Today’s episode is on parenting with Eliza Hull and Heather Watkins. Eliza is a composer, writer, and producer based in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. Most recently Eliza was the Regional Storyteller Scholarship recipient with the ABC, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which enabled her to produce an eight-part audio series “We’ve Got This: Parenting with a Disability” for the ABC. Heather is a Disability Advocate, author, blogger, and proud mother based in the Boston area. Her blog Slow Walkers See More includes reflections and insight from her life with disability.
Eliza and Heather share their experiences as disabled parents, misconceptions and assumptions about disabled parents, what they love about being parents, and missing narratives about disabled parents in media.
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DVP Interview: Ing Wong-Ward and Alice Wong, December 1, 2018.
How one parent helped change the conversation around parenting with a disability, Eliza Hull, ABC Life, December 9, 2018
Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children, National Council on Disability, September 27, 2012.
Tammy Duckworth is Unapologetically Paving the Way for Disabled Mothers of Color, Alice Wong, Bitch Media, May 11, 2018.
The Question of David: A Disabled Mother’s Journey Through Adoption, Family and Life, Denise Sherer Jacobson, February 1, 1999.
Through the Looking Glass, Berkeley, California
We’ve Got This: Parenting with a Disability, Life Matters, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Eliza Hull is a composer, writer and producer based in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. Eliza has written music for American TV shows ‘Awkward’, ‘Teen Wolf’ and ‘Saving Hope’ and is currently writing the film score for Australian feature film ‘Swallow.’ Eliza recently produced the sound installation ‘Cell 26,’ which speaks of the many layers of The Ulumbarra Theatre site in Australia. Most recently, Eliza was the Regional Storyteller Scholarship Recipient with the ABC, which enabled her to produce an eight part audio series ‘We’ve Got This’ on Parenting with a Disability for Radio National, Life Matters and ABC Life. Eliza is a proud disabled woman, with a neurological condition ‘Charcot Marie Tooth’ disorder. Eliza is a mother of a four year old girl.
Heather Watkins is a Disability Advocate, author, blogger, mother, graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, loves reading, daydreaming, chocolate, and serves on a handful disability-related boards and a former Chair of Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board. She is also a Co-founder of “Divas with Disabilities Project,” a supportive sisterhood network representing women of color with disabilities. Heather is also a member of Harriet Tubman Collective, composed of Black Deaf & Black Disabled activists and organizers. Her publishing experience includes articles in MDA’s Quest magazine, Mass Rehab Commission’s Consumer Voice newsletter and has blogged for sites like: Our Ability, Art of Living Guide, Disabled Parenting, Grubstreet, Rooted In Rights, Women’s Media Center, and Thank God I. Heather’s short story, “Thank God I have Muscular Dystrophy” published in 2013 as part of compilation in the Thank God I…Am an Empowered Woman® book series. Her blog Slow Walkers See More includes reflections and insight from her life with disability.
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Geraldine Ah-Sue, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Dulcet” by Podington Bear (Dulcet by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License)
“We Make a Good Team” by Podington Bear (We Make A Good Team by Podington Bear is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License)