77 episodes

The theme of the podcast is independent living and advocacy for people with disabilities.

ARISE Bill Pfohl

    • Health & Fitness

The theme of the podcast is independent living and advocacy for people with disabilities.

    Hidden Sunflowers

    Hidden Sunflowers

    On this week’s podcast, Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE, talks to Matthew Szwejbka, Customer Experience Manager at Hancock Airport. The conversation focuses on a program that provides support to travelers with disabilities called The Hidden Disabilities Sunflower Program. The initiative allows individuals who self-identify as having a non-visible disability to discreetly indicate this information to airport employees and volunteers. Airport employees and volunteers have been trained to recognize the Hidden Disability Sunflower Lanyards and offer extra support, time, and understanding to the individual. The lanyards may be requested by passengers at their airline’s ticket counter, or by reaching out directly to the Syracuse Regional Airport Authority.

    • 15 min
    Advocacy from Down Under

    Advocacy from Down Under

    On this week’s podcast, Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE, talks to Tricia Malowney, the Chief Accessibility Advocate for the department of Transport in Victoria, Australia. Malowney is visiting the U.S. on a fact-finding mission to discover innovative transportation systems and devices for people with disabilities.

    • 16 min
    A Journey of Hope

    A Journey of Hope

    This week on the podcast, Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE, talks to Gail June, an ARISE client and Cathy Almodovar, an Independent Living Advocate for ARISE.  June came to ARISE seeking help about 2 years ago. She was living in fear, looking for work, an education, and a place to live.  Her story of how she got to where she is today is truly an inspiration. 

    • 19 min
    A Mother's Journey with Angelman Syndrome

    A Mother's Journey with Angelman Syndrome

    This week on the ARISE podcast, Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE, talks to Elisabeth Downing, mother of two boys who benefit from the ARISE SibShops program. It took a long time for the medical community to come up with 6 year old Jax's diagnoses of Angelman. His 8 year old brother Jace has always doted on his baby brother. Protecting him and playing with him.  Elisabeth says the SibShop program for siblings of specials needs children is huge. And, it gives  Jace  a place he can be with other kids with a similar family dynamic that is so important. 

    • 19 min
    Supporting Others Through Experience

    Supporting Others Through Experience

    This week on the ARISE podcast, Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE, talks to Judy Aguirre, President of the Syracuse Spinal Association (SSA).  14 years ago, Judy fell down a flight of  stairs resulting in a C5 C6 incomplete quadriplegic disability.  Following the accident, she joined a support group which became the SSA.  The Association provides  resources, knowledge, advocacy, and support to enhance the lives of those living with spinal cord disabilities in CNY.

    Recommended:
    Syracuse Spinal Association
    Connor McGough - ARISE Adaptive Design

    • 22 min
    Medical Students Discover Adaptive Design

    Medical Students Discover Adaptive Design

    This week on the ARISE podcast, Tania Anderson, CEO of ARISE, talks to Claudia Heritage and Mia DiFrancesco, both medical students at SUNY Upstate Medical University. The soon to be physicians have been volunteering at the ARISE adaptive design workshop. Both were astonished by the impact adaptive design brings to its patients, families and to one day, their own practice.

    Related Recommended Podcasts:
    Adaptive Design at ARISE
    The Gadgeteer

    • 17 min

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