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Season 1


#37 Beth O'Brien

Beth O’Brien never grew taller than one meter because of a rare form of dwarfism, called diastrophic dysplasia. In this episode she tells Dylan and Angus what it’s like shopping in the kid’s section, why her most useful possession is a stick with a hook on it, and why you should never use a certain word when addressing her. 

#37 Beth O'Brien

Beth O’Brien never grew taller than one meter because of a rare form of dwarfism, called diastrophic dysplasia. In this episode she tells Dylan and Angus what it’s like shopping in the kid’s section, why her most useful possession is a stick with a hook on it, and why you should never use a certain word when addressing her. 

40:01

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13 Jun 21

#36 Michael and Kassandra

Michael and Kassandra are the stars of everyone’s favourite TV show, Love on the Spectrum, which explores what dating is like for people on the autism spectrum. In this episode they explain what it’s like sharing their love life on national television, plus Michael gives Dylan and Angus some excellent dating tips. You can watch Love on the Spectrum on ABC iview.   

#36 Michael and Kassandra

Michael and Kassandra are the stars of everyone’s favourite TV show, Love on the Spectrum, which explores what dating is like for people on the autism spectrum. In this episode they explain what it’s like sharing their love life on national television, plus Michael gives Dylan and Angus some excellent dating tips. You can watch Love on the Spectrum on ABC iview.   

37:40

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30 May 21

#35 10 Cent Tom

10 Cent Tom is fast becoming a household name around the Gold Coast. The 18-year-old otherwise known as Tom Pirie has an intellectual impairment and severe scoliosis. He loves giving back to his community by collecting bottles and cans under Queensland’s container deposit scheme, and he's already collected over 300,000 of them. He hopes to one day open his own recycling depot where he will employ other people living with disability.

#35 10 Cent Tom

10 Cent Tom is fast becoming a household name around the Gold Coast. The 18-year-old otherwise known as Tom Pirie has an intellectual impairment and severe scoliosis. He loves giving back to his community by collecting bottles and cans under Queensland’s container deposit scheme, and he's already collected over 300,000 of them. He hopes to one day open his own recycling depot where he will employ other people living with disability.

20:22

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16 May 21

# 34 Ashlee Dolby

When Ashlee Dolby was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, her specialist told her the only thing worse would be a brain tumour diagnosis. But she hasn't let the rare neurological condition hold her back. Ashlee also answers all your questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, bringing her extensive knowledge both as a funding recipient and from working with NDIS clients. 

# 34 Ashlee Dolby

When Ashlee Dolby was diagnosed with Friedreich's Ataxia, her specialist told her the only thing worse would be a brain tumour diagnosis. But she hasn't let the rare neurological condition hold her back. Ashlee also answers all your questions about the National Disability Insurance Scheme, bringing her extensive knowledge both as a funding recipient and from working with NDIS clients. 

43:49

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2 May 21

#33 Jess Quinn

How did Jessica Quinn go from losing her leg at 9-years-old to becoming an international model and disability advocate? In this candid episode Jess takes Dylan and Angus behind the scenes of life as a model with a disability, and why she's focusing less on walking the runway and more on learning to run.  Instagram: jessicaemilyquinn  

#33 Jess Quinn

How did Jessica Quinn go from losing her leg at 9-years-old to becoming an international model and disability advocate? In this candid episode Jess takes Dylan and Angus behind the scenes of life as a model with a disability, and why she's focusing less on walking the runway and more on learning to run.  Instagram: jessicaemilyquinn  

43:10

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18 Apr 21

#32 - Rhiannon Anderson

Imagine learning you’re only expected to live another six years… and you’re just 12 years old. Welcome to the life of Rhiannon Anderson. She has Ullrich Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that usually leaves people wheelchair bound by their twenties. 22-year-old Rhiannon has other plans, including her first five-kilometre walk. We’re following in her footsteps…except for Dylan obviously. Instagram: @LivingAbledBlog

#32 - Rhiannon Anderson

Imagine learning you’re only expected to live another six years… and you’re just 12 years old. Welcome to the life of Rhiannon Anderson. She has Ullrich Muscular Dystrophy, a disease that usually leaves people wheelchair bound by their twenties. 22-year-old Rhiannon has other plans, including her first five-kilometre walk. We’re following in her footsteps…except for Dylan obviously. Instagram: @LivingAbledBlog

40:18

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4 Apr 21

#31 - Spencer West

“The first three questions I get asked: What happened to your legs? Do you drive a car? How do you go to the bathroom?” Imagine not being asked your name first before getting asked if you had a penis! Welcome to the world of Spencer West and we are just glad to be a part of it. Spencer is an American motivational speaker and disability advocate who became an amputee after being born with sacral agenesis. Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk about overcoming adversity and how Spencer uses social media to advocate for the disability justice movement and the LGBT community.  

#31 - Spencer West

“The first three questions I get asked: What happened to your legs? Do you drive a car? How do you go to the bathroom?” Imagine not being asked your name first before getting asked if you had a penis! Welcome to the world of Spencer West and we are just glad to be a part of it. Spencer is an American motivational speaker and disability advocate who became an amputee after being born with sacral agenesis. Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk about overcoming adversity and how Spencer uses social media to advocate for the disability justice movement and the LGBT community.  

46:55

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21 Mar 21

#30 - Nas Campanella

When you listen to the radio, watch the TV or even listen to certain podcasts everyday you’ll hear the term “newsreader”. You would think a prerequisite would be the ability to 'see' the news you're reading? And for many years Nas Campanella, who lost her vision as a child, did just that but in her own unique way. She “read” by listening. You may know Nas from her time at Triple J and with the help of incredible tech support she was the first in the world to “read" the News by relaying her scripts through an automated speech reader all while panelling the studio, timing her news to the second and occasionally dealing with tech issues while live to air. This episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin ask about her new role as the ABC’s National Disability Affairs Reporter and they test out her news-reading technique themselves, which goes exactly how you think it would...  Nas will make you think twice about how you can be a “Newsreader Instagram: nascampanella

#30 - Nas Campanella

When you listen to the radio, watch the TV or even listen to certain podcasts everyday you’ll hear the term “newsreader”. You would think a prerequisite would be the ability to 'see' the news you're reading? And for many years Nas Campanella, who lost her vision as a child, did just that but in her own unique way. She “read” by listening. You may know Nas from her time at Triple J and with the help of incredible tech support she was the first in the world to “read" the News by relaying her scripts through an automated speech reader all while panelling the studio, timing her news to the second and occasionally dealing with tech issues while live to air. This episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin ask about her new role as the ABC’s National Disability Affairs Reporter and they test out her news-reading technique themselves, which goes exactly how you think it would...  Nas will make you think twice about how you can be a “Newsreader Instagram: nascampanella

53:27

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7 Mar 21

#29 - Em Carey

Our most requested guest to date! This episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Em Carey aka ’The Girl That Fell From The Sky’ here’s a tiny piece of her story with disability:"Isn’t it crazy how life is one thing and then in a single moment it becomes something entirely different. That’s how it happened for me anyway. Here I was, Emma, the girl who loves to run and travel the world and whose biggest worry is what I was having for dinner that night, and then in an instant… everything is changed. A freak skydiving accident is what did it for me. I was falling to what I presumed would be my death but instead I landed to the realisation that I was completely paralysed from the waist down."How can she have the same diagnosis as Dylan but live two completely different physical lives? It’s all explained in this episode of ListenABLE Instagram: em_carey

#29 - Em Carey

Our most requested guest to date! This episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Em Carey aka ’The Girl That Fell From The Sky’ here’s a tiny piece of her story with disability:"Isn’t it crazy how life is one thing and then in a single moment it becomes something entirely different. That’s how it happened for me anyway. Here I was, Emma, the girl who loves to run and travel the world and whose biggest worry is what I was having for dinner that night, and then in an instant… everything is changed. A freak skydiving accident is what did it for me. I was falling to what I presumed would be my death but instead I landed to the realisation that I was completely paralysed from the waist down."How can she have the same diagnosis as Dylan but live two completely different physical lives? It’s all explained in this episode of ListenABLE Instagram: em_carey

53:39

EP29 - S1

21 Feb 21

#28 - Heath Davidson

Heath Davidson is the current ranked #6 Quad Wheelchair Tennis player in the world, he’s also Dylan Alcott’s tennis doubles partner and best mate. Together they have travelled the world competing and have a Paralympic Gold Medal to their names but this success didn't come so easy. Heath left the sport and wasn’t seen by Dylan for 8 years. From the age of 14 Heath live alone, comforted by drugs and alcohol, neglecting the family and friends who would one day fill the seats in the arenas he competed in. What was the moment that turned his life around? Enjoy the latest episode ahead of Heaths next attempt at tennis glory at the Australian Open 2021 We also touch on the controversy surrounding the new movie "Music", by Sia, and the fact she had a neuro-typical person play someone atypical. Sia speaks with Sarah Wilson in her new podcast Wild, available at podcastoneaustralia.com.au or wherever you get your podcasts. Instagram: heathdavidson13

#28 - Heath Davidson

Heath Davidson is the current ranked #6 Quad Wheelchair Tennis player in the world, he’s also Dylan Alcott’s tennis doubles partner and best mate. Together they have travelled the world competing and have a Paralympic Gold Medal to their names but this success didn't come so easy. Heath left the sport and wasn’t seen by Dylan for 8 years. From the age of 14 Heath live alone, comforted by drugs and alcohol, neglecting the family and friends who would one day fill the seats in the arenas he competed in. What was the moment that turned his life around? Enjoy the latest episode ahead of Heaths next attempt at tennis glory at the Australian Open 2021 We also touch on the controversy surrounding the new movie "Music", by Sia, and the fact she had a neuro-typical person play someone atypical. Sia speaks with Sarah Wilson in her new podcast Wild, available at podcastoneaustralia.com.au or wherever you get your podcasts. Instagram: heathdavidson13

51:13

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7 Feb 21

#27 - Sam Willoughby

On the 9th of September 2016, Sam Willoughby was an able-bodied Olympic Silver medallist at the top of his BMX game. On the 10th of September 2016, he was being airlifted to a hospital for emergency surgery to repair the damage to his spinal cord after an accident on the track he had ridden a million times. Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Sam about his life pre and post-accident and discover the story of Sam meeting the person who would change his life forever in the most unexpected of places. From never breaking a bone, to never walking again, Sam’s story is one still being written and we feel very lucky to be a small part of it.  Instagram: swilloughby91_

#27 - Sam Willoughby

On the 9th of September 2016, Sam Willoughby was an able-bodied Olympic Silver medallist at the top of his BMX game. On the 10th of September 2016, he was being airlifted to a hospital for emergency surgery to repair the damage to his spinal cord after an accident on the track he had ridden a million times. Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Sam about his life pre and post-accident and discover the story of Sam meeting the person who would change his life forever in the most unexpected of places. From never breaking a bone, to never walking again, Sam’s story is one still being written and we feel very lucky to be a small part of it.  Instagram: swilloughby91_

50:42

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24 Jan 21

#26 - Davina Knight

Imagine growing up where a simple hug can break your back, where a handshake can leave you in a cast and where your dream of being a nurse is squashed because of your physical limitations. Davina Knight has not only overcome all these obstacles but pursued a life beyond her disability. She chats with hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about what's its like to become a mother to a child with a disability and how she’s worked in the space she always dreamed of. Her incredibly positive outcome will leave you with a huge smile on your face, just not as big as the one she wears when describing her daughter.

#26 - Davina Knight

Imagine growing up where a simple hug can break your back, where a handshake can leave you in a cast and where your dream of being a nurse is squashed because of your physical limitations. Davina Knight has not only overcome all these obstacles but pursued a life beyond her disability. She chats with hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about what's its like to become a mother to a child with a disability and how she’s worked in the space she always dreamed of. Her incredibly positive outcome will leave you with a huge smile on your face, just not as big as the one she wears when describing her daughter.

36:49

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10 Jan 21

#25 - Simon Darcy

Get your notes ready, this episode isn’t just a ‘school of thought’, but a whole EDUCATION on disability. This week’s guest on ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin is Simon Darcy; a Professor at the UTS Business School & University of Technology Sydney. A surfing accident in the 80’s left Simon with a high-level spinal cord injury and with the physical change to his body a career path was discovered that didn’t stop his ambitious attitude to educate and inspire. Simon is the co-author of: "Benchmark Games: Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games; Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues" & "Best Practice in Accessible Tourism: Inclusion, Disability, Ageing Population and Tourism; and Managing the Paralympics". This is what a podcast sounds like when you’ve had 30 years in the seat, literally! Twitter: @simon_darcy

#25 - Simon Darcy

Get your notes ready, this episode isn’t just a ‘school of thought’, but a whole EDUCATION on disability. This week’s guest on ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin is Simon Darcy; a Professor at the UTS Business School & University of Technology Sydney. A surfing accident in the 80’s left Simon with a high-level spinal cord injury and with the physical change to his body a career path was discovered that didn’t stop his ambitious attitude to educate and inspire. Simon is the co-author of: "Benchmark Games: Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games; Accessible Tourism: Concepts and Issues" & "Best Practice in Accessible Tourism: Inclusion, Disability, Ageing Population and Tourism; and Managing the Paralympics". This is what a podcast sounds like when you’ve had 30 years in the seat, literally! Twitter: @simon_darcy

44:00

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6 Dec 20

#24 - Jade O’Connell

When Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin read the headline: “Airline rejects passenger with Tourette’s from flight” - we immediately knew we had to talk to the person involved, and find out what happened, and how they felt about their disability making headlines around the world. Who we discovered was the hilarious and authentic Jade O’Connell, a young woman with a social media following of millions! Jade has embraced her disability, and shares her life with Tourettes in a glass half full, inclusive and hilarious way!She may not physically be able to fly at the moment due to a current legal issue, but that won’t stop her star soaring to new heights. Disclaimer: This episode gives Jade her authentic voice and isn’t censored so some people may find some of the language a little too colourful for their taste.  Instagram: jade.oconnell

#24 - Jade O’Connell

When Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin read the headline: “Airline rejects passenger with Tourette’s from flight” - we immediately knew we had to talk to the person involved, and find out what happened, and how they felt about their disability making headlines around the world. Who we discovered was the hilarious and authentic Jade O’Connell, a young woman with a social media following of millions! Jade has embraced her disability, and shares her life with Tourettes in a glass half full, inclusive and hilarious way!She may not physically be able to fly at the moment due to a current legal issue, but that won’t stop her star soaring to new heights. Disclaimer: This episode gives Jade her authentic voice and isn’t censored so some people may find some of the language a little too colourful for their taste.  Instagram: jade.oconnell

31:47

EP24 - S1

22 Nov 20

#23 - Jess Van Zeil

At 21, Jess Van Zeil felt invincible. From Bungee Jumping to SCUBA diving in South Africa, Jess was fulfilling her dreams as a mad adventurer; her future crammed with plans as a loving daughter, passionate sportswomen and student.  Then Jess was diagnosed with Conjunctival Ocular Melanoma; a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.  She was told “We’re going to have to take the eye.”  It seemed unthinkable, but the alternative was death in five years.  This week on ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin Jess takes us through her story of losing her eye which was only the beginning of the unforgiving emotional and physical battles Jess would face.  Defying all odds, Jess emerged having discovered the simple yet incredibly powerful principles that not only guided her through the fear, loneliness and anger that threatened to overwhelm her, but revolutionised her mindset to became powerfully positive and ridiculously resilient.  Listen now to how she did it on her own terms—and with the most dazzling collection of eye-patches in the world!  Instagram: jessvanzeil

#23 - Jess Van Zeil

At 21, Jess Van Zeil felt invincible. From Bungee Jumping to SCUBA diving in South Africa, Jess was fulfilling her dreams as a mad adventurer; her future crammed with plans as a loving daughter, passionate sportswomen and student.  Then Jess was diagnosed with Conjunctival Ocular Melanoma; a very rare and aggressive form of cancer.  She was told “We’re going to have to take the eye.”  It seemed unthinkable, but the alternative was death in five years.  This week on ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin Jess takes us through her story of losing her eye which was only the beginning of the unforgiving emotional and physical battles Jess would face.  Defying all odds, Jess emerged having discovered the simple yet incredibly powerful principles that not only guided her through the fear, loneliness and anger that threatened to overwhelm her, but revolutionised her mindset to became powerfully positive and ridiculously resilient.  Listen now to how she did it on her own terms—and with the most dazzling collection of eye-patches in the world!  Instagram: jessvanzeil

43:32

EP23 - S1

8 Nov 20

#22 - Mike Rolls

In September 2001, at the age of 18, Mike’s life changed forever. He contracted one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, Meningococcal Septicemia while on an end of season Football trip.  Mike’s chances of survival were as little as 5%. His family were told to say goodbye on more than one occasion as he fought for his life. He spent the next 6 months in hospital where he was given the sobering news that it could take years to achieve even the most basic tasks, such as walking and driving, as well as the devastating realisation that sport may not be a possibility.  This week on ListenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Mike Rolls about his journey back to health, an adaptive mindset and a conscious decision to embrace challenge and change. His determination to live a happy, fulfilling life is evident in his accomplishments as a double amputee, like running again after many years, representing Australia in golf, climbing one of Australia’s tallest buildings and passionately advocating and supporting other amputees who experience similar circumstances Instagram: mikerolls6

#22 - Mike Rolls

In September 2001, at the age of 18, Mike’s life changed forever. He contracted one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, Meningococcal Septicemia while on an end of season Football trip.  Mike’s chances of survival were as little as 5%. His family were told to say goodbye on more than one occasion as he fought for his life. He spent the next 6 months in hospital where he was given the sobering news that it could take years to achieve even the most basic tasks, such as walking and driving, as well as the devastating realisation that sport may not be a possibility.  This week on ListenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Mike Rolls about his journey back to health, an adaptive mindset and a conscious decision to embrace challenge and change. His determination to live a happy, fulfilling life is evident in his accomplishments as a double amputee, like running again after many years, representing Australia in golf, climbing one of Australia’s tallest buildings and passionately advocating and supporting other amputees who experience similar circumstances Instagram: mikerolls6

56:18

EP22 - S1

25 Oct 20

#21 - Madeleine Stewart

This weeks episode of ListenABLE proves looks can be deceiving as award-winning comedian Madeleine Stewart charms us with a sweet demeanour, veiling razor-sharp wit. Living with a “limb deficiency”, a term herself she find humour in, her ground-breaking and hilarious comedy routine takes us on an exploration of disability and social norms. Practicing what she preaches, Madeleine won the Tomorrowmaker award for her production of inclusive, accessible comedy shows - specifically Crips & Creeps. With shows at the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival, Madeleine is rising fast, with no sign of slowing down.This episode keeps Angus O’Loughlin and Dylan Alcott on their toes, if only Dylan could feel them boom tish Instagram: cripsandcreeps

#21 - Madeleine Stewart

This weeks episode of ListenABLE proves looks can be deceiving as award-winning comedian Madeleine Stewart charms us with a sweet demeanour, veiling razor-sharp wit. Living with a “limb deficiency”, a term herself she find humour in, her ground-breaking and hilarious comedy routine takes us on an exploration of disability and social norms. Practicing what she preaches, Madeleine won the Tomorrowmaker award for her production of inclusive, accessible comedy shows - specifically Crips & Creeps. With shows at the Sydney Fringe and Sydney Comedy Festival, Madeleine is rising fast, with no sign of slowing down.This episode keeps Angus O’Loughlin and Dylan Alcott on their toes, if only Dylan could feel them boom tish Instagram: cripsandcreeps

30:45

EP21 - S1

11 Oct 20

#20 - Danielle Spokes & Julie Jones

This episode of ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin isn’t just one guest… its TWO!  Danielle Spokes - described as a "Lioness Mum" who has fought against the systems naming the prices on lifesaving medication. Having a son with a rare medical condition she uses her law degree to fight and advocate for a broken system that without warning can change the PBS medication list and name their price.Our quick chat will have you thinking “Can you put a price on a life”. Julie Jones - The founder of 'Travel without Limits’ which is striving to make travel possible for people of all abilities and needs. Their magazine shares stories from people with lived experience to inspire and show you ways others with disability can travel too. In this episode we talk about making what you’ve dreamt about possible, finding ideas, inspiration and tips shared by others with a disability.   Instagram (Julie): havewheelchairwilltravel

#20 - Danielle Spokes & Julie Jones

This episode of ListenABLE with Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin isn’t just one guest… its TWO!  Danielle Spokes - described as a "Lioness Mum" who has fought against the systems naming the prices on lifesaving medication. Having a son with a rare medical condition she uses her law degree to fight and advocate for a broken system that without warning can change the PBS medication list and name their price.Our quick chat will have you thinking “Can you put a price on a life”. Julie Jones - The founder of 'Travel without Limits’ which is striving to make travel possible for people of all abilities and needs. Their magazine shares stories from people with lived experience to inspire and show you ways others with disability can travel too. In this episode we talk about making what you’ve dreamt about possible, finding ideas, inspiration and tips shared by others with a disability.   Instagram (Julie): havewheelchairwilltravel

40:04

EP20 - S1

27 Sep 20

#19 - Dinesh Palipana

Dinesh Palipana OAM is an Australian doctor, legal professional and disability advocate. He is the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, Australia. He is the second person with quadriplegia to graduate as a doctor in Australia and the first with spinal cord injury. I's his struggles to be at the top of his profession that you don't know!  This week Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin join you in disbelief at who tried to leave his skills with him at his accident. 

#19 - Dinesh Palipana

Dinesh Palipana OAM is an Australian doctor, legal professional and disability advocate. He is the first quadriplegic medical intern in Queensland, Australia. He is the second person with quadriplegia to graduate as a doctor in Australia and the first with spinal cord injury. I's his struggles to be at the top of his profession that you don't know!  This week Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin join you in disbelief at who tried to leave his skills with him at his accident. 

43:12

EP19 - S1

13 Sep 20

#18 - Emmah Money

Where do we draw the line between disease and disability? Who makes that distinction and why? This week we talk invisible illness and let you make up your own mind!  In this weeks episode of ListenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Emmah Money who is living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). When she was born she was not expected to live beyond her fifth birthday and doctors suggested the lung disease caused by CF would progress quickly and soon take her life.  But Emmah has proven from an early age that she was going to be someone who would defy the odds against her – a valuable lesson she learnt from her adoptive parent’s right from the moment they brought Emmah home and into their family.  Over the years Emmah has lost many of her close friends to the devastating effects of this disease, but this has not diminished her absolute resolve to be part of the cure that she hopes will one day improve and save her life, and the lives of so many others in the community.  And now, Emmah has an even greater reason to work toward that goal – her two beautiful children, Ayvah, meaning "breath of life", and little Logan.  Emmah is very aware that the average life expectancy for someone living with cystic fibrosis is just 38 years, less than ten years from her current age. But for someone who has proven they are anything but average, she is doing everything she can to beat these odds as well. Instagram: cfmummy

#18 - Emmah Money

Where do we draw the line between disease and disability? Who makes that distinction and why? This week we talk invisible illness and let you make up your own mind!  In this weeks episode of ListenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin talk to Emmah Money who is living with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). When she was born she was not expected to live beyond her fifth birthday and doctors suggested the lung disease caused by CF would progress quickly and soon take her life.  But Emmah has proven from an early age that she was going to be someone who would defy the odds against her – a valuable lesson she learnt from her adoptive parent’s right from the moment they brought Emmah home and into their family.  Over the years Emmah has lost many of her close friends to the devastating effects of this disease, but this has not diminished her absolute resolve to be part of the cure that she hopes will one day improve and save her life, and the lives of so many others in the community.  And now, Emmah has an even greater reason to work toward that goal – her two beautiful children, Ayvah, meaning "breath of life", and little Logan.  Emmah is very aware that the average life expectancy for someone living with cystic fibrosis is just 38 years, less than ten years from her current age. But for someone who has proven they are anything but average, she is doing everything she can to beat these odds as well. Instagram: cfmummy

41:23

EP18 - S1

30 Aug 20

#17 - Natalie Wade

Living with a disability can be tough at the best of times, but for people with a high level disability, it can be even harder! How do they get dressed? Shower? Get into bed each night? And you won't believe how long all of these tasks can take! On this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin speak to Natalie Wade, a proud South Australian who has never let her high level disability get in her way. She founded her own law firm, and is leading the charge to protect the human right of people with a disability across the country. She also wants you to know she's a proud poodle Mum.

#17 - Natalie Wade

Living with a disability can be tough at the best of times, but for people with a high level disability, it can be even harder! How do they get dressed? Shower? Get into bed each night? And you won't believe how long all of these tasks can take! On this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin speak to Natalie Wade, a proud South Australian who has never let her high level disability get in her way. She founded her own law firm, and is leading the charge to protect the human right of people with a disability across the country. She also wants you to know she's a proud poodle Mum.

45:45

EP17 - S1

16 Aug 20

#16 - Kelly Cartwright

Losing a limb is tough at the best of times, but imagine it happening during your formidable teenage years. Body image issues, a lack of confidence. That’s what happened to today’s guest Kelly Cartwright - but it didn’t stop her becoming one of the worlds best Paralympic athletes. Hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Kelly about her life, her Paralympic journey, dominating Dancing with the Stars and her biggest challenge yet but also her most proudest - being a mum. Instagram: kellycartwright kellycartwright.com.au

#16 - Kelly Cartwright

Losing a limb is tough at the best of times, but imagine it happening during your formidable teenage years. Body image issues, a lack of confidence. That’s what happened to today’s guest Kelly Cartwright - but it didn’t stop her becoming one of the worlds best Paralympic athletes. Hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Kelly about her life, her Paralympic journey, dominating Dancing with the Stars and her biggest challenge yet but also her most proudest - being a mum. Instagram: kellycartwright kellycartwright.com.au

51:16

EP16 - S1

3 Aug 20

#15 - Ryan Stevens

Have you ever had that feeling when you have an inappropriate thought in your head. A thought you keep to yourself and wonder why that crept into your brain? Imagine NOT being able to control it. That’s what it’s like to have the disability Tourette’s. On this week of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Ryan Stevens, who gives us an in depth (and unedited - language warning) look of what it’s like to live with Tourette’s. Is it just like the movies portray? And what’s the WORST thing he has ever said? You’ll have to listen to find out! Twitter: ryancolin1995

#15 - Ryan Stevens

Have you ever had that feeling when you have an inappropriate thought in your head. A thought you keep to yourself and wonder why that crept into your brain? Imagine NOT being able to control it. That’s what it’s like to have the disability Tourette’s. On this week of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Ryan Stevens, who gives us an in depth (and unedited - language warning) look of what it’s like to live with Tourette’s. Is it just like the movies portray? And what’s the WORST thing he has ever said? You’ll have to listen to find out! Twitter: ryancolin1995

40:27

EP15 - S1

19 Jul 20

#14 - Too Peas In A Podcast

Ever wondered what’s it’s like to be a parent of a child with a disability? Do you find out before birth? And if you do - would you keep the baby or not? Or is there a manual to teach you all the tricks and tips to help you bring up your disabled child? This week on ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Mandy and Kate from Too Peas in a Podcast, who both have disabled children and are very proud of it. This ep is a tear jerker in some spots, and a must for anyone with or wanting children. Instagram: toopeaspod toopeasinapodcast.com.au

#14 - Too Peas In A Podcast

Ever wondered what’s it’s like to be a parent of a child with a disability? Do you find out before birth? And if you do - would you keep the baby or not? Or is there a manual to teach you all the tricks and tips to help you bring up your disabled child? This week on ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Mandy and Kate from Too Peas in a Podcast, who both have disabled children and are very proud of it. This ep is a tear jerker in some spots, and a must for anyone with or wanting children. Instagram: toopeaspod toopeasinapodcast.com.au

52:32

EP14 - S1

5 Jul 20

#13 - Eliza Green

People with a disability have been punching above for years, but Eliza Green takes it to another level. Born with Cerebral Palsy, has never let her disability get in the way of what she wants to achieve, most evidently through her chosen sport of boxing, where she competes against able bodied competitors. This week on listenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin dive into Eliza’s story, her upbringing, and why on earth she chose boxing. Let’s get ready to rumble!

#13 - Eliza Green

People with a disability have been punching above for years, but Eliza Green takes it to another level. Born with Cerebral Palsy, has never let her disability get in the way of what she wants to achieve, most evidently through her chosen sport of boxing, where she competes against able bodied competitors. This week on listenABLE Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin dive into Eliza’s story, her upbringing, and why on earth she chose boxing. Let’s get ready to rumble!

38:59

EP13 - S1

21 Jun 20

#12 - Adam Hills

Adam Hills is one of Australia’s greatest exports - dominating the world on comedy and TV for two decades. He also happens to have a disability. On this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Adam about growing up as an amputee, the impact he has had on helping disability crack the mainstream, and just how much he dominates the rugby league pitch! Instagram: adamhillscomedy

#12 - Adam Hills

Adam Hills is one of Australia’s greatest exports - dominating the world on comedy and TV for two decades. He also happens to have a disability. On this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Adam about growing up as an amputee, the impact he has had on helping disability crack the mainstream, and just how much he dominates the rugby league pitch! Instagram: adamhillscomedy

50:17

EP12 - S1

8 Jun 20

#11 - Ashlee Morton

The hardest job is being a mother but what about being a mother in a wheelchair with able bodied children? In this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin talk to Ashlee about the judgement that society places upon her and the glass ceilings she has well and truly smashed. Instagram: _ashlee_ashlee

#11 - Ashlee Morton

The hardest job is being a mother but what about being a mother in a wheelchair with able bodied children? In this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin talk to Ashlee about the judgement that society places upon her and the glass ceilings she has well and truly smashed. Instagram: _ashlee_ashlee

36:21

EP11 - S1

25 May 20

#10 - Moana & Vinny Hope

Moana and Vinny Hope have taken Australia by storm, becoming two of the most popular people of 2020. Mo is one of Australia's leading AFLW players and second runner up in Australian Survivor All Stars - yet neither of these things are her proudest achievements. It's her relationship with disabled sister Vinny that means most to her. In this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin talk about their relationship, the importance of family and just how big of a social media superstar Vinny has become! Instagram: moanahope // vinspirationfoundation

#10 - Moana & Vinny Hope

Moana and Vinny Hope have taken Australia by storm, becoming two of the most popular people of 2020. Mo is one of Australia's leading AFLW players and second runner up in Australian Survivor All Stars - yet neither of these things are her proudest achievements. It's her relationship with disabled sister Vinny that means most to her. In this episode of ListenABLE, Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin talk about their relationship, the importance of family and just how big of a social media superstar Vinny has become! Instagram: moanahope // vinspirationfoundation

39:57

EP10 - S1

10 May 20

#9 - Steph Agnew

If knew you were going to eventually go blind, how would you spend your final years with sight? And if you knew you were going to pass your condition on to your kids, would you still have them? This week Dylan Alcott and Angus O’loughlin are joined by Steph Agnew, who lost her sight after being diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition. This episode explores a mothers guilt, how Guide Dog‘s work, finding love in the dark and you’ll be introduced to a wedding that you’d wished you were invited to. Instagram: steph.agnew

#9 - Steph Agnew

If knew you were going to eventually go blind, how would you spend your final years with sight? And if you knew you were going to pass your condition on to your kids, would you still have them? This week Dylan Alcott and Angus O’loughlin are joined by Steph Agnew, who lost her sight after being diagnosed with a degenerative eye condition. This episode explores a mothers guilt, how Guide Dog‘s work, finding love in the dark and you’ll be introduced to a wedding that you’d wished you were invited to. Instagram: steph.agnew

35:01

EP09 - S1

26 Apr 20

#8 - Chantelle Otten

Ever wondered if people with disability can have sex? And if so, how? In this episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Australia’s leading Psychosexologist Chantelle Otten, who dives deep into the world of sex and disability. We talk about her own experience growing up with a disabled sister, what her work means and how she helps people with disability live out their erotic dreams. Oh, and she also happens to be Dylan’s partner, and she’ll tell you what happens in their bedroom. @chantelle_otten_sexologist / / www.chantelleotten.com

#8 - Chantelle Otten

Ever wondered if people with disability can have sex? And if so, how? In this episode Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin chat to Australia’s leading Psychosexologist Chantelle Otten, who dives deep into the world of sex and disability. We talk about her own experience growing up with a disabled sister, what her work means and how she helps people with disability live out their erotic dreams. Oh, and she also happens to be Dylan’s partner, and she’ll tell you what happens in their bedroom. @chantelle_otten_sexologist / / www.chantelleotten.com

39:45

EP08 - S1

12 Apr 20

#7 - Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay OAM is proud of the person that she is. The Australian author, speaker and fashionista isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in and to tell you what she thinks.  Born with a disability called ichthyosis, a rare genetic disorder that affects her skin and hair, she has defied ableism and discrimination her whole life to become a strong voice in our community. In this episode you’ll learn the importance of ‘saying hello’, how she found love, her journey to becoming a role model for young people, and how much better her fashion is than yours. Instagram: carlyfindlay

#7 - Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay OAM is proud of the person that she is. The Australian author, speaker and fashionista isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in and to tell you what she thinks.  Born with a disability called ichthyosis, a rare genetic disorder that affects her skin and hair, she has defied ableism and discrimination her whole life to become a strong voice in our community. In this episode you’ll learn the importance of ‘saying hello’, how she found love, her journey to becoming a role model for young people, and how much better her fashion is than yours. Instagram: carlyfindlay

43:55

EP07 - S1

29 Mar 20

#6 - Cherie Louise

Have you ever been bullied online because of how you look?  Cherie Louise lost her leg to cancer and experienced online trolling when she revealed on Twitter that she was an amputee. Cherie speaks to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about what is was like to be told at 6 years old that she was going to lose her leg, her experiences online with people who fetishize because she is an amputee and what it's like to feel 'phantom pain' in a limb that's no longer there. A keen disability advocate, Cherie is putting her story out there to prevent it from happening to others. Instagram: cherie.louise

#6 - Cherie Louise

Have you ever been bullied online because of how you look?  Cherie Louise lost her leg to cancer and experienced online trolling when she revealed on Twitter that she was an amputee. Cherie speaks to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about what is was like to be told at 6 years old that she was going to lose her leg, her experiences online with people who fetishize because she is an amputee and what it's like to feel 'phantom pain' in a limb that's no longer there. A keen disability advocate, Cherie is putting her story out there to prevent it from happening to others. Instagram: cherie.louise

33:33

EP06 - S1

8 Mar 20

#5 - Oliver Hunter

Stand-up comedy is not just for people who can stand and aspiring comedian Ollie, who is in a wheelchair, is on a mission to prove this. Ollie speaks to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about how he navigates life as a person with cerebral palsy, what it's like to go dating when you're in a wheelchair and why he wants to his comedy to challenge perceptions of what it’s like to live with disability. At the end Dylan and Angus put the spotlight on Ollie and challenge him to perform 10 minutes of his best gear...and it’s wheely funny. Instagram: oliverhunter_95

#5 - Oliver Hunter

Stand-up comedy is not just for people who can stand and aspiring comedian Ollie, who is in a wheelchair, is on a mission to prove this. Ollie speaks to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about how he navigates life as a person with cerebral palsy, what it's like to go dating when you're in a wheelchair and why he wants to his comedy to challenge perceptions of what it’s like to live with disability. At the end Dylan and Angus put the spotlight on Ollie and challenge him to perform 10 minutes of his best gear...and it’s wheely funny. Instagram: oliverhunter_95

31:27

EP05 - S1

7 Mar 20

#4 - Prue Stevenson

You hear the words ‘on the autistic spectrum’ a lot - but what does it actually mean? Meet Prue Stevenson - an artist, an advocate for people with disabilities and an autistic person. Prue gives hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin an insight into her world and her brain, with the help of a glass bowl and some coins. She explains what it feels to experience sensory overload, why we should celebrate neurodiversity in people and why you should say what you mean and mean what you say. Instagram: prue_stevenson

#4 - Prue Stevenson

You hear the words ‘on the autistic spectrum’ a lot - but what does it actually mean? Meet Prue Stevenson - an artist, an advocate for people with disabilities and an autistic person. Prue gives hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin an insight into her world and her brain, with the help of a glass bowl and some coins. She explains what it feels to experience sensory overload, why we should celebrate neurodiversity in people and why you should say what you mean and mean what you say. Instagram: prue_stevenson

35:33

EP04 - S1

6 Mar 20

#3 - Curtis McGrath

While serving in Afghanistan with the Australian Army force, Curtis McGrath OAM stepped on a landmine and lost both his legs. Australian paracanoeist Curtis explains to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin what stepping on a landmine feels like, why one of his legs cost $200k and how he channelled all his energy into achieving sporting goals. This is one of best stories you’ll ever hear, follow along as Curtis triumphs from the battlefield to the sporting field. Instagram: curtmcgrath

#3 - Curtis McGrath

While serving in Afghanistan with the Australian Army force, Curtis McGrath OAM stepped on a landmine and lost both his legs. Australian paracanoeist Curtis explains to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin what stepping on a landmine feels like, why one of his legs cost $200k and how he channelled all his energy into achieving sporting goals. This is one of best stories you’ll ever hear, follow along as Curtis triumphs from the battlefield to the sporting field. Instagram: curtmcgrath

39:49

EP03 - S1

5 Mar 20

#2 - Ben Pettingill

Ever wondered what it’s like to be blind? Ben Pettingill is the fastest man ever on water skis, has tracked Kokoda twice, is a motivational speaker and is blind. Ben speaks to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about the moment he lost his vision, what being blind actually looks like and how relying on Siri can be a blind person's best friend or worst enemy. Instagram: Benpettingill

#2 - Ben Pettingill

Ever wondered what it’s like to be blind? Ben Pettingill is the fastest man ever on water skis, has tracked Kokoda twice, is a motivational speaker and is blind. Ben speaks to hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O'Loughlin about the moment he lost his vision, what being blind actually looks like and how relying on Siri can be a blind person's best friend or worst enemy. Instagram: Benpettingill

43:57

EP02 - S1

4 Mar 20

#1 - Dylan Alcott

Dylan Alcott, you might know the name, the chair, and his successes as an athlete but in this episode of ListenABLE Dylan speaks to his podcast co-host and best mate Angus O'Loughlin about what life was like for him growing up, why his parents thought twice that they would lose him before his first birthday and about his experience of a nightclub owner saying that he wasn't a person he was  “a f***ing fire hazard?" Find out why Dylan’s story is more than his wheelchair and the gold medals around his neck. Instagram: dylanalcott

#1 - Dylan Alcott

Dylan Alcott, you might know the name, the chair, and his successes as an athlete but in this episode of ListenABLE Dylan speaks to his podcast co-host and best mate Angus O'Loughlin about what life was like for him growing up, why his parents thought twice that they would lose him before his first birthday and about his experience of a nightclub owner saying that he wasn't a person he was  “a f***ing fire hazard?" Find out why Dylan’s story is more than his wheelchair and the gold medals around his neck. Instagram: dylanalcott

39:29

EP01 - S1

3 Mar 20

ListenABLE - Trailer

Challenge what you think it’s like to live with disability.  Hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin speak to people living with disability about their lives and ask them the questions you thought were off-limits. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll learn something. This is a podcast for everyone - disabled or abled, and hopes to break down stigmas, change perceptions and to challenge what you think it’s like to live with disability.   

ListenABLE - Trailer

Challenge what you think it’s like to live with disability.  Hosts Dylan Alcott and Angus O’Loughlin speak to people living with disability about their lives and ask them the questions you thought were off-limits. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll learn something. This is a podcast for everyone - disabled or abled, and hopes to break down stigmas, change perceptions and to challenge what you think it’s like to live with disability.   

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