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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… space travel

Authored on January 18, 2023

Welcome to 2023! We often start a new year with lofty clichés about reaching for the moon or shooting for the stars. But what if that became a reality? Today, we are talking to Denna Lambert.

Denna is the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Early Stage Innovations & Partnerships Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility lead at NASA. She works with space technology and in December, she got to experience zero-gravity herself when she participated in a flight with AstroAccess. She joins us to talk about how she got to NASA, her hopes for disability inclusion in space travel and what it’s like being a blind Black woman working in STEM. I loved meeting Denna, and I hope you do too!

Learn more about AstroAccess here: https://astroaccess.org/

Connecting Disability to… finding home after institutionalization

Authored on December 21, 2022

In time for the holidays, we’re discussing what it means to find a home. This November, Vicky Levack of Halifax finally left the long-term care facility where she had lived since she was 21. She joined Meagan to talk about what it’s like adjusting to life in the community after being institutionalized, why her advocacy isn’t finished, and her pet peeve with princess movies.

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us and listened in 2022! We will be back in 2023!

Follow Vicky on Twitter @VickyLevack

Learn more about the Disability Rights Coalition of Nova Scotia at: https://www.disabilityrightscoalitionns.ca/

Read some reporting Meagan did last year about Vicky’s situation here: https://broadview.org/young-people-with-disabilities-long-term-care/

Connecting Disability to… inclusive advocacy (and peanut butter cups?!?)

Authored on November 16, 2022

This month, we’re talking about the news; particularly what stories about disability make the news and what it can be like to report on them. We’re joined by Spencer van Vloten, from BCDisability.com, to talk about how he got involved in covering disability policy, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on awareness of disability issues and why the disability movement needs to involve people without disabilities. Stick around to the end – we try to make the case that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups can teach us about advocacy.

Also, we do talk about medical assistance in dying (MAID) briefly. If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, call Talk Suicide Canada at 1.833.456.4566.

You can learn more about Spencer’s work at: www.bcdisability.com

Follow Spencer on Twitter @BcDisability