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AT Banter Episode 325 – Adam Grant Warren

This week Ryan, Rob and Steve welcome Adam Grant Warren, writer, performer and member of the All Bodies Dance Program to talk about this innovative “mixed ability” dance company that not only embraces the idea of inclusion but of integration. They discuss the origins of the program and it’s mandate, how the notion of “all bodies” is incorporated into the creative process, and much more. If you are a fan of the arts, and of dance in particular, you won’t want to miss this episode!

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Adam Grant Warren

All Bodies Dance

All Bodies Dance You Tube Channel

AT Banter Episode 324 – The DateKeepers

This week Ryan, Rob, Steve, and Lis sit down and talk with Itto and Mekiya Outini, the husband and wife team behind The DateKeepers, a new media platform designed to share untold stories of people with disabilities. They share Itto’s own story of her journey of vision loss, how they met, and how frustrations with how media covers disability prompted them to start The DateKeepers.

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The DateKeepers

Lives Less Ordinary Podcast Episode

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AT Banter Episode 310 – Ableism Part 4

This week we cap off our multi-part series on Ableism as Rob, Ryan, and Lis welcome back Shawn Marsolais, founder of Blind Beginnings and host of the Limitless Podcast and disability advocate Amy Amantea to sit down at a round table discussion. In this last part of the series we discuss the hierarchy of disability and how it manifests from both within and outside of the disability community and give our final thoughts on ableism and how to combat it.   

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Blind Beginnings

Limitless Podcast

Accessing Art with Amy

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AT Banter Episode 305 – LaMondre Pough & Billion Strong

The AT Banter gang re-convenes with a full roster this week as they welcome LaMondre Pough, CEO of Billion Strong, a non profit organization whose mission is to unite, elevate and empower the global community of people with disabilities in order to develop a positive disability identity. They discuss everything from the organization’s origins to the challenges faced to unify disability communities around the world and the importance of positive identity and advocacy. Oh, and this episode is definitely NOT sponsored by Frugal MacDoogal.

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Billion Strong

Episode 300 - Possabilities

AT Banter Episode 300 – PossAbilities

Rob and Ryan welcome Monique Nelson, Director of Community Engagement from the organization PossAbilities this week to talk about the organization and all about its many programs and services that serve the developmental disability community.

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Inclusion Art Show

Good For All Podcast

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AT Banter Episode 295 – Connect 4 Life

It’s a skeleton crew this week as Rob and Ryan hold down the fort and welcome Melanie Taddeo, founder of Connect 4 Life, an Ontario non-profit that provides a wide variety of educational, programs and services for people with disabilities. The discuss the organization’s origins, the need to fill the service gaps left by larger organizations, and dive into discussing some of Connect 4 Life’s many programs. Oh, and Ryan plans an insurrection.

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Connect 4 Life

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AT Banter Episode 287 – Talking Accessibility

May 29th – June 4th is National Accessibility Week in Canada, and in honor of that, Ryan, Rob, Lis and Steve discuss this very important (and sometimes contentious) topic .. interspersed with a bit of Hockey talk and sedition. Happy National Accessibility Week everyone!

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/05/at-banter-podcast-episode-287-talking-accessibility.pdf

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About National Accessibility Week

National Accessibility Week Events

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AT Banter Episode 280 – Ardra Shephard & Fashion Dis

Rob dresses up and wears socks this week in anticipation of the show as the gang welcomes Ardra Shephard, host of AMI’s, ‘Fashion Dis’, a makeover show that features members of the disability community. They discuss Ardra’s own personal journey with fashion and disability, how the idea of the show came about, adaptive clothing, and the importance of the show’s impact and message.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/04/at-banter-podcast-episode-280-ardra-shepard-fashion-dis.pdf

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Fashion Dis on AMI

Tripping On Air

Blind Musicians Concert for Ukraine

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AT Banter Episode 274 – Two Canes Consulting

This week Rob, Steve, Lis, and Ryan welcome Sarina Cormier and Natalie Shearer from Two Canes Consulting to the show to talk about their fledgling two-woman accessibility consultation business. They discuss everything from their own chance meeting at a branch of the CNIB and the company’s origins to the state of accessibility in Ontario and the unique perspective that their own lived experiences bring to their clients.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/02/at-banter-podcast-episode-274-two-canes-consulting.pdf

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Two Canes Consulting

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AT Banter Episode 270 – Ableism Part 2

Rob, Lis, Steve, and Ryan welcome fellow podcasters and advocates Amy Amantea and Shawn Marsolais for the second part of an epic roundtable discussion on ableism, specifically the notion of “inspiration porn”. Inspiration porn is a term coined by Australian disability advocate Stella Young and refers to the age old notion of the exploitation of people with disabilities. We discuss the origins, talk about its impact on everyday lives, the fine line that exists between teachable moments and personal space, and much more.

Show Transcript: https://atbanter.files.wordpress.com/2022/01/at-banter-podcast-episode-270-ableism-part-2.pdf

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Limitless Podcast

Accessing Art with Amy