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Podcast by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh, Neil Milliken.We’re an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world; we believe that accessibility is for everyone.Social media has great power to connect people and we hope to accomplish and encourage in-depth discussion and spread knowledge about the work people are doing to enable greater access and inclusion through whatever means.We host weekly interviews and twitter chats with people who are contributing to making the world a more inclusive place through technology or innovating to enable wider participation in society for people with disabilities.The topics will be wide-ranging and we want to encourage discussion and ensure everyone has a voice on social media so we encourage you to take part by tweeting and using the hashtag #axschat

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Podcast by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh, Neil Milliken.We’re an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world; we believe that accessibility is for everyone.Social media has great power to connect people and we hope to accomplish and encourage in-depth discussion and spread knowledge about the work people are doing to enable greater access and inclusion through whatever means.We host weekly interviews and twitter chats with people who are contributing to making the world a more inclusive place through technology or innovating to enable wider participation in society for people with disabilities.The topics will be wide-ranging and we want to encourage discussion and ensure everyone has a voice on social media so we encourage you to take part by tweeting and using the hashtag #axschat

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AXSChat is an important podcast

By Debra Ruh - May 18 2016
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ICT Accessibility, Disability Inclusion and Empowerment - all critical topics to the world today. I am proud to be one of the co-hosts of AXSChat.

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ICT Accessibility, Disability Inclusion and Empowerment - all critical topics to the world today. I am proud to be one of the co-hosts of AXSChat.
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AXSChat Podcast

Latest release on Oct 19, 2020

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Podcast by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh, Neil Milliken.We’re an open online community of individuals dedicated to creating an inclusive world; we believe that accessibility is for everyone.Social media has great power to connect people and we hope to accomplish and encourage in-depth discussion and spread knowledge about the work people are doing to enable greater access and inclusion through whatever means.We host weekly interviews and twitter chats with people who are contributing to making the world a more inclusive place through technology or innovating to enable wider participation in society for people with disabilities.The topics will be wide-ranging and we want to encourage discussion and ensure everyone has a voice on social media so we encourage you to take part by tweeting and using the hashtag #axschat

AXSChat Podcast with Darryl Adams from Intel

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Darryl is an Assistive Technology Innovation Program Manager in the Accessibility Office at Intel.​

He works at the intersection of technology and human experience helping discover new ways for people with disabilities to work, interact, and thrive.​

Darryl’s mission is to connect his passion for AT innovation with Intel’s product development pipeline to make accessible computing experiences available to everyone, regardless of ability.​
 Darryl Adams 

Oct 19 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Candi Castleberry Singleton & Andrew Hayward

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Candi Castleberry Singleton is the Vice President of Diversity Partnership Strategy & Engagement at Twitter. She is also the founder of the award-winning Dignity & Respect Campaign, which has helped organizations create more inclusive work environments. As an experienced diversity and inclusion leader, she created The Bolt-On to Built-In Model™ featured in her chapter of Crossing the Divide: Intergroup Leadership in a World of Difference. She has developed successful strategies and initiatives in technology, telecommunications, and healthcare including Xerox, Sun Microsystems, Motorola, and UPMC. Candi has served as adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. She received an MBA from Pepperdine, a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley, and completed the Stanford Executive Human Resources program.


Candi Castleberry


Andrew is a software engineer at Twitter, in London. He made his first website over 20 years ago, and hasn’t looked back since. Over the course of his career, he has worked in desktop software, publishing, e-commerce, social media, and gaming. He has a passion for building an inclusive and accessible web, and leading with empathy.

When not talking about accessibility and software, you can find Andrew riding his bike, or climbing trees with his family. He’s a big kid at heart


Andrew Hayward 

Oct 09 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Debra, Ruh, Neil Milliken and Antonio Santos

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 Antonio Santos is a Social Media Business Evangelist and Senior Data Intelligence Expert, at Atos, focusing on Digital Inclusion, Social Media Engagement, and Social Business. He is a Sociologist with expertise on Applied Research; he previously worked in the Media, Military, Public Sector and Telecom before joining Siemens IT in 2006 in Cork and Atos in 2011. According to Onalytica who measures online presence and influence, Antonio is the 3rd most influential employee in the world, in Consulting based on data from Twitter and LinkedIn and number one on Sustainability amongst employees of the 48 most important consulting companies globally.

In 2014 with Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken he creates axschat. A weekly Twitter chat on diversity and inclusion, who become the most popular twitter conversation on that topic over the last six years. AXSChat was chosen by Valuable 500 CEO Caroline Casey to become one of their primary media partners and to support their efforts to create a community to revolutionise disability inclusion through business leadership and opportunity. 


 Debra Ruh is a seasoned entrepreneur that focuses on Global Disability Inclusion, ICT Accessibility, EmployAbility, Marketing and Communications Strategies and Digital Media.  She has provided global leadership to governments, corporations, NGOs and DPO’s (Disability Persons Organizations) all over the world supporting research, outreach, marketing strategies, policy and standards initiatives with public- and private-sector.  Policy, Legislative and Technical Experience includes the United Nations Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503, 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, W3C, WCAG 2.0 and ISO.  Debra is also a seasoned Entrepreneur (founder of three firms): Ruh Global Communications, TecAccess, Strategic Performance Solutions. 

 Neil currently works for Atos as Head of Accessibility & Inclusion where his role is to help make the world a better place by delivering better technology for our customers and staff, embedding inclusive practice into the Business As Usual Processes of organisations with thousands of employees and turnovers numbering in billions.

He created the Atos Centre of Competence encompassing Accessibility, Inclusive Design and Assistive Technology Services. This team now services multiple accounts and delivers best practice, support and consultancy for the organisation. www.atos.net/iux 

Oct 06 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Esther Dakin-Poole

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken. 

Esther Dakin-Poole is a Council member and Coordinator of the current UK Assistive Products List (UK APL) initiative for The British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and WHO-GATE Programme, designed to establish which are the most essential assistive products in the UK today. Esther is a Director and Secretary of GAATO, The Global Alliance of Assistive Technology Organizations based in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also Head of Education & Development at Smile Smart Technology, her family’s enterprise who innovate and provide assistive technology to children and adults with complex disabilities and specialise in neuro disability switching, controls and linkages between digital access and mobility training. She has grown up as a carer for her younger sister who has Downs Syndrome and sees her as one of the most enlightening people in her life. Esther’s alma mater is SOAS, University of London where she most recently studied international diplomacy and she has historic regional focus on East and Southern Africa and South-East Asia.

Sep 25 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Andy Black - Tech Accessibility Evangelist

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 Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken. 

Andy Black has over 30 years’ experience in tech for learning and inclusion. Renowned in the Noughties for his forty gadgets in forty minutes live demonstration and being digitally resident in most things he should be and some he thinks he now possibly should not have been. He floated the idea of the mobile device (phone) as Lord of the ring’s device or as a tech swiss army knife in the 90’s. He worked as a part of a team horizon scanning emerging technologies in the commercial space with potential uses in education.

Andy as a dyslexic dyspraxia diagnosed in his 50’s but writ large through his whole life experience. Passionate about tech for inclusion be that SMS for deaf learners in further education or specialist stem sign language on 1st gen apple iPod touches back in the early 2000’s.

Andy discovered twitter in early 2008 he believes his live tweeting at events may have got Neil Milliken of #AXSCHAT started on his twitter journey.

He now heads a small but incredibly talented team championing business engagement and accessibility for internal staff in a Government department in the UK.

Andy in 2019 co-founded a Cross Government Group Office 365 Accessibility Group looking at leverage best Accessibility features in O365.

Outside of work he is a non-exec director of a community farm, scout leader passionate is cyclist walker climber lover of the outdoors has two fantastic kids and long suffering talented wife.

He used to shy away from describing himself as a polymath but to be honest I am into a lot of stuff. Maybe too many things for my own good.

Passionate believer in us all striving to be Accessible by Default and that the network human or electronic is the answer to anything, now what is the question.

A colleague once described Andy: “to describe Andy as an out of the box thinker misses the point Andy doesn’t understand what a box is. He will make linkage find opportunities and give that commitment to make a difference to learners.  Frankly at times he is exhausting to work with“

He has in the past been tempted to write an “e- book “entitled “what do when the kit doesn’t work apart from tell jokes (my jokes are terrible by the way). 

Sep 18 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Robert Scoble

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Robert Scoble works with companies that are implementing Spatial Computing technologies, though he is taking time off after finishing “The Infinite Retina” to spend time with his young kids. He is a futurist and technology strategist and the author of three books about technology trends, being the first to report on technologies from autonomous vehicles to Siri. Previous positions include being a strategist at Microsoft, a futurist at Rackspace, Chief Strategy Officer at Infinite Retina, and the producer and host of a video show about technology at Fast Company. 

Sep 14 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Tim Sutton is a 31 year veteran Law Enforcement Officer

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Tim Sutton is a 31 year veteran Law Enforcement Officer.  After spending 4 years as a patrolman for the Chesterfield County Police Department VA, he was hired by a Sheriff’s Office in the Richmond Metro area of Virginia.  Tim then worked as a patrol deputy for two years and then spent four years as a Street Crimes Investigator.  He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1999 and has been a patrol Sergeant ever since.  In 2003, he implemented his agencies Project Lifesaver Program to address the issue of individuals wandering or eloping due to cognitive impairment.  He continues to run the program.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from James Madison University. 

While overseeing his department’s Project Lifesaver Program, he has interacted extensively with hundreds of families dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia or Autism/Intellectual Disabilities.In 2007, Tim was asked to travel throughout Virginia for the Department of Criminal Justice Services as an instructor for the “Alzheimer’s for First Responders” training.  He assisted with the training the training until 2011.  In 2011 he was approached by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to assist in teaching the “Alzheimer’s Initiative” throughout the country.   As the “Alzheimer’s Initiative ended in 2017, he has continued to travel the United States training public safety officers and conducting Train the Trainer courses on Alzheimer’s Disease.  He has partnered with Next Generation Training in co-teaching many of these courses

In 2009, Tim was asked to join the Public Safety Workgroup of Virginia to help develop an Autism Training curriculum for Public Safety in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  In the fall of 2010, the pilot class was presented at the Project Lifesaver International Conference in Virginia Beach.  He became  a member of a team traveling across Virginia conducting the Critical Autism Training (CAT 1).  The team was featured in the Washington Post during the spring of 2011 when they trained members of the Fairfax Police Department.  As the CAT 1 training ended in 2016, Tim has continued to travel throughout Virginia and different areas of the country conducting Autism/Intellectual Disability Training.

In 2011, Tim’s Law Enforcement agency was involved in one of the largest search and rescue missions in Virginia history.  A nine year non-speaking boy with Autism had eloped in a very rural area of the county.  For six days a 24 hour search was conducted with the child subsequently being found alive on that sixth day.  As the search progressed, there was a pouring out of citizens wanting to help.  Tim was assigned to conduct 20 minute classes on Autism for all the citizens who showed up to help with the search.  Over the course of 4 days, Tim trained over 6,000 citizens on the unique characteristics of Autism. 

Tim continues to work in law enforcement as a patrol supervisor and formed A Better Understanding LLC (www.a-betterunderstanding.com) in 2011 to raise awareness in the area of Special Populations.  He continues to travel the country teaching and presenting on topics such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities, and Developmental Disabilities.  Tim has been deemed a subject matter expert by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services and The  International Association of Chiefs of  Police on Alzheimer’s as it relates to Law Enforcement.  The  Virginia DCJS has also declare him a subject matter expert in the area of Autism/Intellectual Disability as they relate to law enforcement.  Tim’s goal with A Better Understanding LLC is to bring a better understanding of these special topics. He is dedicated to promoting “peaceful interaction, leading to positive outcomes”. 

Sep 05 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Darren Rowan Global Program manager and Accessibility Lead at Lilly UK

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 Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken. 

Darren works at Lilly UK (Pharmaceuticals) as a Global Program Manager and Accessibility Lead

He leads a program called Access Lilly, focused on improving accessibility across the globe, in both physical and digital environments

He also leads the Enable Employee Resource Group for the International region, which covers almost every country outside of the US

Passionate about learning and sharing best practices, Darren has sat on various external taskforces with BDF and PurpleSpace. 

Aug 28 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Gareth Ford Williams, David Bailey & Bruno Maag

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken. 

In 2005 Gareth founded the BBC’s Digital Accessibility Team. Over the course of the first 3 years, the Accessibility Team worked as an integral part of iPlayer’s core Product Team ensuring BBC iPlayer V1.0 launched as an accessible product. The team was joined the UX when the UX Design was founded in 2008.



Gareth Ford Williams



David helps drive consistent quality of visual design and branding across the BBC’s entire online output. He joined the organisation in 2014 after a 16 year career working in the more traditional world of graphic design and branding. In 2012, D&AD included David in its list of ’50 British Creative Greats’ alongside the likes of Paul Smith, Rankin and Terry Gilliam. 



David Bailey



Bruno Maag is an expert typographer with over forty years of expertise in his field. He founded and led Dalton Maag Ltd, the world’s leading studio for typeface design where he worked with some of the best known brands: Amazon, Nokia, Intel, HP, AirBnB, Netflix, Facebook, DHL, FedEx, ABB, BBC, Rakuten amongst many others.



Bruno Maag

Aug 24 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Susan Mazrui – Director, Global Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.

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  Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken. 

Susan Mazrui began work in Communications in 1994 at Pacific Bell in Disability Marketing. In 1998, she moved to the wireless field, where she developed corporate strategies for state and federal legal and regulatory compliance. Under her leadership, Cingular Wireless became the first national carrier to offer “talking” cellphones and establish a task force on accessibility. Mazrui worked closely with TDI and the Hearing Loss Association of America and other industry members to address hearing aid and TTY compatibility with digital wireless handsets. At AT&T, Mazrui was instrumental in establishing the Corporate Accessibility Technology Office which has assessed over 50,000 AT&T products and services. She was the architect of AT&T’s Accessibility and Inclusion Program with cross company teams addressing the needs of deaf and disabled employees and their family members. AT&T has consistently received scores of 100 in the Disability Equality Index and the National Organization on Disability’s Leading Disability Employer. Mazrui was named a Corporate Fellow by the Summit on Leading Diversity and inducted into the Spinal Cord Injury Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2013, she was recognized as Employee of the Year by Careers and the disABLED, and in 2014 by AT&T as a Champion of Diversity. In 2016, she received the Digital Accessibility Leadership Award from G3ict and the Stephen Garff Marriott Award for mentoring from American Foundation for the Blind. In 2019, Mazrui was honored by The Community of Connection and TDI for her work in the disability field. She has served several terms on Federal Advisory Committees, is on the boards of the U.S. International Council on Disability, the World Institute on Disability and G3ict. Mazrui lives with her husband, Jamal, and daughter, Nicole, in Seattle. When not working, Mazrui enjoys Dragon Boating, visiting Disneyland and performing stand-up comedy. 

Aug 14 2020

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AXSChat Podcas with Sophie Morgan, TV Presenter, Disability Rights Campaigner and Board member for Ofcom.

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

Sophie is an award-winning disability advocate & social entrepreneur who was paralysed in a car crash when she was 18 years old. Determined to channel her adversity into opportunity, she sees her challenges as a unique chance for creativity.

She embodies her values; finding creative opportunity in diversity and adversity, and daring to be different, she proves the value and power of true disability representation in all areas of her work and life.

Sophie can be found presenting most Live Para Sport events on Channel 4 as well as hard-hitting current affairs programs such as Dispatches and Unreported World. She is also a board member for Ofcom, the UK government- approved regulatory broadcast authority.

In spring 2021 Sophie’s debut book will be published with Little Brown. The book is part-memoir, part travel log and part coping strategy on how to adapt too life’s challenges, find resilience and create positive change.

She established Sophie Morgan Creative Ltd and is leading the charge to better representation for disabled people in retail, travel and design consulting for large retailers such as Target Corporation and John Lewis & Waitrose.

Global Brand ambassador for Toyota GB and CanAm, Sophie is a passionate adventurer who believes that the right vehicle can transform your world. Sophie is also a judge for Toyota’s Mobility Prize to be announced in 2020. She is also Global Ambassador for Womens Rights and Inclusive Education for Leonard Cheshire, and on the Special Advisory Committee for Human Rights Watch.

Sophie doesn’t just talk – she enables and creates change. In everything she does, from hosting Global Disability Summits to working along side global mega brands such as Air BnB or GoPro to open their minds to the ‘disability opportunity’ to traveling the world to document abuses in human rights, she lives, breathes and creates the change she wants to see in the world.

Aug 08 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Wendy Mandell Geller the DisabledCEO

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

6 years ago, at age 35, Wendy became the Queen of Social Distancing when she became a disabled chronic Lyme disease fighter. Feeling exhaustion, pain and like daily flu with autoimmunity issues that makes Wendy catch what sicknesses others have when in groups — meant she couldn’t travel on a plane, go to work meetings or even go with her boys to their school events.  

In 2015 from her recliner, she invented the YES to SEX app, a safe way to learn about sexual consent. It was then that she realized if domestic violence event began around a sexual encounter — no one could just sit-up or run to the bathroom with their phone and have a conversation asking for Emergency help. She also learned that if a person called and hung-up, the Emergency operator would have no idea where they were calling from.  

To fix these Emergency Caller issues, in 2016 Wendy invented SafeTracer’s distress transmission: a universal update to the standard “Emergency SOS” caller tools on every smartphone and wearable. This is a completely new user interface designed to stop SOS butt-dials, while it shares every caller’s SOS location and helps protect every victim in an emergency situation, especially people that can’t talk, hear or move when danger strikes.  

In 2019, she took on the DisabledCEO title to show the world that even though she is disabled, she can accomplish amazing things — this was inspired by the Valuable 500’s CEOs talking about their invisible disabilities.  

Educating the world’s top executives about the problems with Emergency Calls being non-accessible and non-usable to so many millions of victims through social media, while marketing my SafeTracer and disability-focused FastFactsSOS products exclusively online to Apple and Google was a big challenge until COVID-19 hit. Now everyone is working from home, they don’t expect me to fly out to conferences to be able to meet in person — with phone calls and Zoom meetings being commonplace, this works so much better for me!  

As a Founder’s Circle member of the Global Alliance Disaster Recovery Acceleration, she ready to help make everyone in this world feel safer and be better protected on every Emergency Call by 2021.  

Wendy knows she can make this universal Emergency Caller update happen, and asks for the continued support and backing of the disability community, as convincing big tech’s Public Safety and Accessibility departments about these over-looked lifesaving Emergency Caller needs is not easy, but it is definitely possible — and she patented solutions all ready to help save people from Emergency danger worldwide.

Aug 03 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Lorena Julio, human rights advocate and Co-Founder of Comparlante

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

Lorena Julio is a human rights advocate with a Master in Compared Public Policies and a degree in Social Communication. She worked for more than 14 years in the promotion and protection of human rights in Latin America and the United States.

She participated in multiple high-level events as a speaker on human rights, youth and disabilities in the United States, India, Israel, and many countries in Latin America. 
Lorena worked for the Government of Argentina as Head of Press in the Human Rights Secretariat of the Province of Buenos Aires as well as in the Coordination Team of the Vulnerable Groups Assistance Program. In the international arena, Lorena worked in the Organization of American States (OAS) as Program Officer of the Young Forum of the Americas in the framework of the Presidents Summit. After that, she took functions as Communications Officer at the Young Americas Business Trust, leading the youth networks from the Forum. Lorena completed courses on entrepreneurship in Israel and Silicon Valley and a leadership course for social change-makers at Kanthari in India. In 2015 she founded Fundación Comparlante in Argentina to shorten the gap to access education and information for visually impaired persons. Currently, Comparlante promotes equity through universal accessibility.
She was awarded an “Honorable Mention” under Ideas For Action Program by the World Bank and Wharton Business School in 2015 and as “Iconic Woman Creating a better world for all” by Women Economic Forum in 2018.
Fundacion Comparlante was awarded and funded by the Government of Buenos Aires Province and IncluYes by the National Government of Chile in 2018.
In 2020 she joined Jai Jagat Global Peace Campaign. A wake-up call to respond to the current deepening economic, social and environmental crisis.

Jul 25 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Sulaiman Khan

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Disabled/Wild/Hot AF Exploratory Storyteller and Adventurer. Creating relationships, stories, and magic. A Continual WIP.

Sulaiman is an independent consultant, speaker, and writer on Divergent Leadership, Creativity, and Equitability (characterised by equity or fairness; just and right; fair; reasonable: equitable treatment of all citizens). The igniter of hearts creatively, a disabled wheelchair user exploratory storyteller and adventurer, he loves to create relationships, stories, and magic. Also, Sulaiman is the award-winning Founder and Chief Purpose Officer of ThisAbility Limited, which is a disability-led equity business.


Deeply invested in working towards disability justice and disability solidarity, he works tirelessly to destabilise the accepted narratives of creativity and disability, changing the culture to make equity the default via disabled creativity. And Sulaiman is an active intersectional ally-in-progress and a continual work-in-progress too, relentlessly and unapologetically.

Jul 17 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Mike Gifford Susanna Laurin & Timo Stollenwerk

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This Week’s chat is about authoring tools. When we produce content for the web we use authoring tools to publish. How these tools can help produce accessible content can have a profound impact on the overall inclusiveness of the internet.

Mike Gifford is the founder of OpenConcept Consulting Inc, which he started in 1999. Since then, he has been particularly active in developing and extending open source content management systems to allow people to get closer to their content. Before starting OpenConcept, Mike had worked for a number of national NGOs including Oxfam Canada and Friends of the Earth.

Susanna Laurin is Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka. Susanna has more than 20 years experience in working with disability-related issues at senior management level. She is a frequent international lecturer and debater and she serves on a number of program committees for conferences in the field of accessibility. In Sweden and Norway, she is a technical expert in several standardisation committees.

Timo Stollenwerk is a Plone core developer and founder of kitconcept, a Plone solution provider from Bonn, Germany. He is a member of the Plone Framework Team, the Plone Release Team, the Plone REST API team and he is leading the Plone Testing & Continuous Integration team.

Jul 10 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Thea Kurdi, Vice President at DesignABLE Environments

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Thea Kurdi has nineteen years of experience consulting and teaching accessible architecture with a specialization in universal design. In her role as an accessibility consultant at one of Canada’s oldest and leading specialty firms, Thea has assisted design teams to realize the benefits of universal design and achieve higher levels of accessibility on projects within the education, health care, justice, institutional, commercial, residential, and entertainment sectors. Thea has completed drawing review for over 60 new and renovated buildings, completed building audits for over 150 buildings, and has been a lead or contributing author for over a dozen accessibility standards and manuals.

Thea has participated in the Ontario governments Built Environment forum reviewing accessibility in the Ontario Building Code (OBC) and Accessibility for Ontarian’s with Disabilities Act (AODA), the kick-off forum for the 3rd legislative review of the AODA with his Honour David Onley, federally at consultations on accessibility in architecture for the Canadians with Disabilities Act, and most recently for the new AODA Education standard development committee for both K to 12 and post-secondary accessible building design. She is also a board member with the Universal Design Network of Canada and ArtsBuild Ontario.

Thea Kurdi is a dynamic speaker known for her enthusiasm for teaching. Her most popular course is an Accessibility Bootcamp workshop which empowers participants by teaching them to see the barriers that surround us. She has presented keynote addresses and lectures at local and international events and post secondary design programs. From the human rights code to evidence-based design and increased marketability, Kurdi shares her passion for how accessibility is fundamental to successful architecture.

Jul 03 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Vernon Sankey & Katey Lockwood

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

Vernon Sankey is a Leadership Coach and Author.

He has been in business for many years during which time he has been the CEO, Chairman and Board member of major international corporations including Reckitt & Colman plc (now Reckitt Benckiser), Pearson plc, Zurich AG, Taylor Woodrow (now Taylor Wimpey), Cofra AG, Firmenich SA, Gala Group plc and Atos SE, where he is a Board member, Chairman of the Audit Committee and Board Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

He was also a Governor of Harrow School for fifteen years, a Board member of the UK’s Food Standards Agency, and on the advisory boards of several international companies such as Korn/Ferry International. He is also a former Chairman and co-founder of The Really Effective Development Company (RedCo Ltd) a coaching and mentoring company.

Throughout his career, and enhanced by his years working with RedCo clients, Vernon has applied his cognitive psychology, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and people skills to mentoring senior executives, celebrities and high profile men and women from many different walks of life and at different stages of their career. As a result of a coaching engagement with a major international company, Vernon was invited to join its Board of Directors.

Vernon has also done and continues to do considerable pro-bono coaching of adults, parents and children. He has lectured extensively on leadership, personal change and development and corporate and individual transformation in the UK and the US, at international conferences around the world and in schools and universities.

In 2018 Vernon published a book called The Stairway to Happiness which includes many of the techniques and lessons of Cognitive Psychology and, in 2019, he co-authored, with Ms Katey Lockwood, a second book called: The Way; Finding Peace in Turbulent Times.

Katey Lockwood is a Personal Transformation Coach and Teacher.

Katey’s personal development skills together with her NLP practitioner background and her knowledge of cognitive psychology and philosophy creates a unique platform for supporting businesses and helping individuals.

Her personal approach is based on two, life-transforming principles, ‘Know Thyself’ and ‘Be the change in the world you want to be.’ Guiding her clients to work introspectively and to discover their true purpose, she helps them find a more effective, happier and successful way of conducting their life and career.

Katey’s clients include business executives, well-known celebrities, sportspeople and people wanting to make changes in their life. She also does voluntary coaching, helping members of the public and friends.

Katey has also been a Trustee of the Katie Piper Foundation, whose vision is to have a world where scars do not limit a person’s function, social inclusion or sense of wellbeing. She worked extensively with Katie herself.

She studied Philosophy at The London School of Economics and has attended numerous courses. Her previous career was in media, during which she has been a model, an actress and on the Harry Potter special effects team.  

Katey has been working with Vernon Sankey for several years, has taken part with him in international workshops on stress management, life skills and personal transformation and, in 2019, co-authored a book with him called The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times.

Jun 26 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with David Perez, a Political Scientist from Costa Rica.

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

David is a Costa Rican Political Scientist with his MBA and masters in diplomacy.  He is also a leader, advocate, social media specialist, and communication strategist.  David has experience in public policy implementation, development, and evaluation as well as consultancy services for NGOs like UNESCO and others linked to the European Union. David´s professional background is mainly in work with minorities, ensuring they have access to their rights. 

His primary focus is to expand the vision of Ruh Global IMPACT across the globe and impact the lives of People with Disabilities both in developed and developing countries. He has spoken in Latin America and the US on disability inclusion and accessibility.  He has been asked to be a Visiting Professor on these topics and Future of Work for The University Del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. David recently was a keynote speaker at the Future of Work and the Employment of Persons with Disabilities is one of the first conferences on this topic in Colombia.

Jun 22 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with E.A. Draffan trained as a Speech and Language Therapist

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

E.A. Draffan trained as a Speech and Language Therapist working with those who have complex communication needs and disabilities, before specialising in the use of assistive technologies and issues of digital accessibility. Recent research at the University of Southampton includes ‘AI and Inclusion’ as part of the Alan Turing Institute’s work. This work includes AAC symbol set mapping which links to the work of the W3C WAI WCAG cognitive task force on web-based accessibility for those with cognitive impairments. 

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E.A also contributes to an EU project for mobile app choices for those with literacy difficulties (A is for App) and a UNICEF project on AAC and Early Intervention. Ongoing commitments with EU AT linked organisations means that the inbox is rarely empty.

Jun 12 2020

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AXSChat Podcast with Marcie Roth – Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the World Institute on Disability

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Hosted by Antonio Santos, Debra Ruh and Neil Milliken.

Marcie Roth is Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for the World Institute on Disability (WID), WID is a highly regarded global public policy centre WID works to advance the rights and opportunities of over 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide by disrupting exclusion and accelerating radical social justice.

Marcie has served in senior and executive leadership roles for national and global disability advocacy and public policy organizations since 1995, establishing and leading coalitions committed to operationalizing disability inclusion as an intersectional imperative for global social justice. Marcie’s focus on improving emergency preparedness and disaster outcomes for people with disabilities and building accessible disaster-resilient communities began in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks while advising the White House on the rights and urgent needs of people with disabilities living in the area around ground zero.

Appointed by President Obama to the U.S Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) from 2009 to 2017, Marcie established and directed the Office of Disability Integration and Coordination (ODIC). Under her leadership, ODIC led national transformation towards integrating the access and functional needs of the whole community throughout emergency preparedness and disaster response, recovery and mitigation. Ms Roth represented the U.S. government internationally as an expert on whole community inclusive global disaster risk reduction from 2012- 2017, serving as a leader throughout the development and implementation of the United Nations’ Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.

In 2017, Ms Roth established the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the only U.S. disability-led organization (DPO) focused exclusively on disability inclusion before, during, and after public health emergencies and disasters.

Marcie is a Harvard University Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellow with a BS in Public Safety Administration from the University of Maryland Global Campus. She maintains offices at WID’s global headquarters located on the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, CA, and in Washington, DC.

Jun 08 2020

46mins

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AXSChat is an important podcast

By Debra Ruh - May 18 2016
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ICT Accessibility, Disability Inclusion and Empowerment - all critical topics to the world today. I am proud to be one of the co-hosts of AXSChat.