Ablequest

Ablequest

Ablequest is a series of 15 minute programs which examines developments in assistive technology and initiatives for those people living with a wide range of disabilities. Presented by Barbara Sullivan, Marni Roper and Elaine Wziontek. Produced in the studios of 2RPH in Sydney.

Episodes

July 12, 2024 14 mins

LusioMate is a physical therapy gaming controller with wearable sensors which connect via Bluetooth. The device was awarded best assistive technology product in the 2023 Australian Disability Service awards. Elaine Wziontek spoke to Justin Keenan, CEO and Co-Founder of Lusio Rehab. 

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Part 2 of a conversation with Professor Sarah Wilson, well known as a pioneer of music neuroscience research in Australia. She talks to Barbara Sullivan about how music and singing can enhance brain function and facilitate recovery after a brain injury such as a stroke.

Original broadcast date: 28.06.24

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June 14, 2024 14 mins

Part 1 of a conversation with Professor Sarah Wilson, well known as a pioneer of music neuroscience research in Australia. She talks to Barbara Sullivan about how music and singing can enhance brain function and facilitate recovery after a brain injury such as a stroke. 

Original broadcast date: 14.06.24

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Lonestar Makoni, founder and CEO of Breaking Barriers Disability Service at Wyong on the Central Coast is the winner of Most Outstanding CEO/Director in the 2023 Australian Disability Awards.

Elaine Wziontek asked him about his management style, his background and his philosophy of matching rather than allocating staff with clients. 

Original broadcast date: 31.05.24

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May 17, 2024 14 mins

Studio Artes is a not for profit organisation in Sydney delivering creative programs in visual arts, performing arts and life skills to adults living with a disability. Marni Roper discusses the programs with ChoppA Green, manager of the Studio Artes Hornsby studio.

Original broadcast date: 17.05.24

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Social Science Translated is a social enterprise which produces a computer-based program with a spy theme to help solve the mystery of social encounters. It prepares children with autism, ADHD and anxiety for life's social and emotional challenges. In this episode of Ablequest, Elaine Wziontek speaks with Kathleen Davey, CEO of Social Science Translated.

Original broadcast date: 03.05.24

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April 19, 2024 14 mins

Elaine Wziontek discusses cutting edge robotics with guests Hugh Kingley and Rachel Dekar. The focus is on the Obi robotic dining assistant which gives people who are fed by others the ability to take control of their meals. Obi helps people living with any condition which limits upper arm function.

Original air date: 19.04.24

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Hotel Etico in the Blue Mountains offers a training program in hospitality for young people with disabilities. Elaine Wziontek spoke to Saraya O'Connell, hotel manager, about the program and the achievements of her trainees.

Original broadcast date: 22.03.24

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March 8, 2024 14 mins

Elaine Wziontek reads a selection of tech articles relating to disability. Topics covered include fitness options for people with a disability, a new bus app trial and the world's first truly smart ear buds.

Original broadcast date: 08.03.24

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February 23, 2024 14 mins

This program discusses horticultural therapy with nurse and horticultural therapist Steven Wells. 

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Westpac and Mastercard have collaborated to produce Australia's first pictureless feature film, TOUCH, which premieres on 13 Feb at the Westpac Open Air Cinema. Majella Knobel, head of access and inclusion at Westpac, talks to Barbara Sullivan about the film and the bank's many other accessibility initiatives.

Original air date: 09.02.24

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January 26, 2024 14 mins

Christo Sarantakis has been totally blind since birth. He talks to Elaine Wziontek about his early years learning braille, then finding work as a switchboard operator and volunteering for 2RPH as well as working for Vision Australia helping others who are visually impaired. He discusses how technology has changed in the past 50 years.

Original broadcast date: 26.01.24

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January 12, 2024 14 mins

Ronak Shah, General Manager of Onroad Driving Education and an expert in disability driving instruction explains what is required for people with disabilities to obtain a drivers licence.

Original broadcast date: 12.01.24

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December 15, 2023 14 mins

Dr Dimity Williams is a family GP who tells her patients to spend more time in nature and to aim for a green hour each day. This interview with Elaine Wziontek explores how to spend more time outside and encourage their children to do the same.

Original broadcast date: 05.12.23

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December 1, 2023 14 mins

Nikki Hind, Australia's first legally blind fashion designer and the subject of a children's book with braille alongside text. Her label is called Blind Grit, a brand built around those who live with a disability.

Original broadcast date: 1.12.23

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Bec Baines talks to Elaine Wziontek about accessibility and belonging at church for people with disabilities. 

Original air date: 16.11.23

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November 3, 2023 13 mins

One in two people suffering from a stroke experience a loss of touch sense. Professor Leeanne Carey talks to Marni Roper about the SENSe program, a world-first therapy she and her team have developed to help stroke survivors regain their sense of touch and improve their mobile rehabilitation.

Original broadcast date:

02.11.23

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October 20, 2023 13 mins

This program discusses We Are Studios, a fully disability led, inclusive studio and its first exhibition by a community of artists. The guest is Ebony Wightman who lives with autism and an autoimmune disease which affects her respiratory system. The artists have physical and mental health challenges but share a passion for art. 

Original broadcast date: 20.10.23

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October 6, 2023 14 mins

This is Part 2 of Dr Anna Wright explaining how Bindi Maps works. Dr Wright is Co-Founder and CEO of Bindi Maps, short for Be Independent, a voice activated app to help vision impaired users navigate large indoor spaces such as hospitals, universities and universities. 

Original air date: 06.10.23

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September 22, 2023 14 mins

This interview is a repeat of a program originally recorded in 2019 when Bindi Maps, a voice activated app for public indoor spaces, first began. The following fortnight Ablequest interviews the Co-Founder of Bindi Maps Dr Anna Wright about the progress.

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