Living Adaptive

Living Adaptive

Living Adaptive is the podcasting home of the adaptive tribe. Keep current with adaptive happenings and listen to guests that include individuals that adapt to notable adversity and thrive, supporting organizations, and personalities that are making impacts within the adaptive world. You can adapt no matter the challenge.... Show More

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September 17, 2020 31 min
I got 30 minutes with the Zappos Adaptive A Team! We heard your questions and Zappos answers them NOW. Hit the link below, subscribe and share. So you want to be a Zappos model? Why did Zappos invest into the adaptive community? Do you have any idea the work involved for Zappos to start this adaptive division? How does a small team from Zappos work with major shoe brands to sell a single shoe instead of a pair? Dana Zumbo from Zapp...
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Will YOU change the world even when the odds are against you? Will you lead the fight against big insurance companies and a powerful lobby on Capitol Hill? Welcome to the next generation of those fighting for the underserved. Nicole Ver Kuilen, the founder of Forrest Stump​, is doing exactly that, she's changing the world. She's fighting for the rights of individuals with disabilities to exercise and she’s taking this fight...
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This Range of Motion Project (ROMP) team is changing the world.  They’re scrappy and they’re bringing health care equality, specifically mobility to patients in the Americas (based in Ecuador and Colorado).  At the same time, this team summits extreme altitudes with adaptive athletes. This is an example of how to better the world. We’re joined by ROMP founder, adventure athlete, amputee, and CPO David Krupa and also adventure athl...
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Comedian Ryan Niemiller jumps on and brings his energy and comedy to show #clubnubb.  Ryan Niemiller is a comic, he's the best in the game, The Cripple Threat of Comedy, constantly booked, and he’s really well know for crushing it on America's Got Talent (3rd place of Season 14).    More about Ryan Niemiller Despite being born with a disability in both arms, Ryan Niemiller, the self-proclaimed "Cripple Threat of Comedy&...
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Amputee on reality TV (survivor)? How does one handle this spotlight? What does it take to succeed in the spotlight, set records running extreme races on a prosthetic leg, and at the same time become a medical doctor? Find out now as Kelly Bruno checks in.   Kelly Bruno is the peak of the adaptive world. She doesn’t need attention, she shares because she wants to help others.   More about Kelly Bruno Kelly Bruno is a world-record h...
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June 18, 2020 34 min
https://youtu.be/4JLKuQBUsA0   Today’s show is adaptive athlete Steven Walker’s story and the topic for this week is inclusivity and unity within the disability community.    Steven and I are friends and I messaged Steven after he made a profound post about unity and asked if he wanted to come on and talk about it...   Steven Walker is an athlete with Erbs Palsy.  He was born with Erb’s Palsy “Brachial Plexus Injury, C5-C8 nerve da...
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https://youtu.be/3FAGrjt0Xe0   Katherine Beattie is a TV Writer (NCIS: NOLA) with a Disability Today’s show is about a person with a disability that made a place for herself in Entertainment despite road blocks. Yes, Katherine Beattie has a disability, Cerebral Palsy, and she explains that if she can make it in Hollywood/entertainment then so can you.  Heads up, this isn’t a PG rated interview.  Explicit language and topics with lo...
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May 21, 2020 22 min
Watch this and learn how we leverage our disabilities to work for us.  We hit three specific areas: (1) Reframe, (2) Leverage, and (3) Rewards of Leveraging.  Don’t miss this especially if you view your disability as a negative phenomenon that sometimes holds you back.     Cohost for this episode is Jacob Pacheco Jacob Pacheco was born with Cerebral Palsy and he successfully thrives despite any challenges. Jacob brings his platform...
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How do we unite the adaptive community? Are you breaking down due to obstacles or finding opportunities in these obstacles? Do you let circumstances such as injuries, Covid forced isolation, etc. define who we are?  When things go bad, how do we pick ourselves up and leverage the bad to build good?  Joe Delagrave talks about this and more.  

About Joe Delagrave

Joe Delagrave incurred a spinal cord injury during college and he switc...

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For-profit business on Living Adaptive? Yep!

This is a rare episode for the Living Adaptive because we bring on a for-profit business owner focused on creating products for the adaptive world. Living Adaptive doesn’t receive any financial gain from Access Trax.

We picked Kelly Twichel an Occupational Therapist and cofounder and CEO of Access Trax because of a lot positive feedback regarding her ability to create/sell products to th...

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Karah Behrend is a professional Rally Driver, content creator, inventor of adaptive equipment, keynote speaker, WC Rugby and Warrior Games athlete, and retired USAF Senior Airman.  As a professional Rally Driver Karah Behrend recently placed 2nd in the Rebellerally which is the first women's off-road auto navigation rally raid in the United States.   After our recording, Karah Behrend announced that she reinvented the Portable/...
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Hanging with blind comic, surfing champion, professional adventurer, and martial artist Joshua Loya.

Hear what it’s like to be a blind champion surfer, comedian, bjj practitioner, and adventurer. Joshua Loya brings interesting perspectives regarding ways to enjoy and hit them goals. He’s a super funny person and but he definitely gets real in this interview regarding the hard shit he’s encountered. Joshua Loya also talks about the ...

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Right now we have so many uncertainties, a climate of isolation, fears of illness, and similar unsettling phenomena.  Jill Englund brings us a really import message of making the best of any difficult situations you encounter.  Jill Englund runs her platform BEST OF CANCER  She's an osteosarcoma survivor, pediatric cancer fighter, public speaker, amputee (rotationplasty), cancer advocate, and cancer thriver.   More about Jill E...
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Adaptive helping the adaptive!  Would you donate your organ?  What’s stopping you from donating a piece of your body to another person?  This is an amazing story that deserves more attention.  Jeff Soelberg (amputee and founder of Jeff Giving a Hand) talks about preparing to donate his kidney to another amputee next week even in the midst of the peak of coronavirus.  Jeff tells us what is about to happen, why he’s donating, and bun...
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Robbie Ripoll (Ink Master) recently suffered an injury causing him to become an amputee.  We talk Robbie being famous, rich, poor, and getting into tattooing at 12 years old.  We also discuss the high school blackmarket, his injury that went viral, surgeries, starting an empowerment movement, and a lot more.   Robbie Ripoll is a Florida-based tattoo artist with well over twenty years of experience in the industry. Ripoll is best kn...
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Jeremy Ogle joins us today and we throw a bunch of listener questions his way and we also discuss his nude photo shoot, the impacts of cancelled events, media outlets missing some major parts of his story, impacts of discussing severe depression, improving the adaptive community, if he’ll ever settle down, competing, and a bunch more.   Jeremy Ogle is an Athlete, speaker, and founder of You Adapt.     More about Jeremy Ogle For Jer...
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Ben Huntzinger is an inventor, athlete, and straight forward personality.  Ben was paralyzed in an automobile accident in 2009 and broke his back (T-4 level).  Ben wasn’t satisfied with the options that currently existed in terms of wheelchairs and attitudes and so he decided to jump out of the box and innovate a chair that worked for him and got him on all different types of terrains.   Watch/Listen to hear, Ben’s adaptive story, ...
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Randy Nantz is a Green Beret (retired) that was wounded in combat. He’s an elite athlete receiving notice with his involvement in adventure sports, OCRs, etc. and is one of the more well known ATF grads.   Randy Nantz has managed and supports various veteran and adaptive organizations since injury.  Note this, Randy Nantz is one of the bright lights of the adaptive community.  He’s one of my favorite interviews.  I love being aroun...
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Randy Nantz is a Green Beret (retired) that was wounded in combat. He’s an elite athlete receiving notice with his involvement in adventure sports, OCRs, etc. and is one of the more well known ATF grads.   Randy Nantz has managed and supports various veteran and adaptive organizations since injury.  Note this, Randy Nantz is one of the bright lights of the adaptive community.  He’s one of my favorite interviews.  I love being aroun...
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Ryen Reed is a full-time athlete competing for a spot on the United States paralympic team.  Ryen Reed competes in hand cycling (paralympics) and other sports.  Ryen Reed has an impressive adaptive story and shares what it’s like to go through more than 15 significant surgeries, push through extensive hospital stays, and then still move forward and go after her dreams.  Ryen Reed’s insight is deep and applicable to everyone that ha...
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