Lois Strachan A Different Way of Seeing

A Different Way of Seeing

Conversations on opportunities, challenges and lived experiences to foster understanding between disabled and non-disabled communities. Insights into the tools and techniques used by people with disabilities navigating the worlds of work, education, travel, sport, the arts and leisure.

Because while we may be disabled we will never be disempowered.
Monthly English South Africa Society & Culture · Non-Profit
98 Episodes
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97 - Job Talk: Tyron Harding on Working as a Data Analyst

In today’s episode of Job Talk, Lois speaks with Tyron Harding about his career as a data analyst. Tyron outlines the skills he believes make a good analyst, the training he undertook, and the type of work he does within the scope of his job. During the conversation, Lois and…
13 Feb 30 min

96 - Job Talk: Winston Fani on Working as a Blind Tour Guide

**To book a disability coaching discovery call with Lois, go to https://www.loisstrachan.com/contact-lois/ In today’s episode of Job Talk, Lois speaks with Winston Fani, South Africa’s first qualified blind tour guide. We chat about Winston’s early life in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, the reason he moved to Cape Town (hint: it…
22 Jan 31 min

95 - A Conversation on the Reimagining Life Podcast

As a podcast host I am usually the one posing the questions. Today I’m sharing an episode from one of my favourite podcasts, where I am the one in the hot seat, facing the questions. If you are not already following Reimagining Life Podcast : from Pain to Purpose, I’d…
9 Jan 33 min

94 - Job Talk: Anel Coetzee on Working as a Legal Practitioner

In today’s episode Lois speaks with Anel Coetzee, a legal practitioner who is visually impaired. Anel speaks openly and honestly about her experiences looking for, finding and transitioning into work, first as a practicing attorney, and then shifting into the corporate world where she currently works as a legal advisor…
12 Dec 2023 1 hour

93 - A Conversation with Motivational Speaker Brittany McCormick

In today’s episode Lois speaks with Brittany McCormick, a woman living with Cerebral Palsy who uses her passion for motivational speaking to shift people’s awareness of how to overcome challenges. Brittany chats about how discovering her love of speaking turned her wish to make a difference from a spark into…
28 Nov 2023 35 min

91 - Inspiring Motion with Nicole Vergos and Nick Smit of Smergos

In today’s episode Lois speaks with the co-founders of Smergos, Nicole Vergos and Nick Smit, about their organisation and the work they do enabling disability employment. During the conversation we discuss: • The founding of Smergos • How they became involved in the disability employment space, • The challenges facing…
24 Oct 2023 50 min

90 - Lidia Pretorius on Allyship and Inclusion

In today’s bumper episode Lois speaks with disability and inclusion specialist, Lidia Pretorius. During the conversation we chat about Lidia’s involvement with the disability sector in Africa, the importance of allyship and how to be a good ally for the disabled community. We also discuss online and digital inclusion. Lidia…
10 Oct 2023 58 min

89 - RiRi on Living with Chronic Pain and the Reimagining Life Podcast

In today’s episode Lois speaks with fellow podcaster, RiRi on the launching of the Reimagining Life Podcast: from Pain to Purpose During the conversation we chat about RiRi’s own journey with chronic pain and how it led her to start the podcast as a resource for others, as well as…
26 Sep 2023 40 min

88 - Marthe-Marie Kohne on Living with Cerebral Palsy and Abilities without Limits

In today’s episode Lois speaks with Marthe-Marie Kohne, founder of Abilities without Limits, about the work being done by Abilities without Limits and Marthe-Marie’s experience of living with Cerebral Palsy. We also talk about writing and Marthe-Marie’s co-authorship of two books, one in English and one in Afrikaans. Support Marthe-Marie…
12 Sep 2023 33 min

87 - Jeremy Opperman on A Strategic Approach to Disability Employment

Inclusion specialist Jeremy Opperman returns to speak to us on a strategy to improve levels of the employment of persons with disabilities in a holistic way. Topics covered in this far-ranging discussion with Jeremy and Lois include: • The concept of disability confidence and how it affects all aspects of…
29 Aug 2023 44 min

86 - George Abraham on Blind Cricket and Score Foundation In India

In this episode I chat with George Abraham, founder of Score Foundation in India. During the conversation we discuss George’s involvement in blind cricket in India, and his role in the creation of the World Blind Cricket Council, of which he was elected as the first Chairperson in 1996. In…
15 Aug 2023 42 min

85 - Nobathembu Peter on Shifting Social Stereotypes of Disability

In this episode I chat with road accident survivor, social media influencer, and model, Nobathembu Peter, aka Royalti On Wheels, on the importance of shifting society’s stereotypes of disability. During the conversation we discuss the advocacy work being done by Nobathembu, the book she is currently writing, and the importance…
1 Aug 2023 31 min

84 - Jeremy Opperman on Employment and Disability 03 – The Business Case for Inclusion

In this third conversation on employment and disability, inclusion specialist Jeremy Opperman and I explore the business case for greater levels of inclusion. This final part of Jeremy’s tri-nocular perspective model explores the topics of persons with disabilities as consumers, case studies of successful inclusive thinking, and the impact on…
18 Jul 2023 40 min

83 - Jeremy Opperman on Employment and Disability 02 – A Reality Check

Returning to the subject of employment and disability, in this episode inclusion specialist, Jeremy Opperman, and I explore some of the myths that impact on employment. This is the second phase of Jeremy’s tri-nocular perspective model: the human rights lens, which he refers to as the reality check. During our…
5 Jul 2023 52 min

80 - A Conversation with Lupus Warrior, Nurjawaan Rawoot

In this episode, during Lupus Awareness month, I chat with Nurjawaan Rawoot from Cape Town, in South Africa. Nurjawaan was diagnosed with Lupus when she was years old, and it resulted in her blindness. Nurjawaan and I also discuss how she, as a blind youth, found herself a job, and…
23 May 2023 23 min

78 - Charlie Dyasi – Blind Audio Engineer and Voice Artist

In this episode I chat with Charlie Dyasi about his work as an audio engineer and voice artist. We discuss Charlie’s curiosity about audio that started at a young age and how it led him to explore working in various aspects of the audio field including radio deejaying, audio editing…
25 Apr 2023 24 min
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