Part I of Disproportional Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on People with Disabilities
As the number of coronavirus cases in the US tops 6.8 million and the number of deaths from Covid-19 tops 200,000, we spend today’s show looking at the disproportionate effects the pandemic is having on older adults and people with disabilities. We’ve all heard the harrowing stories in the media about some of the early coronavirus hotspots being nursing homes and other long-term care facilities, but we wanted to go deeper. According to the CDC, 94% of people who died from Covid-19 in the US had at least one other health condition or contributing cause of death. What does that mean for the disability community and for older adults?
This is Part I of this conversation. Part II will be released next Monday.
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Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Last month was the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was a landmark civil rights law that affirmed the inherent dignity of every person, regardless of disability. On this episode of Disability Rap, we’re spending the hour celebrating the ADA, its effects on people with disabilities and all Americans, and its impact right here in Nevada County.
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Brain Injury Awareness Month & the 2020 Census
On this special episode of Disability Rap, Amee Medeiros (Neighborhood Center of the Arts) and Brian Snyder (FREED) interview Susan Iverson (FREED) and Robert Edmondson (TBI Survivor) about Brain Injury Awareness Month and Robert’s experience as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivor. Later in the show, Vanessa Cuellar (California Foundation for Independent Living Centers) and Lawrence Carter Long (Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund) join to discuss the importance of the 2020 Census for older adults, people with disabilities, and all Americans.
Voter’s Choice Act, Voting Options for People with Disabilities, & the 2020 Primary Election
On this episode of Disability Rap, Ana Acton and Brian Snyder have a discussion with Paul Spencer, a staff attorney with Disability Rights California about the Voter’s Choice Act, accessible voting options for people with disabilities, the 2020 Primary Election, and much more!
CalFresh, 2020 Census, and the Master Plan on Aging & Disability
The January 3rd, 2020 episode of Disability Rap features Christina Mills (California Foundation for Independent Living Centers), Elena Rodriguez (Community Member), Peter Mendoza (Marin Center for Independent Living), and Renee Renoir (FREED). Ana Acton and the aforementioned guests discussed CalFresh, 2020 Census, and Governor Newsom’s Master Plan on Aging & Disability.
California for All Emergency Preparedness Campaign
The December 6th, 2019 episode of Disability Rap features guest host Amee Medeiros (Neighborhood Center of the Arts) and special guests Erin Noel (Sierra Foothills Village), Michelle (local artist), and Spencer (local artist). The discussion is focused on Listos California, a program initiated by Governor Newsom and state lawmakers whom “invested $50 million through urgency legislation (AB 72) to establish the California for All Emergency Preparedness Campaign. The campaign aims to boost disaster preparedness among our diverse and vulnerable Californians by connecting them to culturally and linguistically competent support through a grass-roots, people-centered approach. To ensure success, the campaign empowers and engages local communities on emergency preparedness to support California’s diverse and vulnerable populations, which can be described by social vulnerability factors including social isolation, poverty, language barriers, and other access and functional needs challenges.
PG&E Power Shutoffs
On the November 1st, 2019 episode of Disability Rap, Ana Acton and co-host Brian Snyder interview radio personality and disability community advocate, Brian Terhorst about his experiences with PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
Death, Loss, and Grief
In this strangely humorous episode of Disability Rap, Ana Acton interviews Death Positive Advocates and Chapel of the Angels Funeral Counselors, Rachel James and Tim Lilyquist. They discuss death, loss, grief in relation to disability and much more. FREED’s blind and deaf Disability Community Advocate (Brian Snyder) also talks about having a funeral for his eyesight.
June Isaacson Kailes
Ana Acton interviews leading disability policy consultant June Isaacson Kailes on disaster preparedness and other issues facing the disability community.
June Isaacson Kailes
Ana Acton and Brian Snyder interview leading disability policy consultant June Isaacson Kailes on disaster preparedness and other issues facing the disability community.