The Purple Orange Podcast

A mix of first person stories, discussions and explorations of issues relevant to the disability community.

Leanne's relationship with understanding herself as a disabled woman is a complex and ever-evolving process. She's at a point where she feels empowered and in control of her own narrative. This is her story of arriving there. 

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Purple Orange is growing! We've hired so many new staff recently, including Ellen Fraser-Barbour as a policy and research leader. She featured in our second ever podcast episode!

It's a great episode about claiming your right to risk when you live with disability. 

It's definitely worth a listen.


This episode first played in May of 2020. We are replaying as we are back in lockdown. The pandemic has taken a toll on our mental and physical health, and on our wallets. We don't want to make light of any of that. But, it has not all been bad. Many people living with disability are well equipped to deal with this. And for some, lockdown actually means a world opening up. 

Two mothers of adult children who live with significant disability share their thoughts on Ann Marie Smith and what needs to change to ensure their children are safe into the future. 


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We bring you an enlightening interview with Natalie Wade. Share shares her thoughts on Ann Marie Smith and what needs to change in order to make sure a tragedy like this never happens again, as well as what we all can do to play our part in that. But first, she tells us about her law firm, Equality Lawyers, which is run by and for people living with disability.


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In April of 2020, the death of Ann Marie Smith shocked us all. Policy makers, service providers, the community, we all asked how this could have happened. But one year on, Purple Orange heard from ‘Nat’, who told us she is scared she is going to be the next Ann Marie Smith. In this podcast, We Need To Talk, you will hear Nat’s story about her problems getting enough support, and how it means she sleeps in her wheelchair most days each week.  And she says she’s not the only one.

Listen to the podcast, share it, talk about it. 


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In this episode of the Purple Orange Podcast Jae Marie Jaensch explains some of the ways language is regularly used that's harmful to the disability community. But she's not talking about disability slurs or victimising language. Instead, she guides us through something much trickier; Things people think are nice, but actually aren't.

If you are an ally, or want to be an ally, to the disability community, this episode is for you.


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What do you think might motivate employers to hire people living with disability?

It's well known that diversity strengthens creativity. It's also good for the employer's reputation. There are even some programs to subsidise an employee's wage for a period of time to encourage more employers to give people living with disability a go. But, when I went to check out one workplace that regularly hires people living with disability, Drakes Supermarket in Hallett Cove, I discovered the manager had another motivation. It's very simple, totally practical- something that makes his life easier.

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After graduating from her accounting degree, Daniella Biagi really struggled to get a job. She had no problem getting to the interview stage. But she said there was always an elephant in the room that no one wanted to talk about. 


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***This episode mentions Job Access (, a government funded program aimed at increasing employment opportunities for people living with disability. 

Job Access provides free workplace assessments and funding for workplace modifications and equipment through the Employment Assistance Fund (EAF)

This episode states that it takes 5 days to assess an EAF application. However, the time to assess an EAF application and refer for workplace assessment may vary depending on the individual circumstances of the application. Generally, it takes from 5-10 working days to assess and refer for assessment.***

Many people living with disability feel well equipped to handle the social upheaval caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some even feel they have better access to their community now. 

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