76 episodes

Conversations on opportunities, challenges and lived experiences to foster understanding between disabled and non-disabled communities. Insights into the tools and techniques used by people with disabilities navigating the worlds of work, education, travel, sport, the arts and leisure.

Because while we may be disabled we will never be disempowered.

A Different Way of Seeing Lois Strachan

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Conversations on opportunities, challenges and lived experiences to foster understanding between disabled and non-disabled communities. Insights into the tools and techniques used by people with disabilities navigating the worlds of work, education, travel, sport, the arts and leisure.

Because while we may be disabled we will never be disempowered.

    75 - Barbara Hinske on Writing about a Blind Woman and Her Guide Dog

    75 - Barbara Hinske on Writing about a Blind Woman and Her Guide Dog

    In this episode I chat with Barbara Hinske, a USA Today bestselling author about her newest book,
    Over Every Hurdle,
    the third book in the Guiding Emily series about a blind woman and her guide dog.

    We learn about Barbara’s inspiration for the series, the research she does into creating a realistic lived experience for both Emily and her guide dog, Garth, and the response to the series so far.

    PS Both Fiji and I think Garth is the cutest dog – if you are a dog lover, you’ll love meeting Garth between the pages of these books!

    Here’s where you can find the books on Amazon:
    https://www.amazon.com/Barbara-Hinske/e/B00AO5HDC4/

    Find out more about Barbara and her writing at:
    Website: https://barbarahinske.com/
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bhinske
    Instagram https://www.instagram.com/barbarahinskeauthor/

    • 36 min
    74 - Nadine McKenzie about Unmute Dance Company and Inclusive Arts

    74 - Nadine McKenzie about Unmute Dance Company and Inclusive Arts

    In this episode I chat with Nadine McKenzie, Artistic Director of the inclusive performing arts company, Unmute Dance.

    Nadine shares a little of the history of the Unmute Dance Company and explains some of the logistics of running a mixed abilities performance group of dancers.

    She also tells us about the upcoming Arts Ability Festival that will be happening from 27 November – 3 December in Cape Town, South Africa.
    Find out more about Unmute Dance Company at:
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/unmutedance
    Instagram:@UnmuteDance
    YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7ZLr5TYIWE1TnofgYxOtwg

    Link to Lois’s spotlight by Unmute Dance Company’s Themba Mbuli for the 2020 Arts Ability Festival:
    https://youtu.be/l50KD6d8f5o

    Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
    Web: loisstrachan.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

    This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
    Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.

    • 29 min
    73 - A Conversation with Siva Moodley about Blindness, Books and Inclusive Teach

    73 - A Conversation with Siva Moodley about Blindness, Books and Inclusive Teach

    In this episode I chat with Siva Moodley about his latest book, “A Passion for Success”, and his career as an educator and inclusive education advocate in South Africa.

    In “A Passion for Success”, Siva shares the stories of alumni of the Arthur Blaxall school for the blind,
    showing how success is due to a lifelong dedication to growth and determination to achieve.

    To contact Siva Moodley, e-mail him on siva49moodley@gmail.com

    To download a free chapter of one of Lois’s books, go to
    https://www.loisstrachan.com/paws-for-thought/

    Let us know what you thought of the episode, or if you know of someone we should interview – we’re at
    Web: loisstrachan.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

    This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
    Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.

    • 30 min
    72 - Guest Episode: Global Network Podcast

    72 - Guest Episode: Global Network Podcast

    I’m currently on leave and thought I would share a guest episode from Global Network, a podcast published by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media, who recorded my podcast credits.

    Find Global Network at https://anchor.fm/s/2668542c/podcast/rss

    Or contact Charlie at
    E-mail: charliesa.dyasi@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lujadee.paul
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-dyasi-713525a0
    YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC4tsL4vcm24LFwHqnxpNwMw

    Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
    Web: loisstrachan.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

    This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
    Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.

    • 33 min
    71 - Jann Weeratunga on Writing for Children to Foster Inclusion

    71 - Jann Weeratunga on Writing for Children to Foster Inclusion

    In this episode I chat with author Jann Weeratunga about her journey as a writer and how she has become a strong ally for the disability community through her writing.

    Jann’s children’s books include characters with disabilities, and serve to normalize the concept of disability for both disabled and non-disabled children.

    During our conversation Jann talks about her books, the work she does in schools to bring about greater inclusion of children with disabilities, how the 2012 London Paralympic Games started her writing career, and how she sees her role as an author of children’s books as a way to guide children to be better than we are.

    Besides, who can resist stories about pirates?

    Contact Jann Weeratunga at
    E-mail: janspicssa@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JannWeeratunga
    Instagram: (@jannweeratunga)
    And find her books on Amazon at
    https://www.amazon.com/Jann-Weeratunga/e/B07RPGCF61%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

    Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
    Web: loisstrachan.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

    This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
    Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.

    • 51 min
    70 - Lee Haskin on Supporting Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in Mitche

    70 - Lee Haskin on Supporting Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in Mitche

    In this episode I chat with Lee Haskin, founder of Connor’s Haven in Mitchel’s Plain, Cape Town.

    When learning that her newborn baby was disabled, Lee made a commitment to providing the care her child would need. This led to the founding of Connor’s Haven and Resource Centre, which has become a centre of support and resources for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities in an area that is significantly under-resourced, with limited support facilities.

    Lee shares the story of her life with a child with a disability, the founding of Connor’s Haven and a recent court case after Connor was refused entry into a local shop.

    Contact Lee and Connor’s Haven and Resource Centre at
    WhatsApp : +27 (0)61 749 6932
    Email. : connorshaven@gmail.com
    Connor’s Haven Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/Connorshaven/
    Connor My Special Angel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connorshaven15.co.za
    LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/leehaskin

    For donations to Connor’s Haven:
    https://www.givengain.com/cause/66120/

    Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
    Web: loisstrachan.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

    This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
    Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.

    • 49 min

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