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December 14, 2020 00:58:25
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Part 2 Disabled Artists' Collective Kinetic Light: Lighting Designer Michael Maag

Part 2 Disabled Artists' Collective Kinetic Light: Lighting Designer Michael Maag hosted by Carden Wyckoff Transcript https://rb.gy/fjdrsc Who is Michael Maag? Michael Maag designs at the intersection of lighting and projections for theatre, dance, musicals, opera, and in planetariums across the United States. He sculpts with light and shadow to create lighting environments that tell a story, believing that lighting in support of the performance is the key to unlocking our audience’s emotions. He has built custom optics for projections in theatres, museums and planetariums, and also designs and builds electronics and lighting for costumes and scenery. As a paraplegic, Michael is passionate about bringing the perspective of the disabled artist to technical theatre. He is currently the Resident Lighting Designer at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His designs and creations have been seen on the Festival’s stages for the last 20 years, as well as at Arena Stage, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Florida Studio Theatre, and many other places. What is Kinetic Light? Kinetic Light is different from many other performing arts companies that feature disabled dancers. We are a disability arts ensemble: We are led by a disabled artist; disabled artists create, design, and perform the work; our work speaks to and emerges from disability aesthetics and disability culture; and our work is connected to the rich traditions and exciting contemporary conversations of disabled artists in all artistic fields. Founded in 2016 under the direction and artistic leadership of Alice Sheppard, Kinetic Light is a project-based ensemble of three disabled artists: Sheppard, Laurel Lawson, and Michael Maag. A roster of additional artists join us to contribute on a project by project basis. In this episode Michael and Carden talk ...

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November 29, 2020 00:45:08
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Part 1 Disabled Artists' Collective Kinetic Light: Dancer Laurel Lawson

Part 1 Disabled Artists' Collective Kinetic Light: Dancer Laurel Lawson hosted by Carden Wyckoff Transcript https://rb.gy/bgmlyd Who is Laurel Lawson? Dancer, choreographer, and engineer; Laurel Lawson found that dance combines her lifelong loves of athleticism and art. Featuring liminality, synthesistic myth, and partnering, her work includes both traditional choreography and novel ways of extending and creating art through technology and design. Laurel began her professional dance career with Full Radius Dance in 2004 and is part of the disabled artists’ collective Kinetic Light, where in addition to choreographic collaboration and performance she contributes design and leads technical innovation, including the Audimance project, a revolutionary app centering non-visual audiences, and the Access ALLways initiative. Beyond dance, Laurel is an advocate, musician, skates for the USA Women’s Sled Hockey team, and leads CyCore Systems, a technology consultancy specializing in novel problems. What is Kinetic Light? Kinetic Light is different from many other performing arts companies that feature disabled dancers. We are a disability arts ensemble: We are led by a disabled artist; disabled artists create, design, and perform the work; our work speaks to and emerges from disability aesthetics and disability culture; and our work is connected to the rich traditions and exciting contemporary conversations of disabled artists in all artistic fields. Founded in 2016 under the direction and artistic leadership of Alice Sheppard, Kinetic Light is a project-based ensemble of three disabled artists: Sheppard, Laurel Lawson, and Michael Maag. A roster of additional artists join us to contribute on a project by project basis. In this episode Laurel and Carden talk about: Kinetic Light a collective of disabled artists and the creation behind it Audimance the app for non visual performance descriptions Disability inclusion and the arts Universal design and accessibility ...

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November 22, 2020 01:00:11
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Digital Accessibility with AudioEye's Ty D'Amore

Digital Accessibility with AudioEye's Ty D'Amore hosted by Carden Wyckoff Transcript https://rb.gy/kjxyrz What is digital accessibility?  Courtesy of https://mk-sense.com/: "Just as ramps, braille signs, and audible pedestrian systems help people with disabilities better navigate the physical world, accessible web design removes barriers that prevent full use of digital information. Some common modifications include: Adding alt text descriptions to images Using sufficient color contrast Captioning video files Allowing the option to turn off animation, which can affect people with seizure disorders Designing to support simple navigation and logical site structure Beyond the disabled population, WCAG guidelines can help all users have a better experience. For example, video captioning benefits the hearing impaired – and users in loud environments or those who prefer to keep their sound off (e.g., when watching on a cell phone). Adequate contrast helps anyone see a screen better in bright sunlight. And easy navigation benefits everyone." Who is Ty D'Amore? At AudioEye, Ty is focused on the importance of making digital content more accessible and more usable for more people. He is a leader in the accessibility space and vocal advocate for digital inclusivity. Ty specializes in managing the seamless integration of AudioEye into third-party platforms and possesses an in-depth understanding of the legal and technical demands of ADA-related digital accessibility requirements. He participates on the Member Committee of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals and is involved with the mentoring program for the Rising Leaders of the U.S. Business Leaders Network. In this episode Ty and Carden talk about: What is web accessibility and why it's important Comparison of web accessibility to the built environment Moving your mindset beyond compliance as a checklist Pushing 3rd parties to be accessible Tactile tips for the various content creators What is AudioEye and what they're doing in ...

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November 15, 2020 00:37:43
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Entertainment Industry & Sickle Cell Anemia with Disney Channel's Ramon Reed

Entertainment Industry & Sickle Cell Anemia with Disney Channel's Ramon Reed hosted by Carden Wyckoff Transcript https://rb.gy/nzc52v Who is Ramon Reed? A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Ramon Reed began acting at the age of five in community plays through his school, church and with Porch Productions. In 2015, his starring role as Donkey in a North Carolina Children's Theater summer camp production of "Shrek Jr." sparked a more serious desire and love for acting. In 2017, he decided to give acting a real shot and auditioned for Disney’s "The Lion King" musical. He landed the role as Young Simba and toured with their North American Rafiki Company. He performed in 13 cities for 10 months and appeared in four out of eight shows each week. While on tour, Reed was asked to join the award-winning musical on Broadway, where he performed as Young Simba for three more months before he landed his role on "Just Roll With It." Reed stars as Owen Blatt, an accomplished student who thrives on detailed schedules and being highly-organized, in Disney Channel's "Just Roll With It." The first-of-its-kind series is a hybrid of a scripted family comedy and an improvisational comedy in which the studio audience members vote on the outcome of certain scenes. When Reed is not on stage or in front of a camera, he can be found singing, inspiring others, having Nerf wars, playing board games, go-karting, shooting basketball or playing with his baby sister, Skylar. He also loves spending time sharing jokes with his family and friends, whether he is at home or exploring the city. Reed is a Sickle Cell Anemia warrior and is an advocate for ...

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November 08, 2020 01:08:50
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Disability Inclusion = Equity with Advocate Anthony Frisina

Disability Inclusion = Equity with Advocate Anthony Frisina hosted by Carden Wyckoff Transcript https://rb.gy/nzc52v Who is Anthony Frisina? Anthony Frisina has a passion for accessibility and inclusion. He is driven by a community in Hamilton, Ontario, where he was born and still calls home today. Born with Spina Bifida he was privileged to adapt a “person first” mentality in his early years, a mindset he currently embodies in his every day life. “Adversity not only builds character it reveals it” and “It’s not about the amount of times you get knocked down, but by the amount of times you get back up” are two of his favourite quotes and they inspire the man he is today. He is a Mohawk College graduate in Enterprise Business; Office Administration Executive and when not working at Mohawk College as a Student Services Representative at The Square, he can often be seen with his wheels turning at Mohawk College. In 2014, he was inducted into an elite group as a Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction. When not at Mohawk he can be found in his community representing the Rick Hansen Foundation or the Catholic Youth Organization in an ambassadorial role and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Anthony Frisina is truly a testament of character, overcoming many obstacles along the way, breaking down and breaking through barriers, so that he, along with the next generation, can enjoy an inclusive community, a community based on ability.   In this episode Anthony and Carden talk about: Anthony's journey living with Spina Bifida COVID and inclusion Forward movement Approaching conversations with businesses ROI on investment Adaptive equipment Transportation equity Resources: Connect with Anthony Twitter [email protected] @frisinaanthonyFacebook @Abovebeyondanthony Follow Carden on Instagram @freewheelinwithcarden ...

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November 02, 2020 01:12:36
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Retinitis Pigmentosa with Lance Johnson

Retinitis Pigmentosa with Lance Johnson Transcript https://rb.gy/eakyw0 Who is Lance Johnson?  Lance Kestrel Johnson is a 30 year old transplant from North Carolina, living in Brooklyn, NY where he works as a video editor.  Lance has a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, which affects his peripheral vision and ability to see at night. While he currently has most of his central vision, being diagonised with a disability made him interested in the disability comminuty as a whole. That interest led him to create a podcast called The See-Through Podcast, where he discusses various topics of interest with people from the disability community. In this episode Lance and Carden talk about: Lance's first interview on a podcast Lance's daily life with retinitis pigmentosa Workplace and event acommodations for those with visual impairments Normalizing medical equipment and devices ie glasses, wheelchairs Independent learning about different disabilities The problem with only getting 1 person's experience with a disability Resources: Connect with Lance Instagram:  @lancekestrel @seethroughpod Follow Carden on Instagram @freewheelinwithcardenFind Carden everywhere Special thanks to my producer Jonathan Raz on Fiverr.com Use referral code 'Carden' when downloading iAccessLife mobile app. ...

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