Author: alycia

Episode 56 – Becoming rentABLE | Making Travel Accessible


Published: Thursday July 18, 2024
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Alycia Anderson discusses accessibility in short-term rentals with Adam Norko and Lorraine Woodard from Becoming rentABLE on this week’s episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia.” They highlight the struggles disabled travelers face and the importance of accessible accommodations. Lorraine shares her inspiration from personal experiences and the need for standardized accessibility features. Success stories underline the positive impact of accessible travel options, emphasizing the industry’s role in creating inclusive and welcoming environments.

Episode 56 Transcript


Published: Thursday July 18, 2024
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Alycia Anderson discusses challenges disabled travelers face finding accessible lodging. She introduces Becoming rentABLE, speaking with founder Lorraine Woodward and hospitality expert Adam Norko. They cover the importance of accessibility features, share success stories, and emphasize the need for industry-wide standards. Lorraine shares her personal inspiration, and Adam provides industry insights, highlighting common barriers and evolving solutions in short-term rentals.

Episode 55 – Innovating for Accessibility | Dhaval Patel


Published: Thursday July 11, 2024
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In episode 55 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Dhaval Patel, the founder and CEO of Lotus discusses his mission to develop technology optimized for disability, inspired by his personal experience with limited mobility. He explains how Lotus, a smart ring that controls home devices without apps or rewiring, makes spaces accessible. Emphasizing human-centered design, Patel shares the iterative development process and the product’s positive reception. The episode highlights the importance of inclusive technology and its broader benefits.

Episode 55 Transcript


Published: Thursday July 11, 2024
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Dhaval Patel, founder of Lotus, discusses his commitment to accessible technology on “Pushing Forward with Alycia.” Inspired by personal mobility challenges, he developed Lotus, a smart ring for controlling home devices without apps or rewiring. Through human-centered design and extensive research, Lotus was created to meet the needs of people with disabilities. The product has received significant accolades and highlights the broader benefits of accessible design for everyone.

Episode 54 – Reflecting on a Year of Pushing Forward with Alycia


Published: Thursday July 4, 2024
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Alycia and Marty celebrate the one-year anniversary of the “Pushing Forward with Alycia” podcast, reflecting on their mission to amplify stories from the disability community. They highlight key guests, share impactful listener testimonials, and discuss their goals for inclusivity and empowerment. The episode underscores the podcast’s growth, featuring historic figures, allies, and influencers, and expresses gratitude to supporters and production team members, promising continued advocacy and expansion.

Episode 54 Transcript


Published: Thursday July 4, 2024
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In Episode 54 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Alycia and Marty celebrate the podcast’s one-year anniversary, reflecting on its mission to amplify disability stories and transform challenges into opportunities. They highlight impactful guests like Chelsea Hill and Brad Parks, share listener testimonials, and discuss significant achievements. The episode concludes with plans for future growth, including launching a YouTube channel, and ends with a motivational message to keep pushing forward and never give up.

Episode 53 – Meet Kaylee Bays: Wheelchair Ballerina from SYTYCD


Published: Thursday June 27, 2024
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In Episode 53 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Alycia Anderson interviews Kaylee Bays, the first wheelchair dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Kaylee shares her journey from childhood dancer to a groundbreaking performer, overcoming stereotypes and advocating for inclusivity in dance. They discuss Kaylee’s diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, her adaptive dance techniques, and the importance of community and representation. Kaylee’s inspiring story champions breaking barriers and embracing diversity in the arts.

Episode 53 Transcript


Published: Thursday June 27, 2024
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In Episode 53 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Alycia Anderson welcomes Kaylee Bays, the first wheelchair dancer on “So You Think You Can Dance.” Kaylee shares her inspiring journey from Disney performer to overcoming Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and breaking stereotypes in dance. They discuss her innovative adaptive movements, the importance of community, and her work with Studio Slay. Kaylee’s story champions resilience, creativity, and inclusivity in the arts.

Bringing the Voice of Disability to the Insurance Diversity Task Force


Published: Tuesday June 25, 2024
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Alycia, appointed by Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara, is the first Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprise Representative on California’s Insurance Diversity Task Force. Congratulating re-elected Chair Mark Morales and new Vice-Chair Vikita Poindexter, Alycia aims to enhance equity and diversity in California’s insurance market. She looks forward to contributing to the strategic plan and the California Insurance Diversity Survey, promoting opportunities for underrepresented communities.

Episode 52 – Lyme Disease Awareness | Kimberly Daya


Published: Thursday June 20, 2024
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In this episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Kimberly Daya shares her journey with Lyme disease, highlighting the challenges of misdiagnosis and the stigma of invisible disabilities. Diagnosed initially with multiple sclerosis, Kimberly endured years of debilitating symptoms before a correct diagnosis of Lyme disease. She emphasizes the importance of empathy and understanding in addressing chronic illnesses. Her experiences led her to create the “Humanity Unlocked” podcast, aiming to foster empathy by sharing diverse human stories and encouraging listeners to see beyond labels.