Friday, March 17, 2:30 PST on KPFA
There is a growing nexus between the autism spectrum and trans identity, which we explore as we take an in-depth look at the lives of Autistic people in the Bay Area. Host Mark Romoser and guest Tracy Garza are both Autistic. Tracy outlines an initiative to make San Francisco, with its large trans population, into an Autistic-friendly city.
Tracy also gives us a glimpse into a new coping technique for Autistic people. With a discussion of the lives of Autistic people taken by caregivers, police and others.
Tracy Garza is a founding member of the local Transgender Law Center, a current member of the LGBT advisory committee of the Human Rights Commission of San Francisco and was the emcee of the recent Day of Mourning sponsored by the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network.
Friday, February 17, 2:30 pm PST
Almost a month into our long national nightmare, we ask ‘how will the Trump administration affect the lives of people with disabilities?’ Trump’s campaign started with the mocking of a reporter’s disability. Now we’ve moved on to an education secretary who had to be told what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is, and an attorney general who thinks that students with disabilities are “disruptive.” Coming soon: devastating cuts to healthcare.
Are you as concerned about this as we are? If so, Pushing Limits invites you to call in Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm and tell hosts Sheela Gunn-Cushman and Mark Romoser how these drastic changes might impact your life.
Call us to weep, resist, build coalitions and
strengthen your resolve to make social change.
Listen (29 min)
The Independent Living Movement got people out of institutions and inspired many of us to believe we could live without doctors, parents and others defining our lives. But, no one is completely independent and, while it might feel good to talk about independence, as a final life goal it leaves much to be desired.
Join A.J. Withers of the blog, “If I Can’t Dance, Is It Still My Revolution?” for a discussion of how interdependence is a more accurate description of our lives — and how that works out in the day-to-day.
Produced and hosted by Adrienne Lauby. Eddie Ytaurte, co-host.
A.J. Withers is a disabled, queer and trans anti-poverty activist living in Toronto. A proponent of radical disability theory and politics, A.J. is the author of Disability Politics and Theory.
Original air date: 2-3-17
Listen 28 min
The New Year is upon us and 2017 does not look all charming and bright. Like others
of good will, the disability community is scrambling to adjust to the new president.
We’re applying advice from former Congressional staffers (and that guy we know down the street.) We’re talking about organizing ourselves more tightly like Alameda’s Senior Services Coalition has done. We’re looking for better ways to make alliances with other groups. We’re laughing as much as we possibly can. We’re overwhelmed, but hopeful.
We talk about all of this and more on today’s program. Co-Hosts Sheela Gunn-Cushman and Mark Romoser are in conversation with Oakland disability and senior rights advocate Michelle Rousey.
Original air date: December 30, 2016
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Maytte Bustillos was given two years to live after the discovery of a cancerous tumor in her brain (Oligodendroglioma). Now, seven years and three craniotomies later, she talks to Shelley Berman about her fitness routine, mothering a child with a heart problem and dealing with the daily limitations of disability.
With California Ballot Measure analysis by Shelley Berman.
Produced and hosted by Shelley Berman