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The place where the real disability talk happens. Interviews, life hacks and things you don't say out loud. With Simon Minty, Kate Monaghan and the Ouch team.

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The place where the real disability talk happens. Interviews, life hacks and things you don't say out loud. With Simon Minty, Kate Monaghan and the Ouch team.

    How not to tell someone they have Parkinson's

    How not to tell someone they have Parkinson's

    Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark says he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the most "horrible" way.
    The journalist, now synonymous with darts, says his doctor had a "God-like complex" and first asked how big his mortgage was and whether he had children before delivering the diagnosis.
    But it was not Clark's first experience of Parkinson's. His father was also diagnosed with the neurological condition at the same age, 44, but chose not to tell anyone about it for years. He later took his own life.
    The broadcaster, who's now 53 and twice met Muhammad Ali tells BBC Ouch's Harry Low why he's doing everything differently to his father, when it comes to the condition, and why he's planning to climb to the base camp of Mount Everest in November.
    Read the full transcript.
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    • 19 min
    Tom, The Greatest Dancer and cystic fibrosis

    Tom, The Greatest Dancer and cystic fibrosis

    Tom Oakley's dreams came true when he got through to the second round of BBC One talent show The Greatest Dancer after judge Oti Mabuse, who also stars in Strictly Come Dancing, called him a "phenomenal dancer".

    As well as spending more than 20 hours a week at dance college, the 16-year-old has to manage the chronic illness cystic fibrosis which affects his ability to breathe and digest food.

    When he first started to dance "my lungs used to burn," he says, but now it's made him healthier than ever.

    Tom chats to BBC Ouch's Beth Rose after a day in the dance studio.

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    • 14 min
    "I was expecting mediocrity ... you blew me away"

    "I was expecting mediocrity ... you blew me away"

    What happens when you take a forthright disabled American comedian and a sublime disabled folk singer and put them in a studio together? The answer is a lively session of Politics 101 – we promise it’s more fun than it sounds.

    Hear Tilly Moses's song Social Model played live – an unlikely name, but a beautiful song with lyrics for disabled people everywhere. And she gets quite the shock when we surprise her with one of her heroes.

    Comedian Maysoon Zayid has cerebral palsy and also now has a Her Abilities award. Find out what that is, plus Maysoon's strong take on why non-disabled people should never play disabled acting roles.

    With Simon Minty and Kate Monaghan. And just a nudge-warning, Maysoon goes into the Father Christmas question, so if you've got kids about, maybe save this for another time.

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    • 57 min
    Getting a fashion fix as a disabled model

    Getting a fashion fix as a disabled model

    Caitlin Leigh and Brinston Tchana were both young adults when they became disabled and started using wheelchairs. Caitlin loved experimenting with her hair before developing alopecia, at which point she shaved it all off. She started using a wheelchair to remain safe when she has a seizure. Brinston was about to sign as a professional footballer when he was paralysed in a car crash.

    Both felt their identities had been stripped away when they became disabled and were fed up of people looking at them, so they decided to get into fashion and really give people something to stare at. It’s lead to top modelling jobs for them.

    This podcast might be about fashion but it's the deepest disability dive you'll hear before 2020 arrives. Enjoy.

    Presented by Natasha Lipman.

    • 19 min
    Adult women don't want 'Daddy's little princess' written on their T-shirts

    Adult women don't want 'Daddy's little princess' written on their T-shirts

    Sinead Burke is all about fashion and equality and in September appeared on the front cover of British Vogue.

    At three and a half feet tall, she is a fair few notches below average height and describes herself as a "little person".

    Find out what happens when you are too short to be able to reach up and lock the toilet door behind you? Or what if the most fashionable choice of clothes you have are in the children's department and have "Daddy's Little Princess" written on them?

    In this month's Ouch podcast from the BBC, Sinead explains how she has used people's interest in fashion to shine a light on inclusive design in public spaces and equality generally and how it has led to other opportunities and the launch of her own podcast.

    Inspiration is a hideously over-used word when talking about disabled people but I think we can safely say this is a genuinely uplifting listen which gives plenty of great ideas, different ways of looking at life and, if you are disabled, it may well stoke your self esteem a little.

    One of the hosts of our programme, Simon Minty, is also a little person which lets us dive deep into areas most interviewers wouldnt' think to ask which also brings plenty of wicked humour.

    With Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty

    Ouch is on BBC Sounds and available on your smart speaker by yelling "ask the BBC for Ouch".

    • 56 min
    'I have exploding head syndrome'

    'I have exploding head syndrome'

    Migraines are so much more than a headache according to Rachel Creeger.

    In a fascinating discussion with the comedian, we hear how her various identities impact on her – that’s being disabled, Jewish and a woman. But also, that the disabling form of migraine she has is also linked to her senses, speech and her ability to play musical instruments among other things.

    Our reporter Emma Tracey caught up with Creeger back in the summer after her run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

    Photo credit: Ruth Bloch

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    Rachel’s condition feels like one of those things which people probably sit at home frantically Googling about so here are some keywords from the podcast audio to help search engines find out more about this unusual collection of symptoms.

    atypical hemiplegic migraine with prolonged aura, plucking hair, shot in head, stabbing pain, synesthesia, migraine, headache, words, trigger, sounds, smells, Myelin sheaths, genetic disorder, neurological, inherited migraine, MS, onomatopoeia.

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Witty, engaging, honest.

Having recently discovered the Ouch podcasts, I've spent weeks enjoying the archived episodes, as well as the current ones. They're so enjoyable and prove that you can be positive while LWD, with many laughs along the way!

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It's okay to laugh...

Matt & Liz provide heaps of laughs with their alternative view on life. The parlour game with a difference "Vegetable, Vegetable or Vegetable" is a riot; even though they never guess correctly! Subscribe now, you won't regret it.

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Pathetic by BBC Comedy Standards

I'm sure they put a lot of effort into making this show but what the hell? You do NOT put your hand down your throat and throw up ON MIC simply because your "jelly-atrics" lollies had gelatin to which you crassly refer as "cow feet"

Seriously though, it's hard to laugh when what you're hearing simply isn't.

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