Sprint Kayaking – Dorian Taylor

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(Due to a technical error, this program begins 5:31 into the half hour and ends abruptly. Our apologies.)

Paralympic hopeful, Dorian Taylor has heard a cacophony of NO in life but Dorian Taylor is a force of YES.

Dorian Taylor

Dorian Taylor

Dorian speaks with humor and finesse about competitive kayaking and life on the spectrum — both gender and autism.

Dorian Taylor was injured in a brutal police tasing, raised in and out of psychiatric institutions, and been unable to access either social services or diagnostic health providers.
Dorian lives with lupus, PTSD, partial paralysis, and a thoracic syrinx that goes from the T3 to the T11 of the spinal cord.

Dorian spends many long hours with her Facebook friends and the water of beautiful Lake Washington in Seattle.

On Shore


A unique life.  A unique goal.  An athlete to cheer for.  Dorian Taylor heads for the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro.

You can reach Dorian on Facebook here.

Dorian is interviewed by Shelley Berman.

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Is ‘Affordable Housing’ Affordable?

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Affordable housing is a human rightWho doesn’t support the concept of “Affordable Housing?”  As rents climb to ever-ascending heights and ever more people are pushed from their housing, ‘affordable housing’ is like motherhood and apple pie for activists and elected officials alike. 

But do affordable housing projects discriminate against people with disabilities who are low income or have SSI as their only income?  Today, Lynda Carson lays out the harsh reality in conversation with Eddie Ytuarte.

They will be joined by Christine Webster, a stroke survivor and tenant organizer from Healdsburg, California.  Mass evictions of 21 Latino tenants by a racist property group recently spurred calls for rent control in that city.

Autistic housingLynda Carson frequently observes and critiques the non-profit housing industry in the East Bay area of California using the moniker Tenants Rule.  She believes “affordable” housing is often a misnomer because its income standards are too high for people with disabilities who receive SSI and other very low income people.  Aside from raising questions about who “affordable” housing actually houses, Carson has written about the dwindling of Section 8 housing and local elected officials who love to use their votes to enrich big-time housing developers.

Lynda Carson writes for Street Spirit, the S.F. Bay View, East Bay Express, Beyond Chron. and many others.   She can be reached at tenantsrule@yahoo.com 

Christine Webster is an activist, tenant and Section 8 user in Healdsburg, California.

Original Air Date 7-17-15
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Disability Activists at the U.S. Social Forum

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Graphic from U.S. Social Forum Logo

Graphic from U.S. Social Forum Logo

Last week, the U.S. Social Forum took place simultaneously in San Jose, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jackson, Mississippi; and Tijuana, Mexico. 

We bring you a mock tour through the San Jose event, where over 500 activists converged to attend more than 150 progressive workshops, sing songs with Occupella , and make connections to “Grow the Future.”

As we go, we’ll talk to a few of the disability activists who attended, including Mark Romoser, Sam Rubin, Terri Carter, Edith Halberg and Ellen Rollins.

Sam Rubin

Sam Rubin

Sam Rubin is a member of the Freedom Socialist Party who organizes at S.F. State with a student group called Rebel Voices.

Terri Carter lives with a spinal cord injury and left arm amputation.  She is working toward a degree in architectural drawing.

Edith Halberg works with the Peace and Freedom Party and the Gray Panthers.  She also sings with the The Labor Heritage/Rockin’ Solidarity Chorus.

Mark Romoser, Community Advocate, SVILC

Mark Romoser, Community Advocate, SVILC

Mark Romoser is the Community Advocate at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center in San Jose.

Ellen Rollins represents SEIU National People with Disabilities Caucus, Local 521, and Regional Local 1021.  She is also the National CEO for the National Association for Juneteenth Lineage and an IHSS homecare worker.

The US Social Forum:  Enlightening, overwhelming, empowering, chaotic, frustrating, educational and. . . just the kind of fun we live for.

Produced & hosted by Adrienne Lauby.  Audio editing by Sheela Gunn Cushman.

 Air Date: 7-3-15
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Will Rent Control Come To Your City?

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NYC rent Freeze programAs renters across Central and Northern California continue to receive rent increases of $200-500. a month, low-income people who often have disabilities are the hardest hit.   Raising the rent, as they skirt or ignore laws meant to protect tenants, is the corporate landlord way.

But, some tenants are getting organized.

In California, the cities of Richmond and Santa Rosa, pressured by grassroots organizations, recently put rent control on their agenda for the first time in decades.  Other cities are considering renter protection ordinances.

SOS HousingDoyle Saylor from the Alameda Renters Coalition,  James Vann of the Oakland Tenants Union & Robin Earth from the Center for Independent Living in Berkeley join Eddie Ytuarte to talk about the suffering, discuss solutions, and take a look inside the movements that may resuscitate local rent control ordinances.

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Sheela’s Housing Saga

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Sheela’s Affordable Housing List of Websites for Northern & Central California

Chicago Advocates with the Disability Rights Coalition for Housing

Chicago Advocates with the Disability Rights Coalition for Housing

Sixteen months!  That’s right…

It took our producer Sheela Gunn-Cushman one year and four months of focused almost full-time work to find an affordable place to live in the high-rent east bay of Northern California.

Her story is a mythic saga of slogging through swamps, fording rushing streams and (here and there) stumbling across a golden ring. 

House keyIt’s a story many of us on fixed incomes know only too well — as we struggle to find a place we can call home.

Produced by Sheela Gunn-Cushman and Shelley Berman.  Edited by Shelley Berman.

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Sheela’s Housing Listings – Websites

This list of housing resources began in 2009, and was last updated at 8:53 PM 6/4/2015. Share freely and use fully. HAPPY HUNTING!

My “go to” listHouse graphic

CHOICES-Search Results

ABHOW (Senior) Results – CA

Berkeley Housing Authority – City of Berkeley, CA


East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) Homes

Eden Housing – Now Leasing

Mercy Housing CA Affordable California Housing Solutions

Rental Opportunities BRIDGE Housing

Resources for Community Development – Creating and Preserving Affordable Housing

Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA)

San Francisco Bay Area Archives – The John Stewart Company

Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) Housing Choice Voucher

Multi-Family Resource Site – Affordable Housing Listing

Shra Application Web Form

Go Section 8.

Less-often-used housing listing resourcesHouse key

Mutual Housing California – 25 years of building communities

SHRA First Time Homebuyer

East Bay Housing Organizations – Looking for Housing


SMCHousingSearch.org Find Rental Properties in California

San Fransisco Mayor’s Office of Housing

Livermore Housing Authority – Home


Capitol Area Development Agency (of Sacramento) CADA Apartments

Developments & Projects First Community Housing

CPRM Realty

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) search result for Alameda County

USA Properties Fund Properties by City

Contra Costa Interfaith Housing

Christian Church Homes (Senior)

California – C S I

Income and Area Median Income Guidelines

Chicago Advocates with the Disability Rights Coalition for Housing

Chicago Advocates with the Disability Rights Coalition for Housing

FY 2015 Income Limits Documentation System HUD USER

Housing Authority of the County of Alameda – income limits

Credit resources

Free Credit Report from Equafax/TransUnion & Free Credit Score.

Free credit report from Experian.

Build Credit With Every Bill You Pay – PRBC – Payment Reporting Builds Credit

Miscellaneous Useful Stuff

Neighbor Works Home Ownership Center Sacramento

The (Oakland) Unity Council

Stephen Beard Real Estate Services


–Compiled by Sheela Gunn-Cushman

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Disability Community Speaking

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The phone lines are open for anyone from the disability community.  (510) 848-4425

You’ve probably seen inspirational porn, those pictures of someone with a disability matched with an encouraging slogan? Remember the facebook photo of a kid with Down Syndrome running a race and the words, “Before you quit, try.”  How does it feel to be someone else’s inspiration?

Image often cited as inspirational porn

Image often cited as inspirational porn


How’s your housing? Are you insecure about the next rent increase? Staying with friends, desperately cynical about Craig’s List, and watching your Section 8 voucher run out?


Courtesy of media.morristechnology.com

Courtesy of media.morristechnology.com

What are your thoughts on the proposal that California allow physician-assisted suicide?  Would you like to talk about a service or program that’s important to you?  Has your local disability center given you the brush off — or come through for you with a bang?

courtesy of cp-blogs.org.au

courtesy of cp-blogs.org.au


The phone lines are open for your questions and concerns. This Friday, yep, the usual time 2:30 – 3 pm. 94.1 fm or streaming at kpfa.org.

Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby host.

That number again:  (510) 848-4425

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Emergency Communications for All Smartphone App for Android. from http://ktdrr.org

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Fixed: The Science/ Fiction of Human Enhancement

From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body.

Fixed: The Science/ Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

We play clips from the movie and entice you to become members of KPFA.

What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world?

“Fixed” combines some of the most challenging questions facing the disability rights movement with the cutting-edge science of human enhancement. The result is eye-opening and raises provocative questions our civilization struggles to answer.  [Marilyn Golden, Disability Rights Education Defense Fund]

Scientist, ability studies scholar and person with a disability, Gregor Wolbring

Scientist, ability studies scholar and person with a disability, Gregor Wolbring

What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work?  With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born?  If you could augment your body’s abilities in any way imaginable, would you?

disability studies scholar and artist Dominika Bednarska

Lisa Bufano

Lisa Bufano

disability justice educator Patty Berne
exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo
bionics engineer Hugh Herr
journalist and radio host John Hockenberry
scientist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring

Also with:
robot scientist Rodney Brooks

futurist Jamais Cascio
bioethicist Marcy Darnovsky
brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes
philosophy professor Cressida Heyes
transhumanist James Hughes
reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason
disability lawyer Silvia Yee

 Adrienne Lauby, Shelley Berman and Josh Elwood host. Produced and edited by Adrienne Lauby and Sheela Gunn-Cushman.

Artist: Sue Austin Photgrapher: Norman Lomax. (c) www.wearefreewheeling.org.uk"

Artist: Sue Austin.   Photgrapher: Norman Lomax. (c) www.wearefreewheeling.org.uk

 Original Air Date: 5-15-15

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Disability Organizations Demand Peter Singer’s Resignation

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Stephen Drake

Stephen Drake of “Not Dead Yet”

Grassroots disability organizations are demanding the resignation of  Peter Singer, a tenured bio-ethics professor at Princeton, after he advocated the killing of disabled infants for economic reasons on a radio talk show

Their on-line petition garnered over 500 signatures in four days, many from people who live with major disabilities.  The petition cites Singer’s long history of dismissing the lives of disabled people as well as his recent remarks.


Singer … is advocating that both government run healthcare and private insurance can and should deny care to some people based on real or alleged cognitive and/or physical disabilities for economic reasons.

The petition includes a transcription of much of the radio dialog.  You can read it and consider adding your name HERE.

Peter Singer’ 1975 book, Animal Liberation: A New Ethics for Our Treatment of Animals, is widely considered to be the founding philosophical statement of the animal liberation movement and his writing is popular among other environmentalists.  His thinking is based on the philosophy of Utilitarianism.Animal Liberation

Martha Nussbaum, author of  Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006), says the Capability Approach provides a more adequate foundation for justice than Utilitarianism can supply.  Utilitarianism, Nussbaum argues, ignores adaptive preferences, elides the separateness of distinct persons, misidentifies valuable human/non-human emotions such as grief, and calculates according to “sum-rankings” rather than inviolable protection of intrinsic entitlements.

Eddie Ytuarte talks to Steven Drake of Not Dead Yet about Peter Singer’s latest dangerous statements.

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Care Giving: Naomi Ortiz & The East Bay Center for the Blind

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Preparing Food at the East Bay Center for the Blind.

Preparing Food at the East Bay Center for the Blind.


Those of us who live with a disability are often typecast as burdens.  Because we’re limited in some ways, the ways we give to others and participate in community work often go unnoticed.


Naomi Ortiz talks with Adrienne Lauby about how caring for others affects people with disabilities.  What kinds of questions arise as we offer help?  What trade offs do we make?   Then, we visit the East Bay Center for the Blind in Berkeley to talk to those who enjoy, staff and manage this grassroots community center.

Naomi Ortiz

Naomi Ortiz


Naomi Ortiz is a writer, poet, and painter living in the US/Mexico Borderlands. She is currently writing a book on self-care for social justice activists.

Check out her blog: Self Care for Social Justice: Deep Thinking About Self-Care and Living in Multiple Worlds (Intersectionality)

The East Bay Center for the Blind in Berkeley California, offers services and social activities to a diverse group of people who are blind or low vision, many of whom are not assisted by other agencies.


Dancing at the East Bay Center for the Blind

Dancing at the East Bay Center for the Blind

Among its many offerings are a newly upgraded computer lab, classes in braille, ceramics and music appreciation, as well as dances and other social events.  The East Bay Center for the Blind (EBCB) is highly praised for its individualized programs and principled governance system. It is run entirely by the membership it serves.


East Bay Center for the Blind, 2928 Adeline Street, Berkeley, CA
Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 3 pm
(510) 843-6935


The Front Door of the East Bay Center for the Blind

The Front Door of the East Bay Center for the Blind


At the EBCB, Adrienne talks with Laurie and Mike Castner, a member named Connie Thomas and the Senior Access Technology Instructor, Leah Gardner.


Original Air Date: 4-17-15
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