Episodes
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
This weeks episode of ListenABLE proves looks can be deceiving as award-winning comedian Madeleine Stewart charms us with a sweet demeanour, veiling razor-sharp wit. Living with a “limb deficiency”, a term herself she find humour in, her ground-breaking and hilarious comedy routine takes us on an exploration of disability and social norms. Practicing what she preaches, Madeleine won the Tomorrowmaker award for her production of inclusive, accessible comedy shows - specifically Crips &...
Published 10/11/20
This episode of ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin isn’t just one guest… its TWO!  Danielle Spokes - described as a "Lioness Mum" who has fought against the systems naming the prices on lifesaving medication. Having a son with a rare medical condition she uses her law degree to fight and advocate for a broken system that without warning can change the PBS medication list and name their price.Our quick chat will have you thinking “Can you put a price on a life”. Julie Jones -...
Published 09/27/20
Dinesh Palipana OAM is an Australian doctor, legal professional and disability advocate. He is the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, Australia. He is the second person with quadriplegia to graduate as a doctor in Australia and the first with spinal cord injury. I's his struggles to be at the top of his profession that you don't know!  This week Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin join you in disbelief at who tried to leave his skills with him at his accident.  See...
Published 09/13/20
Where do we draw the line between disease and disability? Who makes that distinction and why? This week we talk invisible illness and let you make up your own mind!  In this weeks episode of ListenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Emmah Money who is living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). When she was born she was not expected to live beyond her fifth birthday and doctors suggested the lung disease caused by CF would progress quickly and soon take her life.  But Emmah has proven from...
Published 08/30/20
Living with a disability can be tough at the best of times, but for people with a high level disability, it can be even harder! How do they get dressed? Shower? Get into bed each night? And you won't believe how long all of these tasks can take! On this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin speak to Natalie Wade, a proud South Australian who has never let her high level disability get in her way. She founded her own law firm, and is leading the charge to protect the human...
Published 08/16/20
Losing a limb is tough at the best of times, but imagine it happening during your formidable teenage years. Body image issues, a lack of confidence. That’s what happened to today’s guest Kelly Cartwright - but it didn’t stop her becoming one of the worlds best Paralympic athletes. Hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Kelly about her life, her Paralympic journey, dominating Dancing with the Stars and her biggest challenge yet but also her most proudest - being a mum.
Published 08/03/20
Have you ever had that feeling when you have an inappropriate thought in your head. A thought you keep to yourself and wonder why that crept into your brain? Imagine NOT being able to control it. That’s what it’s like to have the disability Tourette’s. On this week of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Ryan Stevens, who gives us an in depth (and unedited - language warning) look of what it’s like to live with Tourette’s. Is it just like the movies portray? And what’s the...
Published 07/19/20