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Disability Talk

Disability Talk

By shayne marks
In my podcast series, I chat about my daily experiences living with a disability within the NDIS, and also chat with some interesting people who work in the disability sector or have a disability.
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S2EP21 - Cheryl Drury [First Step Solutions]

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S2EP36 - Scarlett Jennings
In this episode I chat with Scarlett Jennings, someone who certainly fills her week out, being involved in girl guides, cafe work, radio, workplace skills and Zoom Party Nights!
05:05
September 23, 2022
S2EP35 - Emma Clegg & Molly Rogers [JAM]
JAM is an inclusive fashion label designed with people with disability in mind. Emma Clegg and Molly Rogers have over 14 years of collective experience in the disability sector and are incredibly passionate about the inclusion of people with disability.
08:49
September 16, 2022
S2EP34 - Michelle Stevens [Link Magazine]
Link Magazine is Australia’s premier national cross-disability publication. The magazine is published in print & online six times a year to share the latest news, research and opinion on issues facing the disability sector. Advertising consultant Michelle Stevens joins me to explain more.
13:54
September 09, 2022
S2EP33 - Tom Whiting [Reach Social Supports]
Reach is a team of passionate and experienced individuals committed to partnering with anyone living with challenges to their mental, physical or emotional wellbeing. In this episode I chat with Tom Whiting.
21:15
September 02, 2022
S2EP32 - Jade & Gavin [Adventure Crew]
In this episode I chat with Jade and Gavin from Adventure Crew who are driven to create an inclusive community, that looks past obstacles, embraces innovation, & promotes opportunity for people to live the life they choose.
15:52
August 26, 2022
S2EP31 - Mid Season Recap
In this special episode, I'm joined by my producer, Daz, as we look back at some of the chats we've had in the first part of 2022.
25:16
August 19, 2022
S2EP30 - Jacqueline Tooley [Darlinghurst Theatre Company]
Darlinghurst Theatre Company has become one of the largest employers of artists and arts workers in the not-for-profit sector, and a company that is renowned for its dedication to the integrity of artists vision, welfare and accessibility. Accessibility Manager Jacqueline Tooley joins me to explain more.
08:23
August 12, 2022
S2EP29 - Kara Pollard
Kara Pollard is a young lady with a disability who has already achieved some wonderful things since graduating from school in 2019, including obtaining her learners permit; finding paid employment; and being part of the Live2Achieve program.
05:35
August 05, 2022
S2EP28 - Alex Divine [University of Melbourne]
Alex Divine is a Research Fellow at the Disability & Health Unit, Centre for Health Equity I Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Her work mainly focuses on employment and the NDIS, and she also has a 15 year old son on the spectrum who is an NDIS participant. Most of her work is conducted in collaboration with researchers with the lived experience.
13:02
July 29, 2022
S2EP27 - Rosa Gerhards [ADEC]
ADEC's NDIS Department not only assist with various services including: disability support but can also advocate on your behalf with housing, Centrelink, and NDIS access and appeals. Advocate Rosa Gerhards joins me to explain more.
16:21
July 22, 2022
S2EP26 - Stefanie Dimov [University of Melbourne]
There are numerous barriers into finding work for people with disability and Melbourne University have recently completed the Improving Disability Employment Study after surveying over 350 people with disability who were accessing Disability Employment Services. Project Manager with the Disability & Health Unit at The University of Melbourne, Stefanie Dimov, joined me to explain more about the report.
21:31
July 15, 2022
S2EP25 - Sandra Murphy [Camp Coordinator - People Outdoors]
People Outdoors is a branch of Aus Camps and was established in 1989 to provide outdoor recreation for people of all ages living with disability. Camp Coordinator Sandra Murphy joins me to explain more about the camps.
10:28
July 08, 2022
S2EP24 - Linda Hayes [Social Futures]
Social Futures is a regional not-for-profit organisation that delivers more than 20 community service programs – driving social change for more than 46 years, mainly across regional NSW. In this episode I chat with Linda Hayes, General Manager LAC Service Delivery.
17:31
July 01, 2022
S2EP23 - Laurelle Edwards [OC Connections]
OC Connections is a specialised disability support provider who work with people living with disability to help them find a home, live well within their home, achieve their goals, enjoy different activities, find and keep employment and spend time with new people and old friends. General Manager of Independence and Community Living, Laurelle Edwards joins me to talk about the way in which the supports provided focusses on supporting people living with disability when they want, where they want and how they want.
09:26
June 24, 2022
S2EP22 - Dale Johnson [Blue Roo Theatre Company]
Founded in 2009, Blue Roo Theatre Company is a not for profit independent production company, who provide an important link between the disability community, the performing arts sector and the broader community, in that all performers in their productions have a disability. Dale Johnson is the secretary, and joins me on this episode to explain more.
11:05
June 17, 2022
S2EP21 - Cheryl Drury [First Step Solutions]
In this episode, I chat with Cheryl Drury from First Step Solutions about their Date-Ability program, which helps people on the NDIS, recognise and implement the skills required to find meaningful relationships, and to keep them safe in the process.
09:28
June 03, 2022
S2EP20 - Shayne's RadioVoice Review
In this episode, Daz chats to Shayne about his successful completion of the RadioVoice Radio & Podcasting Skills Building Program.
23:57
May 27, 2022
S2EP19 - Michelle Beech [CEO - DPS Publishing] | Jessica Connelly
A special double edition of the podcast as I chat with Michelle Beech, CEO of DPS Publishing, who produce the Disability Support Guide which provides information about disability support options, what to consider and how to get the best support for your needs and circumstances. Plus, I catch up with a good friend of mine, Jess Connelly, and chat about work, bowling, cooking and a big announcement she made earlier this year.
13:03
May 20, 2022
S2EP18 - Elena Ladlow [Superbia Allied Health]
Elena Ladlow, an Occupational Therapist with Superbia Allied Health, joins me on this episode to chat about PEERS -the next step to learning the social skills required to be a confident, happy and engaging person that everyone will want to hang out with.
06:57
May 13, 2022
S2EP17 - Alyssa McIntyre (ADEC)
On this episode, I chat with Alyssa McIntyre, the NDIS Support Unit Coordinator with Action on Disability within Ethnic Communities (ADEC) - specialists in supporting people from ethnic backgrounds, and empowering people living with a disability or who are frail, their families and carers.
16:19
May 06, 2022
S2EP16 - Toni Arfaras [Stroke Safe Program]
The Stroke Safe program, which is funded by Stroke Foundation, sends volunteers out to speak to community groups or work places to talk about stroke. They usually have a close personal connection to stroke, which means the info they give is authentic – their lived experience, what they have learned on their own journey etc. Toni Arfaras joins me to explain more about the program.
09:23
April 29, 2022
S2EP15 - Patricia Vo (Access Touch)
On this episode, I chat with Patricia Vo from Access Touch, the only on-demand, practical, intimate resource in Australia, and is designed to reduce the stigma of shame and embarrassment around the topic of sexual health. They support carers and therapists to safely encourage the development of intimacy skills for people with disability and sexual trauma survivors. 
07:54
April 22, 2022
S2EP14 - Jennifer Munson-Montanez (Marketing and Sales Manager - Otao Kitchen)
In this episode I chat with the Jen Munson-Montanez, the Marketing & Sales Manager with Otao Kitchen, who offer the best cooking classes in Melbourne. Making healthy food choices shouldn’t be difficult. Joining one of their master classes in Melbourne, you will learn how to make fresh, healthy meals and have a great time while you’re at it!
10:42
April 15, 2022
S2EP13 - Peter Greig [Brazier Mobility]
In this episode, I chat with Peter Greig, the CEO of Brazier Mobility (formerly known as Les Brazier Special Vehicles), who are Australia’s premier converter of Vehicles for Wheelchair Accessibility and modified driving controls.
10:36
April 08, 2022
S2EP12 - John King [Dandenong Basketball Association - All Abilities Program]
On this episode I chat with John King from the Dandenong Basketball Association about his journey, and his role at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium and the All Abilities Program.
47:44
March 31, 2022
S2EP11 - Ravi Bhatt [Sunrise2Sunrise]
In this episode I chat with Ravi Bhatt, Managing Director of Sunrise2Sunrise who provide quality support and services to empower people living with a disability to lead a fulfilling and valued life.
15:15
March 25, 2022
S2EP10 - Toby Anscombe [Swan Districts Football Club]
On this episode, I’m chatting with Toby Anscombe who is the ALL Abilities Manager at the Swan Districts Football Club in WA.
06:60
March 18, 2022
S2EP9 - Paul Steward [KPSM Respite & Consulting]
In this episode I chat with Paul Steward, Managing Director of KPSM Respite & Consulting, who aim to give their clients the time of their life as well as memories that will last forever.
11:07
March 11, 2022
S2EP8 - Jared Foster [Automobility] | Jenny Elliott [Swan Hill - carer]
In this double episode, I chat with Jared Foster, National Sales Manager with Automobility, and also Jenny Elliott from Swan Hill who is the carer of a daughter with a disability.
21:25
March 04, 2022
S2EP7 - Edwin John [Fitcare Australia]
My guest today is Edwin John, Managing Director with Fitcare Australia who create support programs that help people under the NDIS achieve their goals and feel their best.
10:49
February 24, 2022
S2EP6 - Belinda Marshall
In this episode, I chat with Belinda who is a mum to Josh, a young man with a disability.
07:48
February 18, 2022
S2EP5 - Perry Cross & Tom Ray [Accessible Homes Australia]
In this episode I chat with Perry Cross and Tom Ray from Accessible Homes Australia who invest in, and provide specialist disability home apartments to Australians participating in the NDIS under the SDA program.
24:14
February 11, 2022
S2EP4 - Daniel Clarke [disability support worker] | Melbourne trip into the BBL
On this episode, I chat to a good mate of mine who is also a disability support worker, and also I documented a recent train trip into the city to watch a BBL game.
13:50
February 04, 2022
S2EP3 - Nick Smith [East Coast Chicken]
In this episode I chat with qualified chef and owner of East Coast Chicken on the Gold Coast, Nick Smith, who this year will be setting up cooking classes for the disability sector.
10:14
January 28, 2022
S2EP2 - Wayne McNamara | Invacare
Shayne chats with Business Manager, Wayne McNamara, about Invacare Australia/New Zealand who design, manufacture and distribute an extensive line of home and long-term care medical products and services that promote recovery and active lifestyles.
25:47
January 25, 2022
Bonus Episode - Ten Pin Bowling on International Day of People with Disability
Shayne & Daz caught up with Britt & Cindy from Umbrella Support on a very special day on the calendar.
11:41
January 24, 2022
S2EP1 - John Zammit | Discobility
There are some well documented advantages of dancing for people with special needs, regardless of their abilities. They include physical fitness, an increase in confidence, improvements in flexibility and strength, and it’s a great outlet for creativity and imagination.
07:55
January 14, 2022
S1EP22 - Season 1 in Review pt.2
In this episode (part 2 of his recap of season 1), Shayne revisits some of the terrific interviews and wonderful stories shared.
20:23
December 30, 2021
S1EP21 - Season 1 in Review pt.1
In this episode, Shayne revisits some of the terrific interviews and wonderful stories from season 1.
24:20
December 22, 2021
S1EP20 - Eitan Meyerowitz (Stars and the Moon) | Jordan Grenfell (Voice Actor)
A special double edition of the podcast, as Shayne chatted to Eitan Meyerowitz, President of Jewish All-Abilities Theatre Group, Stars and the Moon; and Jordan Grenfell, who is an aspiring character voice artist with a big future.
31:26
December 16, 2021
S1EP19 - Ian & Scarlett | Make N bake
In this episode, Shayne was on location at Make N Bake, a small food production business located in Melbourne’s south east with a workforce of young people of all abilities. Their SBAT's make delicious biscuits and other fine handmade bakery products, produced and baked fresh daily using the best quality products and a generous hand.
16:04
December 09, 2021
S1EP18 - Cindy Warren | Umbrella Support
In this episode, Shayne chats with the founder of Umbrella Support, Cindy Warren, who shared her journey within the disability sector.
26:59
December 02, 2021
S1EP17 - Grace Burns & Douglas Mullen-Oldfield | Raya Healthcare
Raya Healthcare build meaningful connections and personalised supports to their clients to help them get the most out of their everyday. General Manager Grace Burns and BDM Douglas Mullen-Oldfield join me to explain more.
10:17
November 25, 2021
S1EP16 - Carl Webb | Carl Webb Foundation
Former Australian rugby league international Carl Webb was noted as a straight shooter during his celebrated career. Earlier this year he announced he has been diagnosed with MND, which has presented him with a new fight off the field.
17:38
November 19, 2021
S1EP15 - Jo Kernot | NNA Direct Support Service
In this episode, Shayne chatted to Joanne Kernot about the tremendous success of the NNA Direct Service Support brand, which provides direct in-home support services for people with disabilities and their support networks.
10:26
November 12, 2021
S1EP14 - Susan Rauchfuss | LaTrobe Community Health
In this episode, Shayne chatted with Susan Rauchfuss about her role as a Local Area Co-Ordinator with LaTrobe Community Health.
12:49
November 05, 2021
S1EP13 - Alicia Wilson | Livin Social
On this episode I chat with Alicia Wilson, co-founder of Livin Social, a platform for young people with disabilities to get out and explore what life has to offer.
07:36
October 28, 2021
S1EP12 - John Paul Melhem | Talk All Things Podcast
On this episode I chatted with radio announcer and fellow podcaster JP Melhem. 
11:20
October 22, 2021
S1E11 - Andrew Esmore
In this episode, Shayne chatted with Andrew Esmore about his experience as a Support Worker within the disability sector.
28:27
October 14, 2021
S1EP10 - Paul Barter | Access Your Way
On this episode Shayne chats with the owner of Access Your Way, Paul Barter, about the community experiences they offer to the disability sector.
20:57
October 07, 2021
S1EP9 - Martina Netto | Faith Disability
In this episode, Shayne caught up with Martina Netto who has recently started her own business, Faith Disability, about what it's like working as a support co-ordinator in the disability industry.
13:26
September 30, 2021
S1EP8 - Emily Rennes | Ten Pin Bowling Australia
Ten pin bowling is not only great for social activity, it's also very important for our mental health. On this episode, Shayne chats with Development & Programs Manager for TBA, Emily Rennes.
13:18
September 23, 2021
S1EP7 - Brett Anderson | Personal Trainer
On this episode, Shayne chatted with Personal Trainer, Brett Anderson, about his PT work with the disability sector and how Covid has effected training.
33:30
September 16, 2021
S1EP6 - Sarah Bruce Drive Skills 4 Life) | Joanna Gorgen (Happiness First)
On this episode, Shayne chatted with owner of Driving Skills 4 Life, Sarah Bruce, and disability employment coach, Joanna Gorgen from Happiness First.
14:24
September 13, 2021
S1EP5 - Peter Negri | Clubmates Travel
In this episode, Shayne chatted with Peter Negri, the owner of Clubmates Travel, the leading name in international supported holidays for people with a disability.
35:33
September 10, 2021
S1EP4 - Sam Colley | Vision Australia Radio
Great chatting with Sam Colley, from Vision Australia Radio, about his journey in radio.
25:35
September 01, 2021
S1EP3 - Harry Schlegel
On this episode of my podcast, I chatted with Harry Schlegel - volunteer with Echuca Discover - All Abilities.
25:44
August 27, 2021
S1EP2 - Kathy Bartlett | Live2Achieve
On this episode we had the pleasure of chatting with owner of a disability support business, and mum of a daughter with a disability, Kathy from Live2Achieve.
10:46
August 20, 2021
S1EP1 - Libby White
In this episode, Shayne chatted with support worker, Libby White, who loves helping others and has been in the disability sector for over 4 years. Libby is brilliant at assisting people with a disability with life skills training.
15:24
August 13, 2021
Episode 0 - Teaser
in my podcast series, I chat about my daily experiences living with a disability within the NDIS, and also with some interesting  people who also live with a disability. 
00:40
August 06, 2021