30 min

SPECIAL EPISODE: Sharing the Stories of People With Disabilities (by Students From the United Districts of San Diego‪)‬ ED&D Podcast

    • Education

Podcast #1: Andy Cohn 

The United Districts of San Diego is a partnership of sixth and seventh graders from the National School District, Sweetwater School District, and Coronado School District with a goal of raising awareness around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local actions. SDG #10 is Reducing Inequalities. 

The United Districts of San Diego collaborated to envision and record this mini-podcast series in an effort to raise awareness around differently-abled people.  

Guest Andy Cohn was born in Tempe, Arizona. At age sixteen, on the way home from school as the passenger in a car, he was involved in an automobile accident. His subsequent injuries included a broken neck and spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. Andy was part of four medal-winning Paralympic teams, including the gold medal winning team in Beijing 2008. Andy recently published his book, Wither. He lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

In this interview, Andy encourages us to see the person, not the disability. Thank you for helping The United Districts of San Diego with our goal of raising ability awareness, and reducing inequalities, by listening to our interviews.



Podcast #2: Austin Diepenhorst

The United Districts of San Diego is a partnership of sixth and seventh graders from the National School District, Sweetwater School District, and Coronado School District with a goal of raising awareness around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local actions. SDG #10 is Reducing Inequalities.

The United Districts of San Diego collaborated to envision and record this mini-podcast series in an effort to raise awareness around differently-abled people.  

Guest Austin Diepenhorst was born in Hawaii, and now lives in Santee, California. Although blind, Austin Diepenhorst is a professional piper. He is the 2016 Sherriff Memorial Champion, second prize in the Professional B-Piobaireachd at the 2019 North American Championships at Maxville, Ontario, and a second prize in the United States Silver Medal at Winter Storm in 2019. Austin studied psychology at Grossmont College and currently works at the Apple Store in Fashion Valley.

In this interview, Austin explains how he is lucky to have been born blind.  Thank you for helping The United Districts of San Diego with our goal of raising ability awareness, and reducing inequalities, by listening to our interviews. 



Podcast #3: Dr. Leighangela Brady 

The United Districts of San Diego is a partnership of sixth and seventh graders from the National School District, Sweetwater School District, and Coronado School District with a goal of raising awareness around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local actions. SDG #10 is Reducing Inequalities. 

The United Districts of San Diego collaborated to envision and record this mini-podcast series in an effort to raise awareness around differently-abled people.  

Guest Dr. Leighangela Brady currently serves as the Superintendent of National School District, home to 4,500 preschool through sixth grade students. National School District is focused on contributing to the 2030 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by engaging students in actions to build a more sustainable future. Dr. Brady Leighangela Brady earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from San Diego State University, with both her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Connecticut. She also has ADHD.

In this interview, Leighangela shares how her disability could be perceived as a superpower. Thank you for helping The United Districts of San Diego with our goal of raising ability awareness, and reducing inequalities, by listening to our interviews.

Podcast #1: Andy Cohn 

The United Districts of San Diego is a partnership of sixth and seventh graders from the National School District, Sweetwater School District, and Coronado School District with a goal of raising awareness around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local actions. SDG #10 is Reducing Inequalities. 

The United Districts of San Diego collaborated to envision and record this mini-podcast series in an effort to raise awareness around differently-abled people.  

Guest Andy Cohn was born in Tempe, Arizona. At age sixteen, on the way home from school as the passenger in a car, he was involved in an automobile accident. His subsequent injuries included a broken neck and spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic. Andy was part of four medal-winning Paralympic teams, including the gold medal winning team in Beijing 2008. Andy recently published his book, Wither. He lives in Southern California with his wife and son.

In this interview, Andy encourages us to see the person, not the disability. Thank you for helping The United Districts of San Diego with our goal of raising ability awareness, and reducing inequalities, by listening to our interviews.



Podcast #2: Austin Diepenhorst

The United Districts of San Diego is a partnership of sixth and seventh graders from the National School District, Sweetwater School District, and Coronado School District with a goal of raising awareness around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local actions. SDG #10 is Reducing Inequalities.

The United Districts of San Diego collaborated to envision and record this mini-podcast series in an effort to raise awareness around differently-abled people.  

Guest Austin Diepenhorst was born in Hawaii, and now lives in Santee, California. Although blind, Austin Diepenhorst is a professional piper. He is the 2016 Sherriff Memorial Champion, second prize in the Professional B-Piobaireachd at the 2019 North American Championships at Maxville, Ontario, and a second prize in the United States Silver Medal at Winter Storm in 2019. Austin studied psychology at Grossmont College and currently works at the Apple Store in Fashion Valley.

In this interview, Austin explains how he is lucky to have been born blind.  Thank you for helping The United Districts of San Diego with our goal of raising ability awareness, and reducing inequalities, by listening to our interviews. 



Podcast #3: Dr. Leighangela Brady 

The United Districts of San Diego is a partnership of sixth and seventh graders from the National School District, Sweetwater School District, and Coronado School District with a goal of raising awareness around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through local actions. SDG #10 is Reducing Inequalities. 

The United Districts of San Diego collaborated to envision and record this mini-podcast series in an effort to raise awareness around differently-abled people.  

Guest Dr. Leighangela Brady currently serves as the Superintendent of National School District, home to 4,500 preschool through sixth grade students. National School District is focused on contributing to the 2030 United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals by engaging students in actions to build a more sustainable future. Dr. Brady Leighangela Brady earned her Ed.D. in educational leadership from San Diego State University, with both her B.S. and M.A. degrees from the University of Connecticut. She also has ADHD.

In this interview, Leighangela shares how her disability could be perceived as a superpower. Thank you for helping The United Districts of San Diego with our goal of raising ability awareness, and reducing inequalities, by listening to our interviews.

30 min