LABLEd Podcast is a show about disability illness and difference. With insights from a different guest in every episode, the show uncovers the vast spectrum of life with health conditions and impairments, discussing how it shapes personal identities and opening up about the prejudices that disabled and chronically ill people face daily.
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Alice Evans, Daisy Holder & Lucy Wood bring you another History Lesson as we profile people from history who lived, survived and thrived with a disability or chronic illness
In honour of Black History Month, Alice, Lucy alongside Disability Historian Daisy Holder are joined by the Host of Dope Black Disabled Podcast, Kimmy Soko to discuss the life of Sundiata Keita, the first ruler of the Mali Empire in the 13th century C.E. He laid the foundation for a powerful and wealthy African empire and proclaimed the first charter of human rights, the Manden Charter who also happened to be disabled
This show regularly covers very personal and sometimes controversial topics, so listeners may hear some language, including profanity or terminology that they find offensive. Please be aware of this as you listen to this episode. Several historical terms for disability are used in this episode in reference context. These are now considered highly offensive.
This episode contains a discussion of Nazis which some may find upsetting
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Hosts: Alice Evans, Daisy Holder and Lucy Wood
Editor: Adam Hull
Music: Maisy Crunden
Transcriptionist: Sarah Matthews
In this episode of GET REAL we meet Bruce Perham, a social worker of more than 30 years who is also a family and narrative therapist. He is the director of a counselling collective called Talking Differently, which specialises in the area of occupational fatigue within front-line responder professions. Bruce’s career has mainly been in the not-for-profit sector and more than a decade ago he moved into working with first responders, in particular prison officers, around the psychological impact of their constant exposure to traumatic incidents through their occupation. This experience and the organisational training and counselling Bruce has conducted over the years led him to write a book called Code Blue: Prison Officer in Danger. We know through some of the conversations we’ve had on this podcast that first responders are particularly vulnerable to trauma. In Code Blue, Bruce makes the point that the work of Prison Officers and their day-to-day experiences are largely hidden, unlike the police or firefighters or ambulance officers. The public don’t see what life in prison is like or understand that prison officers are in a workplace of constant high-stress that requires vigilance at all times. Bruce also shares with host Robyn Haydon about his own experience with trauma and mental health. When Bruce was a young social worker, he experienced anxiety and depression, triggered by a home visit he did one day at work with a mother who was in distress. “It was just like a grenade went off…I was just trying to hold myself together…that was the beginning of something not being right,” Bruce explains. This led to Bruce discovering that the death of his twin sister Leanne, when they were infants, had a traumatic impact on him that he never realised. “Looking back, I see more clearly that the workplace was the stage that retriggered my childhood trauma and ostensibly had caused me so much turmoil,” Bruce says. “It was a long time later that I realised it was that visit to that mother that really triggered back into my own mother…the level of grief in that exchange was the arrow that broke all the defences down.” If you are affected by anything discussed in this episode, call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or go to lifeline.org.au You can find out more about Bruce’s work and his book Code Blue: Prison Officer in Danger at letstalkdifferently.com.au Listener notes: When talking about his early career in the 1980s in disability, Bruce references a book and movie called Annie’s Coming Out. This was a pivotal moment in awareness and advocacy for people with a disability in Australia. The book and movie are about a girl with cerebral palsy, unable to communicate and living in a government institution from an early age. Her therapist works with her to learn to communicate and then begins a legal fight when Annie turned 18 to get her released from government care. One of Bruce’s earlier workplaces was as a social worker, working with families who had children with cerebral palsy. The name of the organisation was then-the Spastic Children’s Society of Victoria (now known as Scope).Read More
Joyce welcomes Carrie SiuButt, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SimpleHealth to the show. At 13, Carrie was diagnosed with dystonia, a rare movement control disease. For her walking became excruciatingly painful over time. Living with this disability, in February 2020, she joined company SimpleHealth as CEO. It was on the brink of failure. She and her team dug in and grew the business 10x in 12 months. Founded in 2018 and based in New York City, SimpleHealth makes reproductive wellness simple! Operating in 32 states and growing, SimpleHealth is a nationally recognized telehealth provider of reproductive wellness, offering birth control, herpes and cold sore treatment, and over-the-counter supplements. Simple Health’s mission is to be the #1 reproductive wellness provider, giving access to those who otherwise wouldn’t be able to find reproductive care in a convenient and affordable way. Ms. SiuButt will share her story of personal success while living with a disability showing the listeners that anyone with a disability can contribute to the workforce.Read More
Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren was elected Broward County Court Judge, (17 th Judicial Circuit,Florida) in 1997; where she pioneered America’s first specialized Mental Health Court; dedicated to the decriminalization and diversion of persons arrested with mental illness, and neurocognitive disorders.The Court is a national and global model; and has diverted over 23,000 women and men out of Broward County’s jail.The Court was the model for The American Law Enforcement and Mental Health Project. This Congressional legislation piloted 100 mental health courts in the U.S. (2000).Judge Wren has received many honors for her pioneering work: She was appointed by President George W. Bush to serve on The President’s New Freedom Commission on Mental Health. (2002). Voted Top 3 Finalists for the 2013 “Innovating Justice Awards” by The HagueInternational Institute for Innovation of Law Foundation (HIIL Foundation) for the Mental. In 2015, The National Council for Behavioral Excellence in Advocacy Award for Elected Service in 2015.Judge Wren is a Professor at Nova Southeastern University, College of Psychology and Neuroscience, and NSU Criminal Justice Institute.She is an Author, A Court of Refuge: Stories from the Bench of America and First Mental Health Court; Judge Wren is a global speaker on Mental Health & Criminal Justice, Problem-solving Justice and Leading Cultural Change.Read More
People with ADHD have to face both the strengths and struggles that come along with their diagnosis. During ADHD Awareness Month, we’re presenting some important conversations we’ve had along the way about ADHD, including this conversation with Brendan Mahan, who shares his struggle with ADHD and executive function. This conversation was first released in October of 2019. ABOUT THE GUEST – Brendan Mahan, MEd., MS, is an ADHD/Executive Function consultant, coach, and speaker. As a veteran educator, he is skilled at teaching people how to effectively manage the challenges they face. He and his twin sons have ADHD, and he enjoys helping others with ADHD meet the challenges they face. Brendan is also host of the ADHD Essentials podcast. The Neurodiversity Podcast is available on Facebook and Instagram at Neurodiversity Podcast, and on Twitter @NeurodiversePod. For more information go to www.NeurodiversityPodcast.comRead More
Kelly Londenberg joins this episode of Autism Stories to discuss why accepting her autistic identity was so important in her life, being a certified occupational therapy assistant and the benefits of occupational therapy, and how volunteering greatly helped her on her employment path.Read More
Nationwide Long Term Disability Attorney Nancy L. Cavey talks about the insurance carriers and the games and tricks they like to play with your disability policies! In this episode we feature MetLife Disability Insurance as the Carrier Spotlight!Resources Mentioned In This Episode:LINK TO ROBBED: https://caveylaw.com/get-free-reports/get-disability-book/LINK TO PROFESSIONAL BOOK: https://caveylaw.com/get-free-reports/disability-insurance-claim-survival-guide-professionals/FREE CONSULT LINK: https://caveylaw.com/contact-us/Need Help Today?Need help with your Long Term Disability or ERISA claim? Have questions? Please feel free to reach out to use for a FREE consultation. Just mention you listened to our Podcast!Review like and give us a thumbs up! We love to see your feedback about our Podcast!Read More
Host Bob Kafka and guest Rhonda Richards, AARP Senior Legislative Representative in Government Affairs, discuss policy reform for longterm services and support for seniors and disabled persons.Read More
For episode 265 of Disability After Dark, I sit down with star of Hulu’s new film, Best Summer Ever, Emily Kranking. We talk about the importance of a film like this for disabled and non-disabled audiences, what Emily wants to do in her acting + activism careers as someone with Cerebral Palsy, plus so…Read More