Episodes
Published 08/14/22
This "Bonus-ode" or Bonus Episode covers an article written around the statistics involving children with disability attending 'Mainstream' or 'Specialised' schools. Dylan is an adamant believer in one over the other but where do you stand and what's your opinion? Check out Royal Rehab Lifeworks Read the full article: Why do students with disability go to ‘special schools’ when research tells us they do better in the mainstream system? Please let us know on Instagram or Facebook  Check...
Published 08/14/22
Tim McCallum and his classmates celebrated his acceptance into Western Australia's esteemed "Academy of Performing Arts" (WAAPA) by jumping into the ocean at Scarborough Beach head first. The next thing Tim remembers is that the hands in front of him were motionless and not reaching out to save him, they were his own. A world class singer Tim has since taken to the stage on TV's 'The Voice' being teamed with Ricky Martin and sang the national anthem at the AFL Grand Final in front of an...
Published 08/07/22
This bonus episode, or "bonusode," has Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin discussing an article written by Mel Dimmitt What's your experiences with disability support workers? Check out Royal Rehab Lifeworks Full article: 'When you’re the parent of someone living with disability, the right support worker makes all the difference' Follow us on Instagram or Facebook  Check out our first limited edition merch release: From Your Pocket   See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 07/31/22
One of the top DJs in Australia is armless! Tom Nash, aka DJ Hookie, lost all of his limbs due to meningococcal disease 20 years ago and claims that living as a "pirate" since has required throwing yourself into the deep end. Choosing legitimate hooks for prosthetic hands Hookie has welcomed children's inquisitiveness, shunned support networks, and carved himself an unique path in the music industry—even relearning the guitar. With humour and humility, this episode illustrates what the...
Published 07/24/22
The "Bonus-ode" for this week invites you into our inbox as we read a message sent to us from a listener with concerns about her student at school. Allowing us into her world Naomi gave insight into a specific situation that Dylan and Angus hadn't even thought about but could destroy a family. Dylan also takes about the terminology he was using that Prince Harry pulled him up on! Check out Royal Rehab Lifeworks Follow us on Instagram or Facebook  Check out our first limited edition merch...
Published 07/17/22
When someone says they were injured in Bali you immediately think... scooter! For Rhiannon Tracey that's not the case but what happened to her could happen to any of us, minus the earthquake while in hospital that's just mean. We talk losing friends, gaining perspective and how her new outlook on life is changing the lives of others in similar circumstances. Website: Rhiannon Tracey Her business: The Next Step Follow us on Instagram: @ListenABLE_ Podcast Grab our first merch release at...
Published 07/10/22
The "Bonus-ode" for this week gives viewers a behind-the-scenes peek at how our host Dylan Alcott met the Queen via video link to commemorate her "Platinum Jubilee." Dylan describes the location of the event, the secrecy surrounding it, and the proper protocol to follow when interacting with Her Majesty, including what NOT to say. Check out Royal Rehab Lifeworks Follow us on Instagram or Facebook  Check out our first limited edition merch release: From Your Pocket See...
Published 07/03/22
Talk about an overachiever! Steffan Nero is in his third year studying criminal law, Guiness World Record holder and opening batsman for the Australian Blind Cricket Team. How do you play blind cricket? How does he spectate blind cricket? What sound does the ball make? You'll be an expert after pressing play on this episode of ListenABLE  Click here for the video or Steffan's world recording breaking innings  Follow us on Instagram: @ListenABLE_ Podcast Grab our first merch release at our...
Published 06/26/22
Even though I'm scared a Technology Totalitarianism I have to admit the advance in accessibility are almost outweighing my irrational fear of a robot takeover. This week's bonus episode or 'Bonus-ode' features our discussions around new AI from Amazon and Apple that look to make many lives easier and more independent. Check out Royal Rehab Lifeworks Read Lucy Webster's full article here: Changing the narrative on disability: Is representation in books getting better? Apple...
Published 06/19/22
They say you shouldn't meet your heroes and for once it's Angus copping the praise from 19 year-old Seb Steel from South Australia who laced up his footy boots alongside Angus a few years ago. Seb was involved in a forklift accident at his fathers business that saw him only 6 weeks before recording this interview decide to amputate his leg for a "better quality of life". This interview is raw, fresh and also talks about mental health and suicide at the 33 minute mark. Lifeline is a...
Published 06/12/22
This bonus episode, or "bonusode," has Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin discussing the promises the incoming Labor government have made in disability. Let's use this episode as a time capsule to hold them accountable for their commitments! What's changes are you wanting or excited to see? Check out Royal Rehab Lifeworks Read Labor's list here: Better support for people living with disability Follow us on Instagram or Facebook  Check out our first limited edition merch release: From...
Published 06/05/22
We love an episode that completely catches us unaware and Jude's story of becoming a Paraplegic in the Sri Lankan civil war was just that! Talking about accessibility and cultural differences between Australia and his home country show's we truly do live in a 'lucky country' and his mindset towards living a healthy, active life is inspirational. Did we also mention he broke his back AGAIN when hit by a car while crossing the road?!?! To continue to follow Jude's story his instagram is...
Published 05/29/22
This bonus episode, or "bonusode," has Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin discussing an article written by  Ellen Coulter for ABC news. What are your thoughts on this "David and Goliath" battle? Follow us on Instagram or Facebook  Check out our first limited edition merch release: From Your Pocket Full article: High Court side with developer over Hobart Parliament Square disability access case See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 05/22/22
As you'll quickly learn from this episode Nick doesn't need anyone else to do his introductions so he wrote his own: "I spent forty years of my life knowing something was different. I spent many times blaming myself, thinking it was ‘my fault’ or that I was doing something wrong. Getting that diagnosis had changed my life completely. It felt like a fog had finally been lifted. Everything from there on started to ‘make sense’. I’m now at the age of 46 and I am still finding my feet as a...
Published 05/15/22
I’m Elle. Business Success Coach, Paralympian & Intuitive Healer. But Elle is so much more than that. A teacher, community builder, a business woman, a sister, a friend and an all around good human. Did we also mention she's psychic? Dylan and Angus agree to leave their bias at the door as the welcome Elle to the podcast and get a psychic intuitive reading each. Why did Dylan enjoy his results and Angus was left changing his diet?  Press PLAY on this episode of ListenABLE  Grab our...
Published 05/01/22
This bonus episode, or "bonusode," has Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin discussing the article written by Amy Kenny for 'Daily Beast'. "Tech companies are always coming up with what they believe to be brilliant innovations for the disability community without so much as consulting us.  These are examples of what Liz Jackson, founding member of disability advocacy group The Disabled List, calls a “disability dongle: a well-intended elegant, yet useless solution to a problem we never knew we...
Published 04/24/22
Aaron King identifies as Able-Bodied however after his twins were born he started to realize differences in the progression of his daughter Aria. 4 years on he still admits to not knowing what to expect of a child with disability whether it be education, discipline, medical decisions they made on her behalf, sharing attention amongst his 3 kids equally or even her thoughts on him speaking on about her in this podcast. Maybe in 14 years Aria might join us on the show to tell her side of the...
Published 04/17/22
This bonus episode, or "bonusode," has Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin discussing the 2022/2023 budget announcement and the exaggerated headlines about the rise in the NDIS allocation. Do you think these shorter episodes in between our interview releases are a good idea?  Let us know on Instagram or Facebook  Source of story: Australian Financial Review See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 04/10/22
Joel Sardi made a one-minute video on Facebook to tell his small audience about his experience with discrimination at a local restaurant. When he woke up it had been shared and viewed by millions! In this episode of ListenABLE, Joel recounts the whole incident, and we call the restaurant again to see whether they'd learnt anything from the experience. What happened when they picked up the phone? To find out, simply press the 'PLAY' button!   Grab our first merch release at our website...
Published 04/03/22
This episode will crush your heart only to put it back together again! Lauren Parker hasn't accepted her disability; in fact, she despises it and would give anything to return to her previous life with a fresh perspective. Having been a professional triathlete for most of her life Lauren was on pace to become a World Champion when a freak accident put her on new wheels, this time more permanent. What's it mean to become a Paralympian? What's the drive to succeed beyond Tokyo 2020? Lauren...
Published 03/20/22
Love the ListenABLE theme music? Then you appreciate one of the many talents of Eliza Hull! The mother, musician, disability advocate and now author extraordinaire blessed us with her presence on this episode to talk about her experience as raising children while having disability. The ableism she faced from medical professionals and what other parents can do to raise their kids with knowledge around inclusion. It's also the most provocative 'Bowl Of Uncomfortable' question yet! Buy your...
Published 03/06/22
"Although I'm nonverbal I have plenty to say"  We knew we were in for a treat the instant Noah Callan answered our first question and he seemed pretty happy with it himself. He describes himself as "funny, smart, and an all-round good bloke" despite his parents' belief that he speaks too much s***. How do you board a 150kg wheelchair or even travel? How does he get out of bed in the morning? How can you exploit Morgan Freeman for millions of dollars? All explained in this episode of...
Published 02/20/22
We thought it would be interesting to see how our host Dylan Alcott's life has changed in the last 24 months, two years after our first interview. We also have first hand accounts from him on what it was like to win 'Australian of the Year' and what the Prime Minister gave Dylan that the cameras missed.   Working with Plan Partners     See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Published 02/06/22
Chris Blowes should not have survived the great white shark attack in 2015 that took his leg. He lost so much blood that he was in cardiac arrest by the time he got to hospital, and stayed in a coma for the next 10 days. In this chat with Angus O’Loughlin and Dylan Alcott he tells the harrowing story of the attack, the power of friendship and his miraculous survival, plus his later battle with the SA government to keep the shark tooth that almost took his life. You don’t want to miss our...
Published 12/12/21