Breaking barriers in community media through collaborative training and mentoring

WEBINAR: Breaking barriers in community media through collaborative training and mentoring

Joshua Cole, 8th November 2023

Join us to learn about how CMTO's Audio Ability has revolutionised community broadcast training by putting people with disability at the centre of planning, design and delivery of training.

The 16-week program breaks barriers, empowering people with disability and taps into an underrepresented cohort of volunteers. We are passing the mic to the participants of Audio Ability to listen to their experiences.


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Date: 3-4pm AEDT, Tuesday 14 November, 2023


Ugur Topal Ugur Topal is the Project Manager: Access & Inclusion at the Community Media Training Organisation. He spent the last five years working with people with disability and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Ugur holds a postgraduate degree in marketing and is currently completing a Bachelor of Psychological Science degree. Additionally, Ugur has seven years of experience in planning and delivering large scale digital media projects. The varied experiences that Ugur has had in working in the community has fuelled his interest in sociology and psychology. He also has a strong passion for advocacy, mental health and social equity.





Gemma PurvesGemma Purves is the Course Coordinator for the AudioAbility Program at the Community Media Training Organisation. She has been involved with community radio for almost 10 years. In that time she has worked across community, commercial, and public broadcasters as a journalist, producer, station manager, content & communications manager, and board member.







Catch up on the webinar via CBAA Learning.

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We’ll be going behind the scenes to hear about a Sydney-based radio program, Making Airwaves, which is created by people living with an intellectual disability. Find out all about it in this feature, produced by Caroline Savransky and Kate Wadey.


In this session we focus on succession planning, breaking knowledge silos and safeguarding your station for the future. Join the stellar panel with guest speakers from SYN Media and 4ZZZ as they pose as a successful case study for handing over leadership reigns and knowledge sharing at a station level. Presented by the Community Media Training Organisation


*Past webinar, click through to listen to recording*


4ZZZ are working towards including more people with a disability at the station. In what is a national first for community radio, 4ZZZ have appointed a Station Advocate for people with disabilities.