A podcast about the possibilities of accessibility for people with disabilities.
AccessAbility Works is a podcast that explains authentic digital inclusion —ensuring that organizations’ digital offerings, websites, mobile apps, and work environments are accessible and usable to people of all abilities– and why it makes sense in the modern business world.
Through interviews with thought leaders and other experts in the business and non-profit world, Albert J. Rizzi and Jonathan Hermus make the case why digital equity is a win/win– both good for business and the right thing to do.
The Table is set up with the Podcast Episode number with the Title.
As new Podcasts are created they will be added by the most recent Podcast episode first.
|Podcast Episode Number and Title||Podcast Description and Media Player|
|Podcast Episode 008 Title: Meet Mike Paciello, a pioneer and influential figure in the accessibility industry for more than three decades.||
Episode 008: Mike Paciello, a pioneer and influential figure in the accessibility industry for more than three decades.
|Podcast Episode 007 Title: Meet Kristin Smedley, advocate for authentic inclusion and digital equity||
Episode 007: Kristin Smedley, advocate for authentic inclusion and digital equity
|Podcast Episode 006 Title: Meet John Kemp, President/ CEO of The Viscardi Center||
Episode 006: John Kemp, President/ CEO of The Viscardi Center
|Podcast Episode 005 Title: Meet Caroline Casey, social entrepreneur and staunch advocate for true inclusion of PWD!||
Episode 005: Caroline Casey, social entrepreneur and staunch advocate for true inclusion of PWD!
|Podcast Episode 004 Title: Kirk Adams, Leading the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Into Its Next 100 Years||
Episode 004: Kirk Adams, Leading the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Into Its Next 100 Years
|Podcast Episode 003 Title: Meet Lori Samuels||
Episode 003: Meet Lori Samuels, a Diversity and Inclusion Warrior!
During our interview, Lori mentioned the story about a remarkable athlete who happened to be paralyzed. Lori took issue with the tone of Ableism the piece took and we agree.
|Podcast Episode 002 Title: Jonathan’s Story||
Episode 002 Title: Jonathan’s Story
Description:There are seven types of dyslexia, co-host Jonathan Hermus lives with most of them, joyfully claiming, “I put the sexy in dyslexia!” On this episode, he and co-host Albert Rizzi go over the different types of dyslexia. The boys discuss Jon’s journey and how he has been able to improvise, adapt, and overcome his difficulties in order to succeed in life.
[PDF] for Episode 002
|Podcast Episode 001 Title: Albert’s Story||
Episode 001 Title: Albert’s Story
Description: In January 2006, fungal meningitis robbed Albert Rizzi of his sight, but not his vision. Refusing to let blindness slow him down, he immediately began learning how to navigate the world as a person who just happened to be blind. You learn how he founded My Blind Spot, a NYC based nonprofit providing digital accessibility and usability testing and remediation reporting services, promoting digital equity while advocating for universal design and development of digital platforms to ensure authentic inclusion of Ability as a minority group in both our social and corporate cultures.
[PDF] for Episode 001
|Podcast Episode 000 Title: Learn About The AccessAbility Works Podcast Team And Mission||
Episode 000 Title: Learn About The AccessAbility Works Podcast Team And Mission
Description: In this introductory episode, you’ll meet Albert and Jonathan! You’ll learn about the mission of the AccessAbility Works podcast and My Blind Spot, the nonprofit that Albert founded in 2009 after dealing with challenges he faced after losing his eyesight.
[PDF] for Episode 000
About the Hosts
Albert J. Rizzi, Founder and CEO of My Blind Spot
In January 2006, fungal meningitis robbed Albert Rizzi of his sight, but not his vision. Refusing to let blindness slow him down, he immediately began learning how to navigate the world as a person who just happened to be blind.
Along the way, in 2009 he founded My Blind Spot, a nonprofit providing organizational audits and expert accessibility governance guidance, promoting inclusive digital design and true inclusion in corporate America for people with disabilities. Today, he continues his mission as a tireless advocate, debunking stereotypes, and speaks out for accessible technologies, employment, and financial independence for the entire disability community.
Contact Albert at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jonathan Hermus, Director of Marketing and Outreach
After joining the MBS team in January 2019, Jonathan used his creative skills as a writer when he reworked and refined Albert’s various presentations and interviews into a TEDx Talk. Drawing upon his own experiences around public speaking, Jonathan was able to weave together a narrative that embodied the essence of who Albert has been and continues to be. The resulting success propelled Jonathan up the ladder at MBS, from co-writing blog posts to flushing out speeches, ultimately positioning him as Director of Marketing and Outreach.
As a person with a print disability, Jonathan was a natural fit for advocating for accessible technologies, equal opportunity employment, and financial independence for people with a disability. Today he is working diligently alongside Albert as co-host of the AccessAbility Works podcast, as well as spreading the good word of authentic inclusion and digital equity as far and as wide as possible.
Contact Jonathan at: email@example.com
Be a Guest on the Podcast
If you think that you or someone you know would be a great guest for the AccessAbility Works podcast, drop a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know:
- Your name
- Topic to discuss (be specific)
- Contact information