23 episodes

The stories of people with disabilities--in their own words. Emphasis on the social model of disability and employment.

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    • 4.4, 7 Ratings

The stories of people with disabilities--in their own words. Emphasis on the social model of disability and employment.

    Girl Gone Blind: The Story of Maria Johnson - Part 2

    Girl Gone Blind: The Story of Maria Johnson - Part 2

    In 2013, at the age of 50, Maria noticed a blurry spot in her eyes. After working with several doctors, she found out she had a rare genetic blindness. This is her story of the last four years living what she calls, “my unexpected life”.
    Topics discussed in part 2:
    Maria’s motivation for writing a blog.
    Some of the entries that are  meaningful to Maria.
    Maria’s blog post titled, “To the Child who has a Blind Parent”, including Maria’s thoughts about the post, reactions to her post, and some of the stories behind what she wrote.
    The podcast ends with Maria’s thoughts on blindness and what she has learned through living her “unexpected life”.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Girl Gone Blind: The Story of Maria Johnson - Part 1

    Girl Gone Blind: The Story of Maria Johnson - Part 1

    In 2013, at the age of 50, Maria noticed a blurry spot in her eyes. After working with several doctors, she found out she had a rare genetic blindness. This is her story of the last four years living what she calls, “my unexpected life”. 
    Topics discussed in part 1 include the following:
    Her experience with disability before she lost her sight.
    How Maria lost her sight.
    How Maria worked through her grief, including her experience with therapy and blindness training.
    How Maria has continued to teach fitness.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    The Story of Jamie Crane-Mauzy and her Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury

    The Story of Jamie Crane-Mauzy and her Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury

    My guest is Jamie Crane-Mauzy. Jamie tells her story of getting a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident. She talks about her recovery and how it has affected her life.
    Link to Jamy’s foundation: www.firstfamilyflight.org

    • 22 min
    The Story of Everette Bacon: President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah - Part 2

    The Story of Everette Bacon: President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah - Part 2

    Everette talks about his decision to run for president of the NFB of Utah. He talks about what he likes and doesn’t like about being president. He answers questions about the NFB’s involvement with descriptive audio, accessible pedestrian signals and driverless cars. He shares his thoughts on blindness.

    • 31 min
    The Story of Everette Bacon: President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah - Part 1

    The Story of Everette Bacon: President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah - Part 1

    Everette talks about his family history of blindness. He talks about adjusting to his disability. He tells how his experience working for Blockbuster led him to the National Federation of the Blind.

    • 41 min
    The Story of John Moses who is Obtaining his Ph.D. as a Blind Person at the University of Nairobi in Kenya

    The Story of John Moses who is Obtaining his Ph.D. as a Blind Person at the University of Nairobi in Kenya

    At the age of 17, John lost his sight do to early macular degeneration. This is his story of how he went from worry and despair to optimism and the certain knowledge that he can live a happy life as a man with a disability. 
    Topics discussed include the following:
    How John felt when he lost  his sigh
    How John learned to function as a blind person with an optimistic outlook on life
    John’s journey to obtaining his Ph.D. in literature
    John’s hopes for the future of people who are blind in Kenya
    His thoughts on blindness and what he has learned from his journey

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

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7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Kaden Colton ,

Thought Provoking

This podcast gives a lot to think about related to disability. Thank you for putting this together.

enstmagoo ,

I'm glad I found this

An honest and thought-provoking view of stories that need to be heard.

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Microphone

I was really hoping to enjoy this but the constant sound of the microphone moving ruins the expeience.

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