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Weekly podcast about mental health, wellbeing and disabled people.
Life stories and solutions with a friendly touch – for listeners around the world.
Presented by Nikki Fox.

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    • 4.7 • 64 Ratings

Weekly podcast about mental health, wellbeing and disabled people.
Life stories and solutions with a friendly touch – for listeners around the world.
Presented by Nikki Fox.

    My first year as a disabled astronaut

    My first year as a disabled astronaut

    We head to Cologne, Germany, where we catch-up with the man they dubbed the parastronaut - former Paralympian and surgeon John McFall. He was recruited by the European Space Agency one year ago to work out how space travel might be different for disabled people. He tells us about his findings so far and we ask about recent headlines which claim his prosthetic leg would poison those aboard a space station.

    Gogglebox's Simon Minty, and former host of Ouch, joins us and chats about growing up with his non-disabled sister and fellow Goggleboxer Jane and how in recent years he has been competing at the World Dwarf Games…and winning medals!

    Plus Nikki Fox, host and BBC Disability Correspondent, is given 60 seconds to round-up the latest benefits situation introduced in the chancellor's Autumn Statement.

    Presenters: Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey. Recorded and mixed by DJ Dave O'Neill. Produced by Alex Collins, Emma Tracey and Damon Rose. Edited by Beth Rose, senior editor is Sam Bonham.

    Find us on BBC Sounds every week and subscribe there, or wherever you get your podcasts. Holler "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All".

    Contact us by email: accessall@bbc.co.uk
    and follow us on X, formerly twitter, on @bbcaccessall.

    • 34 min
    Who in the Whoniverse is Ruth Madeley?

    Who in the Whoniverse is Ruth Madeley?

    Actor Ruth Madeley plays wheelchair-using Shirley Anne Bingham in the first of three Doctor Who anniversary specials, with the first one kicking off on
    Saturday 25 November. Joining her is super-fan Tom Harries, known as Tharries on his YouTube channel. The surprises are being kept tightly under wraps
    so take a listen to see if you think Ruth has given away any clues to diehard followers of the blue police box.

    Shadow disability minister Vicky Foxcroft joins us to talk about her vision for improving the lives of disabled people. From education to cost of living,
    mental health act reforms and more, see how her plans differ from those currently out there and overseen by Tom Pursglove, her opposite in government who we spoke to a few weeks ago.

    Plus, with the new series of I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here having just hit our screens, which reality show would Nikki be able to do? Our two presenters kick this about with some surprising revelations.

    Presented by Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey. Recorded and mixed by DJ Dave O'Neill. Produced by Beth Rose, Alex Collins, Betty Douglas and Emma Tracey. The editor is Damon Rose, the senior editor Sam Bonham.

    The podcast drops late every Monday evening, subscribe on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts. Also, say "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All" and you'll hear our very latest episode. We are @bbcaccessall on the X platform - follow us like a baby bear cub follows its mom.

    Doctor Who is 60 this week, and the first of three anniversary episodes go out on BBC One and iPlayer on Saturday 25 November.

    • 38 min
    The Harry Potter stuntman on his life-changing accident

    The Harry Potter stuntman on his life-changing accident

    Harry Potter stuntman, David Holmes, opens up about his life-changing accident when he dislocated his spinal cord on the set of The Deathly Hallows Part 1, leading to paralysis. He also talks about his firm friendship with Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe.

    There’s a lot going on at the heart of government – and that’s not including the government shuffle. The BBC has uncovered potential benefit changes for
    people who are unable to work due to health conditions. Social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan, who got the scoop, fills us in.

    And Mental Health Act reforms failed to be included in the King’s Speech at the Opening of Parliament which sets out the government’s priorities. What does that mean for the 40-year-old Act widely thought to need an update? Olly Parker from the charity Young Minds breaks it down for us.

    Presented by Emma Tracey and Nikki Fox. Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill.
    Producers are Beth Rose, Emma Tracey and Alex Collins.
    The editor is Damon Rose. Senior editor, Sam Bonham.

    Follow us on X - @bbcaccessall or email accessall@bbc.co.uk.
    You can hear the latest edition on Alex by telling Alexa “Ask the BBC for Access All”. A transcript of this programme is available too – best found by
    googling it.

    • 32 min
    Power to the (Disabled) People

    Power to the (Disabled) People

    This week we look at the challenges and financial risks of using the Equality Act when it comes to transport services. Anna Lawson, professor of law at
    University of Leeds, and Tim McSharry who volunteers with Access Use-Ability Group give us their insights.

    We talk to 17-year-old Ava Jolliffe, an artist and clothes designer who has found her way onto this year's Disability Power 100 list. She is deafblind
    with other complex needs and uses bright colours and designs that work for everyone.

    Kirkmoore is a new short comedy film about a residential six form college for disabled young people for BBC Three. Writer Andrew Bogle joins us, as does
    actor Keron Day who also appears in the latest season of Sex Education on Netflix.

    Presented by Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey. Mixed by Dave O'Neill. Producers are: Bethan Ashmead, Alix Pickles, Emma Tracey and Beth Rose. The editor is Damon
    Rose, Senior Editor: Sam Bonham.

    Follow and contact Nikki on @bbcaccessall on the X platform. And don't forget you can hear the latest edition by telling Alexa "Ask the BBC for Access
    All". A transcript of this programme is available on the BBC site, best found by googling it.

    • 32 min
    Why vision impaired people struggle to pay by touchscreens

    Why vision impaired people struggle to pay by touchscreens

    Paying by card is simple for most of us, but for some visually impaired people, newer, touch screen card readers can be a problem. RNIB’s Dave Williams tells us about the challenges as well as the workarounds. And lawyer Chris Fry joins us to explain where we stand legally.
    We have Georgina Rose back with us, Strictly Come Dancing’s first live audio describer. She shares all her behind-the-scenes secrets with us, from how she preps to commentate on the sequins and how to squeeze in a speedy bathroom break.
    And there’s a new kids show in town, MixMups uses stop-motion animation to reframe disabled characters and stories for the next generation. Nikki and Emma catch up with the show’s creator Rebecca Atkinson and get introduced to Pockets, Giggle and Spin.
    Presented by Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey. Mixed by Gareth Jones. Produced by Emma Tracey, Drew Hyndman, Bethan Ashmead, Beth Rose and Alix Pickles. The editor is Damon Rose and the senior editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.
    Subscribe on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts. Say "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All". Email accessall@bbc.co.uk and on X we're @BBCAccessAll.

    • 36 min
    Disability Hate Crime: What’s really going on?

    Disability Hate Crime: What’s really going on?

    We meet actor Eloise Pennycott from BBC Three's Phoenix Rise. She lost her hearing four years ago and now, at 18, is one of the sparkiest deaf/disabled people we've come across for a while. She talks about her character Daisy who she describes in unflattering terms but loves playing.

    We look at the latest statistics for disability hate crime in England and Wales, with Ali Gunn, head of policy at the charity United Response which campaigns against disability hate crime, and Mark Brooks from social care provider, Dimensions, who also shares his personal experience.

    And we catch-up with the people of York who are overjoyed that Blue Badge parking will return to the city centre. We also look at your feedback about how easy – or not – it is to weigh yourself.

    Presented by Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey. Recorded and mixed by Dave O'Neill. Produced by Beth Rose, Alix Pickles, Emma Tracey and Drew Hyndman. The editor is Damon Rose and the senior editor is Jonathan Aspinwall.

    Subscribe on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts. Say "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All". mail accessall@bbc.co.uk and on X we're @BBCAccessAll.

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

madtav ,

So wonderful!

I started listening to this podcast after acquiring a disability and having no disabled friends to support me through my adjustment. The Ouch team and their guests have taught me so much about being a disabled person. Every conversation is vulnerable, hilarious, and relatable. I’ve sent episodes to non-disabled friends, and they enjoy listening too. Thank you, Ouch!

sweet parking ,

Awesome

So happy to have found this podcast. Great to listen to stories from all different people and perspectives.

maximuscat24 ,

Amazing!

Wonderful hosts. Great producing. My partner is disabled and this podcast has been a great resource and very informative. It's a must listen for all friends and family of people with disabilities.

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