Ouch! Disability Talk Show

BBC  |  Podcast , ±31 min episodes every 2 weeks, 1 day  | 
Every month, Rob Crossan and Kate Monaghan present the programme you didn’t know you wanted to hear. It's disability from a fresh angle featuring interviews, discussion and the occasional quiz. The (disabled) presenters dissect and analyse recent events with interest and a good dose of healthy humour.

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Adult women don't want 'Daddy's little princess' written on their T-shirts

Sinead Burke is all about fashion and equality and in September appeared on the front cover of British Vogue.

At three and a half feet tall, she is a fair few notches below average height and describes herself as a "little person".

Find out what happens when you are too short to be able to reach up and lock the toilet door behind you? Or what if the most fashionable choice of clothes you have are in the children's department and have "Daddy's Little Princess" written on them?

In this month's Ouch podcast from the BBC, Sinead explains how she has used people's interest in fashion to shine a light on inclusive design in public spaces and equality generally and how it has led to other opportunities and the launch of her own podcast.

Inspiration is a hideously over-used word when talking about disabled people but I think we can safely say this is a genuinely uplifting listen which gives plenty of great ideas, different ways of looking at life and, if you are disabled, it may well stoke your self esteem a little.

One of the hosts of our programme, Simon Minty, is also a little person which lets us dive deep into areas most interviewers wouldnt' think to ask which also brings plenty of wicked humour.

With Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty

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'I have exploding head syndrome'

Migraines are so much more than a headache according to Rachel Creeger.

In a fascinating discussion with the comedian, we hear how her various identities impact on her – that’s being disabled, Jewish and a woman. But also, that the disabling form of migraine she has is also linked to her senses, speech and her ability to play musical instruments among other things.

Our reporter Emma Tracey caught up with Creeger back in the summer after her run at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Photo credit: Ruth Bloch

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Rachel’s condition feels like one of those things which people probably sit at home frantically Googling about so here are some keywords from the podcast audio to help search engines find out more about this unusual collection of symptoms.

atypical hemiplegic migraine with prolonged aura, plucking hair, shot in head, stabbing pain, synesthesia, migraine, headache, words, trigger, sounds, smells, Myelin sheaths, genetic disorder, neurological, inherited migraine, MS, onomatopoeia.

How brave and powerful are you?

Souleyman Bah was the first disabled contestant on BBC One's The Apprentice.

But just three weeks into the season he was fired by Lord Sugar and told he was “brave” for being there - how did he feel when he was served up with that cliche from the famous businessman? And what was it like behind the scenes?(*)

The Vacuum Cleaner, aka James Leadbitter, has run his mental health project Madlove for five years. It’s all about giving people a say in what their care should look and feel like. He tells Ouch about his new project where he has taken over a former branch of Argos in St Helens, Merseyside, and turned it into a mental health sanctuary, complete with its own blend of tea.

How hard is it to be green when you’re disabled and have to use more taxis and avoid the easy to use products with throwaway packaging, for instance. Sam Little gives us some tips and tricks on being environmentally friendly.

And we take a wry look at the newly published power list of disabled people from Shaw Trust.

Presented by Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty.

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(*) On the podcast, Souleyman said his top moments hadn't made the final edit on The Apprentice. It was also suggested he needed more support. In a statement from The Apprentice, a spokesman says: “The team worked hard to ensure that appropriate measures were taken throughout the production process and one-to-one support was given to Souleyman during tasks to enable him to participate in the process fairly alongside the other candidates. Production continually worked with Souleyman to decide upon and ensure the appropriate adjustments were made at every stage, both in the house and whilst on task.”

‘The optician told me to Google MS’

Bella Parkhouse is a typical teenager. She spends her time juggling college, a part-time job and seeing friends.

But she's also among the 10% of people who live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) under the age of 18.

Bella tells us how she navigates treatments and medication as well as managing her social life and chronic fatigue.
She's also had to confront a few bullies along the way but remains determined not to let MS dictate her life... especially when, she admits, she experiences FOMO - a Fear Of Missing Out.

Bella's mum, Sarah, also gives a few top tips for parents on how to support your child with a chronic illness.

Presented by Niamh Hughes and Emma Tracey. A full transcript will appear here soon.

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Jellyballs (Storytelling live part 2)

Comedian Joe Wells talks about the one time in his life that making eye contact with another human being wasn't uncomfortable. Recently diagnosed as autistic, he also explains why he has to block out men's voices by playing loud music in his headphones.

Also on the podcast: Sarah Collins tells the story of the OCD moment where she strongly believes she's swallowed an entire packet of paracetamol. And Tom Leeds on how an accident obliterated all of his childhood memories until hearing an '80s song brought some of them back.

To hear our podcast regularly, tell your smart speaker: "Ask the BBC for Ouch" or find it on your BBC Sounds app.

Produced by Ed Morrish and the Ouch team.

This love story between two comedians with cerebral palsy will melt your heart

When we put three disabled comedians together round a picnic table we hadn’t banked on hearing one of the best disability love stories we’ve ever heard.

We're a hard-bitten cynical bunch at Ouch sometimes but this was a beautiful moment from Spring Day about her relationship with BBC Three's one and only Jerk, Tim Renkow.

The story packs even more of a punch when you find out about her history and how much fun they’ve been having as a couple ever since.

Features the "catholic cure for stammering", body positivity and more in the podcast that does disability differently - almost like it's normal.

With Jon Long and Aidan Greene.

Presented by Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty, Produced by Emma Tracey and recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.

Dear Janine - Please can I borrow your nipples?

Life can be a bit different if you're disabled or have a mental health difficulty, but sometimes it is just be plain hilarious.
Andy Duffy, Sajeela Kershi and Janine Hammond take to the stage at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe to tell true stories on the theme of Lost and Found.
From Andy's missing wheelchair battery which almost sparked the evacuation of a London museum, to Sajeela's recent hearing loss which meant she mistook a rude, insulting man, for someone paying her a compliment.
Then there's Janine Hammond who lost her nipples, twice. First to cancer, then to showbiz.
This is the first episode of BBC Ouch: Storytelling Live 2019, hosted by comedian Chris McCausland.
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Dear Mr Dead Head

Everyone in the theatre company Elektric Apple has a learning disability.

Using important themes from life, like mental health, sexuality and loneliness, they tell stories in their own words.

We sat down with actors Carl and John and their director Andrew Sinclair to talk about what they love most about performing and the message they want to spread with their productions.

Presented by Niamh Hughes

Recorded at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe - @bbcouch

The boffins who solve disability problems

If you are disabled and believe that a product to solve your problem doesn’t exist yet, listen up. A network of volunteer engineers are on-hand to help.

When Sarah Stones realised leaning heavily on her left arm was taking its toll but couldn’t find a device to help, she reached out to Remap, a charity that makes bespoke solutions for disabled people. Engineer Akshaya Ahuja made her an armband with a pressure-sensitive alarm that would make her straighten up.

About to go to market is an accessible toy kitchen which is suitable both for kids who use wheelchairs, and those who stand. Designer Bex French works for Demand, a similar charity to Remap which creates cool stuff for disabled people.

We put Bex and Akshaya on the spot with challenges from listeners, the presenters, and blind geek extraordinaire Robin Christopherson. Will Kate get a new skin to stop her joints from moving out of place? Why was Simon admiring Sarah’s seat? And what’s all the hype about buckwheat pillows?

Presented by Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty. Produced by Emma Tracey.

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The rising stars of Eurovision who pulled out of the final

The Shalva Band were favourites to represent host country Israel at Eurovision but pulled out when the dress rehearsal was scheduled for Friday - the Jewish holy day of rest.

The group of eight musicians, who all have disabilities, had been voted through on a national TV programme.

Their popularity rose at the same time research revealed 90% of parents in Israel didn't want their offspring to attend after-school clubs with disabled children.

The band released a campaign song called Open The Door in response to the research. It went viral and they say it's changing attitudes to disability.
Vocalists Anael and Dina told BBC Ouch they are now stopped for selfies wherever they go.

Despite opting out of Eurovision, The Shalva Band will perform A Million Dreams, from The Greatest Showman, during the 2nd Eurovision semi-final on Thursday.

With apologies for the occasional sound difficulty on the line from Jerusalem.

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The challenge of being a teacher with Tourette's

Natalie Pearson is a primary school teacher and one of a few in the world to also have Tourette's syndrome.

Tourettes causes her to swear, sometimes in class, and also jerk her body - but she says her students and colleagues have embraced it

The science teacher was diagnosed with late-onset Tourette's syndrome at the age of 21 and believes a traumatic rape at university was the trigger.

Natalie's story was originally heard on the BBC's Multi Story podcast.

Presented by Becca Bryers.

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