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New podcast celebrates the lives of people living with disabilities

THE impacts and the barriers that people with disabilities face are often untold stories, but the launch of a new, locally produced podcast series seeks to change that.

The ‘I Can!’ radio series shares the voice of people with disability as they tell their lived experiences of making a difference in employment, sport, housing, inclusive communities and more.

By sharing their lived experiences across multiple topics, the podcast has given the contributors a platform to share their powerful, collective narrative.

The hope of the working group and participants is that by sharing their stories, they will help to break down negative attitudes and stigma about disability.

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said I Can! was an initiative of the Clarence Access Network (CAN) Forum, facilitated by council.

“These stories are important to know about, to hear, and to understand,” he said.

“It is also equally important to raise the profile of the many achievements of people – despite their challenges.

“Through this program, these insights seek to demonstrate that people with a disability ‘can’ lead fulfilling lives like anyone else.”

Key contributors from CAN that have collaborated for this project include Disability Voices Tasmania, Tasmanian Health Service (Health Promotion), Job Life Employment, At Work Australia, Rural Alive and Well Tasmania, Tasmanian Department of Communities (Sport and Recreation), and NDIS Mission Australia.

The weekly series will be presented by Hobart FM 96.1 on Thursdays at 10:30am from 29 October through to 17 December 2020.

Upcoming topics include Sport for All (19 November), Young Leaders (26 November), Inclusive Communities (26 November), Conversations on International Day of People with Disabilities (3 December), Accessible Housing ‘My Story’ (10 December), and Homelessness and Disability (17 December).

The podcast ‘Conversations on IDPwD’ will coincide with International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) on Thursday 3 December.

Council will be celebrating this day with Hobart FM who will be broadcasting live from the Howrah Recreation Centre that morning.    

The community is warmly invited to join the celebration and listen to the podcast.

Those wishing to attend the celebration of IDPwD on 3 December, phone council on 6217 9597 as places will be limited.

For more information on the podcast topics and dates, visit www.ccc.tas.gov.au.