The Made Possible Podcast series tells five stories of Australian’s inspiring change for people with disabilities and their communities. Hosted by comedian Tim Ferguson, who himself has lived with multiple sclerosis for the last 30 years.
Over the five episodes, we meet a Special Olympic silver medallist, a musician, a guerrilla tree planter, a comic book writer and graphic artist, and a first-class honours sociology and gender studies graduate.
Employment of people with disability: It makes good business sense!
We all deserve a role in society. In this episode, Tim Ferguson runs through some common questions about employment for people with disability, the supports available to employers and organisations, and why employing a person with disability makes good business sense. Tim is joined by Graeme Innes and Ron Maxwell.
Graeme Innes is former Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner, and Human Rights Commissioner.
Ron Maxwell is CEO of Verto, a not-for-profit organisation committed to assisting individuals the provision of apprenticeship, community support, employment and training services.
Greg Sindel is a comic book writer, artist and author of eight published graphic horror novels. His love for art and drawing started at a very young age. Greg describes his Autism as being a bit of a problem at times, as he doesn’t think the same way as other people, but without it, he wouldn’t have this unique ability or gift.
Kylie Scott represented Australia by competing in the Special Olympics... TWICE. She won a silver medal in Dublin in 2003 and then went on to finish a course in Creative Arts at Sydney University. Her life motto is to “Keep Going” and to help people with disability break down barriers. Kylie lives with Down Syndrome.
Brent ‘Big Red’ Peter Kelly is a self-confessed ‘guerrilla tree planter’. Big Red is passionate about conservation and the environment despite an accident at the age of 18 which left him with a traumatic brain injury. Find out what happens when he ordered hundreds of tube stock native plants and trees online and how his community supported him with his passion.
Jess Maloney was told “you don’t need eyesight to play the guitar”. Jess doesn’t let her visual impairment and epilepsy stop her taking up swing dancing or playing the guitar and befriending many famous musicians.
In this episode we meet Emily Dash. An actress, dancer, playwright, filmmaker as well as having a first class honours degree. Her life motto is “Life is like eating an ice cream, often difficult, sometimes messy but always enjoyable if you can find the sweetness in it”. Emily’s story is of grit and determination, to change the way people see her, before they see her disability. Emily lives with Cerebral Palsy.