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Your Accessible Life

Your Accessible Life

By Gloria Lepik Corrigan
Practical advice and support for living well with a disability, less-ability or physical challenge.
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The Long Roads of Advocacy (Episode 35-D-5)
Lessons we've learned on the long, winding roads of advocacy. Patience and persistence help us to (slowly) change the world.
July 12, 2021
St. Petersburg, FL - A City That Cares (Episode 34-E-9)
An interview with Lendel Bright, ADA Coordinator for St. Petersburg, Florida, shows us the wonderful ways his city approaches the opportunity to be as accessible and inclusive as possible. Working with their CAPI committee (Committee to Advocate for Persons with Impairments) they strive to ensure their city is a welcoming place for people of all abilities to visit and live.
May 17, 2021
Out in the Hinterlands and Cities that Don't Care Enough (Episode 33-E-8)
Finding accessible facilities should not depend on which US city or town you visit.  But as this story shows, there are still places where folks with disabilities can not safely go.
April 14, 2021
Companies Who Care and Autonomous Buses (Episode 32-D-6)
A company who specializes in autonomous buses shows us the value of understanding the needs of all customer groups - especially customers with  disabilities.
March 18, 2021
An Accessible Road-Trip In The Era of Covid-19 (Episode 30-E-6)
Travel can be challenging when you have a disability, and even more so during a pandemic. This podcast includes observations about a recent trip that included safely and accessibly driving from Florida to upstate New York and back.
October 14, 2020
Back to Work 2020 (Episode 29-C-4)
So much changed in all of our lives as a result of COVID-19.  But, now that we may have had a chance to "settle-in" to our new reality, this can be a time to re-evaluate how we can get back to work living our best lives, even as our circumstances have changed - again! 
August 12, 2020
Happy New Year, Happy New Decade (Episode 28-A-10)
A new year and a new decade give the opportunity to honestly evaluate our situations and plan for our best future possible - even as we deal with disabilities or less-abilities.
January 8, 2020
Happy Holidays (Episode 27-E-5)
The holidays can be challenging times for anyone, but often even more so for people with new or worsening disabilities or less-abilities.  In this episode we again speak with Mona McGregor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor about strategies for surviving and thriving through the holidays.
December 18, 2019
Stand your ground (Episode 26-D-4)
Having a basic knowledge about the laws protecting our rights can be very helpful as we stand up for the "reasonable accommodations" we need.
November 20, 2019
Juggling Wheelchairs (Episode 24-E-5)
We may need different devices for different purposes.  But knowing which one(s) to take on a trip can result in having to juggle ideas and wheelchairs!  In this episode we talk about choosing between options and making it all work as we travel.
November 13, 2019
Can I still drive? (Episode 25-D-3)
As our less-abilities or disabilities begin to affect our driving, we find that there are professionals who can help.  In this episode we speak with Liz Green, Executive Director of ADED, the Association of Driver  Rehabilitation Specialists.  She talks about the available evaluations, referrals, training and more that their members can provide to help ensure safe driving even as our abilities change.
November 6, 2019
Entrepreneurship Meets Disability (Episode 23-C-3)
When disabilities or less-abilities lead us to a retirement from working in our previous jobs and careers, that doesn't have to mean we don't have options.  In this episode we speak with Elaine Mann, the founder of Bizthinkubator ( and an expert on business incubators and the role they can play in building our own work situations.  She shows us how connecting with small business resources and other entrepreneurs can help us find unique ways to keep enjoying some of the benefits we had when working, while now accommodating our changed abilities. 
October 23, 2019
About Hearing (Episode 21-B-4)
Hearing loss affects large numbers of people, but many don't recognize it, don't realize the importance of treating it and don't even know where to turn for accurate information.  In this episode we speak with our collaborator Joan Weisberg about what she has learned in her journey of progressive hearing loss.
October 9, 2019
Ancestry meets Disability - My travels in Estonia (Episode 19-E-5)
"Ancestry Travel" is a real growth area of the travel industry.  But heading to cities and smaller towns in far away places can be extra challenging when we are having to accommodate our disabilities or less-abilities.  In this episode I speak about traveling around Tallinn and beyond in my parents' beautiful homeland of Estonia.  
September 25, 2019
Shared Differences (Episode 18-A-8 )
In this episode we speak with Joan Weisberg, a friend and collaborator whose progressive hearing loss taught her about the many aspects of adjusting to changing abilities.  We discuss some of our common experiences regardless of specific disabilities or "less-abilities".
September 18, 2019
Finding Resources - First Steps (Episode 17-A-7)
When illnesses, accidents or simple aging brings us disabilities or “less-abilities”, we often need to find new ways to keep living our best lives.  In this episode, we are, again, joined by Joanne Laflin certified ICF coach.  She shares her thoughts about how to find  resources by first addressing our individual wants and needs and reaching out to others for support and ideas.
September 4, 2019
A Road Trip Through Ireland (Episode 16-E-4)
It takes a lot of effort to plan a successful and enjoyable road trip.  And even more so when it is in a foreign country.  And even more than that when it involves a wheelchair!  In this episode we talk about what we found in traveling through Ireland!
August 28, 2019
Finding Community Transportation Options (Episode 15-D-2)
The world of non-driving can be a real challenge.  But in this episode we look at how to find available transportation resources in your community. Seeking out and trying the available systems can bring back our sense of freedom and be a new adventure.
August 21, 2019
A Unique Approach to Nutritional Supplements (Episode 14-B-2 )
Diet, and nutrition are major issues for everyone.  They can take on special dimensions when we have new or worsening disabilities or “less-abilities”. In this episode we speak with Mary Twohey and Bob Bouchard of UBee Nutrition about their unique approach to product development and manufacture.
August 14, 2019
See Something, Say Something (Episode 13-A-6
When we, as people with disabilities or less-abilities, see areas where access is unsafe, and notify those who can correct them, we make our worlds safer for everyone.  Our unique points of view help make us very valuable safety sentinels!
August 7, 2019
The Accessible Travel Community (Episode 12-E-3)
Travelers with disabilities and "less-abilities"  can learn so much from talking to each other.  In this segment we speak with Josh Grisdale, founder of the Accessible Travel Forum, Accessible Japan and the "Have Disability Will Travel" podcast.  He tells us about how these sharing communities make travel easier for everyone.
July 31, 2019
Less-abilities - Is this me? (Episode 11-A-5)
So many of us don't like think of our moderate physical challenges as disabilities.  But recognizing them and making needed adjustments can have many benefits.  Seeing them as "less-abilities" may help give the perspective needed to move forward.
July 24, 2019
Filing for Disability (Episode 10-C-2)
As our new disabilities or less-abilities start to impact daily activities, concerns about work can emerge quickly.  What are our options when we can no longer work?  In this episode, attorney David Lillesand talks about government and private programs and the steps we need to take when "filing for disability"
July 17, 2019
Un-Driving Lesson (Episode 9-D-1)
As disabilities, less-abilities or other physical challenges make driving more difficult it is helpful to know our options and consider new choices. 
July 10, 2019
Feelings About Disability (Episode 8-A-4)
There are so many emotions associated with developing a disability or a less-ability.  In this episode we speak with Mona McGregor, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor about these feelings.  And, how they relate to us, personally, and to our family members.
July 3, 2019
A Trip to Phoenix (Episode 7-E-2 )
In this episode we talk about a trip taken to the Phoenix at the end of May.  We speak with Jen Rosa, special needs certified travel agent about planning a trip like this  And we recap our experiences visiting parks, a museum, a boat trip and old-west towns all with the focus of disability accessibility.
June 26, 2019
Home Sweet Homes (Episode 6-B-1)
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets requirements for access to commercial and municipal buildings.  But not private homes.  In this segment we talk about the challenges and rewards of creating the access needed to visit the homes of friends and family.
June 19, 2019
It's the Law (Episode 5-C-1)
In the US there  are 10 Federal laws governing the rights of individuals with disabilities.  This segment gives overview information about how these laws can help all of us obtain the best access to our world.
June 12, 2019
We Count (Episode 4-A-3 )
In this episode we look at the available information about prevalence of disabilities and how that is gathered.  We find that disabilities are more common than we thought and people with disabilities really count!
June 5, 2019
Accessible Traveling (Episode 3-E-1)
In this episode we interview Jen Rosa, Special Needs Certified Travel Agent.  We talk about the value of traveling and travel planning when disabilities, less-abilities or other physical challenges enter our lives.
May 29, 2019
Life Coaching and Less-abilities (Episode 2-A-2 )
In this episode we interview Coach JoAnne Laflin.  She describes coaching and how it can help people with disabilities, less-abilities or other physical challenges to build their own best lives!
May 22, 2019
Introduction and Defining Disabilities (Episode 1-A-1)
We welcome you to the Your Accessible Life Podcast.  In this episode we define Disability and Less-ability, describe our new podcast and let you know what it means for you!
May 14, 2019