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Learn from disability-focused leaders about high profile topics and how they are truly making a difference. Mai Ling and James give you front row access to intimate conversations that are shaping the way the world is supporting people with disabilities. They share their intimate experiences— so you can start, grow, and expand your impact.

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    • Business
    • 5.0 • 27 Ratings

Learn from disability-focused leaders about high profile topics and how they are truly making a difference. Mai Ling and James give you front row access to intimate conversations that are shaping the way the world is supporting people with disabilities. They share their intimate experiences— so you can start, grow, and expand your impact.

    Winning Mindset and Social Media Impact with Speech Dude

    Winning Mindset and Social Media Impact with Speech Dude

    We’re excited to share this great conversation with you! Our guest today is Chris Wenger, aka Speech Dude. He is an SLP, social media influencer, and the creator of the Dynamic Assess of Social Emotional Learning, a neurodiversity-affirming assessment to get a holistic view of a child. Chris talks with James about effectively using humor to educate, developing a winning mindset, and how your health plays a part in your individual success. Don’t miss this high-energy, motivating interview!

    • 40 min
    From CODA to Professional ASL Interpreter with Lanette Pinkard

    From CODA to Professional ASL Interpreter with Lanette Pinkard

    Mai Ling and James are bringing a great interview for you this week. Our guest is professional American Sign Language interpreter and coach, Lanette Pinkard, who grew up as a child of deaf adults (CODA). Lanette has been the lead interpreter of teams for high-profile events all over the world and is the founder of My Hands Your Heart, LLC, a team of master interpreters specializing in customized ASL services for all types of organizations. Lanette talks with James about her experiences as a CODA, how they inspired her to pursue ASL as a career, how she launched her coaching services, and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about this inspiring journey!

    • 49 min
    VR Stuttering Therapy with Gareth Walkom

    VR Stuttering Therapy with Gareth Walkom

    In this packed episode, Mai Ling and James share some exciting updates and tidbits about what is happening in the disability space and then James has a great conversation with today’s guest. Gareth Walkom is subject matter expert on using virtual reality as a therapy for speech disability or difference and has spoken at events around the world on the topic. He is the founder of withVR, a company that develops custom VR environments specifically for speech therapy. He talks about what VR is, explains VR exposure therapy, and describes how users interact with these programs in this insightful interview.

    • 38 min
    The Importance of Online Accessibility with Joe Devon

    The Importance of Online Accessibility with Joe Devon

    Our guest today is Joe Devon, the co-founder of the Global Accessibility Awareness Day and a co-founder of Diamond, an inclusive digital agency specializing in assisting clients to develop and implement accessible products. Joe talks with Mai Ling and shares some highlights from Diamond’s annual State of Accessibility Report, tells how his father was the inspiration for his accessibility work, and why accessibility online is so vital. 

    • 35 min
    Dyslexia and Neurodivergence in the Workplace with Jeannette Roberes

    Dyslexia and Neurodivergence in the Workplace with Jeannette Roberes

    We kick off this episode with Mai Ling and James both sharing about events they recently participated in and the takeaways from them. Then James has a great conversation with speech-language pathologist and author, Jeannette Roberes. She has extensive experience working with dyslexic learners and consults with tech companies on dyslexia inclusivity. Jeannette shares about her work running the disability inclusion think tank, Bearly Articulating, and why she's made it her mission to educate the tech community about the unique value neurodiverse people can bring to the table.

    • 29 min
    Empowering Neurodivergent Individuals with Katrina Martin

    Empowering Neurodivergent Individuals with Katrina Martin

    Mai Ling sits down with Katrina Martin, PhD, the founder of Bridges Learning System, to chat about her work in curriculum development. Katrina has focused on designing curriculum for disabled youth that supports and empowers neurodivergent individuals. Katrina shares why it’s so important for both students and educators to have educational tools designed with this in mind.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

Dorie14 ,

Interesting & Motivating

Enjoyed the upbeat conversation! This topic is new to me yet, the presentation and energy kept me captive. Great job!

Dcvgvvhhh ,

Wonderful host - such a pro!

Love to hear more from Mai Ling, we need more people who focus on people who are successful with helping others! Loved the John Gomez episode!

cdl732 ,

For the ‘Outside the Box’ Mindset

This podcast is as informative as it is enjoyable. I’ve often thought of ways to improve how we practice, now I have the inspiration to implement my ideas!

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