The Story of Jamie Crane-Mauzy and her Recovery from a Traumatic Brain Injury

March 26, 2017

My guest is Jamie Crane-Mauzy. Jamie tells her story of getting a traumatic brain injury in a skiing accident. She talks about her recovery and how it has affected her life.

Link to Jamy’s foundation: www.firstfamilyflight.org

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The Story of Everette Bacon: President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah - Part 2

March 26, 2017

Everette talks about his decision to run for president of the NFB of Utah. He talks about what he likes and doesn’t like about being president. He answers questions about the NFB’s involvement with descriptive audio, accessible pedestrian signals and driverless cars. He shares his thoughts on blindness.

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The Story of Everette Bacon: President of the National Federation of the Blind of Utah - Part 1

March 26, 2017

Everette talks about his family history of blindness. He talks about adjusting to his disability. He tells how his experience working for Blockbuster led him to the National Federation of the Blind.

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The Story of John Moses who is Obtaining his Ph.D. as a Blind Person at the University of Nairobi in Kenya

February 27, 2017

At the age of 17, John lost his sight do to early macular degeneration. This is his story of how he went from worry and despair to optimism and the certain knowledge that he can live a happy life as a man with a disability. 

Topics discussed include the following:

  • How John felt when he lost  his sigh
  • How John learned to function as a blind person with an optimistic outlook on life
  • John’s journey to obtaining his Ph.D. in literature
  • John’s hopes for the future of people who are blind in Kenya
  • His thoughts on blindness and what he has learned from his journey
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The Story of Jan Brown Including her 31-year Marriage to Charlie and his Passing Away from a Degenerative Form of Muscular Dystrophy

February 27, 2017

Blind from birth, Jan grew up with high parental expectations, a determination to succeed, and compassion for others. This is her story.

Topics discussed include the following:
- Jan’s early years and her education
- Her involvement in the disability civil rights movement
- Her marriage to Charlie and Charlie’s death
- Her thoughts about her life and a couple of great stories that will make anyone who has a less than perfect day with a service dog feel much better

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A Song in My Heart: Linda Braithwaite’s 20 Years as a Blind Member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

February 27, 2017

One of my dream interviews is to talk with my friend Linda about her life, and her 20 year tenure as one of only three blind people who have ever sung in the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Unfortunately, Linda passed away in 2010 from cancer. However, Linda gave a speech in 2005 to the American Council of the Blind. Her presentation was called A Song in My Heart. I share it on Ability Stories Podcast as one of the best speeches on disability I have ever heard! After you listen to the speech, I think you will understand  why. Linda is someone who lived a successful life as a woman with a disability and achieved her dream of successful participation in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.. Stick around for the end of the podcast to hear a song from a Christmas CD Linda made with her friends.

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Jonathan Mosen: Disability Rights Activist and Proud Atheist Interview Part 2

January 27, 2017

Many of you will know Jonathan from his time with ACB Radio, his work with Humanware, and his work with Freedom Scientific, including hosting FS Podcast. Jonathan has been a good friend and an invaluable mentor to me as I have started Ability Stories. This is his story. Topics discussed in part 2 include: Why Jonathan decided to be so open about his atheism, Jonathan’s faith crises, his reasons for being an atheist, and his thoughts on blindness

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Jonathan Mosen: Disability Rights Activist and Proud Atheist Interview Part 1

January 27, 2017

Many of you will know Jonathan from his time with ACB Radio, his work with Humanware, and his work with Freedom Scientific, including hosting FS Podcast. Jonathan has been a good friend and an invaluable mentor to me as I have started Ability Stories. This is his story. Topics discussed in part 1:

Jonathan”s early years (including his time at the school for the blind), his career in radio, working in blindness services, and his work in assistive technology.

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2016 Holiday Special

December 21, 2016

I am joined by Ray, Adam, Cindy, Kara, and Tyler. We listen to and discuss Louis the Blind Christmas Elf by Jonathan Mosen. To listen to this beyond cute Christmas story without our interruptions, click here

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Four Blind Moms

November 24, 2016

I am joined by Kara, Vicky, Barbie, and Anna. We discuss what it is like to be blind moms. Topics discussed include concerns my panelists had before they became parents, issues with sending kids to school, what my panelists hope their children learn from having blind moms, and lots more. If you would like to tell your disability story or you have an idea for a podcast, send me an email at abilitystories@gmail.com

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