Celebrating inclusive communities | Célébrons nos communautés inclusives

Inspirations podcasts

How the Friendship Revolution came to be.

By: Mark Bergman

Take a listen behind the scenes, about what inspired the Friendship Revolution. The film follows the year long journey of sixty teens and young adults, with and without disabilities, co-creating innovative projects to break down the barriers to inclusion. Listen, as Mark Bergman chats with Leibel Rodal, Steven Abad, Dr. Liz Cooper, Eva Levin, and Mushka Rom.

Five friends with special needs come together to share one dream.

By: Mark Bergman

Five friends, all diagnosed with autism/aspergers, created a film where they share their accomplishments, hoping to inspire viewers to follow their dreams. The Power Of One, is about inclusion and diversity despite differences with special needs, beliefs, race and rough backgrounds. Listen, as Mark Bergman chats with Steven Atme (producer &ndirector), and Fareed Gul (co-writer, actor & songwriter).The film premiers March 13th & 14th at the Vanier College Auditorium.

Learn more about the SCERT Conference!

By: Mark Bergman

Mark Bergman chats with Clinical Director of the SCERT Conference, Ed Cukier. We'll be covering everything from independence & autonomy, to sexuality, parental stress, and more! Find out about all the amazing sessions you'll be able to attend, by listening to this episode. Thanks to Marathon Souvlaki for sponsoring this episode of the Inspirations News Podcast!

CAMILLE: An immersive and multi sensational show!

By: Mark Bergman

Mark Bergman chats with META-nominated Concordia University professor, Audrey-Anne Bouchard, about her stunning multi-disciplinary show called CAMILLE. This unique project has been specifically designed for people living with a visual impairment.

Meet Claudio Tamburri, from I Christopher

By: Mark Bergman

I Christopher deals with the struggles of finding and maintaining a job with our lead character Christopher on the autism spectrum. The struggle also goes into depth in asking questions such as what’s his role in society? What can he contribute to society? Can he be loved or accepted in a world that’s moving too fast for him to catch up? Christopher is played by Claudio Tamburri, who has not only written this production but is making his solo performance debut at the 2019 Montreal FRINGE.

The amazing services at the Giant Step Resource & Training Center.

By: Mark Bergman

Mark Bergman speaks with Marla Cable about the incredible services at the Giant Step Resource & Training Center!

Vanessa Grimaldi's No Better You Foundation

By: Mark Bergman

Vanessa Grimaldi, best known for winning The Bachelor Season 21, has always focused her attention on bringing awareness to students with learning disabilities. Host Mark Bergman chats with Vanessa about the reason why the area of special needs is so important to her, the benefits of the amazing sensory rooms that she has donated, and news about her new podcast! We'll also meet her podcast assistant, Alexander Ferla Coirazza, who opens up about austim and anxiety. Hear Alex's story, and how Vanessa is helping him build up his career and confidence!

Discover the incredible I Can Dream Theatre!

By: Mark Bergman

You'll be inspired and uplifted by discovering the I Can Dream Theatre, a theatre group created for those with special needs. Host Mark Bergman chats with Musical Director/Choreographer Michele Matthews about their latest production "Saving Marvel", and how the group was created. Mark also chats with cast member Julie Myhr about how the I Can Dream Theatre has helped her grow & thrive throughout the years, as well as her inclusive journey thus far.

Autism Speaks Canada Dog Walk Montréal - more than just a dog walk!

By: Mark Bergman

Host Mark Bergman chats with Krista Leitham & Matthew Moses about why the Autism Speaks Canada Dog Walk Montréal is more than just a dog walk! This podcast will walk cover increasing awareness, understanding, acceptance and inclusion for the autism community, and what it's like to live day to day with autism.

Learn more about the EMSB's Assistive Technology!

By: Mark Bergman

In this episode, Mark Bergman chats with a grade 6 student and her teacher at Coronation School, about how the EMSB's assistive technology has helped her thrive and succeed in school!

Our exclusive chat with Rick Lavoie

By: Mark Bergman

On our second episode of the Inspirations Podcast, Mark Bergman sits down with world renowned, special education expert, and motivational speaker Rick Lavoie. This episode deals with Rick's "theory of fairness", how to better communicate within a special needs family, and the one thing a parent needs to deal with a child with learning disabilities.

Les Hiboux De Montreal - Montreal's blind hockey team!

By: Mark Bergman

Now in their 41st season, Le Hiboux De Montreal is a team composed of visually impaired people in the greater metropolitan area. The team is recognized as a leader in team sports for people with visual disabilities. Mark Bergman chats with players Francois Beauregard and Bruno Hache about the growing popularity of blind hockey, and some of the incredible challenges involved in playing a high intensity sport while being visually impaired.

Center for the Arts in Human Development

By: Mark Bergman

The Centre for the Arts in Human Development (CAHD) at Concordia University, established in 1996, is an educational, clinical and research centre serving adults with developmental disabilities and other special needs populations. On this episode, Mark Bergman will chat with Director of Clinical Services and Public Outreach, Lenore Vosberg, as well as CAHD member, Robbie Zunenshine. They'll chat about all the amazing services offered at the centre, as well as the big Nikki Yanofsky concert coming up on November 13th!

Montreal's Special Needs Shira Choir

By: Mark Bergman

Host Mark Bergman chats with Cantor Danny Benlolo about Montreal's incredible Shira Choir! Listen to their incredible talent, and find out how singing brings out the amazing potential of people with disabilities.

What makes Strategic Learning Centre different from other learning centres?

By: Mark Bergman

On this episode of The Inspirations Podcast, Mark Bergman sits down with director of the Strategic Learning Center, David Schipper. You'll learn how to spot learning difficulties with your child and how Strategic Learning Center can help in ways that no one else can!