16 episodes

This is a safe place where we talk about issues that people with disabilities face every single day. 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. It’s time for us to come together, step up, and share our voices.

Disability Garrison Disability Garrison

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

This is a safe place where we talk about issues that people with disabilities face every single day. 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. It’s time for us to come together, step up, and share our voices.

    15: Alternatives to Guardianship with Allison Hall and Ashley Mathy

    15: Alternatives to Guardianship with Allison Hall and Ashley Mathy

    Many families enter guardianship arrangements because they don't know of other options. Guardianship can be unnecessarily restrictive. It can also be difficult, expensive, and time consuming to reverse. Join Michael and Holly as they hear from Ashley Mathy, a self-advocate from Wisconsin. Ashley gives her account of her experience being under guardianship. They then talk with Dr. Allison Hall, Senior Research Associate/Project Manager at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Allison provides insight into why families should consider supported decision-making.

    • 39 min
    14: Disability Identity with Andy Imparato

    14: Disability Identity with Andy Imparato

    Society has taught us, intentionally or not, that we should be “normal.” That our value is dependent on our contributions to the world around us. This perspective often makes the term “disability” alienating and disempowering. Join Holly and Michael as they talk with Andy Imparato, CEO of Disability Rights California. They discuss the importance of having a positive disability identity. Also, Holly speaks about her disability identity for the first time.

    • 46 min
    13: Inclusive Playgrounds with Julie Kenerson (Fair Play for All)

    13: Inclusive Playgrounds with Julie Kenerson (Fair Play for All)

    When Maggie Carmichael started going to preschool, she was excited to play with her new friends. But the school’s playground was not accessible to her. So every day at recess, Maggie would be taken out of her wheelchair and placed in the wood chips to play on her own. She would come home from school covered in splinters. Her mom, Holly, decided to work for change in their small town.
    Across the country, Julie Kenerson heard that her local playground was going to be updated. She remembered taking her sons, Lukas and Jake, to various parks to play. Jake was in a wheelchair, and Julie struggled to find playgrounds where both boys could play together. Even after Jake’s passing in 2019, Julie never forgot how heartbreaking it was for Jake to not be able to participate.
    Join Michael as he talks with co-host Holly Carmichael, and special guest Julie Kenerson. They discuss Holly’s experience designing and building the first inclusive playground in her area. Julie recalls what it was like telling her city officials that “ADA Compliant” wasn’t good enough. And they discuss how inclusive playgrounds benefit everyone.
    For the resources and links mentioned in this episode, and to join in on our Fair Play for All campaign, please visit us at disabilitygarrison.org.

    • 59 min
    12: Independent Living with Karen Tamley

    12: Independent Living with Karen Tamley

    The creation of this first Center for Independent Living in the early 1970s started a national movement. It was the birth of a new way of seeing disability called the community model. Community model focuses on the individual with a disability as the solution and not the problem. As opposed to medical model, which focuses on the physical or mental problem that needs to be “fixed.” But many people don’t know this philosophy. All too often, people with disabilities are still seen as the problem.
    Join Holly and Michael as they talk with Karen Tamley, CEO of Access Living. Karen discusses the services that Centers for Independent Living provide. She also talks about the philosophy of Independent Living.
     
    For the resources and links mentioned in this episode, please visit us at disabilitygarrison.org.

    • 42 min
    11: Health Equity and Disparity with Andy Imparato

    11: Health Equity and Disparity with Andy Imparato

    Join Michael and Holly as they talk with Andy Imparato, Executive Director of Disability Rights California. Andy discusses healthcare resource rationing in the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, they go over ideas on how to address disparities in their communities.
     
    For the resources and links mentioned in this episode, please visit us at disabilitygarrison.org.

    • 38 min
    10: Barriers to Self-Determination with Judy Mark

    10: Barriers to Self-Determination with Judy Mark

    Self-Determination is a model of care that empowers a person to be involved in their own life decisions. But self-determination isn’t accessible to all who need it. Join Michael and Holly as they talk with Judy Mark, President of Disability Voices United (DVU). They cover the basics of self-determination. Judy also discusses what led her to co-found DVU. Finally, they discuss the progress that has been made in California.
     
    For the resources and links mentioned in this episode, please visit us at disabilitygarrison.org.

    • 44 min

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