Bryony Gordon and the conjoined twin ‘warriors’
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by BBC Sounds
6h ago
Journalist and mental health advocate, Bryony Gordon, joins Emma Tracey in the studio to talk about her new book, Mad Woman. It’s all about her OCD, alcohol addiction, binge eating, recoveries and relapses. Bryony dives deep into what she calls her “chorizo blackouts”, why she’s named her OCD Jareth (from 80s film Labyrinth), and why she has increasingly started to think episodes of bad mental health could actually be an appropriate way for the brain to react in certain situations. And Cardiff-based conjoined twins, Marieme and Ndey, have just celebrated their seventh birthdays surpassing all ..read more
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To holiday or not: Can Direct Payments be used for short breaks?
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by BBC Sounds
1w ago
Nathan Lee Davies had spent years carefully managing his Direct Payments to save up for a six-day short break to Florida. But when Nathan, who has a life-limiting condition, excitedly told Wrexham Borough County Council about his plans it decided to “claw back” the money. Human rights lawyer Anne-Marie Irwin helps explain the rules around funding short breaks. It’s an essential item, but underwear isn’t always accessible. Primark is trying to change that with its new range of adaptive bras and knickers – but do they live up to the hype? Fashionistas Victoria Jenkin, founder of adaptive clothin ..read more
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The Disability Action Plan Explained
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by BBC Sounds
1w ago
After being consulted on, the government's long-awaited Disability Action Plan is now out there. New Disability Minister Mims Davies says that it's one pillar of the government's overall work for disabled peple, and it'll transform lives. But with the level of significant problems disabled people currently face, is this the right plan at the right time? And what is the National Disability Strategy that runs in parallel alongside it? Featuring Scope's James Taylor, journalist Rachel Charlton -Dailey and BBC Disability Correspondent Nikki Fox. Presented by Emma Tracey, Recorded by Mike Regaard ..read more
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Mollie from The Traitors
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by BBC Sounds
3w ago
Mollie Pearce joins us to talk in-depth about those final moments in BBC One's hugely successful reality show, The Traitors. She was one of three disabled people in the cast of 22 who started but was the last disabled woman standing. Emma Tracey talks with her this week on a podcast in which she is very funny and honest about having a stoma and a limb difference. Recorded and mixed by renegade master Dave O'Neill, produced by Niamh Hughes and Beth Rose. Editor Damon Rose, senior editor Sam Bonham. You can email Emma on accessall@bbc.co.uk or follow us on X/Twitter. Shout "Alexa, ask the BBC fo ..read more
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Michael Owen: “I'd swap eyes with my son if I could”
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by BBC Sounds
1M ago
We've got an extra Access All podcast this week. Former England striker Michael Owen and his son James came into the Access All studio in London to talk about how James is losing his sight, their attitude towards it, and the inclusive football game, futsal. Parents often feel real guilt when a child becomes disabled but, though it hurts, the Owens attempt a constant positivity. They present a documentary on TNT Sport and Discovery Plus on Monday 30 January called Football Is For Everyone where they meet the GB partially sighted futsall team. Though he's been losing his sight for nine years, Ja ..read more
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Drugs Shortage: Why Can’t I Get My Tablets?
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by BBC Sounds
1M ago
Certain medications remain in short supply or out of stock across the UK, which pharmacists have described as a “life threatening” situation, but why is it happening? Community pharmacist and chair of the National Pharmacy Association, Nick Kaye, explains the reasons behind it while Ellie Adams, who lives with epilepsy, talks about the constant anxiety of not knowing if her medication will be available. Ali Kohansal relies on his two parrots - Woodie and Georgie – for emotional support. But Woodie has gone missing which is having a huge impact on his mental health and tinnitus. And adventurer ..read more
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What’s the BSL sign for ‘Throuple’?
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by BBC Sounds
1M ago
Language about sexuality has exploded and, as a result, the LGBT sign language community has found themselves needing new signs to describe the ideas British people are talking about. We talk to Dr Patrick Rosenburg who helped come up with new signs for things like cisgender, trans man, polyamorous and throuple. How did they do it and what does it look like? Spain has its first parliamentarian with Down's syndrome. We talk to Scott Watkin, a former learning disability co-tsar for the UK government, to talk more about learning disabled people playing an active role in politics and how it works ..read more
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'I've lost thousands because of my ADHD'
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by BBC Sounds
1M ago
Impulse spending, losing glasses and misinterpreting conditions on credit cards can mean a great deal of unnecessary expense for people with ADHD. Within the community some refer to it as the ADHD Tax. Rach Idowu from the Adulting with ADHD newsletter and Prof Amanda Kirby from the University of South Wales who is also chair of the ADHD Foundation Charity, join us. Convicted murderer and Paralympian Oscar Pistorius has left prison on parole. The BBC's South Africa correspondent Daniel De Simone speaks to Access All from Pretoria about how the focus of the news locally is on violence against wo ..read more
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Best of Access All 2023
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by BBC Sounds
2M ago
Nikki Fox and Emma Tracey present some of our favourite interviews from 2023. From celebs through to people with amazing stories that we've helped bring to the public's attention. At 41, Melanie, a disabled Australian woman, had never had sex so she hired a sex--worker or "sexpert" called Chase who helped her to understand her body and give her the confidence she needed to form new relationships. After we featured it, her story went round the world. When comedian Rosie Jones joined us earlier in the year, she was in the middle of filming a documentary for Channel 4 about the trolling of disabl ..read more
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The Minister Before Christmas
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by BBC Sounds
2M ago
Mims Davies is the new disability minister but she's in a lower ranked role than her predecessor with other duties to attend to. We speak to James Taylor, Scope's Director of Strategy, plus Caroline Nokes, MP, and Vicky Foxcroft, Labour’s shadow minister for disabled people, about what many interpret as a de-prioritising of disability issues. Radio 3's Dr Hannah French, a former flautist, joins us to talk about how her relationship with music changed after she became disabled. She's on air across the festive period including Christmas morning to help set the day up with carols and classics. An ..read more
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