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Connecting Disability

Join host Meagan Gillmore as she and her guests consider how experiences of disability help us connect with others and society.

Connecting Disability

Join host Meagan Gillmore as she and her guests consider how experiences of disability help us connect with others and society.

Recent episodes

  • Connecting Disability to… satire and social commentary with Steven Verdile of The Squeaky Wheel

    Authored on August 16, 2023

    We are ending the summer in style as we welcome Steven Verdile onto the show today. Steven is a New York City-based designer and writer, but he’s probably best known as the creator of the disability satire website The Squeaky Wheel. We talk about his approach to disability satire and humour, the funniest disability moments we’ve encountered recently, the Barbie movie and more.

    Visit The Squeaky Wheel at: or Steven Verdile’s website at:

    On a sadder note, this episode marks the final episode of the Connecting Disability podcast. Recent changes at AMI-audio have meant several shows, like this one, are ending. I want to thank all the guests who joined me during the past two years, the technical producers who worked on this show, and Andy Frank and Ryan Delehanty for guiding the podcasts. And most importantly, thank you to you, the listeners, for joining me on this journey. I loved every minute we spent together. I’m sad to be leaving this show. If you want to contact me, you can go to the site formerly known at Twitter @meagangillmore. My messages are open. Or, send a note to, tell them you’d like to get in touch with me, and they’ll pass your message along. I hope we connect again soon!

  • Connecting Disability to… living a full life with hidden disabilities with Laura Brydges

    Authored on July 19, 2023

    There’s been a lot more talk lately (in Canada, at least) about the disability community as a political unit. But what happens if your disabilities aren’t considered to be disabilities? Laura Brydges has spent years learning and teaching others about the needs of those with hidden disabilities. She joins us to talk about her journey with hidden disabilities, what politics can and cannot do for people with disabilities, and to share some poetry. Laura has a lot of wisdom to share about choosing happiness and living a full life with limitations. I really hope you enjoy spending time with her as much as I did.

    A quick editing note: During this conversation, Laura and I talk about a draft accessibility standard from Accessibility Standards Canada that is open for public consultation. That specific standard is the outdoor spaces standard. You can find more information about that standard here: The deadline for public feedback is August 11.

    Learn more about Laura’s work and the resources she’s developed here:

  • Connecting Disability to… Paralympic sports, dog training and reinvention with Jess Tuomela

    Authored on June 22, 2023

    There are so many things to say about this month’s guest. Jess Tuomela is a four-time Paralympian who has worked as a massage therapist and now as a dog trainer, training dogs in scent discriminate trailing. But while she’s made headlines for her athletic career and dog training, my favourite thing about Jess is the time I got to spend with her several years ago. There’s a lot of laughter in this episode. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did – and Jess, I really hope we get to meet in-person again soon!

    More on Jess and Lucy’s work locating an elderly woman:… Jess also works as a mental performance strategist: Jess was featured on an episode of the CBC podcast, Player’s Own Voice. Catch that here:… We talk about the CNIB Lake Joseph Centre a lot on this podcast. You can learn more about the camp here:…