Ouch! Disability Talk Show

BBC  |  Podcast , ±27 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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'Me and the guide dog went into lockdown so I bought a cat'

Coronavirus is making itself known globally, so Cabin Fever thought it too would hot-foot it around the world to see how disabled people are managing.

Lee Kumatat left the UK on 2 January for a brand new life in San Francisco, USA.
Three months later we find her trying to live in lockdown in an unfamiliar city with a guide dog....and Pip, the cat she adopted a week ago.

Holly Lane in Perth, Australia is doing her best not to touch anything but says that's surprisingly hard when she's "stumbling" about all day on the sticks she uses. Being a person with cerebral palsy, she has to hold onto things around her to keep her balance.

She's also cashing in on newly-discovered energy stores after cutting out her three hour commute by working from home.

Presented by Emma Tracey. Produced by Beth Rose.

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'We're all a bit wonky'

Week four in isolation is proving frustrating for Kate and her family - Kate has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome whilst wife Holly is on immunosuppressants, and so is classed as high risk.

Kate is disappointed with a lack of empathy towards disabled people during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mummy guilts are setting in with worries that three-year-old daughter Scout may be picking up on household anxiety, whilst Holly is frustrated with Kate and her untidy Lego obsession.

The community finds innovative ways to stay connected, but is anyone else going a little bit mad trying to sign in to all these online play dates and group activities?

Email producer amy.elizabeth@bbc.co.uk to get a message to Kate and Holly.

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Decontaminating our cans of beans one by one

As a recipient of a kidney transplant, Kate's wife Holly falls within the high risk category, so together they are spending their third week in strict isolation.
Kate, who has mobility difficulties, admits to feeling guilty she can't do more to help her community or to entertain their daughter Scout.

This week's highlight is The Food Delivery which creates both euphoria and a bit of a household debate. Is anyone else disinfecting every single item before allowing them into the kitchen?

Plus Kate and Holly introduce a new podcast feature they call Isolation Issues - a game which will unite (or divide) households across Britain.

Produced by Amy Elizabeth

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"We're temporarily cancelling your career"

At the start of this year, 2020, barely three months ago, we all said it was going to be the year we'd all nail it. New job, getting married, holiday-of-a-lifetime, kicking any low confidence in the face, the works. Then coronavirus came along.

So, now all your plans have been shelved, how do you cope with the uncertainty when you’re also just starting a new career?

Blind YouTuber and freelance journalist Lucy Edwards was all set to present for Radio 1 and get married this summer, then both got cancelled, along with a calendar full of paid jobs.

And while Ellis's first shift in his new job for the World Service was taken over by a small virus in a Chinese city called Wuhan, he never expected to be moving back to The Wirral and taking up hand-cycling when that virus went global ... and he also didn't imagine he’d have to school his 81-year-old grandma in the use of FaceTime.

Presented by Beth Rose.

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'Suddenly you get this text...'

Kate and Holly digest the latest instructions on how to keep safe against coronavirus - for them it means staying in isolation for longer than 12 weeks.

Awkward conversations happen at bath-time about how much they should tell their three-year-old daughter Scout when one of her mums is put in the High Risk category.

And, determined to bring people together from a distance, their neighbours find a way to lift everyone's spirits while Kate reveals how to make stale doughnuts fresh again so you can comfort eat with food you might have thrown away - BBC public service at its best, you're welcome.

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Coronavirus has its red letter day

In the second episode of Cabin Fever. As 1.5m people wait to receive letters classing them as High Risk in the fight against coronavirus we find out if Octavia made it safely to Somerset after her care package collapsed in London when it became impossible for her PAs to travel through the city.

Bryony Hopkins is in a great place with her Crohn’s disease and raring to go, but the new drugs she’s on which make her feel better, put her squarely in the High Risk category and she must shield for 12 weeks.

And screenwriter and mental health first aider John Servante says he and some friends diagnosed with Chronic Anxiety pre-pandemic are feeling distinctly average, as more and more people open up about the impact Covid-19 and isolation are having on their mental health.

Presented by Beth Rose, from her kitchen table.
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The new boy on Sex Education and the magician with OCD

Actor George Robinson reveals what it's like to play Isaac, the first disabled character in Netflix's Sex Education.

George became tetraplegic just a few years ago when he broke his neck in a school rugby tackle gone-wrong.

The question is, did he watch the show - full of teenage sex, angst and mishaps - with his parents?

Professional magician Fergus Flanagan first got into tricks when he was 10-year-old - about the same time he realised he must be different to everyone else.

He'd started to experience intrusive thoughts relating to hitting or kicking disabled people - something he never acted on.

But it would be another 10 years before he told anyone about it and it was given a name - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder - something he's now created a magic show around.

Presented by Kate Monaghan and Simon Minty. A full transcript will be available here soon.

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How not to tell someone they have Parkinson's

Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark says he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in the most "horrible" way.
The journalist, now synonymous with darts, says his doctor had a "God-like complex" and first asked how big his mortgage was and whether he had children before delivering the diagnosis.
But it was not Clark's first experience of Parkinson's. His father was also diagnosed with the neurological condition at the same age, 44, but chose not to tell anyone about it for years. He later took his own life.
The broadcaster, who's now 53 and twice met Muhammad Ali tells BBC Ouch's Harry Low why he's doing everything differently to his father, when it comes to the condition, and why he's planning to climb to the base camp of Mount Everest in November.
Read the full transcript.
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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

Email: ouch@bbc.co.uk or find us on Twitter @bbcouch

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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