Ablequest is a series of 15 minute programs which examines developments in assistive technology and initiatives for those people living with a wide range of disabilities. Presented by Barbara Sullivan, Marni Roper and Elaine Wziontek.


Tracy Bode, Speech Pathologist and CEO of Zyteq, discusses assistive communication technology, in particular speech generating devices.

Original Broadcast Date 11.10.2019

Nathan Letts

Nathan Letts is 22 and totally blind but is carving out a career in radio.

Original Broadcast Date 27.09.2019

Arts Activated 2019 with Rachel Gadsden

Rachel Gadsden, renowned UK artist and disability arts advocate, is in Australia to give the keynote address at Arts Activated 2019 conference.

Original Broadcast Date 30.08.2019

The Big Anxiety

Jill Bennett, Executive and Creative Director of The Big Anxiety Festival, talks about what attendees can expect from this exciting event.

Original Broadcast Date 16.08.2019

Ablequest Roundup

The Ablequest team - Marni Roper, Elaine Wziontek and Barbara Sullivan, provide a synopsis of some interesting new assistive technologies.

Original Broadcast Date 02.08.2019

Jennifer Parry

Blind since birth, Jennifer Parry presents her thoughts on a wide range of technology-related topics

Original Broadcast Date 19.07.2019


The short film 'Comicant'won second place in Tropfest 2019. The leading actors, both with intellectual disabilities, shared the Best Actor award. Sarah Sutherland and Ryan New talk about the experience.

Original Broadcast Date 05.07.2019

HWNS Felicity Nelson

Leading disability service provider, House with No Steps, has unveiled its prototype virtual reality learning tool for disability support workers.

Original Broadcast Date 21.06.2019

"Empower Golf" with James Gribble

Original Broadcast Date 07.06.2019

Bindi Maps

Dr Anna Wright, founder of Bindi Maps, explains how her innovative navigation system for internal spaces works.

Original Broadcast Date 24.05.2019

VIVID 2019

Sandra Chipchase, VIVID Sydney Executive Producer, talks about this years exciting VIVID program.

Original Broadcast Date 10.05.2019

David Kinnane - LOUD

Sydney speech pathologist, David Kinnane, discusses the LSVT LOUD program developed for people with Parkinsons Disease.

Original Broadcast Date 26.04.2019

Christopher Hills

Christopher Hills, who has severe cerebral palsy, runs a video production and editing business with the help of Apple technology Switch Control.

Original Broadcast Date 12.04.2019

All Equal with GREG ALCHIN

Greg Alchin, founder of All Equal, is an inclusive design consultant with a severe visual impairment. He believes with good design the world can be more accessible and inclusive.

Original Broadcast Date 29.03.2019

Wheeleasy with Max Burt

Max Burt is co-founder of a website called Wheel Easy, which delivers interactive maps and crowd-sourced information about the accessibilty of Sydney's public places.

Original Broadcast Date 15.03.2019

Boonah Arts Centre

Karlene Wilcox, the Activity Leader at Boonah Creative Arts Centre, talks about the studio. We also hear from artists Michael Buzinskas and Kate Boyd.

Original Broadcast Date 15.02.2019

Freedom Across Australia with John Hebblewhite

Original Broadcast Date 1.2.2019

Bank notes with Bruce Maguire

Bruce Maguire from Vision Australia talks about the story behind the inclusion of tactile bumps on the new Australian bank notes.

Original Broadcast Date 4.01.2019

Jenny Sheldon

Jenny Sheldon talks about her stroke, her recovery and her mission to help others who have suffered the same debilitating aftermath of this life-changing event.

Original Broadcast Date 7.12.2018

Tramsport for NSW - Gail Le Bransky

Gail Le Bransky, Director of Social Policy at Transport for NSW, explains how the Department is making public transport more accessible for all.

Original Broadcast Date 23.11.2018

Wheelchair Rugby League

Steve Hewson, coach and board member of Australian and NSW Wheelchair Rugby League, explains this exciting inclusive team sport.

Original Broadcast Date 09.11.2018

Dr Josh Zadro

Dr Josh Zadro from the University of Sydney's School of Public Health explains a video-game based approach for the treatment of chronic low back pain.

Original Broadcast Date 26.10.2018

City of Sydney

Anna Rigg, Manager of Social Policy for the City of Sydney, discusses the latest initiatives to expand accessibility and inclusion.

Original Broadcast Date 28.09.2018

Ben Felten Revisited - Part 2

The extraordinary Ben Felten breaks the world motor cycle land speed record for a blind rider. This is his account.

Original Broadcast Date 14.09.2018

Accessible Arts_Scott O'Hara

Scott O'Hara, recently appointed CEO for Accessible Arts, talks about the new priorities for this organisation dedicated to arts and disability in NSW.

Original Broadcast Date 31.08.2018

Invictus Games - Patrick Kidd

Sydney hosts the Invictus Games on October 20-27. Patrick Kidd, CEO of the Sydney Invictus Games, explains this special sporting event, which showcases how rehabilitation can be empowered by sport.

Original Broadcast Date 17.08.2018

Ben Felten Revisited - Part 1

In this repeat of a 2014 interview, hear the background story of an amazing blind sportsman, Ben Felten. He talks about his first attempt at the world blindfold motorcycle speed record.

Original Broadcast Date 03.08.2018

David Woodbridge Part 2

We continue the discussion with technology guru, David Woodbridge. David talks about household technology and devices which make his life as a blind person easier.

Original Broadcast Date 20.07.2018

David Woodbridge Part 1

David Woodbridge, technological guru for the blind and visually impaired, talks about a day in the Woodbridge household.

Original Broadcast Date 6.7.2018

Interview with Mrs Hurley

Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the Governor of NSW, is today's special guest on Ablequest. She talks about the benefits of singing and how everyone should sing, not just those with talent.

Original Broadcast Date 8.06.2018

Heath Dickens - DSA

Heath Dickens, Operations Manager at Disability Services Australia talks about the employment, training and support they offer people with a disability.

Original Broadcast Date 25.05.2018

Dance for PD

Paris Wages, who teaches a specialist program 'Dance for Parkinsons Disease', talks about the positive benefits that dance brings to people with Parkinsons.

Original Broadcast Date 11.05.2018

David Kinnane - LSVT LOUD

Sydney speech pathologist, David Kinnane, discusses the LSVT LOUD program developed for people with Parkinsons Disease.

Original Broadcast Date 27.4.2018

Music and Memory

Dr Maggie Haertsch discusses the amazing health benefits that music brings to people with dementia and other mental and neurological conditions.

Original Broadcast Date 13.04.2018

Prof Gerard Goggin - LWP Conference

Professor Gerard Goggin from the University of Sydney discusses building digital citizenship.

Original Broadcast Date 30.03.2018

Assistive Technology Aust with Robyn Chapman

Robyn Chapman, CEO of Assistive Technology Australia, returns with an update on the vast information and product display service offered by the organisation.

Original Broadcast Date 16.03.2018

Peter Ford - NeuroNode Part 2

Part 2 of the interview with Peter Ford, discussing NeuroNode, the assistive technology he invented which helps seriously disabled people communicate.

Original Broadcast Date 2.03.2018

Peter Ford - NeuroNode

Peter Ford, Founder of Control Bionics, returns to discuss the latest version of his groundbreaking communications technology, now called NeuroNode.

Original Broadcast Date 16/02/2018

Across Australia - John Hebblewhite

John Hebblewhite from Freedom Across Australia discusses exciting travel opportunities for people with disabilities.

Original Broadcast Date 2/2/2018

Assistive Technology Australia Part 2 (updated): Robyn Chapman

Assistive Technology Australia (formerly The Independent Living Centre) is an information and advisory service about assistive technology.

In this updated episode (the original version was broadcast on 20 March 2015) Robyn Chapman, CEO, literally walks us through the Centre, which includes a purpose-built apartment, to give us a picture of the amazing range of products available.

Original Broadcast Date 19/1/2018

Assistive Technology Australia Part 1 (updated): Robyn Chapman

Robyn Chapman is the CEO of Assistive Technology Australia, an information and advisory service about assistive technology that was formerly known as The Independent Living Centre. She discusses the new facility in Blacktown, which is a mecca for anyone in need of assistive devices and technology to help them live independently.

This is an updated version of an Ablequest Episode first broadcast on 6 March 2015.

Original Broadcast Date 5/01/2018

The Primary Club - Jim Maxwell

Cricket commentator, Jim Maxwell, talks about The Primary Club, a club raises money for other charities to provide sporting facilities for people with disabilties.

Sydney Festival 2018

January sees Sydney city and Parramatta come alive with exciting events and performances. The organisers of the annual Sydney Festival work hard to ensure it is accessible to everyone.

Original Broadcast Date 8.12.2017


Michael Said, immediate past District Director (District 90) for Toastmasters, speaks about the organisation and its inclusive community approach.

Original Broadcast Date 24.11.2017

Project Magic

Dr Adrian Sheen, a family doctor in Western Sydney and lecturer at Sydney University, talks about how Project Magic helps patients in hospital recover both physically and psychologically.

Original Broadcast Date 10.11.2017

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