 tips for the listener who wants to write a book.
info_outline Building a Global Business Around Solving a Problem with Rob Smith 01/13/2020
Building a Global Business Around Solving a Problem with Rob Smith Martyn takes the helm in this episode and shares a conversation with internationally competitive wheelchair racer, Rob Smith. In addition to his racing, Rob is also the creator of Active Hands gripping aids. Martyn asks Rob about his personal story that led to the creation of Active Hands, Rob walks us through his process of product development and how he moved from a personal solution to a global business.
info_outline XPN Holiday Show 2019 12/30/2019
XPN Holiday Show 2019 The Xceptional Podcast Network hosts came together to record a fun holiday show for you! Matt Hott, co-founder and co-host of the Speech Science podcast leads this fun group through a little show info, 2020 goals, and lots of laughs.
info_outline Monetize Your Blog: 3 Speech Therapists Share Their Stories 12/16/2019
Monetize Your Blog: 3 Speech Therapists Share Their Stories We return once again with Mai Ling and the Xceptional Podcast Network team to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention. In this episode, Mai shares some great conversations that she recorded with ASHA19 attendees who write blogs in the SLP space. Featured today are Hallie Sherman, Kristin Cummings, and Whitney Smith.
info_outline Speech Therapists Create Podcasts to Educate, Support, and Connect! 12/02/2019
Speech Therapists Create Podcasts to Educate, Support, and Connect! Mai Ling and the Xceptional Podcast Network team have once again taken their recording gear to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association national convention. In this episode, Mai shares some great conversations with ASHA19 attendees who are producing podcasts in the SLP space. Featured today are Michelle Dawson, Erin Forward, Ayelet Marinovich, Kelly Kleinhans, Ruchi Gadodia, Maria Kotsonis, and Deborah Brooks.
info_outline An Innovative Approach to Designing Adaptive Clothing with Samanta Bullock 11/18/2019
An Innovative Approach to Designing Adaptive Clothing with Samanta Bullock 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.
info_outline Inclusion in the World of Acting with Danny Woodburn 11/04/2019
Inclusion in the World of Acting with Danny Woodburn 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.
info_outline Building a Company around Accessible Accommodation with Srin Madipalli 10/21/2019
Building a Company around Accessible Accommodation with Srin Madipalli 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.
info_outline Martyn Sibley Joins the Show: New Format, Same Great Information 10/07/2019
Martyn Sibley Joins the Show: New Format, Same Great Information 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.
info_outline Why Podcasting? With Mai Ling Chan 09/30/2019
Why Podcasting? With Mai Ling Chan 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.
info_outline Strong Foundations Build Leadership with Sara Simpson 09/23/2019
Strong Foundations Build Leadership with Sara Simpson 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.
info_outline Autism Parent Takes Advocacy to the Next Level with Catherine Hughes 09/16/2019
Autism Parent Takes Advocacy to the Next Level with Catherine Hughes 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.
info_outline Mom Writes the First Autism Sourcebook with Karen Siff Exkorn 09/09/2019
Mom Writes the First Autism Sourcebook with Karen Siff Exkorn 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.
info_outline An Exceptional Teenage Life with Cassidy Huff 09/02/2019
An Exceptional Teenage Life with Cassidy Huff 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.
info_outline Special Speech Therapy Nonprofit with Amanda Charney 08/26/2019
Special Speech Therapy Nonprofit with Amanda Charney 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.