Join host Mark Miller and assorted colleagues for a lively podcast featuring interviews with people who are making the world a more accessible place.
Real People, Real Stories: 2021-E1: Shirley Ruch from South Fork Bakery
South Fork Bakery only hires people with special needs and is the only bakery of its kind on Long Island. Shirley talks about what inspired her to start the bakery in 2016, and her employees Scott and Sarah chat about how working for the bakery has made an impact on their lives. Scott admits that even though their chocolate chip cookies are one of the items he makes every week, he has not tried one in the five years he has worked there!
IAP 2020-E9:Steve Sawczyn, Principal Digital Accessibility Engineer at Optum
Mark Miller, the host, and his producer Marissa speak with Steve Sawczyn, Principal Digital Accessibility Engineer at Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group). Steve talks about how, although “It’s a great time to be blind,” he still runs into accessibility challenges that can be mildly embarrassing (how do you ask someone to tell you if you’re standing six feet away from them to abide by social distancing rules?) to potentially dangerous (information on Covid-19 is overwhelmingly found online, ideally on accessible websites). The three discuss Steve’s favorite aspect of working in accessibility, the innovation mindset, and how different accommodations for individuals with disabilities have ended up creating a better experience for all users.
Real People, Real Stories 2020-E8: Jeff Steinberg, Ministry Singer / Speaker / Author / Motivational Entertainer ADA Consultant
Mark Miller, the host, and his colleague Todd Waites speak with Jeff Steinberg, an entertainer/ministry singer/speaker/author/motivational entertainer and ADA consultant. Jeff elaborates on how he likes to focus on positivity during his motivational speaking events, describing how optimism helped him through his challenging childhood. Todd opens up about becoming as a one-armed keyboard player and Jeff lets it slip how he likes to flaunt political correctness by standing up for himself as a person with a disability. How he never sees his life as handicapped, so why should he dwell on things he doesn’t have?
IAP 2020-E7: Morten Bonde, Senior Art Director at LEGO
Mark Miller, the host, his producer Marissa, and colleague Todd Waites, chat with Morten Bonde, senior art director at LEGO. Morten describes a stressful 14-year phase during which his eyesight deteriorated due to retinitis pigmentosa and he couldn’t bring himself to accept what was happening. He recounts his “death” of who he was before he embraced his visual impairment and who he transformed into, after months of dedicated meditation and self-improvement training. Morten also discusses how his role at LEGO changed after he openly disclosed his condition and what gave him the motivation to write a book about his experience.
IAP 2020-E6: Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham, WCMX Athlete
Though he was born with spina bifida, a defect of the spinal cord that made it impossible for him to walk with the assistance of crutches, Aaron "Wheelz" Fotheringham soon found that his wheelchair could do a lot more than just get him from point A to B. Mark and Aaron chat about what inspired Aaron to start using his wheelchair as a surrogate skateboard, and how his mindset of making the most of what he was given has enabled him to live his life to the fullest.
IAP 2020-E5: Sha Yao, industrial designer of the assistive tableware EatWell
Mark Miller, host of the IAP, and Todd Waites, Head of Business Development at TPG, chat with Sha Yao, the entrepreneur behind the assistive tableware products, EatWell. Sha’s inspiration came from her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, and the trouble she encountered when trying to feed herself. Sha, Mark, and Todd all discuss her background as an industrial designer and the research she conducted herself to create her products, as well as her vision for the future of her company.
Great content, 5+
It is really hard to find such a content on accessibility. Great resource for those who is interested in inclusive design. Hope you will keep releasing new episodes, especially interested in more interview type of episodes with people with disabilities. Thank you!