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Episode 48 – Ryan Hudson-Peralta | Founder, ‘Look Mom, No Hands’


Published: Thursday May 23, 2024
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In Episode 48 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Ryan Hudson-Peralta, founder of “Look Mom, No Hands,” shares his journey overcoming congenital limb deficiency. As a designer, speaker, and advocate, Ryan turns challenges into creative solutions, emphasizing that the only limits in life are self-imposed. He discusses founding Equal Accessibility, enhancing inclusivity in physical and digital spaces, and introduces his new product, “Door Nub,” for improved accessibility.

Episode 48 Transcript


Published: Thursday May 23, 2024
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In Episode 48 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Ryan Hudson-Peralta, founder of “Look Mom, No Hands,” shares his journey of overcoming congenital limb deficiency. Ryan, a designer, speaker, and advocate, discusses how he transforms challenges into creative solutions, advocates for equal accessibility, and inspires future generations. His story emphasizes living without limits and reshaping the world for greater inclusion. Ryan also introduces his new product, “Door Nub,” enhancing daily accessibility.

3rd Annual SIP Virtual Inclusion Conference | Driving Inclusion Forward: Shifting Beliefs into Action


Published: Wednesday May 22, 2024
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I was honored to deliver the closing keynote at the 3rd Annual SIP Virtual Inclusion Conference, themed “Driving Inclusion Forward: Shifting Beliefs into Action,” hosted by Supporting Inclusive Practices on May 9-10, 2024. This free, impactful event, funded by the California Department of Education, provided educators, staff, families, and students with strategies to transform inclusive visions into practical actions. I shared my experiences and insights on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“Listen for Real” Podcast with Jen Oliver


Published: Monday May 20, 2024
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In this episode of “Listen for Real” podcast, Jen Oliver and I foster an authentic conversations that drives personal transformation around the misconceptions about ability and disability. Jen emphasizes the power of honest dialogue to create deeper connections and community, and she invited me to join her on this journey of real conversations, offering insights and challenging the echo chamber. Listen to this episode for our thought-provoking discussion.

GAAD 2024 | Global Accessibility Awareness Day


Published: Thursday May 16, 2024
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Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), observed annually on the third Thursday of May, promotes digital accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities. It aims to raise awareness, promote inclusive design, provide education, and build community. Activities include workshops, webinars, and challenges. Recent advancements include WCAG 3.0, improved mobile accessibility, AI integration, updated legislation, corporate initiatives, and accessible VR/AR technologies. GAAD highlights the importance of accessibility and fosters a more inclusive digital world.

Episode 47 – Honoring Mothers: Stories of Love & Legacy


Published: Thursday May 16, 2024
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In Episode 47 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Alycia Anderson and Marsten “Marty” Anderson celebrate Mother’s Day by sharing stories about their mothers’ impactful lives. Alycia reflects on her mother Marsha, who passed away when Alycia was seven, highlighting her mother’s resilience and love. Marty honors his mother Peggy’s dedication as a single mother of nine, emphasizing her advocacy and strength. Both stress the importance of family and lasting legacies.

Episode 47 Transcript


Published: Thursday May 16, 2024
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In Episode 47 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Alycia and her husband Marty honor their late mothers, Peggy and Marsha. Marty shares Peggy’s journey from valedictorian to resilient mother of nine, emphasizing her strength and dedication. Alycia reflects on Marsha’s brief but impactful life, highlighting her kindness and love. They discuss the profound lessons their mothers imparted, focusing on resilience, love, and the importance of family.

East Valley SELPA | Inclusion Summit – Putting Goals into Action


Published: Friday May 10, 2024
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The East Valley SELPA hosted an Inclusion Summit on May 1, 2024, aiming to ensure quality special education programs. Dr. Patty Metheny led the event, featuring discussions on inclusion and training sessions. The SELPA coordinates services for 8,000 special education students across five districts. Their mission emphasizes respect, integrity, and collaboration. Participants praised the impactful keynote, emphasizing the commitment to making a positive difference in the lives of students.

Episode 46 – Mason Branstrator | Turning Paralysis into Purpose


Published: Thursday May 9, 2024
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Mason Branstrator’s journey from paralysis to purpose emphasizes positivity, family support, and a thriving online presence. His podcast appearance with Alycia Anderson showcases his resilience and advocacy for disability rights. Mason’s optimism and determination shine through as he shares his story, emphasizing the importance of acceptance and embracing what cannot be changed. His use of E-assist devices like the Firefly illustrates the possibilities of mobility for wheelchair users.

Episode 46 Transcript


Published: Thursday May 9, 2024
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In Episode 46 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia | A Disability Podcast,” Alycia Anderson interviews Mason Branstrator, a public speaker, content creator, and adaptive athlete. Mason, paralyzed at 17 due to a skiing accident, embraced optimism, gaining a large following inspired by his journey. The Firefly attachment enhanced his mobility, leading him to advocate for accessibility. Key takeaways include redefining disability, parental support, overcoming limitations, and Mason’s message of accepting challenges and realizing potential.