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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.

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.

Episode 45 – Mental Health Awareness Month | Breaking the Stigma


Published: Thursday May 2, 2024
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In Episode 45 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Marty’s sister, Peggy Sellery shares her bipolar journey during Mental Health Awareness Month. She discusses overcoming societal stigmas, managing the pendulum swings of bipolar disorder, and her initiative, “Let’s See Love Today,” promoting authentic social connection. Alycia emphasizes empowering self-talk and celebrates Peggy’s vulnerability and resilience. This heartfelt conversation aims to foster understanding and support for mental wellness.

Episode 45 Transcript


Published: Thursday May 2, 2024
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In Episode 45 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia | A Disability Podcast,” Marty’s sister, Peggy Sellery, an MIT and Columbia graduate, shares her journey with bipolar disorder during Mental Health Awareness Month. Growing up with disability in her family shaped her perspective. Peggy discusses embracing her condition, advocating for mental health, and overcoming societal stigmas. She emphasizes community support and offers advice on breaking the mental health stigma. Resources for help are provided. Connect with Peggy for SAT and ACT test preparation services or to explore her personal journey and tutoring philosophy.

Episode 44 – Kimberly Elliott, Be Like Josh Foundation | Advocate for Dogs with Neurological Disabilities


Published: Thursday April 25, 2024
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Kimberly Elliott, founder of belikejosh.org, advocates for dogs with neurological disabilities like her own dog, Josh. Through Be Like Josh, she rescues and educates on disabilities, aiming to create an inclusive society. Kimberly’s work challenges stigmas in veterinary medicine and promotes understanding through school visits. She seeks support to expand her impact. Kimberly’s message: ‘March to the beat of your own drum, embracing freedom and grace.

Episode 44 Transcript


Published: Thursday April 25, 2024
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Episode 44 of ‘Pushing Forward with Alycia’ features Kimberly Elliott, founder of the Be Like Josh Foundation. The foundation advocates for dogs with neurological disabilities, inspired by Kimberly’s own dog, Josh. They educate on conditions, rescue unadoptable dogs, and promote inclusivity. Kimberly’s work, highlighted on platforms like Instagram and Facebook, aims to challenge perceptions and create a more accepting society. Her vision for Be Like Josh is to enlighten, educate, and empower.

Episode 43 – The AI Revolution Through a Neurodiverse Lens | Yan Vishnepolsky


Published: Thursday April 18, 2024
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In this enlightening podcast episode, host Alycia Anderson welcomes Yan Vishnepolsky, an entrepreneur and AI enthusiast diagnosed as neurodiverse. They delve into neurodiversity, its intersection with AI, and Vishnepolsky’s personal journey. Emphasizing the importance of embracing individual strengths, they discuss workplace inclusivity, the benefits of remote work, and the human-centered approach to integrating AI. Vishnepolsky shares insights from his podcast “Human-Centered AI” and advocates for leveraging uniqueness for success.

Episode 43 Transcript


Published: Thursday April 18, 2024
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In Episode 43 of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Yan Vishnepolsky discusses the intersection of neurodiversity and AI. Diagnosed with ADHD and autism, Yan highlights how his unique perspective enhances his work in AI and UX design. He emphasizes the importance of embracing differences and shares insights from his podcast, “Human-Centered AI,” aiming to integrate AI advancements with a deep understanding of human needs. Yan’s journey underscores the power of turning “different” into “exceptional.”