Don't Dis-my-ability Podcast



Hosted by Shawn Smith, the "Don't dis-my-ability Podcast is an International Talk Radio Show highlighting individuals, families, professionals and organizations whom are committed to meaningful employment for persons with disabilities through self-employment & entrepreneurship.


  • "Why Employment Should be Meaningful" - with Dr. Temple Grandin

    04/09/2017 Duración: 46min

    Dr. Temple Grandin | Professor | Self-Advocate | Autism Expert | Speaker at #Trailblazing2017 Global Conference on Meaningful Employment | Learn more: Dr. Grandin did not talk until she was three and a half years old.  She was fortunate to get early speech therapy.  Her teachers also taught her how to wait and take turns when playing board games.  She was mainstreamed into a normal kindergarten at age five. Oliver Sacks wrote in the forward of Thinking in Pictures that her first book Emergence: Labeled Autistic was “unprecedented because there had never before been an inside narrative of autism.”  Dr. Sacks profiled Dr. Grandin in his best selling book Anthropologist on Mars. Dr. Grandin became a prominent author and speaker on both autism and animal behavior.  Today she is a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University.  She also has a successful career consulting on both livestock handling equipment design and animal welfare. She has been featured on NPR (National Publ

  • The Future of Neurodiversity in Hollywood with Steve Rohr

    07/08/2017 Duración: 37min

    Steve Rohr, will provide inspiring and powerful opening remarks as part of the #Trailblazing2017 Conference Opening Ceremony. | Learn more: Spend some time getting to know this entertainment powerhouse who does his work "behind the curtains" but wields an influence that impacts over two hundred countries that tune in for the Academy Awards.  Currently, Steve is the Show Publicist for the Academy Awards®, spearheading both the domestic and international publicity for the annual telecast, aired live in the United States on the ABC Television Network and via broadcast partners in 225 countries and territories to a worldwide audience of several hundred million. Prior to becoming a media expert and the Show Publicist for the Oscars®, Steve founded and led his own LA-based entertainment public relations agency representing award-winning actors, recording artists, personalities, authors and films.  Steve’s corporate clients included Sony Entertainment Music Group and Sony Pictures Home Ent

  • Thinking Differently about Abilities with Dr. Stephen Shore

    03/07/2017 Duración: 30min

    Dr. Stephen Shore | Professor | Self-Advocate | Autism Expert | Speaker at #Trailblazing2017 Global Conference on Meaningful Employment | Learn more:  - Diagnosed with "Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies" and "too sick" for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure. His most recent book College for Students with Disabilities combines personal stories and research for promoting success in higher education. A current board member of Autism Speaks, president e

  • Meaningful Employment: What does it mean?

    05/06/2017 Duración: 23min

    THE GUEST: Amy C. Cosper | Entrepreneur | Speaker at #Trailblazing2017 Global Conference on Meaningful Employment | Learn more here: Amy Cosper is the former Editor in Chief of Entrepreneur magazine and the CEO of RadicalUpstarts. She has been reporting and commenting on the world of entrepreneurship for 12 years. Cosper is an evangelist for innovation and disruption around the globe. She is keenly aware of the power of entrepreneurship on a cultural and economic level. Her mission is to spread the word and promise of these philosophies on a global scale and to make an impact by teaching these ideas. Cosper is currently working on a book and a documentary that explore the deep economic and cultural impact heralded by the global entrepreneurship movement. She is an award- winning editor and writer and strongly adheres to the idea that on the other side of your fear, is your success. And she would know, since she rides a Ducati and only does sports that require a helmet. Learn more