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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… trying new things after a loss

Authored on September 21, 2022

On this first episode of Season 2, I am thrilled to introduce you to Heather Graham. After Heather was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at age 46, she lost much of her mobility and active lifestyle. A few years ago, she decided to gain it back. Heather joins me from her residence in Calgary to talk about her journey with MS, what living in long-term care looks like before and during a pandemic, and what it means to control your disability.

Some resources Heather mentioned in this episode:

Direct MS: www.direct-ms.org
Wahls Diet: https://terrywahls.com/
Overcoming MS: https://overcomingms.org

These links are provided for your personal research. They do not constitute endorsements or medical advice.

Meagan’s previous reporting on younger adults living in long-term care: https://broadview.org/young-people-with-disabilities-long-term-care/

Connecting disability to… music and mentorship

Authored on August 17, 2022

We’re ending our FIRST YEAR of podcasting on a musical note!

W. Ian Walker has spent his life in music, whether by singing with various musical groups, working in arts administration, or now as a playwright. Ian joins Meagan to talk about turning his memoir, Stirring My Soul to Sing, into a play, how music has influenced his journey with ADHD, his experiences in the church, and the value of mentorship. Meagan reveals her answers to the questions, “Where is it hard for you to connect with your disability?” and, “What has good connection looked like for you?” We also hear about what happens when boy band fans enter middle age.

Learn more about Ian’s book Stirring My Soul to Sing: https://www.amazon.ca/Stirring-My-Soul-Sing-Overcoming-ebook/dp/B07H4WY…

Attention Deficit Disorder Association – http://add.org

Thank you to everyone who has listened and given feedback. You are very appreciated.

Connecting disability to… the outdoors

Authored on July 20, 2022

It’s hard to believe, but summer vacation is nearly half over. So, today we’re talking about the importance of getting outside.

Leona Mattice is an avid birder from Elliot Lake, Ont., who has spent years encouraging those with disabilities to explore the natural world around them. She joins us today to talk about how birding helped her through grief, brought her love and what birds can teach us about life with a disability. We also test her knowledge of bird calls.