University of Southern California
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Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Trojans Talk OT Podcast

Trojans Talk OT

Trojans Talk OT is a podcast series designed by students to inform and entertain occupational therapy practitioners, students, educators, and our friends. Broadcasting from the University of Southern California’s Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, hosts Alyssa Concha and Rob Russow tracked down leaders, innovators and advocates in the field, bringing their voices to a wider audience.

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Episode 5: Dilemmas of Disability: Language, Media, and Perceptions

In this three-part episode, we explore the dilemmas surrounding disability. Our student producers, Alyssa Concha, Robert Russow, and Carly Wasserman, discuss the way we talk about disability and how it is portrayed in media with Ann Neville-Jan and Allison Cameron Gray.

Dedicated to Dr. Ann Neville-Jan and her family.

Part 1: Dr. Ann Neville-Jan talks about language and disability. She shares stories from her experiences living, working, and teaching as a woman with a disability.

Part 2: We hear excerpts from a panel at Writers Guild of America, West on the portrayals of people with disabilities in television and film. This panel titled, People First: Real Disabilities, Reel Stories, was presented by Hollywood, Health & Society, a program of the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center.

Part 3: Allison Cameron Gray, a talented young actress/comedian, uses humor to influence perceptions of disability.

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Episode 4: Innovative Access: Beyond getting in the door

This short podcast highlights the innovative work of Roger Ideishi and Ingrid Kanics, two creative OTs collaborating with organizations outside of the healthcare field. We learn how OTs make great advocates for creating a more culturally rich and accessible community experiences for children with disabilities and their families. We hope you are inspired by the work of these great OTs!

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Episode 3: ConFriends

This short podcast takes a close look at the OTAC Conference experience from the student perspective. We feature several interviews with students coming in from all over California representing Milligan College, the University of Southern California, San Jose State University, and the University of St. Augustine. We also hear from OTAC’s Alann Salvador and USC’s very own Sarah Kelly.

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Episode 2: Not all fun and games, but kind of…

This is the first of a series of podcast shorts (20 min or less) about conference experiences. This episode focuses on the Expo at the OTAC conference this past October. We hear about exciting new products in the world or rehab, and a reminder that OT associations are always there waiting for us to jump in and get involved. Conferences have a lot to offer… take a listen!

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Episode 1: A Conversation with Dr. Samia Rafeedie

Episode One features Dr. Samia Rafeedie, a clinical professor of Occupational Therapy at USC. The three-part interview begins with a discussion regarding membership in professional organizations. Dr. Rafeedie passionately breaks down how other practices are infringing on the domain of occupational therapy and calls to action everyone who has not yet joined AOTA or their state organization to help save the profession.