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Weekly podcast about mental health, wellbeing and disabled people. Life stories and solutions with a friendly touch – for listeners around the world.

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Weekly podcast about mental health, wellbeing and disabled people. Life stories and solutions with a friendly touch – for listeners around the world.

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‘It felt really unfair’: The disabled migrants turned away from Australia

7/17/2024
It is known as the land of the “fair go” but some disabled people hoping to move to Australia are having their visa applications rejected because of presumed costs around their health care. Emma Tracey speaks to the BBC’s Australia correspondent, Katy Watson, who experienced this policy first hand when filing paperwork for her son who has Down’s syndrome. And Jonathon Wales, who planned to move to Australia for a dream job, says his family’s hopes were crushed when their plans were halted because his son is autistic. We hear about the legislative review that is looking into this. Also in this episode, Dominique Davis - aka Variety D - talks about how it feels to perform on stage as a black, female, disabled comic. Presenter Emma Tracey Production by Alex Collins and Daniel Gordon Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill Edited by Beth Rose

Duration:00:27:12

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Disability hate speech in football

7/10/2024
It’s the summer of sport, with Wimbledon and the Euros underway and the Olympics and Paralympics to come. The charity Level Playing Field, which advocates for disabled sports fans, says the sporting action has brought with it an increase in disability hate speech online and in stadiums. Emma Tracey speaks to Tony Taylor from Level Playing Field and Willoughby Ellson, a player from Norwich City’s cerebral palsy team which recently won the FA Disability CP Cup in a match against Chelsea Foundation. Also in this episode, Emma speaks to American social media influencer Rachel Chaleff, also known as Keet. Her social media videos about life with Tourette’s syndrome are watched by millions of followers. Presenter Emma Tracey Production by Daniel Gordon and Alex Collins Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill Edited by Ben Mundy and Beth Rose

Duration:00:25:26

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Election Q&A: Employment, cost of living and Carer’s Allowance

7/2/2024
In our final general election special we’re working through a few more topics you told us you wanted to hear about. Cost of living impacts everyone, but it can be particularly challenging if you’re disabled – how do our panel envision the situation could be improved? And while many people work, we also know lots of you care for someone you love, so how might the topics of employment and Carer’s Allowance shake down when the next government is in place? This week’s expert panel - Rensa Gaunt from Inclusion London, James Taylor from Scope and BBC Social Affairs Correspondent, Michael Buchanan. Have a very merry general election, from the Access All team. Presented by Emma Tracey Production by Alex Collins and Natasha Fernandes Sound recording and editing by Dave O’Neill Edited by Beth Rose We always love to hear form you. Get in touch by emailing accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:30:50

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Election interviews: The Green Party, Reform UK and Plaid Cymru’s disability policies

6/28/2024
Emma Tracey interviews representatives from all the major parties to find out what they are pledging when it comes to disability and mental health, ahead of the general election on 4 July. In this edition, we hear from Mags Lewis of the Green Party and Liz Saville Roberts from Plaid Cymru. Reform UK did not put forward a representative for this interview. Instead, BBC Political Correspondent, David Cornock, has taken a look at Reform UK’s manifesto to discuss what the party is planning. Kate Lamble, from More or Less, a Radio 4 programme all about numbers, also offers some analysis on how the plans add up. Production: Daniel Gordon, Alex Collins and Natasha Mayo Sound recording and editing: Dave O’Neill Editors: Farhana Haider and Beth Rose At the time of recording, all the statistics provided by the Disability Policy Centre, around the number of disabled candidates were correct. The DPC says it will continue to collate the information and will have a final tally shortly after the election. Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us at accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:33:42

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Election interviews: The Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party’s disability policies

6/27/2024
Emma Tracey interviews representatives from all the major parties to find out what they are pledging when it comes to disability and mental health, ahead of the general election on 4 July. In this edition, we hear from Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Ed Davey, and Marion Fellows, disabilities spokesperson for the Scottish National Party. Kate Lamble, from More or Less, a Radio 4 programme all about numbers, also offers some analysis on how the plans add up. Production: Daniel Gordon, Alex Collins and Natasha Mayo Sound recording and editing: Dave O’Neill Editors: Farhana Haider and Beth Rose At the time of recording, all the statistics provided by the Disability Policy Centre, around the number of disabled candidates were correct. The DPC says it will continue to collate the information and will have a final tally shortly after the election. Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us at accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:36:29

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Election interviews: The Labour Party’s disability policies

6/26/2024
Emma Tracey interviews representatives from all the major parties to find out what they are pledging when it comes to disability and mental health, ahead of the general election on 4 July. In this edition, we hear from Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labour Party. Kate Lamble, from More or Less, a Radio 4 programme all about numbers, also offers some analysis on how the plans add up. Production: Daniel Gordon, Alex Collins and Natasha Mayo Sound recording and editing: Dave O’Neill Editors: Farhana Haider and Beth Rose At the time of recording, all the statistics provided by the Disability Policy Centre, around the number of disabled candidates were correct. The DPC says it will continue to collate the information and will have a final tally shortly after the election. Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us at accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:26:29

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Election interviews: The Conservative Party’s disability policies

6/26/2024
Emma Tracey interviews representatives from all the major parties to find out what they are pledging when it comes to disability and mental health, ahead of the general election on 4 July. In this edition, we hear from Mims Davies, the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work for the Conservative Party. Kate Lamble, from More or Less, a Radio 4 programme all about numbers, also offers some analysis on how the plans add up. Production: Daniel Gordon, Alex Collins and Natasha Mayo Sound recording and editing: Dave O’Neill Editors: Farhana Haider and Beth Rose At the time of recording, all the statistics provided by the Disability Policy Centre, around the number of disabled candidates were correct. The DPC says it will continue to collate the information and will have a final tally shortly after the election. Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us at accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:25:22

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Election Q and A: mental health, children and housing

6/19/2024
Another episode dedicated to election-related topics suggested by you, the audience. This time round, we look at mental health, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), housing and how, for many immunocompromised, disabled people, the COVID pandemic never ended. This week’s panel – Fazilet Hadi from Disability Rights UK, and veteran of our previous panel; Sam Carlisle from Disabled Children’s Partnership; and Nil Guzelgun from mental health charity Mind – look at what the seven main parties standing in the General Election on 4 July are offering on those issues. Presented by Emma Tracey Production by Daniel Gordon and Natasha Mayo Sound recording and editing by Dave O’Neill Edited by Farhana Haider

Duration:00:32:53

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Election: Why is it so hard for blind people to vote in secret?

6/12/2024
BBC Scotland political reporter Ian Hamilton joins Emma Tracey on this week’s podcast. Both of them are blind and they discuss why they and other blind people can’t confidently vote in secret. They talk about the pitfalls of tactile voting templates and share their experiences of polling station staff. They also consider whether technology might offer a solution in the future. Also on the show: Britain’s fastest deaf swimmer, 25-year-old Nathan Young, on his 1,000 day campaign to persuade politicians to fund his bid to compete in next year’s Deaflympics. Presented by Emma Tracey Production by Daniel Gordon and Alex Collins Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill The editor was Farhana Haider Is there is an election issue affecting disabled people you think we should be talking about? Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us mailto:accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on Twitter/X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:28:05

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Election Q+A: PIPs, social care and voter ID

6/5/2024
We asked what was on your mind ahead of the General Election and you answered in your droves. Despite an estimated 16 million people being disabled in the UK many of you told us you feel invisible - why is that? People with learning disabilities are said to be the group least likely to own photographic ID, such as a driving licence, potentially adding an extra barrier to polling day. We fill you in on how to prepare. And our fabulous panel – Politco reporter Bethany Dawson, Mark Brookes from Dimensions UK and My Vote, My Voice and Fazilet Hadi from Disability Rights UK –give their insights and predictions on what might happen when it comes to key areas including social care and benefits. Presented by Emma Tracey Production by Daniel Gordon and Alex Collins Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill Edited by Beth Rose Is there is an election issue affecting disabled people you think we should be talking about? Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us mailto:accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on Twitter/X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:29:18

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Living with a disability in Gaza and Ukraine

5/29/2024
We hear what it’s like to live with a disability in a war zone. Boshra is an 18-year-old woman who lives in Gaza and has muscular dystrophy. She and Oleksii, a man with a learning disability from Ukraine, share their experiences with presenter Emma Tracey. Emma also speaks to George Graham, CEO of Humanity and Inclusion, a charity which supports disabled people living in conflict areas. Presenter Emma Tracey Production by Daniel Gordon and Alex Collins Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill Special thanks to Irena Taranyuk, BBC Ukrainian Service Edited by Farhana Haider Is there an election issue affecting disabled people you think we should be talking about? Get in touch, we really want to hear from you. You can email us accessall@bbc.co.uk or message @bbcaccessall on Twitter/X or Instagram. Our WhatsApp number is 0330 123 9480, please begin your message with the word ACCESS.

Duration:00:24:55

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Will AI be helpful or ableist towards disabled people?

5/22/2024
The launch of Chat GPT-4o is already making it easier for blind and visually impaired people to live independent lives, and promises to open up accessibility for people with many other disabilities. Emma Tracey gathers a panel of experts, featuring technology journalist Paul Carter; the CEO of Be My Eyes Mike Buckley; and Professor Annalu Waller, Director of the Augmentative and Alternate Communication Research Group at the University of Dundee. They discuss what the technology might mean for disabled people – considering not only the advantages, but also the potential downsides. Also in this episode, Emma takes part in a workshop called Hair&Care, where visually impaired people learn to style their own hair. Presenter Emma Tracey Production by Daniel Gordon and Alex Collins Recorded and mixed by Dave O'Neill Edited by Ben Mundy

Duration:00:33:14

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Paralympics boss Dave Clarke: the unwitting trailblazer

5/15/2024
The boss of Paralympics GB joins us, with just over 100 days to go until this summer’s Games in Paris. From studying politics to a spell in banking – not to mention playing blind football for England - we explore the work Dave Clarke’s done to help innovate the workforce – and the playing field. Plus, is Right Care, Right Person the right approach? The scheme used by several police forces in England and Wales means fewer officers attend mental health calls. Instead support is provided by the NHS and mental health services. One top police boss believes it is a success, but as you’ll hear mental health charities have concerns. Presenter Emma Tracey The episode was made by Alex Collins and Daniel Gordon Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill The editor was Ben Mundy

Duration:00:33:20

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Mims Davies MP: “My dad was disabled for twenty-five years”

5/8/2024
Mims Davies knows first-hand about disability having been a carer for her dad after he sustained a head injury. But how is the Minster for Disabled people, Health and Work faring in the job? In an extended interview, Emma Tracey quizzes her on a variety of topics including the government's decision to make people on a modest income pay back money for over-claiming Carer's Allowance. The minister responds to claims by a United Nations committee that the UK is failing in its duty to give disabled people dignity in life and work. Plus it’s a year since the British Sign Language (BSL) Advisory Board first met to advise the government on key issues impacting BSL users in the deaf community. What has it achieved so far? Presenter Emma Tracey The episode was made by Alex Collins, Daniel Gordon and Drew Hyndman Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill The editors were Damon Rose and Alex Lewis

Duration:00:24:48

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Liz Carr talks to us about her new documentary about assisted dying

5/7/2024
Activism has been a part of Liz Carr’s career since the start, particularly when it comes to assisted dying, also known as assisted suicide. She’s made a documentary on the world service, and even a musical on the topic, and now she has a new BBC documentary, provocatively named Better Off Dead? In this special episode, Liz chats to Emma about making the documentary including: seeing how it works in Canada, her fears about abuse and her sympathy for terminally ill people. "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All" is one way of listening to us; subscribing on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts is another. Access All was made by: Daniel Gordon, Drew Hyndman and Alex Collins. The editor is Alex Lewis, senior editor Sam Bonham, the presenter is Emma Tracey. It was recorded and mixed by Dave O'Neill.

Duration:00:26:09

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PIP Consultation: Vouchers instead of money?

5/1/2024
The government has published its consultation on changes to the Personal Independence Payment benefit, PIP. Emma Tracey asks Scope's Head of Policy James Taylor for his analysis. With GCSEs, A-levels and other exams starting this month, Emma speaks to one of the people responsible for working out exam access arrangements for students who need it. Here's where you get the lowdown on extended time, breaks, alternative quiet exam rooms, prompters etc that you or your child may be given, from someone on the ground right now fixing it all - Martine Chapman Special Literacy Teacher at Dorothy Stringer School in Brighton. And, How To Do Life with a Chronic Illness is the title of Pippa Stacey's new book. Pippa has ME / Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and she tells Emma that she likes to focus on things you CAN do and how you can do them, rather than concentrating on medical matters. "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All" is one way of listening to us; subscribing on BBC Sounds or wherever you get your podcasts is another. Access All was made by: Niamh Hughes, Drew Hyndman and Alex Collins. The editor is Damon Rose, senior editor Sam Bonham, the presenter is Emma Tracey. It was recorded and mixed by Dave O'Neill.

Duration:00:31:29

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Life in a mental health unit when you shouldn't be there

4/24/2024
Emma Tracey speaks to the mother of a 35 year old woman with learning disabilities who has been living in a mental health facility “unnecessarily” for three years. She says there is no reason for her to be living there and that it's due to lack of appropriate housing and care in the community. We also hear from autistic author Alexis Quinn who feels let down by the system but is living in her own home now. Mencap's analysis shows over 2,000 learning disabled or autistic people are inappropriately leading restricted lives in hospital. Dan Scorer from the charity shines some light on the situation as the government again misses its own target to bring down the numbers. Last week prime minister Rishi Sunak outlined the Conservative's plans to change work and Personal Independent Payments (PIP) benefits if they win the pending general election. Talk of benefits change is always concerning and Drew Hyndman from the Access All team combs through what he said and puts it in perspective. Activist Shani Dhanda is presently the number one most influential disabled person in the UK according to Shaw Trust's Power 100 list. As the proud Brummy starts a new programme on the BBC's Asian Network, she talks to us about her journey to understanding what being disabled means. Access All was made by Niamh Hughes, Alex Collins, Drew Hyndman, and edited by Damon Rose and Alex Lewis. Recorded and mixed by Dave O'Neill. The Senior Editor is Sam Bonham. "Alexa, ask the BBC for Access All" to play the latest episode. Or subscribe on BBC Sounds app or website.

Duration:00:32:49

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Access All’s 100th episode

4/17/2024
It's Access All's 100th edition! To mark the occasion we’ve provided a bumper episode – including an interview with Rose Ayling-Ellis talking about how she is changing the conversation around British Sign Language. Also on the show: A glimpse behind the scenes – what really goes on when making Access All. Plus celebs give their advice on how to live your best disabled life. Presenter Emma Tracey. The episode was made by Drew Hyndman, Niamh Hughes and Alex Collins Recorded and mixed by Dave O’Neill The editors were Damon Rose and Alex Lewis. To get in touch with the team email accessall@bbc.co.uk or find us on X, @bbcaccessall. Don’t forget to subscribe by finding us on BBC Sounds.

Duration:00:38:25

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Outrage at ableist ‘prejudice’

4/11/2024
Disability activist and commentator Samantha Renke says the law on disability hate speech needs to be strengthened after a podcast discussion about dating someone in a wheelchair goes viral. Also on the show: Actress and comedian Ashley Storrie talks about the autistic character she plays in the new BBC Three comedy drama Dinosaur. The episode was made by Daniel Gordon with Drew Hyndman and Alexander Collins Recorded and mixed by Michael Regaard The editor is Alex Lewis

Duration:00:27:09

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Disability academic Tom Shakespeare: Why I've started writing novels with a disabled hero

4/3/2024
Tom Shakespeare is Access All presenter Emma Tracey's special guest for an Easter spectacular edition of the podcast. He talks about becoming a novelist for the first time in his 50s, and why he created a disabled character to be the hero of his first non-fiction book. He also discusses the work he is better known for - a lifetime of disability activism and research - and his profile as a commentator on issues that affect disabled people. The episode was made by Daniel Gordon, with Niamh Hughes and Emma Tracey. The editor is Alex Lewis. Recorded and mixed by Dave O'Neill. To get in touch with the team, email accessall@bbc.co.uk or find us on X, @bbcaccessall .

Duration:00:22:43