A Different Way of Seeing

LOIS STRACHAN  |  Podcast , ±38 min episodes every 2 weeks, 5 days  | 
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.

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12
SEP

72 - Guest Episode: Global Network Podcast

I’m currently on leave and thought I would share a guest episode from Global Network, a podcast published by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media, who recorded my podcast credits.

Find Global Network at https://anchor.fm/s/2668542c/podcast/rss

Or contact Charlie at
E-mail: charliesa.dyasi@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lujadee.paul
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlie-dyasi-713525a0
YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC4tsL4vcm24LFwHqnxpNwMw

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
22
AUG

71 - Jann Weeratunga on Writing for Children to Foster Inclusion

In this episode I chat with author Jann Weeratunga about her journey as a writer and how she has become a strong ally for the disability community through her writing.

Jann’s children’s books include characters with disabilities, and serve to normalize the concept of disability for both disabled and non-disabled children.

During our conversation Jann talks about her books, the work she does in schools to bring about greater inclusion of children with disabilities, how the 2012 London Paralympic Games started her writing career, and how she sees her role as an author of children’s books as a way to guide children to be better than we are.

Besides, who can resist stories about pirates?

Contact Jann Weeratunga at
E-mail: janspicssa@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JannWeeratunga
Instagram: (@jannweeratunga)
And find her books on Amazon at
https://www.amazon.com/Jann-Weeratunga/e/B07RPGCF61%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
08
AUG

70 - Lee Haskin on Supporting Caregivers of Children with Disabilities in Mitche

In this episode I chat with Lee Haskin, founder of Connor’s Haven in Mitchel’s Plain, Cape Town.

When learning that her newborn baby was disabled, Lee made a commitment to providing the care her child would need. This led to the founding of Connor’s Haven and Resource Centre, which has become a centre of support and resources for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities in an area that is significantly under-resourced, with limited support facilities.

Lee shares the story of her life with a child with a disability, the founding of Connor’s Haven and a recent court case after Connor was refused entry into a local shop.

Contact Lee and Connor’s Haven and Resource Centre at
WhatsApp : +27 (0)61 749 6932
Email. : connorshaven@gmail.com
Connor’s Haven Facebook : https://m.facebook.com/Connorshaven/
Connor My Special Angel Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/connorshaven15.co.za
LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/in/leehaskin

For donations to Connor’s Haven:
https://www.givengain.com/cause/66120/

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
25
JUL

69 - Stephanie Duesing on Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment(CVI)

In this episode I chat with Stephanie Duesing, author of the book Eyeless Mind, about her discovery that her son, Sebastian, had been living with undetected CVI for 15 years, and was almost completely blind.

We discuss the difference between ocular blindness and cerebral/cortical blindness, the event that led Stephanie to discover her son’s CVI, and how he processes sight with words, the importance of mobility and orientation skills to help navigate the world, and the challenges the Duesing family endured in trying to receive a diagnosis for Sebastian’s condition.

Contact Stephanie Duesing through her website, or on social media.
Website: https://stephanieduesing.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stephanieduesingauthor

And get hold of a copy of her book at https://a.co/d/eSOrhHh

Here are links to information about CVI:

https://cviscotland.org/

https://www.perkins.org/our-work/cvi/

https://www.nei.nih.gov/about/news-and-events/news/vision-loss-children-whose-eyesight-may-be-2020-requires-new-diagnostic-and-teaching-strategies

https://www.optometrytimes.com/view/getting-to-the-heart-of-pediatric-vision-loss-and-blindness

https://www.aph.org/product/vision-and-the-brain-understanding-cerebral-visual-impairment-in-children/

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
11
JUL

68 - A Conversation with Deaf Queen Boss, Kellina Powell

In this episode I chat with Kellina Powell, aka Deaf Queen Boss, from Toronto, Canada. Kellina and I discuss her journey through hearing loss at the age of 4 years, college, her new online coaching business assisting others who are deaf, and her brand new book, “Every Day I am Just Deaf: Life in a Hearing World with Deaf Queen Boss”

Contact Kellina at
Instagram: @deafqueenboss
Web: kellinaempowerment.com
YouTube: @deafqueenboss

And get hold of a copy of her book at: https://www.amazon.com/EveryDay-Am-Just-Deaf-Hearing/dp/1778112102/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3D3AZZDLG28XT&keywords=Kellina+Powell&qid=1657186344&s=books&sprefix=kellina+powell%2Cstripbooks-intl-ship%2C279&sr=1-1

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
27
JUN

67 - Jeremy Opperman on Lois’s Aerobatic Flight

In this episode Jeremy Opperman chats to me about a recent adventure of an aerobatic flight. During our conversation we explore various aspects of how I experienced the flight, including what I felt when flying upside down and what it was like for me to actually fly the plane as a totally blind person.

Contact Jeremy Opperman at
Web: www.disabilitydesk.co.za
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC07jGjBU0PUmCXF00n1D5_w

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
13
JUN

66 - Dr Homiyar Mobedji on Inclusive Education and Employment

In this episode I chat to Dr Homiyar Mobedji, from Benetech Asia/Africa. We discuss the importance of inclusive education and its importance in employment of persons with disabilities in the developing world. We also talk about the need for accessible books and Homiyar’s role as head of Benetech Asia/Africa, and the role of the Bookshare library for persons with print disabilities as a tool to support inclusion.

Contact Dr Homiyar Mobedji and Bookshare Asia/Africa at
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drhomiyar
Email: dr.homiyar@gmail.com
Bookshare Asia/Africa membership: membership-india@bookshare.org
Bookshare Asia/Africa Helpline: +91 9650 211 575
BlindSA Bookshare for South African enquiries: bookshare.membership@blindsa.org.za

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
30
MAY

65 - Kenneth Edmonds on Traveling with a Chair and AccessibleTravel.info

In this episode I chat to Ken Edmonds, from the YouTube channel Traveling with a Chair, and the new global directory AccessibleTravel.info.

Ken shares with us how he became involved in developing accessible travel platforms, and what people can find on his YouTube channel.

He also talks about his new initiative, AccessibleTravel.info which is a global directory of accessible travel destinations and experiences, aimed at individuals with disabilities and travel agents. Listen in to learn how you can list your accessible travel offerings on the site.

And, of course, he tells us some of his own travel adventures…

Contact Ken at
Email: ken@travelingwithachair.com
Travel Blog: https://www.travelingwithachair.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaLT3rocYNiFGPqqnv1yvew
Twitter and Instagram: @kenEdmonds19

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com

Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
16
MAY

64 - Mdu Mathenjwa, (Grashyo Creations) on writing as healing .

In this episode I chat to Mdu Mathenjwa of Grashyo Creations about writing to heal and the importance of telling our stories. Mdu also shares his own story of resilience and determination to move forward after a life-changing experience that led to the starting of his publishing company, Grashyo Creations.

Contact Mdu Mathenjwa at
Web: www.mdumathenjwa.co.za or www.grashyo.club
Social media: @MduMathenjwa

Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
27
APR

63 - Dr Karen Smit on Digital Inclusion in the Telecommunications Industry.

In this episode I chat to Dr Karen Smit about her work empowering young women with disabilities, as well as the impact that digital inclusion in the telecommunications industry can have on the lives of persons with disabilities.

Contact Dr Karen Smit at karensmit50@gmail.com
Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
11
APR

62 - Elizabeth Sammons on Representations of Disability in Literature

In this episode I chat to author and disability advocate Elizabeth Sammons about the way persons with disabilities are represented in literature. Elizabeth shares great advice for authors, both those with and without disabilities, who wish to include characters with disabilities in their writing.

Here are the publications mentioned by Elizabeth during our conversation:
“Blindness: Is Literature Against Us?”
By Kenneth Jernigan,
July 3, 1974
https://nfb.org/Images/nfb/Publications/convent/banque74.htm

“Being Seen: One Deafblind Woman's Fight to End Ableism”
By Elsa Sjunneson
“There Plant Eyes: A Personal and Cultural History of Blindness”
By M. Leona Godin.

Reach out to Elizabeth on her website – and buy a copy of “The Lyra and the Cross”
https://www.dldbooks.com/elizabethsammons/
Contact Lois with podcast topics or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.
27
MAR

61 - Dr Michelle Botha on Ways of Thinking and Talking about Disability.

In this episode I chat to Dr Michelle Botha about different ways of thinking and talking about disability, and how the theories impact on our lived experiences.

Michelle and I chat about

• The Medical Model,
• The Social Model
• Critical Disability Theory

We discuss what those models are, how they play out in our lives, and in the lives of those with little or no personal contact with disability

Contact Michelle on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/michelle-botha-b64838229/
Contact Lois with podcast topic or guest suggestions at
Web: loisstrachan.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/loisstrachanspeaker

This episode edited by Craig Strachan using Hindenburg PRO – find out more on Hindenburg.com
Credits and music by Charlie Dyasi of Naledi Media.

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