Category Archives: Cognitive Disabilities

Donna Williams on Autism

Listen (29 min) In the 1960s ‘autism’ was deemed ‘childhood psychosis’ and the incidence of autism was thought to be around 4 in 10,000 children.   Today, up to 1 in 88 children are presently diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Polly … Continue reading

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Biography of Sally Zinman

(as published by the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Committee.) Sally was born in 1937.  She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating in English with honors. She also has an M.A. in English from the University … Continue reading

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Sheltered Workshops or Sweatshops for the Disabled?

Listen (28 minutes) Sign a petition demanding fair wages for people with disabilities! 170,000 signatures on petitions delivered to Goodwill Headquarters around the country. Four hundred thousand people with disabilities in the USA work for substandard wages, some of them … Continue reading

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A Child With Down Syndrome Keeps His Place at the Table

Op-Ed Contributor – New York Times A Child With Down Syndrome Keeps His Place at the Table By GEORGE ESTREICH Published: January 25, 2013 CORVALLIS, Ore IT’S rare that our daily lives adhere to dramatic form. But as reported on … Continue reading

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We’re Not Crazy, the System Is

Listen 28 min “Hey man, are you crazy?”   “Sister Friend, I think you need some counseling.”  “Are you off your medicine bro?”   Many of us hear those phrases everyday.   They’re said teasingly by friends or rudely shouted from a car waiting … Continue reading

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The Wild World of Disability on the Internet

Listen (28 min)   Mike Ervin writes at Smart Ass Cripple or, (as the FCC requires)  “Smart Patootie Cripple.” And Andrea Ray posts at Andrea\’s Buzzing About.   It’s a show about which of us might have been aborted were we … Continue reading

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The Promise and Repercussions of the Olmstead Decision

Listen (28 min) In 1999, the Supreme Court ruled that Georgia’s department of human resources could not segregate two women with mental disabilities in a state psychiatric hospital long after the agency’s own treatment professionals had recommended their transfer to … Continue reading

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Developmental Disabilities

LISTEN 29 min After hundreds of years of stigma and exclusion, people with cognitive disabilities are out and about in our communities. Many work at jobs with able-bodied co-workers and live independently, or in small group homes, in many neighborhoods. … Continue reading

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People Living with Developmental Disabilities On Sex and Relationships

Air Date: May 29, 2009 Listen to this program (28 min) Interview with Mark Bazza and Angela Agostino, educators in sex and relationship issues. Fred Waitt and Barbara Moise discuss their marriage. Matthew Rosati refuses to share a picture of … Continue reading

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Pushing Limits, for May 1, 2009 – 2:30pm

An interview with Will Leiner, attorney for Disability Rights California about a recent settlement enhancing the living opportunities for people with disabilities who live in state institutions. This is particularly affects people with developmental disabilities. Plus, music from some incredible … Continue reading

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