Jacob Darkin went to impress his girlfriend by doing a front flip. Opening his eyes he realised he would be spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair.
This interview catches Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin off guard in a few moments none more so when Jacob revealed the age of his accident.
Join us this week for a fascinating look into the life of an able-bodied father adjusting to life raising a toddler from his chair.
"Why the Shift 20 Initiative would have changed my life" - Dylan Alcott
Growing up, one thing I struggled with when I turned on the TV, the radio, or picked up the newspaper, was that I didn’t see or hear anybody like me. I saw non-disabled people. The only time I saw people with disability was as a result of a tragic car accident – the person looking sad and helpless in a wheelchair, deterring you from speeding. I used to believe this stereotype was my destiny in life – and it used to break...
Rory Douglas came back from a holiday in QLD with his partner and two teenage boys when a headache on his arrival back home in Melbourne went from an ear infection to Meningitis to collapsing and being found unresponsive.
Three weeks later he woke from a coma blind with no perception of light and shade and ten years on joined Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin on the ListenABLE podcast to speak about his life without vision, the assistance of a guide dog and his life and career with...
On May 25th Zoe sent a DM to the ListenABLE Podcast instagram
"Just wanted to say that something Angus said on a podcast a long time ago had such a profound impact on me"
The rest of the message brings Angus to tears in this Bonus Episode of the podcast.
Thanks to Zoe for being so vulnerable with us in sharing her story and if you want to follow the wonderful journey of their family her instagram is below: https://www.instagram.com/p/CnI3uuBPNND/
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You know you're going to have fun when your guests profile on Instagram reads "I'm not drunk, I have cerebral palsy"
Bridie McKim walks with a "swag" onto TV sets but walks away from it leaving an incredible body of work and changed perceptions of disability. A NIDA taught actor and advocate Bridie dreams to see disability become the norm on our screens and to even feel the absence of disability like we are starting to see in other minorities.
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After having his leg amputated due to cancer, James Parr had to first cope with his own internalised ableism before changing the perceptions of his friends and his ever-expanding social communities.
This included a recent Instagram post involving being asked to travel to Paris to meet a person with a fetish for amputees. James challenged those who responded to the post "Gross" as they weren't saying the offer was but that someone finding his disability sexy were.
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Today’s Bonusode guests have stepped into the future of Disability and Politics as they report their first hand experience of the 16th Session of the United Nations State Parties as young Australians living with Disabilities.
Speaking with Charlotte Young and Justin Hill, who both gave speeches at the event in June of this year, Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin discuss what they believe the government should do to promote inclusion as well as what they've discovered about other young people...
Welcome to our second 'ListenABLE Kids' a space for like minded and aged young adults to have conversations about the lived experience of their disabilities.
We started these episodes as a way for Dylan and Angus to exit the conversation and allow natural language and conversation to flow from individuals with similar experiences. How can Dylan and Angus know what it's like to have an iPhone at school when they were playing snake on their Nokia's.
Daniel O'Brien is an international...
REVEALING OUR NEXT HOST OF ListenABLE Kids!
Disability Advocate, Model, Actress and Influencer Emily Prior isn’t wasting any time when it comes to Disability Representation for young Australians. She is using her platform to educate and inform her young audience about her lived experience with Cerebral Palsy.
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"I think we are a long way to the hearing world fully embracing myself and other deaf artists"
A picture paints a thousand words but Gonketa’s art pieces share his identity through his first language ‘Auslan' in hopes to excite and inspire his audience to learn to sign. In this episode Jaycob Campbell a.k.a Gonketa (an onomatopoeia of a ball in a spray can) tells his story of identity and inclusion when it comes to the hearing art world and why he is so passionate about the next generation...
Fourteen Australians representing the disability community headed to New York City with the Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth attending the 16th Session of the United Nations Conference of State Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
Ahead of the event held at the United Nations Headquarters from 13 to 15 June 2023 Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin spoke with Amanda to talk about its significance and it's involvement with delegations from countries...
After discovering AI image creators ListenABLE host Angus O'Loughlin thought a prompt of "two males in their 30's hosting a podcast, one in a wheelchair" would be an interesting concept!
'The larger discussion came to be around AI bias towards gender and exclusivity rather than the 6 fingers on 'Dylan's' right hand.
What do you think? Is AI as dangerous as everyone says it is? What impact is it or will it have on your life?
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Is this the most expensive sport??
At a young age Emma Booth was lucky enough to win free horse riding lessons for a year and never looked back, putting her heart and soul into the sport.
In 2013 on the way back from a competition Emma's car was hit by a truck on the Melba Highway which caused spinal injury and would change the trajectory of her life but also lead to her representing her country. Emma embarked on a new goal of becoming a Paralympian in time for the 2016 Rio Games travelling...
The AFL’s recent twitter campaign using Alt Text had the intention of a fun inside joke ended up being a misuse of technology that impacts people who are blind or low vision.
Our hosts Dylan and Angus have a conversation of the education of this technology not only for reaching the intended audience while still having a fun message.
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How do you design clothes when you're visually impaired?
Is what you "see" conveyed to the customer?
Nikki Hind has made it her mission to change what fashion represents all over the world by creating a conversation through fabrics.
Having a stroke during her first pregnancy, Nikki lost majority of her eyesight and on this episode of ListenABLE discusses taking on a career that traditionally relies on visual aesthetic and a vision for minuet perfection. Her goal remains of achieving...
With 3 million followers on TikTok, the Paralympics have gone viral with an ‘edgy’ sense of humour but is it doing more harm than good?
Dylan and Angus discuss the intention of the social media account and as a former Paralympian, Dylan shares his truth on where the account should stand.
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Brad Smeele wrote 500,000 words for his book 'Owning It' USING HIS MOUTH AND A STYLUS! If that isn't a story worth telling then we don't know what is!
9 years after his accident on the water Brad stands 6ft 2 inches, this joke will make sense in the episode, tall today after learning to love himself for who he is.
Make sure you stick around to see the AI generated image of Brad after he gives us a very boastful description of how he physically describes himself today.
This week we are reliving some of YOUR favourite moments of the podcast! Whether it be DJ Hookie's story that has over 3 million views on our TikTok or the moment Angus got an anatomy lesson from Anja Christoffersen 😂
We hope you enjoy these episodes and if you haven't heard them in full search the episode number mentioned in the episode and go back to enjoy!
Next Monday Brad Smeele joins us
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Ableism. If Hannah Diviney asked you to define that word, would you know where to start?
She believes ableism is often the forgotten prejudice. The one so well absorbed into society's structures that many people don't even notice it's there.
We've been preaching its time to "get comfortable with the uncomfortable" and we hope this 'Bonusode' helps you to become more of an ally to the disability community.
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Dean Clifford has defied the odds and overcome numerous challenges to become one of the world's best weightlifters.
Dean was born with epidermolysis bullosa, a rare genetic condition that causes his skin to blister and tear at the slightest touch. Despite this, Dean has managed to double his life expectancy and has become an inspiration to many and a wonder to the medical community. He talks about the challenges he has faced growing up with skin difference, including being unable to play...
Dylan and Angus take on the controversial remarks made by Candace Owens about Kim Kardashian's clothing brand 'Skims'. Owens had criticised the use of a disabled model in Skims' recent campaign, questioning whether this representation of models with disability is needed on clothing websites.
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Rushed to hospital as a child Barney Koneferenisi's parents were told doctors had to immediately amputate his limbs to save his life, not even having time to have an anaesthetist put him under. "I left the room fully intact and when I came back I literally only had a stump and a couple of fingers".
After 100 different surgeries and a decade of being in and out of hospital he sat down with Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin to talk about life as a Pacific Island disabled person and the...