Disability Access at Stations

WEBINAR: Disability Access at Stations. Where are we now? What can we improve?

Joshua Cole, 3rd July 2024
Join us as we deep dive into the world of access at stations with a stellar panel of broadcasters, managers, sector pioneers and researchers around disability and inclusion in Australia.
In this session we will talk through case studies and culture in the sector and touch on community media as a whole. We will discuss tools and operations that are already happening and working well to improve disability access at stations and open discussion about what we can do to improve. 
Facilitated by Dr Kim Stewart, a CMTO Trainer and Mentor specialising in Access and Inclusion.  Kim is a social worker and radio producer at 4ZZZ 102.1fm where she became the nation's first Station Advocate for People With a Disability in 2017, and has worked in many collaborative radio projects with people with disability, including co-producing the CMTO's Audio Ability Accessible Training and Mentoring Program.  She is a lecturer in social work at the University of Southern Queensland, where she is researching how to make community media more accessible, developing disability awareness training for community radio stations in conjunction with the CMTO, to help facilitate the increased inclusion of people with a disability in the community media sector. She is also the host of Weaving Wellbeing, the podcast of the School of Psychology & Wellbeing at UniSQ.
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Date: 3-4PM AEST, Tuesday, 9 July 2024
Presented by:
Arliah Pearce: The superstar host of the Drive Home With Arliah at 2DRY FM, volunteering at 2DRY for just over a year. Arliah records all shows from home and was also a participant of the CMTO's Audio Ability Program this year.
Ren Cuttriss: Ren has been involved in the world of community broadcasting at 3MDR in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges since 2014. Prior to joining 3MDR Ren worked for many years in the areas of community services and education. In addition to looking after sponsorship, training, community engagement, digital marketing and of course, volunteer management at the station, Ren also co-hosts the award winning live and local music program The Dotted Line.
Paul Price: Paul is totally blind, and has been since birth. He has been volunteering at Reading Radio Brisbane since April 1999. He is currently a technical producer one day per week, and fills in on other days when required. He also undertakes on-air shifts when required. Paul has had involvement with DMA since 2004, as delegate and Independent member of the board. He was elected Vice Chair of (the former) RPH Australia in 2018. Paul has a Bachelor of Information Technology at Griffith University, and a Certificate 4 in I.T. Client Service.
Matt Field: Matt Field is the CEO of Attitude Foundation – a disability led media organisation shaping a new understanding of disability through the development and promotion of media content. Matt is also currently working with the Community Broadcasting Association Australia to provide leadership support to the Radio Reading sector and explore new opportunities to increase engagement with the broader disability community. Matt has a long association with the Community Media sector and was previously CEO of Melbourne’s Community TV Station, C31 and Secretary of the Australian Community Television Alliance (ACTA). Matt is passionate about the power of media to increase social cohesion through authentic portrayals of diversity.
Catherine Maitland: Catherine, an experienced researcher and educator, has been involved in the inclusion of people with disability in community radio for over 10 years. She is currently the Research Lead at Australian Disability Network, a peak body that helps organisations to be “disability confident” at (1) employing people with disability and (2) designing accessible products and services. Her recent research about workplace and recruitment adjustments may help stations to identify and tackle barriers to disability access.
Gemma Purves: Gemma 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. She presents The New Thing on Eastside Radio and is currently completing her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.  


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