Ablequest 

Ablequest

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.

Education is a human right with Dr Naomi Malone

This interview was recorded on December 3 - the International Day of People with Disability. Dr Naomi Malone is a historian, disability advocate and author of A Constant Struggle: Deaf Education in NSW since WWII. She spoke to 2RPH presenter Barbara Sullivan on her own education, which wasn't easy for someone who is deaf and lip reads.

Original broadcast date 6.12.2019


DavId Brady - Deafness Forum

David Brady is Chairperson of Deafness Forum Australia and CEO of a mentoring organisation for deaf teenagers, Hearforyou.

Original Broadcast Date 22.11.2019


City of Sydney

Original Broadcast Date 08.11.2019


Morwenna Collett

Morwenna Collett, a specialist in music and disability, was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the US, UK and Ireland.

Original Broadcast Date 25.10.2019


Zyteq

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


Tropfest

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

    Ablequest Archive

    Woman wearing VR glasses in a white room.

    The Ablequest team have created seven years worth of informative interviews. Explore this archive here.

    Story: Ablequest goes from strength to strength

    Three women standing together, one of whom is Barbara Sullivan of the Ablequest team.

    The calibre of 2RPH program Ablequest is a testament to its well-oiled three-person volunteer production team: Barbara Sullivan, Marni Roper and Elaine Wziontek. The three women deliver a 15-minute fortnightly program that wouldn’t sound out-of-place on the ABC or BBC.

    With recent interview guests such as: renowned British visual and performance artist Rachel Gadsden, in Sydney to present a keynote at the Arts Activated 2019 Conference; artistic film director Sarah Sutherland and actor Ryan New whose short film Comicant won second place at Tropfest 2019; and Jenny Sheldon, whose incredible personal journey following a stroke was documented in her memoir I Will: A memoir of stroke, renewal and the power of song.

    The Ablequest team continuously go above and beyond to research, interview and present a program that any professional broadcaster would be proud to call its own.

    “Over the years Ablequest has covered a wide variety of leading initiatives and inventions designed to enable people with a disability to live a more independent life. The calibre of topics and interviewees are of such quality, making the program innovative in itself," Sancha said.

    On behalf of the team, Barbara Sullivan said: "Presenting Ablequest for the past six years has been so fulfilling. We love it and have been inspired, amazed and even amused by the people we've interviewed here and across the world."

    "Over that time Marni and I have noticed huge progress in the assistive technology available to make life easier. And the range of inclusive initiatives that allow everyone to enjoy cultural and recreational experiences just keeps growing. It's been terrific to have Elaine contributing her talent and energy to the program over the past year!"