GT IndependenceDisability Garrison Podcast

The Disability Garrison 
Podcast

Where an army of disability rights advocates gather to discuss issues that matter.

Welcome to the Disability Garrison Podcast

This is a safe place where we talk about issues like organ transplant waiting lists, unpaid family caregivers, and inclusive playgrounds for kids. Because people with disabilities face these issues every single day. 

It’s time for us to come together, step up, and share our voices.  

Who We Are

In each episode, we discuss issues that people with disabilities face. Our hosts, Holly and Michael, bring in experts, policymakers, or people directly impacted to learn more about the issue from their perspective.  

Every episode leaves you with ideas and opportunities to flex your advocacy muscles. Because it’s up to all of us to make a difference in our own communities. 

The Disability Garrison podcast is co-hosted by Holly Carmichael and Michael Murray. 

Holly Carmichael

Holly is a vocal advocate for accessibility and inclusion for those with disabilities. She is frequently a speaker at conferences both nationally and internationally. Often, she works directly with leaders in health care to promote improved care and outcomes for people with disabilities and long-term care needs. 

Holly is a member of the Applied Self-Direction Government Policy Executive Think Tank and is also a board member of CDG Care and Maggie’s PMM2-CDG Cure. One of her proudest accomplishments is being the driving force behind the design and development of the first ADA-compliant playground in St. Joseph County, Michigan.

When she isn’t leading day-to-day operations at GT Independence, she enjoys game nights with her family, being a foodie, reading murder mystery novels, and golfing. 

Michael Murray

Michael is a person with a learning disability, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and an anxiety disorder whose lived experiences have fueled his advocacy efforts.

He served as the deputy director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and his efforts helped lead the federal government to hire 100,000 people with disabilities over the course of five years. He also established the nation’s largest post-secondary education program for people with intellectual disabilities, Beyond Academics, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

When he isn’t managing the business development, government relations, innovations, corporate social responsibility, and marketing teams at GT Independence, he enjoys playing guitar, camping, loving Jesus, and being a dad. 

Episode Zero

Welcome to the Disability Garrison podcast!

Meet our hosts, Holly Carmichael and Michael Murray, and hear a quick overview of how the show works. You’ll also learn why the idea of a garrison is a powerful analogy to the disability rights movement. Finally, Michael and Holly will share their goals for the Disability Garrison and talk about how they’re excited to connect with you–and other powerful advocates–through this podcast. 

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Behind the Scenes

The Disability Garrison podcast is Executive Produced by Abby Burch, Holly Carmichael, and Michael Murray, with additional production support by Shelby Row Productions and GT Independence. Our podcast features music by Reaktor Productions

Check out the behind-the-scenes snippets and insights from the Disability Garrison team.

“As someone with a disability, our mission is personal to me. I am excited for this podcast and the lives that will be changed through it!”
Executive Producer
Abby Burch
“Working together with Holly is so incredibly awesome. She brings so much life, energy, and passion for disability rights to the table.”
Co-Host
Michael Murray
“I want to give my kids the best. That’s why it’s important for me to speak up–and speak up loudly.”
Co-Host
Holly Carmichael
“I live with disabilities every day, and sometimes you can get used to the subtle, everyday discrimination. But that’s not right–we don’t want to accept that. We want to speak up for us. Today. Right now. And enact change.”
Co-Host
Michael Murray

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