Two Disabled Dudes

Two Disabled Dudes

Sean and Kyle are both affected by a rare disease called Friedreich’s ataxia (FA). FA affects their balance and coordination, significantly limiting their physical abilities. However both dudes have completed several long distance bike rides including “The World’s Toughest Bike Race” - Race Across America (RAAM). Their RAAM journey is the subject of an award winning documentary called The Ataxian. Kyle rode his trike to the top of the highest paved road in North America and Sean ran with the Olympic Torch. Their podcast is about setting sights beyond the challenges in your life and dreaming big, making a plan, and then executing like mad. You are guaranteed an emotional rollercoaster, and practical thoughts that you can apply to your life with this podcast.... Show More

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September 20, 2020 42 min

In 2012, at the age of 26, Kevin Schnurr was unexpectedly diagnosed with Alport syndrome after being rushed to the hospital with high blood pressure. After two years on peritoneal dialysis, he received a living donor kidney transplant from a close friend in May 2014. Kevin’s desire to help others in the rare disease community led to him volunteering at Alport Syndrome Foundation (ASF) in 2012. He later served in a position as ASF ...

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Sean and Kyle are polar opposites in so many different ways.  But this is a strength rather than a weakness.  This week the Dudes discuss their differences and why they work well together.  

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Like it or not, communicating with smart devices has become a huge part of our lives.  For people with disabilities, this communication can be an essential part of making it through the day.  However these devices have a hard time understanding speech that is outside what they've heard before.

Google has launched an effort called Project Euphonia to retrain our devices to understand people who have speech impairments.  Bob MacD...

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Blair Casey is the Assistant Executive Director of Team Gleason - an organization founded by former NFL player Steve Gleason. The organization is committed to providing for and finding solutions for persons living with ALS. Team Gleason’s staff and volunteers work tirelessly every day to empower those living with ALS to live with continued purpose and as productively and independently as possible.

Blair joins the Dudes to talk abou...

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August 26, 2020 52 min

BONUS episode!

We received a lot of comments about Episode 114 (the encounter with Debora) so we invited a few friends to join us to talk about the sometimes awkward interactions with strangers who may be uncomfortable with disability.

Friends who joined us are Shandra and Christian from Florida, Leona from Colorado, and Effie Parks (host of the Once Upon a Gene Podcast) from Seattle.  

This bonus episode is unedited. Enjoy!

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If you could change something about yourself, what would it be? 

In this episode, the dudes tackle this question as it relates to disability or as it relates to life in general. Listen and reach out if you have thoughts about this subject.

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Where do we start after a life threatening diagnosis.  Start a YouTube Channel of course!  That's what Katie did.  She started connecting with the Vascular Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (VEDS) community and now she leads the VEDS Movement for the The Marfan Foundation.

Find out more at thevedsmovement.org.

And find out more about the people behind the movement at translucentone.blog

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Curiosity about someone's disability often comes from a good place but depending on how it is delivered, it can create awkward or even offensive situations. 

This week the dudes struggle with how to react in these awkward situations. 

It's good for someone to ask questions but there is a line somewhere.  Listen for real life stories and honest conversation.

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August 2, 2020 36 min

In the opening episode of Season 4, Sean and Kyle admit to being a little lazy lately and then commit to getting back on the wagon.  That's the power of accountability!  And it's the power of their commitment to their listeners - one insightful episode per week for the next 4 months!

The meat of the episode is all about how we tend to define ourselves and each other by the immediate circumstances.  The Dudes postulate that ...

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Why do we all react differently to a situation - especially when the stakes are high, such as the current situation with Coronavirus?  Sean and Kyle have a few thoughts to share but first we must hear about Sean's recent cluster at physical therapy, and Kyle explains how it is possible to lock yourself out of your own bathroom. 

Season 4 starts in August but there are 111 other episodes to enjoy so check them out.  We hope you ...

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We’ve had the privilege to work with Amicus Therapeutics on multiple occasions and each time we are moved by their commitment and consistent execution of their corporate mission. This virtual patient panel they facilitated is no exception!

Three weeks into the company’s work-from-home arrangements due to COVID-19, Amicus wanted to continue connecting their team members with each other and the patient communities they work on behal...

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After a brave fight, Taylor Kane lost her Dad to a rare disease called Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) when she was 3 years old.  She subsequently found out that she was a carrier of this X-linked disease.

For a long time it was believed that "carriers don't get symptoms."  However, that myth has been busted and Taylor Kane has a clear mission in life.  She started a non-profit called Remember the Girls that builds support a...

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Hawken Miller is an accomplished young writer with a clear purpose in life.  He is an incredible representative for the Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Community and he has a passion for the work of CureDuchenne.

Writing is his chosen medium and he has a keen interest in the e-sports world.  He uses video games to connect with others in the Duchenne Community and he uses writing to explain video games to the every day person.  Hawken i...

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April 26, 2020 27 min

As everyday life continues to be dominated by coronavirus Quarantine, The Dudes discuss the pros and cons of the situation.  They prognosticate about how things might change because of this pandemic.  Tune in and play along with the thought experiment.

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Gabe Adams was born without arms or legs due to HanHart Syndrome. He joins us and shares so much about being "different" from other kids, finding his independence, dating, his upbringing in the Mormon-Christian church and so much more.

Gabe is no stranger to people pointing, staring or talking negatively in extreme and cruel ways. Still, he has defined and recognizes his own value and has built a platform to inspire and en...

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April 5, 2020 30 min

Sometimes frustrations get the better of us.  And in quarantine, we are all on edge a little more than usual.  In this episode, the dudes put their focused conversation aside for a bit to vent a few frustrations and ramble aimlessly. Enjoy :-)

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Jason Levy was a well-paid Silicon Valley executive when multiple accidents caused severe Traumatic Brain Injury.  His whole life changed and he found himself in much different circumstances than he had envisioned for his life.  

Through his struggles, Jason realized that he must let go of the old Jason and embrace the new one.  Once he realized this, he started to build a satisfying life on his new path.

Join us to learn lessons t...

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Beth Kolbe was injured in a car accident and lost the use of her lower body.  Subsequently she went to Harvard, swam in the paralympics, received a law degree from Stanford, practices healthcare law in Washington DC, and gives back to the disability community through pro-bono work.  She's kind of a big deal - listen to hear her perspective.

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March 15, 2020 34 min

We encounter decisions constantly.  Some are simple with clear answers like "Should I do the dishes today?" but some are complex and consequential like "Should I cancel upcoming travel due to coronavirus?". 

The Two Disabled Dudes believe that Life is about How We React.  How we think when we are faced with decisions and how we weigh out the potential consequences can have an impact on how we react. 

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