BroadcastAbility: Podcasts on inclusive employment - Easter Seals Canada


Podcast series by and about workers with disabilities, inclusive employment and workplaces. Produced in partnership with The PROUD Project, University of Toronto at Scarborough (UTSC)

What is BroadcastAbility?

BroadcastAbility is a podcast series chronicling the experiences of people with visible physical and/or sensory disabilities who have successfully surmounted barriers to employment, as well as managers and businesses leaders at inclusive workplaces. It is an extension of the multi-year investigative work on disability and employment conducted by researchers Dr. Chloë Atkins and Dr. Andrea Whiteley of The PROUD Project (Phenomenological Research/Remedies on Employment and Disability) at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Easter Seals Canada is proud to work with The PROUD Project on the BroadcastAbility podcast initiative. To learn more about The PROUD Project, visit their website at

Listen to the Podcasts

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and more! Transcripts can be accessed by clicking the direct links to the podcasts below.

Episode 1: A Conversation with Taylor Lindsay-Noel  (Sept 24, 2021)

Taylor Lindsay-Noel is a successful young entrepreneur and founder of a luxury tea brand that has been featured in O, The Oprah magazine. She talks about her life journey, diversity, and more.

Episode 2: Une conversation avec Joel Castanet  (Oct 22, 2021)

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Joel Castanet is a physiotherapist and instructor living in Quebec. This episode – recorded in French – discusses the philosophy of disability, complexities faced by disabled healthcare workers, the importance of teamwork, and the difference between life in France and in Canada for people with disabilities. Listen to the episode with Joel here.

Episode 3: A Conversation with Alexis Chicoine  (Dec 1, 2021)

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Alexis Chicoine is an administrator and Disability Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Speaker and Writer in Vancouver. In this episode, we cover Alexis’s life story, the importance of true inclusion in the workplace, transferable skillsets, the joys of sports, and much more! Please note that this episode contains strong language.

Episode 4: A Conversation with Marc Workman  (Jan 8, 2022)

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Marc Workman is a Programs and Operations Manager at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) in Edmonton. In this episode, our hosts sit with Marc for a conversation which covers several key topics, including Marc’s life story, the importance of networking, the impact of mentorship, and much more!

Episode 5: Une conversation avec  Elisanne Pellerin  (Feb 4, 2022)

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For Broadcastability’s fifth episode, the team interviewed Elisanne Pellerin, a PhD student in Political Science at UQAM. This episode – recorded in French – discusses disability in academia, the importance of allies, and the requirements for effective accessibility policies. Listen to the episode with Elisanne here.

Episode 6: A Conversation with the PROUD Project Team: Research behind the scenes  (March 18, 2022)

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For Broadcastability’s sixth episode, we flip the script on co-hosts Chloë and Andrea. This time, they are interviewed by The PROUD Project members Ahad Alingary and Isabelle Avakumovic-Pointon. This episode covers several key topics, including how the project began, research methods and ethics, and much more!

Episode 7: A Conversation with Easter Seals Canada (April 25, 2022)

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For BroadcastAbility’s seventh episode, BroadcastAbility team member and  former Easter Seals Canada employee, Jessica Geboers, sat down with the President and CEO of Easter Seals Canada, Dave Starrett, and with Hayley Redmond, a client and employee of Easter Seals Newfoundland. They discussed what the organization is, what it does, and the impacts it has on the lives of Canadians living with disabilities! Listen to the episode with Easter Seals Canada here.

Episode 8: A Conversation with Kasey Aiello (May 27, 2022)

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For BroadcastAbility’s eight episode, the team interviewed Kasey Aiello, a Patient Experience Liaison with Alberta Health Services. This episode discusses the importance of peer support, the benefits of flexibility at work, and the impact of funding programs.

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