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It is easy to recognize and condemn overt acts of racism, but subtle and persistent racism is just as damaging. In Such a Fun Age, the author shows the variety of ways people can experience and display racist behavior. Having read the book twice, Avery shares her main takeaways. The book demonstrates how intent doesn't matter as much as impact, how…
 
brands that put a priority on diversity and inclusion stand out from the pack. More and more consumers are looking for companies that stand for something. Avery shares some of her favorite inclusive brands and why they resonate with her. This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to brands that stand for something and don't alienate others. …
 
Some people chose to have kids, and others don't. It is a very personal decision, and it can be an even more complicated decision if you have a disability. Avery has her husband and partner, Cameron, on the podcast to discuss having kids. They talk through the pressures of society, the pros, the cons, and the personal guilt you can battle if you ha…
 
Representation of minority groups is a problem at large. Avery has Andrea on this episode to discuss specifically how disability is portrayed in pop culture and media. They explore examples, what's wrong, what's good, and what stereotypes are being perpetuated.Avery Berschauer
 
In honor of Spooky Season, this month's installment of The More You Know Series takes a look at the movie Hush. In the film, a deaf and mute woman living in a secluded area falls prey to a serial killer. Avery invites Cam on the podcast to discuss reactions to the movie overall as well critiques on the depiction of disability and representation in …
 
Avery breaks down what Inspiration Porn is, her personal experience with it, and what you can do to avoid it. The term was coined by disability advocate Stella Young and refers to the objectification of people with disabilities to inspire people without disabilities. Resources: Stella Young's TEDx Talk How to Avoid "Inspiration Porn" - Forbes…
 
At some point, you've probably asked yourself or friends would you rather be blind or deaf. It is a loaded question with a lot to consider. Avery invites Andrea Lambrecht back to the podcast to discuss. Find out what someone blind and someone with a hearing impairment have to say on the matter.
 
Watching movies and TV is a huge part of pop culture. Meeting someone and finding out you have the same favorite show immediately helps you build rapport. However, “watching” something is a visual act. How does someone who is blind or visually impaired watch movies or television shows? Avery goes into utilizing audio descriptions on streaming platf…
 
This month's installment of The More You Know Series takes a look at Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution. Avery recaps and shares her reactions to this award-winning documentary. For those interested in watching the film, it can be found on Netflix.
 
People with disabilities are used to being questioned about potential cures or treatments that could improve their current condition. While the mindset of needing to "fix" someone is a key part of ableism, medical discoveries are made every day. Choosing to lessen a disability is a personal one. Avery shares her feelings on if she would want to no …
 
Love what you do. It seems so simple, so why does it seem so hard at times? Everyone strives to be passionate about their work, but Avery makes the case for why it is even more important for members of marginalized communities to find work they love.Avery Berschauer
 
Avery reflects on the frustration of people not seeing her being "blind enough". Many people have an image of what someone with a disability looks and acts like, and if you don't fit in that box, you aren't really a disabled person. In a world full of shades of grey, why do people still try to put others in such black and white categories?…
 
The first installment of The More You Know series focuses on the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. Currently a psychology professor at Stanford University, Dweck’s book lays out how a person’s mindset can stand in the way of reaching their full potential. Avery summarizes the main points of the book, offers her critiques, and connects how mindset relate…
 
Anyone can fall victim to imposter syndrome, but studies show that minorities and people with disabilities are even more prone to it. On top of this, people in historically marginalized groups often fight against stereotype threat. Avery defines each of these terms and gives examples of how both of these concepts are detrimental.…
 
Exercise is important not just for physical health but mental health as well. However, when you are blind or visually impaired finding ways to stay active can be a little tricky. Avery explains what has and hasn't worked for her, and what she is trying to do now.Avery Berschauer
 
If people don't realize someone is blind, there can be a lot of wrong assumptions made on why they do things the way they do. Avery shares a list of things that she does or doesn't do because of low vision that could be seen as rude. She also goes into how other invisible disabilities can compile to make some things even harder.…
 
Experiences vary a lot when it comes to living with a disability. Avery sits down with her long-time friend Andrea to learn about life with a hearing impairment. Andrea shares how it has impacted her personally and professionally, and she explains how it took a long time for her to identify as having a disability.…
 
Avery shares the importance of wellness in the diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility space and how feeling alienated can have both mental and physical consequences. She goes over her personal struggles with taking care of herself and tips anyone can use to boost wellness.Avery Berschauer
 
Knowing how you should address a person with a disability can be tricky. Is it better to say a blind person or a person who is blind? The answer: It depends. Some communities have preferences on identity-first vs. person-first language, and it can differ from person to person. Avery discusses this topic and gives her personal preference.…
 
People with disabilities statistically have a much harder time finding and maintaining full-time employment. Ableism in the workplace is one of the biggest reasons for this. Avery opens up about her own experiences and challenges in building a career.Avery Berschauer
 
Being able to move around the world independently can be tricky when you're blind or visually impaired. Avery shares how she is able to navigate Seattle and the extra steps involved in getting around and being able to live a full life.Avery Berschauer
 
More and more companies are wanting workers to return to the office, but many employees aren't ready to give up working from home. For years, people with disabilities have advocated for working remotely to be an accommodation but were denied. Avery discusses how transportation, environment, and flexibility are huge factors for everyone but especial…
 
A good education can set you up for success, but it harder for some to get a quality education, including those with disabilities. Avery shares accommodations she received at different levels of vision loss. She shares pitfalls as well as successes and the importance of advocating for what you need and taking advantage of programs and services.…
 
As much as it is important to bring attention to things that are hard for people with disabilities, it is also vital to highlight their strengths. Avery shares strengths she has as a visually impaired person. Some make perfect sense and she shares the rationale behind them, and others are a complete surprise, even to her. It proves you should never…
 
And by VIP, we're talking about visually impaired people (who also happen to be very important). Avery brings on her husband Cam to talk about their experiences traveling together. They cover activities and locations that have both worked and not worked well for them.Avery Berschauer
 
Avery shares the different ways she sometimes acts as though her vision is better than it is to avoid sticking out and to make others more comfortable. This episode builds off last week's episode on Spoon Theory by giving firm examples around the extra effort put forth to assimilate.Avery Berschauer
 
No, we're not talking about the song "Supernova Girl" from Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century. (Great song though.) We are talking about how to make virtual meeting platforms more accessible for people with disabilities, specifically those with low hearing and vision.Avery Berschauer
 
Microaggressions are statements or behaviors that, intentionally or not, communicate a negative message or prejudice about a marginalized group. Hear examples and learn how to react if one is used against you, how to be an ally as a bystander, and what to do if you are confronted about using a microaggression.…
 
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