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.

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Podcast Episode Number and Title Podcast Description and Media Player
Podcast Episode 006 Title: Meet John Kemp, President/ CEO of The Viscardi Center

Episode 006: John Kemp, President/ CEO of The Viscardi Center

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Description: On the AccessAbility Works podcast, we speak with friend and colleague, John Kemp, President/ CEO of The Viscardi Center, a nonprofit that brings a lifespan of programs and services that educate, employ and empower children and adults with disabilities. With half a century of direct experience in shaping and guiding the disability movement, John knows what it takes to position Ability alongside Race, Gender, Orientation and Religion in our social and corporate cultures.

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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!

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Description: In this episode, learn how Caroline and her organization, the Valuable 500, challenge the status quo for true inclusion. Caroline embodies the MBS mantra #DontDisMyAbility and is a fierce advocate for digital equity and authentic inclusion of Ability alongside Race, Gender, Orientation and Religion in both our social and corporate cultures. The Valuable 500 works tirelessly to challenge large corporations to re-think policies around inclusion and invites C-Suite executives all over the world to commit to infusing authentic inclusion into the DNA of their corporate cultures and diversity programs.

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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

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Description:In this episode, you’ll learn about what it was like growing up as a child who happened to be blind, his life’s journey and his trials and tribulations along the way. Dr. Adams shares how he adapted and overcame obstacles to achieve success and what led to his becoming one of the standout leaders in the disability community. Kirk also discusses his plan for the future of the AFB and what lies ahead for its next 100 years.

Transcript for Episode 004

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Podcast Episode 003 Title: Meet Lori Samuels

Episode 003: Meet Lori Samuels, a Diversity and Inclusion Warrior!

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Description:Our guest is Lori Samuels, the Accessibility Director of NBCUniversal Media. Lori oversees Accessibility Programs for NBC enterprises including NBC Entertainment, NBC Sports, Olympics, cable networks, and its many digital assets. Learn about the progressive steps she is taking to move our agenda of true diversity, digital equity and authentic inclusion forward in both our social and corporate cultures.

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.
Here is a link to that article: Quadriplegic stands up from wheelchair for the first time after being paralyzed during rugby match

Transcript for Episode 003

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: albert@myblindspot.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: jonathan@myblindspot.org

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 podcast@myblindspot.org

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