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A group of people with various disabilities. Real People, Real stories, brought to you by The Paciello Group

Mark Miller, the host, and his producer Marissa speak with Steve Sawczyn, Principal Digital Accessibility Engineer at Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group). Steve talks about how, although “It’s a great time to be blind,” he still runs into accessibility challenges that can be mildly embarrassing (how do you ask someone to tell you if you’re standing six feet away from them to abide by social distancing rules?) to potentially dangerous (information on Covid-19 is overwhelmingly found online, ideally on accessible websites).

A group of people with various disabilities. Real People, Real stories, brought to you by The Paciello Group

Mark Miller, the host, and his colleague Todd Waites speak with Jeff Steinberg, an entertainer/ministry singer/speaker/author/motivational entertainer and ADA consultant. Jeff elaborates on how he likes to focus on positivity during his motivational speaking events, describing how optimism helped him through his challenging childhood. Todd opens up about becoming as a one-armed keyboard player and Jeff lets it slip how he likes to flaunt political correctness by standing up for himself as a person with a disability.

Mark Miller, the host, his producer Marissa, and colleague Todd Waites, chat with Morten Bonde, senior art director at LEGO. Morten describes a stressful 14-year phase during which time his eyesight deteriorated due to retinitis pigmentosa and he couldn’t bring himself to accept what was happening. He recounts his “death” of who he was before he embraced his visual impairment and who he transformed into, after months of dedicated meditation and self-improvement training.

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Mark Miller, host of the IAP, and Todd Waites, head of Business Development at TPG, chat with Sha Yao, the entrepreneur behind the assistive tableware products, EatWell. Sha’s inspiration came from her grandmother, who had Alzheimer’s, and the trouble she encountered when trying to feed herself. Sha, Mark , and Todd all discuss her background as an industrial designer and the research she conducted herself to create her products, as well as her vision for the future of her company.

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The host, Mark Miller, producer Marissa Sapega, and TPG Director of Marketing Brad Henry all chat with their coworker Rebecca Bridges. Rebecca and her husband are blind, and she shares the difficulties of being quarantined and frustration at not being able to help her son with schoolwork because it is inaccessible. She discloses her thoughts on disability etiquette (make sure I know you’re there if you want me to social distance!) and how to navigate a public bathroom without the help of sight.

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Mark Miller, the host, and Marissa Sapega, podcast producer, speak with Tony DePalma about the many ways COVID-19 has significantly impacted people with disabilities. From getting basic necessities like food to accessing student online education, the ways in which the pandemic has negatively affected this community are almost endless. Tony surfaces anecdotes from his own experience as Director of Public Policy for Disability Rights Florida and the three discuss the potential long-term outcomes of this global disaster – not all of which are bad.

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Victor regales the host, Mark Miller, with vignettes on how he and his team work to accommodate the almost one million people with disabilities living in New York City in all boroughs, as well as the thousands of tourists with disabilities who visit each year. They discuss the unique challenges of each borough when it comes to accommodating PWDs, and specific examples of has been implemented in Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and other areas of the city to make it more accessible.

With no reliable and easy way to identify if a child has autism, doctors usually rely on a battery of tests. However, one company, Quadrant, just released what they claim is a reliable saliva test to determine the presence of autism. The saliva is analyzed by Quadrant in a fraction of the time it usually takes to diagnose autism, which averages around 17 months. CEO Richar Uhlig is optimistic about the test, stating "We've committed that our test results could be made available to the ordering clinician within three to six weeks so we think that will add significant evidence to the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.’’

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