Ouch! Disability Talk Show

BBC  |  Podcast , ±26 min episodes every 6 days  | 
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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Stories about pooing in a bag

Eye-opening stories from three people who "wear a bag" instead of being able to use the toilet naturally.

Thousands of people have them in the UK and, permanent or temporary, it is as a result of ill health within the digestive system.

Hear why one person likes to pop the undigested peas she finds in her bag, and about the process which leaves you with a Barbie butt.

YouTube star Hannah Witton, an expert on sex and relationships, recently had her colon removed. She chats to Sam Cleasby and Blake Beckford who also use stoma bags.

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'Disabled people make the best entrepreneurs'

Why does self-employment often suit disabled people better than the nine to five?

Three winners of this year’s Stelios Award describe their businesses, explain why they like working for themselves and give tips for future disabled business-owners.

BBC Ouch's Emma Tracey meets Joshua Wintersgill, who has developed an aircraft sling for wheelchair users, chocolatier Samona Williams and Rachel Shapey who has designed a music-making app.

A full transcript will be available soon. For more Disability News, follow BBC Ouch on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to the weekly podcast on BBC Sounds.

“We made conversation while my daughter licked the pavement”

There She Goes, a BBC Four comedy series about raising a learning-disabled child, has just ended. In this week’s Ouch podcast, the man who wrote it, Shaun Pye, meets journalist William Kremer, who wrote about his own learning-disabled daughter for the BBC. Shaun describes some of the real life events that inspired the series – like his regular encounters with his well-meaning but hapless neighbour. “We’d make stilted conversation while my daughter licked the pavement,” he says.

Bake Off Briony’s kitchen hacks and Kitch the rapper

The Great British Bake Off contestant Briony Williams has a missing left hand but some viewers didn’t spot it until episode three. How did she get by in that famous tent without any help or disability adjustments?

BAFTA-nominated Ruth Madeley is currently filming with Emma Thompson, but in the summer she made a Horizon documentary about her impairment, spina bifida. Ruth got to watch pioneering surgery on an unborn baby with the condition and ask how her own mum reacted when told she was carrying a disabled daughter.

Kitch, the rapper with a stammer and a great back story, performs at the end of the show.

Presented by Simon Minty and Shannon Murray. A full transcript will be available soon.

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What happens when the beat drops?

Beatboxing has long been associated with the hip hop world. But creating beats is not only a form of self-expression; it could help to unlock the full potential behind the human voice, especially for those with a speech impediment.

We’re exploring how a music class for disabled children at The Lavelle School for the Blind in New York City uses beatboxing as an effective form of speech therapy.

James Kim is the executive director of Bridging Education and Art Together (BEAT) and one of the masterminds behind Beat Rockers, a beatboxing and self-expression programme aimed at young people in New York City.

Joining James is a professor of cognitive neuroscience, Sophie Scott who has studied the ways beatboxing challenges what we know about the human voice to examine just how helpful it can be.

Presented by Niamh Hughes

(Photo: Rapper and microphone/Credit: Getty Images)

‘Be my friend because we’re both disabled mums’

Returning to work after maternity leave can be a daunting experience - especially if you have a disability. So, with Emma Tracey back at Ouch HQ, what better time to discuss how she is getting on? Emma is joined by disability activist Kaliya Franklin. Kaliya has Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and has a two-and-a-half year old son. From pregnancy to the first days or motherhood and the dreaded poppers on babygrows, Emma and Kaliya describe what it’s like to navigate motherhood from a different perspective. Presented by Emma Tracey.

'Alex Jones will kill me if I tell you...'

It's been a week of triumph and celebration at the Invictus Games in Australia as 500 servicemen and women competed on the sports field.

But for one competitor the memories of the battlefield returned as an overhead helicopter triggered his PTSD. Find out which song, from a popular animated film, helped get him through it.

And BBC presenter, Alex Jones, learned a "mortifying" lesson at the event, according to her co-host JJ Chalmers, which he decided to spill to BBC Ouch.

Presented by Beth Rose with JJ in Australia.

‘How a plan to reveal my new boyfriend ended with a fractured spine’

Bethany Hickton was about to reveal her new boyfriend to a friend, when she slipped down a marble staircase and fractured her spine.
She had just started her PhD in Bristol and had a busy social life, but all of that had to stop.
As she slowly recovered from the physical injury, she found she had other battles to face - depression and symptoms similar to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Presented by Beth Rose with Niamh Hughes.

'You can't go there, you're disabled'

The comedian Tanyalee Davis, who recently gained attention on social media after an incident involving her mobility scooter and an unhappy train guard, believes that the rules and attitudes in the UK are way behind those in North America - and they stop disabled people from getting around.

She says: "Where's your carer" and "That's against health and safety" are the kind of typical remarks she hears in the UK from people in authority. She says they block her from having the freedom she enjoys in her home country Canada, and in the US.

Tanyalee is joined in the studio by poet Raymond Antrobus who explores deafness and being a mixed race Londoner in his poetry and spoken word performances.

"I really like the quote 'if your classroom doesn't represent the make-up of the society that you live in, you've been miseducated'," he says, in an honest and engaging interview.

Scroll down to read a transcript in the Related Links section of this page.

Presented by Simon Minty and Kate Monaghan.

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Making sign language more beautiful

Just like the spoken word, you can make sign language more meaningful by altering your moves to create something more touching or, the opposite, distressing.

On this podcast we speak to Paula Garfield from Deafinitely Theatre which has recently adapted a hard-hitting play about mental health to include a strong emotionally coded visual language that all audiences can understand.

4.48 Psychosis, by playwright Sarah Kane, is at the New Diorama Theatre in London until October 13.

Presented by Damon Rose

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"Echoes put me off": How blind people choose a new home

Lee Kumutat is blind and moving home. So, if she can't choose what decor she likes, or the look of the building, what choices does she make and why?

From colour to audio ambience, and where friends can help, she takes us through how she's been tracking down the perfect home in Manchester, where she'll be moving next month.

With Damon Rose and Beth Rose (not related!). A transcript will appear on this page soon.

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The date saboteur and the make-up store terror

Going out is meant to be fun, but add in an unpredictable disability or mental health problem and you could have an unwanted challenge or serious embarrassment on your hands - especially if these real-life tales are anything to go by.

From the agoraphobic woman who took an extreme 15-hour bus journey so she didn't have to remain overnight after her best friend's wedding, to a man with Crohn's disease desperately hunting for a toilet in the unfamiliar flat of the person he spent the night with. Plus, the woman who faced a beautician's interrogation when she was trying to get to grips with depression and anxiety and just wanted to buy some soap.

Lucy Jollow, Philip Henry and Laura Lexx revealed their embarrassing encounters for BBC Ouch: Storytelling Live, a show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on the theme of Going Out. Hosted by Lost Voice Guy.

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