Episodes
Alex Noble became a quadriplegic at just 16 when he was badly injured in a rugby tackle. Before the accident he was a rising sports star, training with the Under-17 NSW Rugby Sevens youth selection squad and fighting for a NRL future. Now Alex fights to regain small amounts of movement in his arms and legs. But if you ask him which version of himself he likes better, his answer might surprise you.  Instagram @IFightYouFight See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 10/17/21
This episode contains discussions about mental illness, PTSD, suicidal thoughts and a suicide attempt. Please listen with care, and if you’re struggling call Lifeline on 13 11 14. Bilateral below-knee amputee Lauren McDonough is learning to love herself and her body, but it hasn’t been easy. She’s struggled with treatment-resistant depression and PTSD since she was a teenager, and in May 2017 Lauren lost both her legs below the knee in a suicide attempt. Through her physical and mental...
Published 10/03/21
When Nathan Borg got fed up with not seeing characters on TV that best represented his disability, he rang up Channel 10 himself and pitched a brand new character. It was a bold move and it worked - Nathan, who is deaf and wears a cochlear implant, now plays Curtis on Australia's longest running soap opera 'Neighbours'. In this chat Nathan tells Dylan and Angus about being told to give up on acting when he was younger,  how he can control what and how he hears via a high-tech app, plus the...
Published 09/19/21
Vision-impaired runner Jaryd Clifford boarded the plane home from the Tokyo Paralympics with not one, not two, but three medals around his neck, including silver in the 5000 metres and the marathon. Jaryd ran so hard he collapsed after two of his races, and made headlines when he made a teary post-run shout out to his Dad, who passed away earlier this year. Angus and Dylan were lucky enough to sit down with Jarryd a week before Tokyo to chat about why he took up running as a kid, what it’s...
Published 09/08/21
Wheelchair racer Madison de Rozario has won every kind of Paralympic medal except for gold, but she’ll be fighting to change that at the Tokyo games. She first took the international track circuits by storm when she won silver at the 2008 Beijing games at just 14 years old, before moving from sprinting to distance and soon winning the 2018 London Marathon. In this chat she tells Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin why she has to win medals to pay her Sydney rent, what it was like having a...
Published 08/22/21
Before his accident at 17, Jamien Hudson’s greatest love in life was diving and surfing in the ocean. But when he became a quadriplegic in a dirt bike crash in 2008, he thought he’d never be able to go in the water again. Years later in a chance meeting Jaimen was introduced to drone photography and videography and since has taken beautiful images of the ocean and its animals from above seen by hundreds of millions of people. But he still dreamed of one day going in the water again, and in...
Published 08/08/21
Dressage horse-riding, or as Dylan says "dancing with a horse", sounds hard enough.. but imagine trying to do it without any forearms or hands! How do you hold the reigns?!?! That’s what 17-year-old Abigail Vidler does with the help of some special equipment, and she’s so good at it she hopes to compete in the 2024 Paralympics. In her spare time she’s also completing her Year 12 studies, getting her driver's license (yep with no hands)… all in the middle of a pandemic. Yeah, we feel lazy...
Published 07/25/21
RJ Mitte is one of the most famous people with a disability in the world, but have you ever heard of him? Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three, he shot to global fame after playing Walter White Jr in the hit TV series Breaking Bad, a character who also had cerebral palsy. In this chat with Angus (Dylan is off doing something boring like winning Wimbledon) he talks about how he overcame bullying during childhood, why he sees his disability as a strength not a weakness, and how he...
Published 07/11/21
In 2013, Mandy McCracken felt a slight fever coming on. She didn’t know then she would soon lose her hands and feet and spend 10 gruelling months in hospital recovering rom Sepsis. Since then Mandy has been on a long and sometimes difficult journey learning to live as a quadruple amputee, and she now uses prosthetic limbs to walk, drive, garden and even rock climb. She’s also started a community called the Quad Squad where she connects with others in her unique situation. She’s learnt to love...
Published 06/27/21
Beth O’Brien never grew taller than one meter because of a rare form of dwarfism, called diastrophic dysplasia. In this episode she tells Dylan and Angus what it’s like shopping in the kid’s section, why her most useful possession is a stick with a hook on it, and why you should never use a certain word when addressing her.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 06/13/21
Michael and Kassandra are the stars of everyone’s favourite TV show, Love on the Spectrum, which explores what dating is like for people on the autism spectrum. In this episode they explain what it’s like sharing your love life on national television, plus Michael gives Dylan and Angus some excellent dating tips. You can watch Love on the Spectrum on ABC iview.    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/30/21
10 Cent Tom is fast becoming a household name around the Gold Coast. The 18-year-old otherwise known as Tom Pirie has an intellectual impairment and severe scoliosis. He loves giving back to his community by collecting bottles and cans under Queensland’s container deposit scheme, and he's already collected over 300,000 of them. He hopes to one day open his own recycling depot where he will employ other people living with disability. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/16/21
When Ashlee Dolby was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, her specialist told her the only thing worse would be a brain tumour diagnosis. But she hasn't let the rare neurological condition hold her back. Ashlee also answers all your questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, bringing her extensive knowledge both as a funding recipient and from working with NDIS clients.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/02/21
How did Jessica Quinn go from losing her leg at 9-years-old to becoming an international model and disability advocate? In this candid episode Jess takes Dylan and Angus behind the scenes of life as a model with a disability, and why she's focusing less on walking the runway and more on learning to run.  Instagram: jessicaemilyquinn   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/18/21
Imagine learning you’re only expected to live another six years… and you’re just 12 years old. Welcome to the life of Rhiannon Anderson. She has Ullrich Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that usually leaves people wheelchair bound by their twenties. 22-year-old Rhiannon has other plans, including her first five-kilometre walk. We’re following in her footsteps…except for Dylan obviously. Instagram: @LivingAbledBlog See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/04/21
“The first three questions I get asked: What happened to your legs? Do you drive a car? How do you go to the bathroom?” Imagine not being asked your name first before getting asked if you had a penis! Welcome to the world of Spencer West and we are just glad to be a part of it. Spencer is an American motivational speaker and disability advocate who became an amputee after being born with sacral agenesis. Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk about overcoming adversity and how Spencer uses...
Published 03/21/21
When you listen to the radio, watch the TV or even listen to certain podcasts everyday you’ll hear the term “newsreader”. You would think a prerequisite would be the ability to 'see' the news you're reading? And for many years Nas Campanella, who lost her vision as a child, did just that but in her own unique way. She “read” by listening. You may know Nas from her time at Triple J and with the help of incredible tech support she was the first in the world to “read" the News by relaying her...
Published 03/07/21
Our most requested guest to date! This episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Em Carey aka ’The Girl That Fell From The Sky’ here’s a tiny piece of her story with disability:"Isn’t it crazy how life is one thing and then in a single moment it becomes something entirely different. That’s how it happened for me anyway. Here I was, Emma, the girl who loves to run and travel the world and whose biggest worry is what I was having for dinner that night, and then in an instant… everything...
Published 02/16/21
Heath Davidson is the current ranked #6 Quad Wheelchair Tennis player in the world, he’s also Dylan Alcott’s tennis doubles partner and best mate. Together they have travelled the world competing and have a Paralympic Gold Medal to their names but this success didn't come so easy. Heath left the sport and wasn’t seen by Dylan for 8 years. From the age of 14 Heath live alone, comforted by drugs and alcohol, neglecting the family and friends who would one day fill the seats in the arenas he...
Published 02/07/21
On the 9th of September 2016, Sam Willoughby was an able-bodied Olympic Silver medallist at the top of his BMX game. On the 10th of September 2016, he was being airlifted to a hospital for emergency surgery to repair the damage to his spinal cord after an accident on the track he had ridden a million times. Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Sam about his life pre and post-accident and discover the story of Sam meeting the person who would change his life forever in the most unexpected...
Published 01/24/21
Imagine growing up where a simple hug can break your back, where a handshake can leave you in a cast and where your dream of being a nurse is squashed because of your physical limitations. Davina Knight has not only overcome all these obstacles but pursued a life beyond her disability. She chats with hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about what's its like to become a mother to a child with a disability and how she’s worked in the space she always dreamed of. Her incredibly positive...
Published 01/10/21
Get your notes ready, this episode isn’t just a ‘school of thought’, but a whole EDUCATION on disability. This week’s guest on ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin is Simon Darcy; a Professor at the UTS Business School & University of Technology Sydney. A surfing accident in the 80’s left Simon with a high-level spinal cord injury and with the physical change to his body a career path was discovered that didn’t stop his ambitious attitude to educate and inspire. Simon is...
Published 12/06/20
When Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin read the headline: “Airline rejects passenger with Tourette’s from flight” - we immediately knew we had to talk to the person involved, and find out what happened, and how they felt about their disability making headlines around the world. Who we discovered was the hilarious and authentic Jade O’Connell, a young woman with a social media following of millions! Jade has embraced her disability, and shares her life with Tourettes in a glass half full,...
Published 11/22/20
At 21, Jess Van Zeil felt invincible. From Bungee Jumping to SCUBA diving in South Africa, Jess was fulfilling her dreams as a mad adventurer; her future crammed with plans as a loving daughter, passionate sportswomen and student.  Then Jess was diagnosed with Conjunctival Ocular Melanoma; a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.  She was told “We’re going to have to take the eye.”  It seemed unthinkable, but the alternative was death in five years.  This week on ListenABLE with Dylan...
Published 11/08/20
In September 2001, at the age of 18, Mike’s life changed forever. He contracted one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, Meningococcal Septicemia while on an end of season Football trip.  Mike’s chances of survival were as little as 5%. His family were told to say goodbye on more than one occasion as he fought for his life. He spent the next 6 months in hospital where he was given the sobering news that it could take years to achieve even the most basic tasks, such as walking and...
Published 10/25/20