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‘So…’ Podcast Episodes

LIST OF EPISODES

  • Collective messages from Disability Service Providers across Australia

    “I’m not shaking your hand mate, I don’t care who you are.”

    This is one of the quotes that stuck in my mind, as I was producing this episode you are about to experience.

    It’s a response from a client who was interacting with a Chief Executive Officer from an Australian Disability Service Provider.

    The CEO acknowledged “that sometimes you just got to stop and reflect, so that we can be reminded that when we need to do things rightly, advice can come from people we wouldn’t normally expect.”

    No matter what business you are in, I believe there are many takeaway messages that you will relate to, with this episode.

    My takeaway message after listening to this episode is that organisations are responding quickly as situations are continuingly changing.

    There are hopefully now less boxes to be ticked before things can be approved.

    Right now, it’s all about being responsive when creating innovative ways to support people.
    Whist at the same time continue to listen to the people who are being supported.

    I would like to thank the 11 CEO’s from Disability Services Providers from around Australia who contributed by leaving short recorded messages of innovation, support, and creativity during COVID-19 period.

    Another great highlight for me was understanding how each organisation is uniquely different.

    Thank you to the National Disability Services for assisting in finding organisations who chose to be a part of this episode.

    SelfHelp
    Multicap
    Activ Foundation
    Aruma
    OCConnections
    Wallara
    Helping People Achieve
    genU
    Community Living Australia
    Mambourin
    SCOPE

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Disability, it’s a joke, for some

    Tim Ferguson and I had a funny chat, to be expected, as he is a professional comedian.

    (From his website cheekymonkeycomedy.com)

    Tim is a widely acclaimed comedian, writer and producer. He’s toured the world performing stand-up and musical comedy, co-writing dozens of live stage comedy shows and light entertainment programmes.

    What made this conversation meaningful for me was that we spoke heart to heart as two people with disabilities and how we use humour when we interact with the rest of the world.

    Tim has multiple sclerosis and I’ve had a physical disability since birth.

    A lot of the discussion was also focused on what is humour and does it really matter if it offends others?

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Supporting those who are missing out on podcast

    Christina Canters from Podcast Services Australia and producer and host of ‘Stand Out Get Noticed’ podcast joined me to talk about “Supporting those who are missing out on podcasts”

    Christina’s insights into understanding the podcast audience enriched our conversation which focused on people who are not listening to podcasts and why.

    Christina and I shared different strategies for podcast listeners who are interested in helping others connect with podcasts.

    Existing barriers include accessible formats for the Deaf community, and senior members of our community missing out due to not having a good understanding of technology.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Social isolation is not new to us

    In the spirit of staying connected during these times, the following 12 recordings are from individuals who live with disabilities such as, Schizoaffective disorder, Deaf Blindness, Cerebral palsy, Oculocutaneous Albinism, physical and intellectual disabilities and want to share their own personal message to the world.

    What’s evident for me after listening to these insights, is that people with disabilities already live everyday with skills around being adaptable and robust.

    As the community navigates through these changing times, there needs to be a mind shift, so that people with disabilities are seen as a valuable resource, who, on a daily basis are resilient and creative whist remaining positive when it comes to living in the broader community.

    I sincerely thank the people who left recorded messages using their mobile phone, my support team Xinxin & Jian who were fantastic when it comes to making this technology work.

    Also I must acknowledge the continuing support from OutScribe Transcription Services who transcribed all of my episodes so that they are accessible to all.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

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    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Coronavirus Disability Peer Support Podcast – Invitation

    Hi I’m John Mckenna from Melbourne Australia, host & producer of So…Podcast, also an individual who has a physical disability.

    I feel very passionate that peer support amongst people with disabilities is crucial right now, as information sharing continues to empower us.

    The first part of the podcast is an invitation to people with disabilities around the world, asking if they would like to share their own positive stories and strategies as empowered individuals during these times when we are all being encouraged to self-isolate due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.

    People who would like to take part in this podcast will be asked to provide a 1 to 2 minutes voice recording via their telephone.

    If you, or if you know someone who may be interested please connect via email letstalk@sopodcast.com.au

    The email should contain your name, a contact number that you can be contacted by Tuesday 31st of March 2020.

    First names only will be mentioned as part of the interview, all contact details will definitely not be published and will be treated discretely.

    I will be responding to these emails and arranging times for these recordings to happen on Wednesday the 1st of April 2020.

    People will be able to listen to these recording in the second part of the podcast once it has been published and they will be available on www.johnmckenna.com.au, YouTube and other podcast listening platform such as iTunes & Spotify.

    Please contact me on +61 419877712 if you have any questions.

    Regards,

    John Mckenna

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Lawyer lottery, will yours take a risk?
    Samantha Lovrich is the co-founder of Legal Tech Helper and legal operations coach.
    In this interview we talk about the importance of lawyers stepping into the shoes of their clients, the role of open questions and deep listening to build empathy, and the role of coaching and mentoring to create better culture in legal teams.
    We also discuss the role that technology can play to address unmet legal needs. We hear about online guided client interviews that allow ordinary people to get legal information targeted to their circumstances – without giving away personal information.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • He sells words because his words sell

    Tom Valcanis is a copywriter and journalist that sells words.

    He writes words for businesses, not-for-profit, and more so they can get their point across as effectively as possible.

    In this intriguing interview we touch on how making writing simple means more people can understand. That, and anyone can be a writer!

    We covered topics such as how if you can talk you can write; subtle mistakes that can cost your business; why being concise is king; some rules aren’t what they used to be; and how to cultivate a practice of writing.

    You can also contact Tom for his course on better business writing; more at the end of the episode.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Deaf and proud

    Brent Phillips is a proud third generation deaf Australian.

    He identifies himself as Culturally and linguistically Deaf. Brent is also an Executive Director – Language, Partnerships & Innovation at Expression Australia.

    It was an insightful interview that focused on Brent’s views of the Deaf culture in Australia, ranging from myths to misassumptions.

    These include information such as

    • 95% of people who are Deaf are born to hearing parents
    • Acceptance of the Cochlear implant from the Deaf community
    • Medical intervention and how parents aren’t always given the opportunity to make an informed decision
    • How Deaf people are not all the same, when it comes to their hearing loss

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Closed Captioning CC

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    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Is a conscious death a perfect death?

    Annie Whitlocke is a Death Elder and Palliative care liaison coordinator at Buddhist Council of Victoria.

    To be honest, I went into this interview with a sense of discomfort and also a mix of excitement.

    My favourite part of our chat was hearing about the Tonglen meditation practice.

    Tonglen Meditation is Tibetan meditation style which means giving and taking and visualizing the suffering of others via your breath.

    I do hope that there are some interesting takeaway messages for you, as Annie & I discuss many other topics around dying from Voluntary Assisted Dying to her own perfect death.

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

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    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

  • Need more space for a sneaky kiss & cuddle? Try the Accessible Toilet!!

    One of Bruce Bromley’s (from Equal Access Group) favourite phrases is

    Everyone, Everywhere, Everytime” especially when it comes to addressing accessibility for people with disabilities in Australia.

    This fascinating interview touches on the many aspects of what physical access to the built environment is all about.

    It’s definitely not just about replacing a step with a ramp.

    Here are some of the topics that we covered:

    • Being aware of accessibilities in open spaces such as parks
    • What does universal access mean?
    • How different disability types have specific accessibility requirements
    • The Changing Places project
    • Evacuation from public buildings for infants & adults
    • Building codes & Heritage buildings in Australia
    • Liveable Housing Australia

    Options to access to the podcast episode are:

    YouTube with Subtitles/Closed Captions (c)

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    Whooshkaa podcast audio player

    *Transcript of this interview is also available*

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