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A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. Pushing Limits advances the voices of people who live with disabilities. It is produced by a collective of media makers and activists who themselves live with disability and airs on Odd Weeks.

Location:

Berkeley, CA

Description:

A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. Pushing Limits advances the voices of people who live with disabilities. It is produced by a collective of media makers and activists who themselves live with disability and airs on Odd Weeks.

Language:

English

Contact:

510 848 6767


Episodes

Pushing Limits 02-23-24

2/23/2024
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Pushing Limits – February 16, 2024

2/16/2024
A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. The show alternates weekly and airs on even weeks Friday 2:30pm. The post Pushing Limits – February 16, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:56

Pushing Limits – February 9, 2024

2/9/2024
A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. The show alternates weekly and airs on even weeks Friday 2:30pm. The post Pushing Limits – February 9, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Philosophy, Politics & Disability – Pushing Limits – February 2, 2024

2/2/2024
Adam Cureton Philosophy is about knowledge, truth, right and wrong, religion, the meaning of life and disability. Yep, when Adam Cureton speaks, disability fits right into that list of basics. In this program Cureton brings an overview of the field of Disability Philosophy to Pushing Limits listeners. He’ll talk about “coming out” as a person with a disability and his work prompting the social model of disability in society. Adam Cureton is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Tennessee and has written & edited four books, including The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Disability. Take a look at Adam Cureton’s webpage, his Ted Talk and his article about the difference between social and medical model of disability. BONUS: We return for more conversation with Denver City Councilman Chris Hinds about the unique challenges of being Colorado’s first elected official with a physical disability. We began this program with audio from a great presentation about the social model of disability which you can find (and watch) here. It’s from a course at the Disability Advocacy Resource Unit in Melbourne, Australia. We appreciate their solidarity. This program was produced and interviews were done by Jacob Lesner-Buxton. Editing and voicing by Denny Daughters. Chris Hinds The post Philosophy, Politics & Disability – Pushing Limits – February 2, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

Disability & Palestine Teach In, Longmore Institue – Pushing Limits – January 26, 2024

1/26/2024
Disability and Palestine Teach-In: A Conversation with Sawsan Zakaria, Marina Salman and Allie Cannington. Monday, February 5, 3-4 pm On-line zoom event. ASL/CART provided. How does the ongoing attack on Palestine relate to disability communities and disability justice? For other access needs please contact us at pklinst@sfsu.edu Register here. (See below for biographies of the presenters) Events Coordinator Shaina Ghuraya talks about the upcoming online Palestine Teach-in on Feburary 5. and other ongoing work at the Paul Longmore Institute at S.F. State. Cafe Crip: Neurodiverse and Neurotypical Cross-Cultural Communication Friday, Feb. 2, 2024 12:00, noon PST by zoom Go here for accessibility information and to register. Cafe Crip returns regularly. See the Longmore Institute’s twitter page for more events. —————————— Shaina Ghuraya Our guest, Shaina Ghuraya jokes that she’s a triple threat – she’s female, South Asian, and a wheelchair-user. She’s written on two Netflix animated series and is a 2021 fellow of the Sundance Institute’s Accessible Futures Initiative. She loves creating bold stories about scheming women disrupting the status quo (like herself), and is an activist who supports the teachings of Disability Justice. Her films surrounding topics of disability have screened at Slamdance, Superfest, and Hollyshorts. Originally from Elk Grove in Northern California, Shaina attended USC and majored in Film and TV Production where, after graduating, she was featured in Forbes. Learn more here: www.shainaghuraya.com Eddie Ytuarte produced and hosts. Sawsan Zakaria (she/her) is an actress/advocate who also works at the Autism Society as the Operations Lead. She assists with all operational and admin tasks to efficiently teach people with and without disabilities within the community to navigate state services to receive proper care to live independently. Sawsan has also made a name for herself in the commercial space, representing people with disabilities being featured in Disney, Sephora, and GoRV commercials. Sawsan is Palestinian and grew up in a Muslim household in Chicago, however currently lives in Los Angeles advocating for people with disabilities in the media. Marina Salman (she/her) is the SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) Case Manager in the Community Reintegration Department at Access Living. In 2018, Marina completed a master’s degree in counseling psychology. Her current research and advocacy work includes addressing disability and ableism in the healthcare and justice system, as well as incorporating Independent Living philosophy in all aspects of life. Marina is of Middle Eastern descent, enjoys working out at the gym, and is an advent Chicago Bears fan. Allie Cannington (they/she) Allie Cannington (they/she) is a white, jewish, queer, disabled activist and organizer. For over 15 years, they have organized people with disabilities on local, state, and national levels for over ten years – centering on people with disabilities who live at the margins, including LGBTQIA, Black, Indigenous, people of color, low/no income, and youth with disabilities. Currently, Allie lives in Denver, Colorado and is an active member of Jewish Voice for Peace Denver/Boulder chapter. The post Disability & Palestine Teach In, Longmore Institue – Pushing Limits – January 26, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

The Trauma of Infant Surgery – Pushing Limits – January 19, 2024

1/19/2024
Wendy Patrice Williams Wendy Patrice Williams is on a mission – a mission to save others from the severe symptoms of trauma from infant surgery without anesthetic. Wendy underwent infant surgery for pyloric stenosis when she was 26 days old. The surgery was called a success but its after-affects included decades of suicidal depression and extreme anxiety. Wendy’s book, Autobiography of a Sea Creature: Healing the Trauma of Infant Surgery, chronicles the steps she took to learn why she was hurting and to find ways to reclaim joy. And it’s being offered for free at the publisher’s website. She discovered that, before 1986, infant surgeries were routinely done without anesthesia to prevent harm to a fragile infant from the powerful drugs. It was thought that an infant’s nervous system was not developed enough to feel pain. Also, it was common to give a paralytic so the baby would be completely still as the surgeon did their delicate cutting work. Neither Wendy nor her parents were told anything about possible emotional consequences. Many of us in the disability community have undergone infant surgery, often more than one. Today, we introduce you to Wendy Patrice Williams’ research and healing work in the hope that, if it resonates with you, you can find a road to healing. Since 2009, Ms Williams has written a blog, Healing Infant Trauma and, through it, met and supported others who have undergone surgeries without anesthetic. One of them, Roey Shmool produced a film called, Cutdown: Infant Surgery without Anesthesia. Wendy’s blog includes posts about coping with and healing from PTSD and reviews of articles and books about trauma. Surviving Infant Surgery, a blog by Fred Vanderbom, also includes posts more specifically about infant surgery for pyloric stenosis or stomach blockage. Dr. Liza Morton, a woman born with congenital heart disease, writes about the need to add Medical Trauma to the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experience) tool. You can find her article at https://www.traumascience.org/newsletters. Scroll down to: “Medical Trauma-The Forgotten Adverse Childhood Experience” by Dr. Liza Morton. For general help for PTSD and Trauma response, Wendy recommends: Help for Trauma, where you can watch videos about the Instinctual Trauma Response and find a therapist. She also recommends body-based psychological therapies: -EMDR, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (Look for a local therapist who works with this technique) —Somatic Experiencing where you can find resources and learn about Dr. Peter Levine’s work. Infant trauma is pre-verbal trauma and, as Wendy Patrice Williams discovered, often requires non-verbal, somatic treatments. Through friendship, community resources, therapy, art and an important year in the California Synanon community, Wendy has greatly reduced her PTSD symptoms. Now, she is helping others to find a path through theirs. Autobiography of a Sea Creature – Healing the Trauma of Infant Surgery University of California Health Humanities Press The post The Trauma of Infant Surgery – Pushing Limits – January 19, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:59

Emergency Preparedness – Pushing Limits – January 12, 2024

1/12/2024
(Due to technical problems, this program is a rerun of the previous week.) ‘Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services‘ is a long title, but an important one. Vance Taylor, diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of seven, tells us how his lived experience as a person with a disability molded him for this extremely rare position that gives him access to the ear of the governor. Join us as Vance Taylor explains the intricacies of his job, which include visiting actual areas impacted by disasters and assessing the accessibility of the systems in place to keep impacted individuals safe. Additionally, he details the need for more disability representation in government across the country. L. Vance Taylor Most importantly, listen in as he reminds us that our ability to recover from disasters is just as imperative as preparing for them. Produced and Hosted by Bonnie Elliot, with production assistance and audio editing by Dominick Trevethan. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vance was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child and uses a power wheelchair. He has worked in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for two different members of Congress, directed security policy at a national water association, and been a principal at a top-ranked homeland security and emergency management consulting firm. Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities. Interview by Bonnie Elliot, Editing and hosting by Dominick Trevethan The post Emergency Preparedness – Pushing Limits – January 12, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:57

Emergency Preparedness and Disability – Pushing Limits – January 5, 2024

1/5/2024
L Vance Taylor ‘Chief of the Office of Access and Functional Needs at the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services‘ is a long title, but an important one. Vance Taylor, diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy at the age of seven, tells us how his lived experience as a person with a disability molded him for this extremely rare position that gives him access to the ear of the governor. Join us as Vance Taylor explains the intricacies of his job, which include visiting actual areas impacted by disasters and assessing the accessibility of the systems in place to keep impacted individuals safe. Additionally, he details the need for more disability representation in government across the country. Most importantly, listen in as he reminds us that our ability to recover from disasters is just as imperative as preparing for them. Produced and Hosted by Bonnie Elliot, with production assistance and audio editing by Dominick Trevethan. L. Vance Taylor Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Vance was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy as a child and uses a power wheelchair. He has worked in Washington, D.C. as an advisor for two different members of Congress, directed security policy at a national water association, and been a principal at a top-ranked homeland security and emergency management consulting firm. Vance is a nationally recognized public speaker and advocate for individuals with disabilities. The post Emergency Preparedness and Disability – Pushing Limits – January 5, 2024 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

Politicians with Disabilities – Pushing Limits – December 29, 2023

12/29/2023
What does it take to run for office as a person with a disability? Rebecca LaMorte We talk to Rebecca Lamorte, who ran for city council in New York on a platform on disability rights. Listen as she talks about her experiences running for a major office in the Big Apple. We also talk to Ventura City Council Member Liz Campos about working at a city hall that is inaccessible, her challenges finding accessible housing, and how she ran a successful campaign on only $3,000. Liz Campos Lastly, we talk to Denver City Councilman Chris Hinds about the unique challenges of being Colorado’s first elected official with a physical disability. Chris Hinds This episode of Pushing Limits is hosted and edited by Denny Daughters, and produced and written by Jacob Lesner-Buxton. Check out this database of elected officials with disabilities. Add your favorite politician with a disability to the list. Rebecca Lamorte Website Campaign website for Liz Campos Website for Council Member Chris-Hinds Transcript Denny Daughters: Welcome to Pushing Limits, KPFA’s program by and about people with disabilities. We air every Friday afternoon at 2.30 p.m. I’m Denny Daughters and I’ll be voicing a script written by Jacob Lester Buxton. According to a 2019 estimate by Rutgers University, 10.3% of elected officials serving in federal, state, or local government have a disability. People with disabilities are twice as likely to serve as local officials rather than as state or federal representatives. Today we will be talking to people with disabilities who have run for public office at the local level. Our first guest is Rebecca Lamorte. She’s a lobbyist for a labor union and she lives in Manhattan. In 2021, she ran for a seat on the New York City Council. There were a total of seven candidates. Unfortunately, she lost the election, coming in at third place. We asked Rebecca. What motivated her to run? Rebecca Lamorte: Anger, honestly. When I was pushed on the subway, I was 22 years old. And I had just finished college. I had just moved in to my first apartment alone in New York City. You know, I had my student loans, I had my bills, I had my friends. And in an instant, everything changed for me where I went from taking my body for granted and not looking at a flight of stairs, for example, and thinking twice about them to not being able to really leave my own apartment building for a long time because it had stairs and dealing with rude and invasive questions and comments and being faced with discrimination on the job and in public places. The most egregious thing for me that really made me and pushed me to take that step to decide I am gonna run for office is one day I was at New York City Hall for work. I’m a lobbyist, I work for a labor union, and I have for 12 years now. And at City Hall that day with union members, I was there with my cane and security told me if I couldn’t walk up the stairs, maybe I didn’t belong there. And I got so angry. I almost couldn’t speak. I was so angry because I felt if this is happening to me, what’s happening to other people? Who cares about us? Who’s fighting for us? Who else is experiencing this? And so angry and so upset right now when they’re just living life and going about their day like everybody else. And I wanted to take my anger and do something positive from it. And for me, working in the government space and being interested in politics, that was running for office to give disabled people like myself and others a seat at the table where decisions are made. Where I was now witnessing and now very aware that those decisions were being made in ways that harmed us and harmed our community and ignored our needs, ignored accessibility, ignored disability rights and the inclusive society and city we could have. And that’s what made me throw my hat in the race for 2021. Denny: Lamorte put disability front and center of her campaign. It raised some eyebrows among political people in the city. Rebecca: Yes and no. So,...

Dogs & People with Disabilities – Pushing Limits – December 22, 2023

12/22/2023
Sarah Rodriguez In a world where she could be anything, Sarah Rodriguez became a certified professional dog trainer. Many would have imposed limitations on her in their minds because Sarah Lives with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a rare neuromuscular disease that affects individuals’ control of their voluntary muscles. She is living proof that individuals living with disabilities are just as capable dog trainers and pet owners as their able-bodied counterparts. On this pet-friendly program, Sarah shares her expertise and experience as owner of Homeschooled Hound, the business she started to teach others how to grow closer with their furry friends. We hear where her passion for animals began and the science behind positive reinforcement. Listen in for Sarah’s tips for more accessible pet training and pet caring for those across the spectrum of mobility. Produced and edited by Dominick Trevethan. This program originally aired in a longer form on the Disability Myth. TRANSCRIPT ♪ Keep on pushing, keep on pushing ♪ ♪ I’ve got to keep on pushing, keep on pushing ♪ ♪ I can’t stop now ♪ ♪ Move up a little higher, some way, somehow ♪ Dominick Trevethan: Welcome to Pushing Limits, KPFA’s program by and about people with disabilities that airs every Friday at 2:30pm. My name is Dominick Trevethan and I will be your host today as I am joined by my friend Sarah Rodriguez, owner of Homeschooled Hound. Sarah also lives with spinal muscular atrophy, the same genetic condition that I was born with. Essentially, we both have extremely limited range of motion, as the motor neurons that control our voluntary muscles lack a protein needed to stay alive and healthy. As a result of this, our muscles are extremely atrophied, which has led us to live our lives as power wheelchair users. As you will hopefully come to learn throughout the rest of this program, despite the fact that we look different, we are adaptable and we can accomplish anything that anyone else can. On today’s program, we will be talking about ways in which people with disabilities can adapt to become capable dog trainers and pet owners, despite the misconception that we may struggle to do so. Additionally, this program aired as a one hour-long discussion on my podcast, “The Disability Myth,” which I co-host with my caretaker and best friend, Uriel Ruelas. If you’d like to learn more about me, Uriel, and our takes on the disabled experience, check us out on Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music, Spotify, and /or YouTube. Also, be sure to keep up with us on socials, such as Facebook and Instagram @thedisabilitymyth, all one word. In the meantime, here are Sarah’s thoughts on those misconceptions that I mentioned earlier: Sarah Rodriguez: So I know that a lot of people think like, “Oh, you can’t you know make physical contact with your dog if you’re like in a wheelchair, so you can’t provide comfort and love to them,” or, “You mustn’t be able to feed them, because physically it’s hard for you to move,” and I think there’s so many different ways to meet the dog’s needs or any animal’s needs for that matter. And like for example you know I think so many people think like ‘oh I just love to hug my dog’ and as a dog trainer I can tell you like most dogs actually hate to be hugged. Humans love to like hug people and that’s how they show affection. But when you look at like dogs together and they’re like have a deep bond, they like to curl up next to each other. They’ll lick them, they’ll like be near them. But it’s not like they’re like petting each other or hugging them. So even if a dog like sleeps with you or curls up next to you, that’s a lot of what they need as far as social and physical contact. And there are definitely ways that we can love on them, give them scritches and just have fun with them, play with them. As a dog trainer, I do a lot of adaptive training with people. So I make it accessible for them so if they have a disability, we work around how we can make...

Duration:00:29:58

Special Fund Drive Programming – Pushing Limits – December 15, 2023

12/15/2023
Last day of the fund drive. Great programming today. The post Special Fund Drive Programming – Pushing Limits – December 15, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:59

Special Fund Drive Programming – December 8, 2023

12/8/2023
A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. The show alternates weekly and airs on even weeks Friday 2:30pm. The post Special Fund Drive Programming – December 8, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Disability Allies – Pushing Limits – December 1, 2023

12/1/2023
Hilary Blackerby What do a dance teacher, a pastor, a community advocate, and a home care worker have in common? If you said they all could be allies to those with disabilities, you’re right! Rev. Dr. David Moore Jr. On this episode of Pushing Limits we will be talking to individuals with those labels – all of whom work to support and empower those with disabilities. Hannah Jo Karpilow Join us for a journey into the mind of these allies to find out what motivates them to be in solidarity with those with disabilities, and get tips on how to join them in this important work. Reports on People with Disabilities and the Israel-Palestine conflict (From DisabilityDebrief.org by Peter Torres Fremlin) Eric Kupers From Palestine, there’s relatively extensive coverage of the situations of disabled people in Gaza. Maha Hussaini, a Gazan journalist, writes about families trying to get out with disabled people after losing their homes. CNN reports on a range of struggles including the impossible dilemma of a director of an orphanage for disabled people: “Where will I leave these children, on the street?” As well as the investigation from Human Rights Watch, Time has explored the additional barriers disabled people are facing in conflict. Aljazeera offers some short videos on the hardship faced and the experience of a deaf couple: “The planes bomb us. We are deaf so it scares us. There is no one to help us and [we] cannot hear.” For more of Peter’s news on Palestine go here. In Israel, one estimate suggests over 50,000 people with disabilities have been evacuated from areas close to the border, to get further from rocket fire. The war is challenging for disabled people, but one hotel is hosting disabled and elderly evacuees for free, and the Shalva National Center has also become a refuge. The so-called “Special in Uniform” unit of the Israeli Defence Forces have been packing and distributing supplies. For more of Peter’s news on Israel, go here. For further news on the Israel-Palestine Conflict, including some of the conflict’s ripples beyond the Middle East, go here. ————————- This program was produced, interviewed and written by Jacob Lesner-Buxton. Edited and voiced by Adrienne Lauby. The post Disability Allies – Pushing Limits – December 1, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

Musicians with Disabilities – Pushing Limits – November 24, 2023

11/24/2023
Ellie Goldstein We present a selection of tunes from artists with disabilities: a rock band whose members are Deaf, a jazz number about dealing with clueless social service providers, disability pride hip hop, and a xylophone short from Denny Daughters – who also edited and voiced this program. Plus a band comprised of neurodiverse students from Cal State East Bay and more. Great music, great musicians and some relaxing fun. Produced by Jacob Lesner-Buxton. The post Musicians with Disabilities – Pushing Limits – November 24, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

Lawsuits – Pushing Limits – November 17, 2023

11/17/2023
Have you ever ended up on one side or the other of a lawsuit related to disability? If so, KPFA listeners want to hear from you! Call Friday during the live show: 510-848-4425 or 800-958-9008. The business community likes to complain about disabled people who make a living suing them for the lack of accessibility. Have you ever been one of these people? Ever sued your landlord or a government agency for not allowing you to live in an apartment or participate in civil life? If so, what was that like? We also want your thoughts on suits that take on government agencies or corporations on behalf of the larger disability community. Often these suits are filed by disability non-profits with social change in mind. Has a suit like this helped you out? Have you seen changes come about as a result of them? We’ve been looking at Smith v. Oakland, filed by Disability Rights Advocates against the City of Oakland in 2019. That suit seeks to allow disabled persons to live in rent-controlled units, even though a state law called Costa Hawkins prohibits rent control for anything built after 1983. The suit claims that the Federal ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) supersedes the California law. The post Lawsuits – Pushing Limits – November 17, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

“Disabled in Gaza and Other News” – Pushing Limits – November 10, 2023

11/10/2023
Injured Man. Photo by Gigi Ibrahim In this program, Pushing Limits brings you information about disabled people in Gaza who are affected by the Israeli invasion. Then, your host, Eddie Ytuarte, shares other news of special interest to the disability community and spins some music by musicians with disabilities. Photo: Gigi Ibrahim Text Description: A man with a beard and mustache lays flat in a simple hospital bed. Both arms are hoisted to the side with tubes and bandages. There is a canola going to his nose. He is partially covered by a brown blanket and we see a hand adjusting it. Flicker: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gigiibrahim/8202157529 Creative Commons License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ The post “Disabled in Gaza and Other News” – Pushing Limits – November 10, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:57

Chelsea Lesner-Buxton – Blind & Living With Mental Disability – Pushing Limits – November 3, 2023

11/3/2023
Chelsea Lesner-Buxton Chelsea Lesner-Buxton is a legally-blind woman in her late 20s who lives with emotional disabilities. In this program she talks to her about her abusive childhood and her intense struggle to find a reason to live. In only two-three years, her life has improved significantly and she believes she has the tools to continue with this firm foundation. She tells us how she found those tools, why they have been such a help to her and speaks directly to those who may feel hopeless today. “Just because you feel like you’re at your wits end with your mental health or you’re at such a low point that you don’t feel like you can ever go up – trust me, I was there. With the right supports (and it does take work; it really does), you can get to a point where you’re more stable and you’re feeling better about yourself. “You’re never alone no matter how much you feel like you’re alone. There’s always somebody, even if it’s a stranger, that cares!” Chelsea Lesner-Buxton Produced and hosted by Adrienne Lauby Audio editing help by Denny Daughters The post Chelsea Lesner-Buxton – Blind & Living With Mental Disability – Pushing Limits – November 3, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:57

“Devotees” of Disabled People – Pushing Limits – October 27, 2023

10/27/2023
We talk to two able-bodied individuals who are attracted to people with disabilities. Some of the individuals have referred to themselves as “devotees”. Not everybody likes this term but there is a community that uses the term to find support for their sexuality as well as a way to find disabled people who might be interested. Three Disabled People Take a Selfie. They need no one to prove their attractiveness. We feature interviews with Sarah Mae from Canada as well as “James” from the U.K, who talk about their attraction to those with disabilities. We also talk to a man with disabilities in his mid-20s’ about his experience with dating and his thoughts on the devotee community. This episode of Pushing Limits is produced and the interviews were done by Jacob Lesner -Buxton. It’s voiced and edited by Denny Daughters. Announcement Emergency Preparedness and Resiliency Survey for Alameda County The Center for Independent Living’s Emergency Preparedness and Resilience Program Team is collaborating with the World Institute on Disability (WID) to survey people with disabilities in Alameda County. The intention of this survey is to understand people with disabilities’ emergency preparedness, their experiences during emergencies and disasters, and what county or community resources they access, or expect to access. We want to learn what’s working, and what isn’t working. Our goal is to better understand the experiences, needs, and challenges of people with disabilities and how county and community resources can better respond to them. The survey asks specific and intentional questions carefully crafted by our team. We feel these are the best questions to ask community members in order to achieve our goals outlined above. However, we understand that this survey might not leave room for your entire perspective and all of its nuances. We will be holding a series of focus groups and community listening sessions in the near future, which you will have the opportunity to sign up for at the end of this survey. We estimate the survey may take you 5-15 minutes to complete. Thank you so much in advance for your time and input into this important future community resource! Please circulate this survey far and wide among your family, friends, networks, and communities you are a part of. Click here to access the survey! Photo credit: The Disabled And Here collection is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive stock photos shot from our own perspective, featuring disabled BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) across the Pacific Northwest. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Disabled_BIPOC_taking_a_selfie.jpg The post “Devotees” of Disabled People – Pushing Limits – October 27, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

Judith Lesner, Disability Ally – Pushing Limits – October 20, 2023

10/20/2023
A half-hour radio show providing critical coverage of disability issues and bringing the insight of the grassroots disability movement to the general public. The show alternates weekly and airs every Friday from 2:30-3 pm. This program was a rebroadcast of our Oct. 13th show: Judith Lesner, Disability Ally The post Judith Lesner, Disability Ally – Pushing Limits – October 20, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.

Duration:00:29:58

Judith Lesner, Disability Ally – Pushing Limits – October 13, 2023

10/13/2023
Judith Lesner with her son Jacob and another friend Judith Lesner came to the disability rights movement early in her life as a counselor for Camp Jenad, which was memorialized in the Oscar-nominated movie Crip Camp. When her son Jacob was born with cerebral palsy, Judith turned her early experiences into fodder for a life of effective, able-bodied ally-ship. Among her other work, Judith taught thousands of parents in workshops to better advocate for their children’s rights in school settings. Judith died August 30 at age 80 and, in this program, we air excerpts of an interview with her by Tina Lemmon, a student at California State University, Monterey Bay. An activated progressive, Judith speaks of her early disability work in the context of the larger movements of the 1970s and 80s and provides some elder-wisdom for weathering our current right-wing backlash. Judith Lesner with her new daughter-in-law, Chelsea Crabill Her family, including her son and our producer, Jacob Lesner-Buxton, asks that you carry on her work to bring disability rights into the centers of progressive/left movements. If you don’t, they say, an old Jewish lady will come down from heaven and speak severely to you. Produced, edited and hosted by Denny Daughters. The post Judith Lesner, Disability Ally – Pushing Limits – October 13, 2023 appeared first on KPFA.