The impacts and the barriers that people with disabilities face, are often untold stories but the launch of a new, locally produced podcast series seeks to change that.

The ‘I Can!’ radio series shares the voice of people with disability as they tell their lived experiences of making a difference in employment, sport, housing, inclusive communities and more.

I Can! was an initiative of the Clarence Access Network (CAN) Forum, facilitated by council.

Key contributors from CAN that have collaborated for this project include Disability Voices Tasmania, Tasmanian Health Service (Health Promotion), Job Life Employment, At Work Australia, Rural Alive and Well Tasmania, Tasmanian Department of Communities (Sport and Recreation), NDIS Mission Australia.

The weekly series will be presented by Hobart FM 96.1 on Thursdays at 10.30 am from 29 October through to the 17 December 2020.

The program and people sharing their stories:

29 October You Can Ask That! Four people with different disabilities Paul, Tony, Kate, Duncan discuss the use of language, access and inclusion.
5 November Rural Alive and Well (RAW), ‘Wise Minds’ RAW’s Pete Owen and Amity Deans discuss mental health and training.
12 November Changing Lives through Employment At Work Australia’s Derek Hagstrom, in discussion with Clive about his journey back to work.
19 November Sport for All Morgan Kent from Department of Communities (Sport and Recreation) in discussion with Joe Chivers a local athlete.
26 November Young Leaders, Inclusive Communities Keren Franks from Young Leaders of Tasmania (YLOT) and Lottie, a YLOT participant in conversation with Lisa Stafford from Queensland University of Technology. This discussion highlights the importance of including young people in the discussion and planning of inclusive communities.
3 December Conversations on International Day of People with Disabilities Fiona Strahan from Disability Voices Tasmania in conversation with three people on what International Day of People with Disability means to them.
10 December Accessible Housing ‘My Story’ Lee Jordan from council’s Disability Advisory Committee talks about how he made his home accessible and the importance of universal design.
17 December Homelessness and Disability A conversation with services supporting people with disability who experience homelessness.

Visit the Access and Inclusion page on our wesbite to listen to the podcasts as they are broadcast.