True Tales by Disability advocates
Where advocates harness the power of storytelling to build community with their peers and hope to develop empathy in others. A team of disability advocates creates this True Tales podcast to share personal stories by disabled storytellers and add their voices to the growing community of podcast listeners.
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Advocacy Through Faith with Kaye Love
By Walter Greene Kaye Love’s relationship with faith and spirituality has taken many shapes over the years. Kaye grew up agnostic, but with Methodist grandparents and a father …
The Power of Perception
By Walter Greene Whether it’s living with a disability, working past other people’s perceptions, or learning how to raise honeybees, Brittany Sessum believes you can figure a way …
The Advocate’s Journey, Politics, Podcasts, and Pushing for Change
By Walter Greene Working on the True Tales by Disability Advocates podcast has been just one of the many projects Joey has taken on as part of their …
The Value of Storytelling, A Conversation with Kamand Alaghehband
By Walter Greene You’re hard-pressed to find a better case for the importance of storytelling than in the words of Kamand Alaghehband. While sitting down to talk …
Acting as Advocacy
By Walter Greene Acting has always been a part of Kristen Gooch’s life. Her mother encouraged her to be involved in the arts from an early age, bringing …
Breaking New Ground, Professional Performer Meets Podcast
By Walter Greene As an actor and writer, Toby Al-Trabulsi is well acquainted with storytelling–but when it comes to working on a podcast, he’s found himself in new …
Education, Learning and Awareness
By Walter Greene Education has always been important to Jennifer Howell. With her mother being a teacher, she was introduced to the excitement surrounding learning at an early …
Making Space for Humor
By Walter Greene Whether you’re reading John’s writing, listening to one of his stories (check out “Is There a Doctor in The House,” streaming now), or lucky enough …
Behind the MIC
Brittany Sessum is a Houston native and Army veteran that loves making connections with others. She has a passion to serve her family, the community, and her country by giving back in any capacity. She believes that her passions and actions live beyond herself. Brittany loves writing poetry, reading, traveling, and working as an entrepreneur.
Kristen Gooch is an Actress, Poet and Advocate from Austin, Tx with Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair for mobility. She hopes to broaden her horizons and branch out into film and television someday. She currently facilitates a peer support group called Adapting Sheros for women with mobility disabilities through Imagineart. She is a company member of TILT performance group and Paradox Players.
Toby Al-Trabulsi is an actor, writer, and creative access advocate for performers with disabilities based out of Austin, TX. Toby is a member of TILT performance group and ScriptWorks and is currently pursuing podcasting through Art Spark's podcasting workshop, True Tales by Disability Advocates. He is eager to see where this journey takes him.
John Beer profiles the people with disabilities and volunteers who enforce accessible parking for all in the upcoming issue of New Mobility magazine. You can also find him on TheMighty.com – and he's wheelie excited about being on the team creating Art Spark Texas' new podcast, True Tales by Disability Advocates.
Jennifer Howell has a lifetime of personal experience with disability – as a caregiver, a teacher and a person with disabilities herself. Those experiences now ignite her passion and inform her work as an accessibility and creative placemaking consultant.
Joey Gidseg is an enthusiast of podcasts and disability policy who works to close the gaps in Access to Justice for disabled Texans. As chair of a statewide disability caucus and former multimedia producer, Joey is thrilled to collaborate with other disabled creators on Art Spark Texas' podcast, True Tales by Disability Advocates.
Kamand Alaghehband was born in Austin, TX, and has autism. She has spent her life supporting all generations with disabilities. She loves the Special Olympics, and is a member of the executive committee of Special Olympics Athletes Leadership in Texas. Her mission is to bring peace today and create a vision for tomorrow’s disabled population. She hopes that she’ll teach others to turn denial into acceptance.
Kaye has over eight years of experience working with individuals with developmental and learning disabilities, including Intellectual Disability and Autism Spectrum Disorder, in Special Education and Vocational Rehabilitation. She has experience providing spiritually sensitive counseling to clients who identify with diverse belief systems, including Buddhism, Christianity, Ethical Humanism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Wicca.
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