... like an LGBT for disability

  • 5 February 2016

It appears that the acronym used by the gay, lesbian and trans community works quite well and arguably has been part and parcel of the progressive impact they've had in recent years. So, being as lots of people dislike the word 'disability', could an acronym work well for this group too?

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With Kate Monaghan, Damon Rose and Lee Kumutat

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Using chopsticks with your toes

  • 29 January 2016
Mat Fraser and Liz Carr in the studio

People don't tend to talk about things like messy eating very often ... but Mat Fraser and Liz Carr love diving into the minutiae of disability life. In this archive clip from November 2010, the duo discuss the easy and hard things to eat depending on your impairment, and Mat recalls the time when he went to a Chinese restaurant with a friend who has no arms.

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A colouring book for blind people

  • 22 January 2016
A picture of a submarine in a colouring book held up by Lee Kumutat

On the Inside Ouch podcast this week: one of the Ouch team, Lee, was given a surprising gift by a friend. It was surprising for several reasons: a) Lee is blind, b) the friend who gave her it is also blind and so knows a bit about blind people, and c) it's a colouring book. But not just a normal colouring book, it's one designed Especially for blind people. Yes you did read that correctly.

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Disabled mums and sign names

  • 15 January 2016
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On this month's Ouch talk show: the risks you take as a disabled mum and what sign language users might be saying about you.

A nice meaty programme for January. We delve deep into Deaf culture (note the capital D) and discover that sign language users can be pretty personal with their communication as we discuss the direct nature of the vocabulary they choose and how you are given your own 'sign name'. We also look at education in the month a 220 year old school for deaf children closes.


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'Is my son embarrassed that I'm blind?'

  • 8 January 2016
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The Ouch team discuss what it is like when a child first becomes aware of a parents' disability.

Ouch journalist Damon Rose is blind and has noticed that his seven-year-old son has begun to pick up on this a lot more recently.

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Would you live next door to a ‘handicapped’ person?

  • 18 December 2015
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The Ouch team face some not-so-tricky dilemmas as they play a 1980s game designed to test your scruples.

Would you live with a disabled person? Would you protest if a home for mentally disabled people opened up next door? These were genuine dilemmas about 30 years ago - but what would you do now?


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Stare at the bear in the chair

  • 11 December 2015
Two of the bears - one with a crutch, one is in a wheelchair

A short tale to follow on from last week's Christmas show. When 12-year-old Summer travelled home after being in the Ouch studio, she was carrying a bear in a wheelchair given to her as a present.

The next day her mum called to tell us about the unusual reactions they got to the disabled cuddly toy. They were both quite surprised. Summer's mum Cherie tells more.


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Ouch 'Christmas dinner' special

  • 4 December 2015
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Do you worry about the etiquette of giving disabled people disability-related presents? Our panel discusses this, and much more on December's cracker of a Christmas talk show.

We invited a group of guests to join Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty for an Ouch version of Christmas dinner.

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The white cane school ban story

  • 23 November 2015
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It was reported this week that seven-year-old Lily-Grace Hooper was told by her school that she could no longer use her white cane to get about in order to protect the safety of others. The school said it was a temporary measure until they could discuss it further with the family but the story spread like wildfire.

On the Inside Ouch podcast this week, the team discuss the ins and outs of the story. With Damon Rose, Lee Kumutat and Kate Monaghan.

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Tales from blind train travellers

  • 16 November 2015
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What is it like when you're walking down a station platform and the ground disappears from under you? What goes through your head and what would you do? Listen to three blind people tell tales of near misses, close shaves and stepping in to thin air.

With Damon Rose, Lee Kumutat and Johny Cassidy.

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