The people you will meet here are kids, young adults, college students, athletes, employees, adults, entrepreneurs, siblings, parents – all with a story. These are funny, heartwarming, challenging stories about people with developmental disabilities who are living, working and advocating for their rights – and disability rights in Georgia. All want to be included in social circles, workplaces and communities of their choice. Just like all of us. We explore issues that impact their lives like Medicaid waivers, employment, housing, transportation, advocacy, adaptive technology, and service animals.
Starting The Journey
Hidden Voices introduces Season 2 host, Raisa Habersham, to the world as experienced by people with developmental disabilities, in their words. Joined by co-host Derona King, Executive Director of Citizen Advocacy of Atlanta and Dekalb, this episode explores the relationship between mentor and mentee and what advocacy for and with people with developmental disabilities can mean and look like.
A Lot About Love
In this episode, host Raisa Habersham continues her journey to grow her understanding of the lives of Georgians with a developmental disability through their outlooks on love and relationships.
The Education Connection
Following her exploration of what support looks like for people with disabilities through love and relationships, Raisa turns her focus to the external systems in place that are meant to provide support, but often create further stigma and isolation for the people who most need them.
Raisa explores the experience of belonging and faith through faith communities from the perspective of two people with disabilities. She learns about the relationships they developed within their faith communities and how the structure or beliefs of the community lead them to feel welcomed vs times they have been further isolated.
This Is Not My Home
In this episode, Raisa meets Nick Papadapoulos, a man who has been trapped in a nursing home facility for four years due to the collapse of red tape obstacles. Raisa listens to the story of what landed him in this situation and how he continues to find his purpose through his advocacy work.
In the Season 2 finale of Hidden Voices, Raisa ends her journey by getting to the core of the relationships between Citizen Advocates and their partners- mutual respect and empathy. Raisa sees firsthand how people are changed as they see the inequity of life unfold for people with disabilities and how they can never turn their back on that reality once it's faced. Raisa finds herself changed by her journey, as well, and is committed more than ever before to uplift the voices of disabled people in a world that wasn't built for them to be heard.