Xceptional Leaders with Mai Ling Chan & Martyn Sibley
High profile topics and amazing people who are changing the worldview on disability.
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.
info_outline Special Education Coaching Online with Catherine Whitcher 08/19/2019
Special Education Coaching Online with Catherine Whitcher IEP Coach and international speaker, Catherine Whitcher, is our guest today. Catherine is an expert at helping educators and parents create IEPs that fit their specific needs and she teaches others her methods through online and in-person training. She shares with us about building an online brand, challenges with setting pricing for online resources, and reminds us that not everyone in your niche is a potential client. Don’t miss this informative conversation.
info_outline Building and Nurturing Life Through Community with Kenny Salvini 08/12/2019
Building and Nurturing Life Through Community with Kenny Salvini Kenny Salvini is our guest today to share about his journey since a skiing accident made him a quadriplegic as a young adult. After a meeting with other individuals with similar disabilities opened his eyes to the importance of community, Salvini took it upon himself to make the same thing happen for others. He founded the Here and Now Project to meet that need for those in the Pacific Northwest and he shares the story with us today on the show.
info_outline Independence and Universal Design with Todd Stabelfeldt 08/05/2019
Independence and Universal Design with Todd Stabelfeldt 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.
info_outline Breaking All Gaming Barriers with Steven Spohn 07/29/2019
Breaking All Gaming Barriers with Steven Spohn Steven Spohn is our guest today and he began his journey in the world of accessible gaming as a gamer with disabilities himself. He’s now an author and the Chief Operations Officer and Community Outreach Director for the AbleGamers Foundation. Steven shares his thoughts on when “gated communities” for gaming are appropriate, advocates for insurance companies to cover gaming as social therapy, and much more in this engaging conversation.
info_outline Game-Based Learning with Steve Isaacs 07/22/2019
Game-Based Learning with Steve Isaacs Steve Isaacs joins us today to talk about using gaming in the classroom. He clarifies the difference between gamification and game-based learning, shares his insights as a game design and development teacher, and speaks about his involvement with Minefaire, the #1 Minecraft event in the United States.
info_outline Social Research Related to Neurodiverse Gaming with Dr. Kathryn Ringland 07/15/2019
Social Research Related to Neurodiverse Gaming with Dr. Kathryn Ringland Dr. Kathryn Ringland joins Mai Ling to share with us how she used the Autcraft Minecraft server as a research environment to learn first-hand how it was benefitting autistic kids. In addition to sharing what she learned from the research project, Kathryn tells how she is using the data she collected and how others can use it as a resource for similar efforts. She also talks about the recent founding of her own non-profit and gives us 3 tips that we can take action on in our own projects.
info_outline Dad Makes Gaming Safe AND Fun with Stuart Duncan 07/08/2019
Dad Makes Gaming Safe AND Fun with Stuart Duncan Stuart Duncan runs the Minecraft server, Autcraft, and he is with us on the show to share his experiences with us. Autcraft is a Minecraft environment created especially for kids of all ages with autism to play the game in a safe setting. Stuart tells us the origin of the idea for the server, a bit about his background, and the volunteer team he’s put together on the server. He also explains how running Autcraft led to him giving a TEDx Talk and he also talks about his approach to preparing for it.
info_outline Adaptive Gaming with Erin Hawley 07/01/2019
Adaptive Gaming with Erin Hawley Blogger and gamer Erin Hawley is our guest today. Erin has muscular dystrophy which can inhibit her gaming so she shares with us her strategy for choosing new game titles, the story of how she began working with Microsoft on an adaptive controller for the Xbox, and the origins of her blog, The Geeky Gimp. She also talks about how she overcame her reservations about hosting an audio podcast.
info_outline Journey to 10M Non-Profit with Abigail David and Erin Nealy 06/24/2019
Journey to 10M Non-Profit with Abigail David and Erin Nealy Abigail David and Erin Nealy are the co-founders and co-executive directors of Bridgeway Academy in Columbus Ohio and they are our guests on today’s episode. Bridgeway is a non-profit educational institution created to serve children with autism and developmental disabilities. Abigail and Erin talk about the secrets to building a successful partnership, delegating and successful division of duties, and the importance of listening to constructive criticism.
info_outline Writing and Producing Disability Focused TV Shows with Peggy Lane 06/17/2019
Writing and Producing Disability Focused TV Shows with Peggy Lane Our guest today is television and film actress, Peggy Lane. Peggy is the creator and director of the web TV show, Donna On The Go, which highlights the struggles of a person with disabilities in a comedic way. She talks with Mai Ling about the inspirations for the various issues addressed in the show and where the idea originated from. Peggy also shares three tips for someone who wants to start a similar type of project.
info_outline Jazz, Autism, and Life Skills with Ifunanya Nweke 06/10/2019
Jazz, Autism, and Life Skills with Ifunanya Nweke Ifunanya Nweke is our guest today. She is the founder of Jazz Hands for Autism, an organization that works with musicians who are on the autism spectrum to help them hone their skills and find work doing what they love. Ifunanya talks about the origins of the idea for the nonprofit and shares her heart for the students they’re working with. She also talks about the importance of surrounding yourself with people who share the same vision and the value of constructive feedback from your team and clients.