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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Soniya Patel Elementary School Music Teacher

November 24, 2016

Soniya is a mother and an elementary school music teacher who is blind. We discuss her childhood, her choice of career, how she got her job, and what it is like to be a blind teacher. Stick around for the end! Soniya sent me a great recording of her first graders singing a song for the podcast.

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Parenting with Disabilities

October 10, 2016

After quite some time away. Ability Stories is back! My apologies for the long absence.

In this episode Tara and Tyler discuss what it is like to be parents with disabilities. They talk about their journey to become parents, what they love about being parents, what is difficult about being parents, and how their disabilities factor in.

Ability Stories is on Twitter. Follow me @Ability Stories. Ability Stories also has a Facebook page. If anyone knows what to do with it, send me an email: abilitystories@gmail.com
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Ray Wright Wood Woorker Interview Part 2

June 5, 2016

Ray talks about how training changed his life. He talks about starting his own wood working business. He discusses his job as a wood shop teacher and his thoughts on blindness. Link to Ray's wood working business: http://wrightturnonly.com

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