Inform Podcast is a monthly conversation for people with disabilities, featuring people with disabilities. We ask for advice on all the big topics, from finding work to changing careers, relationships, moving house, dating, playing sport, finding a hobby, caring for pets, navigating the NDIS and more. We also speak with industry experts and other organisations doing good work in the disability space in Australia.
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Series 02, Episode 04: Regional and Rural Australia
In episode four, we spoke with David Timms. David is a complete spinal cord paraplegic. He lives in regional Victoria, about two hours north of Melbourne. Also, in this episode, we speak with Bev Watson, a Rural Access Worker for a regional shire in Western Victoria. Bev works to make her community a more accessible and inclusive space. She has some practical advice for anyone wanting to engage more with their regional community.
Series 02, Episode 03: Higher Education
In episode three, we speak with Dr Ben Whitburn who lectures in inclusive education at Deakin University but also has first hand experience in what it means to pursue higher education when you have a disability. Also in this episode we speak with Rick Boffa, the manager of equitable learning services at RMIT University. Rick also has some advice for anyone thinking of heading to university.
Series 02, Episode 02: Assistive Technology
In episode two, we speak with Judi Potts who uses range of assistive technology in her day-to-day life that has had a significant impact on her life. Also in this episode we speak with senior lecturer at Deakin University, Dr Kate Anderson who has some advice for anyone looking to learn more about the kinds of assistive technology available to them.
Series 02, Episode 01: Advocating for accessibility
In episode one, we speak with Daniel, a lawyer who has experience advocating for his own accessibility. For Daniel, accessibility is about welcoming people in. He discusses how his vision impairment impacts his experience navigating the world and talks about what he did to advocate for his own accessibility in the workplace. He also has some tips and advice for anyone in a similar situation.
Series 01, Episode 04: Wise Employment
Karen Walker from Wise Employment, a not-for-profit organisation and one of Australia’s leading disability employment services providers, discusses disability employment services. Karen explains the process of using a service, what Wise Employment provide and she shares some tips for figuring out what sort of work you want to do and some advice on job hunting.
Series 01, Episode 03: Owning your future
Jarad McLoughlin will offer his advice for other people with disabilities who might be experiencing some stigmatisation and ableism at work. He will talk about how to include your disability in your resume and also offers some advice on how to bounce back if you’re rejected the first time. He also shares his story about working in the media, and his opinion on why disability representation in the media is important.
Series 01, Episode 02: Starting your own business
Robbie Peime is ready to offer his advice for other people with disabilities who might be at a cross-roads in their career. He talks about how to start a business and how to refocus if your ‘plan A’ doesn’t work out. He also shares his story about his accident, and how this has influenced his future.
Antonio Vecchio offers his advice for other people with disabilities who might be searching for work. He talks about how to include your disability in your resume and how to start thinking about what you want to do with your life. He also shares his story about retraining after his accident, working in the mental health and addiction space and what it was like going back to study as a mature-age student.