Disability Exchange

A Podcast from Iowa's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

Centering and Elevating the Voices of People with Disabilities through Meaningful Conversation and Connection

Disability Exchange logoThe Disability Exchange podcast is produced and presented by the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Iowa’s UCEDD, at the Center for Disabilities and Development. Podcast episodes are available on the Anchor by Spotify platform. Join UCEDD staff and podcast co-hosts, Mike Hoenig, Laury Scheidler, Caitlin Owens, and Judy Warth, for this engaging series.

The co-hosts continue to work in collaboration with staff from the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, University of Iowa College of Public Health, to create new episodes of the podcast series. People can search for “Disability Exchange” (DX) wherever they get their podcasts; the podcast is not yet available on Apple podcasts. Find links to a variety of other platforms on the DX Anchor page.  

Season 2 of the DX podcast is underway! Download transcripts of new podcast episodes, or catch up if you missed any episodes from Season 1.

Season 2:

Episode 2.1 - Challenging Stereotypes with James and Laury

Episode 2.2 - Culture and Disability with Dayrin Lovan

Episode 2.3 - Teaching in the World of Special Education with Laura Schwab

Episode 2.4 - Discovering Disability Later in Life & Advocacy with Hugh Kelly

Episode 2.5 - Embracing Autism, Working & Enriching Lives with Michael Vratsinas

Episode 2.6 - Tourette’s, Lived Family Experience and a Big Heart with Jackie Nau

Episode 2.7 - Supporting Families with Disabilities - Karen Thompson, Director ASK Resource Center

Episode 2.8 - Giving Junk New Life with Jesse Bumgarner

Episode 2.9 - Navigating Challenging Situations and Advocating as a Parent with Falicia Beck

Episode 2.10 - The Winding Path to a Career in Disabilities with Judy Warth

Episode 2.11 - Promoting Change in the Iowa Medicaid System with Dr. Matthew Conaway

Season 1:

Episode 1 - A Lifetime of Advocacy with Mike Hoenig

Episode 2 - One Step at a Time with Joey Wesselink

Episode 3 - Finding a Voice with Ed Esbeck

Episode 4 - Journey to Independence with Kelsey Mcvey

Episode 5 - Never Give Up with Melanie Davis

Episode 6 - Grassroots Disability Advocacy and Organizing with Jenn Wolff

Episode 7 - Living with Acquired Disability and Advocating for Change with Michael Penniman

Episode 8 - Disability Rigts Advocacy with Zach Mecham

Episode 9 - Beyond the Diagnosis with Cat Hafsi

Episode 10 - Disability Awareness and the Importance of Faith with Joel Vander Molen

Episode 11 - Parents of Children with Special Needs and a Fight for Diagnosis with Catherine Hahn

Episode 12 - Lived Experience as an Advocacy Tool with Kris Graves

Episode 13 - Disability and Academia with Cassandra Olmstead

Episode 14 - People First: Reflection on Race and Disability with Jeffrey Johnston

Episode 15 - Down Syndrome is Cool with Sydney and Kelly Von Lehmden & Tyler Greene Tribute

Episode 16 - Change Comes from You with Brady Werger

Episode 17 - The Importance of Sharing Your Story with Rob Roozeboom

Episode 18 - Living with an Invisible Disability with Nathan Albano

Episode 19 - Everyone Gets a Chance with Binh Nguyen

Episode 20 - Some Silver Linings with Greg Fier

Episode 21 - Photography Is My Passion with Geoffrey Mikol and Ann Cameron Williams

Episode 22 - Being a Human Doing Instead of a Human Being with Ron Wright

Episode 23 - From Nursing Home to Living in the Community with Michael Martin

Episode 24 - The Importance of Learning from Other People with Kristen Aller


For more information and questions, get in touch with Mike Hoenig by email at [email protected].