Info

Barrier Free Futures

Episodes reflecting health, home/community living, arts/entertainment, legislation, technology, sports and recreation, education and employment activities, events and resources affecting persons with disabilities from a wide range of ages, ethnic and economic backgrounds.
RSS Feed
Barrier Free Futures
2024
May
April
March
February
January


2023
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2022
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2021
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2020
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2019
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2018
December
November
October
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2017
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2016
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February
January


2015
December
November
October
September
August
July
June
May
April
March
February


All Episodes
Archives
Now displaying: Page 1
May 19, 2024

Bob Kafka host of BFF interviews Colleen Flanigan, Founder Disability Action for America.

Topic:  People with disabilities in/running for local, state or national office.  Good, Bad, Ugly

Bob interviews live the Leadership Team for a Vigil targeted toward Texas Governor Greg Abbott over his ignoring critical community integration issues confronting people with disabilities and older Texans.  THE Vigil was organized by ADAPT of Texas, Desert ADAPT and the Personal Attendant Coalition of Texas (PACT).  Greg Abbott has used a wheelchair since July 1984.  He was elected Governor in 2014. 

Leadership Team:  Cathy Cranston - Josue Rodriguez - Kristi Lai

 Topic:  Anatomy of Direct Action

Contact:  www.adaptoftexas.org

Transcript:  https://bff.justwork.io/

May 12, 2024

Bob Kafka host of Barrier Free Futures interviews Maria Town, President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

Topics:  History of AAPD;  Coalition Building:; AAPD Programs; The Disability Vote;                                         New 504 Rules; Challenges 2024/25

Contact:  https://www.aapd.com/      mtown@aapd.com

 

Transcript: https://bff.justwork.io/

Apr 27, 2024

Bob Kafka, host of Barrier Free Futures, interviews Nicole Jorwic, Chief of Advocacy and Campaigns, Caring Across Generations; Coordinator, Care Can't Wait Coalition.

Contact: nicole@caringacross.org

Resoures:  https://caringacross.org/

                 https://www.carecantwait.org/

 

Transcript:  https://bff.justwork.io/

Apr 20, 2024

Bob Kafka host of Barrier Free Futures interviews Diane Coleman, Founder, President and CEO of NOT DEAD YET - The Resistance.

Topic: Status of Assisted Suicide in the United States

Contact:   www.notdeadyet.org

                 dcoleman@notdeadyet.org

 

Resources: https://dredf.org/public-policy/assisted-suicide/key-objections-to-the-legalization-of-assisted-suicide/

https://www.cnn.com/2014/11/26/us/physician-assisted-suicide-fast-facts/index.html

 

Where Assisted Suicide is legal.

Oregon  Washington  Montana  Vermont  California  Colorado  Washington DC  Hawaii

New Jersey  Maine  New Mexico

 

Transcript:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

 

 

Apr 13, 2024

Bob Kafka host of Barrier Free Futures interviews Rebecca Cokley, Program Officer for US Disability Rights, Ford Foundation.  Rebecca serves as Ford Foundation liaison to the President's Council for Disability Inclusion in Philanthrophy.

Topics: Growing Awareness of Funders of Disability Programs

Contact: https://www.fordfoundation.org/about/people/rebecca-cokley/

Resource: Disability & Philanthrophy Forum

https://disabilityphilanthrophy.org/

 

Transcript: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

 

Apr 6, 2024

Bob interviews Kelly Buckland, Disability Policy Advisor to Secretary of the Department of Transportation.

Topics:  Projects in Infastructure funding that include access for people with disabilities.  Using your wheelchair on airplanes.  Driverless cars for people with disabilities.

Contact: kelly.buckland@dot.gov

Transcript: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

 

 

Mar 23, 2024

Bob interviews Ron Kovic, author of 'Born on the Fourth of July', 'Hurricane Street' and now completes his Vietnam Trilogy with 'A Dangerous Country An American Elegy'.

"Ron Kovic is one of America's great voices on war and what it does to the body and soul.  His story is as timeless and tragic as the country itself"

                    ---Bruce Springsteen

RESOURCES: A Dangerous Country An American Elegy                                                                                           Holly@hollywatsonpr.com

                     Akashic Books   johanna@akashicbooks.com

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Mar 16, 2024

Bob interviews Linda Litowsky, Documentary Filmmaker, Producer, Director and Media Consultant.

Topic:  Getting Your Disability Message Out.

Contact: revuptx@gmail.com

Resources:  Don't Dis The Vote   https://vimeo.com/729369895

                   Change The World   https://vimeo.com/433784161

 

Transcript: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Mar 9, 2024

Bob interviews Cory Bernstein, Staff Attorney for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN). Cory focus on P&A access authority and institutional settings outside the criminal legal system.

Topic: NDRN and Private Equity

Contact: cory.bernstein@ndrn.org     

              www.ndrn.org

 

Resources: https://www.ndrn.org/resource/new-report-details-how-private-equitys-stranglehold-on-medical-equipment-industry-hurts-people-with-disabilities/

Private Equity Stakeholder Project

https://pestakeholder.org/

 

TRANSCRIPT:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Mar 2, 2024

Bob interviews Cassie James Holdsworth, National ADAPT Grassroots Organizer for over 30 years. Former Director, Community Advocacy for Liberty Resources, Philadelphia.

Topic: Direct Action and System Advocacy. They Can Work Together.

Contact: cassiejames145@icloud.com   215 219 0694

 

Resources: www.nationaladapt.org

                   https://libertyresources.org/

                   

 

 

Transcript: https://bff.justwork.io/

Feb 24, 2024

Bob interviews Larkin Taylor-Parker, Legal Director for the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN).

Topic:  ASAN's 2024 Policy and Advocacy agenda including 2024 voting outreach plans.

Contact:  info@autisticadvocacy.org

www.autisticadvocacy.org

 

Resources: https://autisticadvocacy.org/policy/toolkits/voting/

 

Transcript: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

 

 

Feb 17, 2024

Bob interviews Laura Van Tosh, Leader in the Psychiatric Survivor Movement  advocating at the local, state and national levels for over forty years.  Laura is the founder of the Mental Health Policy Roundtable.

CONTACT:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/laura-van-tosh-19817622

RESOURCES:  www.narpa.org

                      https://mindfreedom.org/

                      www.madinamerica.com

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Feb 10, 2024

Bob interviews Jessica Podesva, National Council on Independent Living's (NCIL), Director of Advocacy and Public Policy.

TOPIC: NCIL's Advocacy, Policies and Challenges in 2024

CONTACT:  Jessica@ncil.org

RESOURCES:  www.ncil.org    https://members.ncil.org/

https://www.ilru.org/projects/cil-net/cil-center-and-association-directory

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Feb 4, 2024

Bob interviews Tom Olin, known for his photojournalism and activism in the disability rights movement and campaigns for disability justice over a span of 40 years.

TOPIC:  Tom Olin, Photographer and More...

 

CONTACT: 601 209 0855   crippower@mac.com

RESOURCES:  https://tomolincollection.com

 

TRANSCRIPT:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

   

 

 

 

Jan 26, 2024

Bob interviews David Goldfarb, Director of Long Term Supports and Services Policy, The Arc of the United States.

TOPIC:  Status of HCBS at the federal level

CONTACT: goldfarb@thearc.org

RESOURCES: www.thearc.org/action

https://www.aging.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/hcbs_access_act_one_pager1.pdf

https://www.casey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/the_home_and_community-based_services_hcbs_relief_act_of_2023.pdf

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Jan 19, 2024

Bob interviews Stephanie Thomas, Disability Activist/ADAPT;  Author" Disability Organizing 101 and Beyond" Manual;  Curator of the ADAPT Museum.

TOPIC:  Community Organizing

CONTACT: stephanie.adapt@sbcglobal.net

                  wheelwoman3@gmail.com

 

RESOURCES: 

Disability Organizing 101 and Beyond

 https://freeourpeople.net/disabilityorganizing101andbeyond/ 

ADAPT Museum

www.adaptmuseum.net

 

TRANSCRIPT:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Jan 12, 2024

Bob interviews Douglas Kruse and Lisa Schur, Professors at the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations;  Co-Directors of the Rutgers Program for Disability Research.

TOPIC : Disability Vote Statistics

CONTA CT: lschur@rutgers.edu

                   dkruse@rutgers.edu

 

RESOURCES: https://smir.rutgers.edu/faculty-research-engagement/program-disability-research/voter-turnout-and-voting-accessibility

 

TRANSCRIPT:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Jan 5, 2024

Bob interviews Peter Thomas, Managing Partner, Powers Law Firm focusing on                        Health Care and Rehabilitation Issues.

TOPIC:  Health Care Issues in 2024. Opportunities and limitations.

CONTACT:  Peter.Thomas@powerslaw.com

                   202 872 6730

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/ 

Dec 22, 2023

Bob interviews:

Allison C. Carey - Professor in Dept of Sociology and Anthropology at Shippenburg University;

Pamela Block - Professor of Anthropology at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada;

Richard K. Scotch - Professor of Sociology and Public Policy at Univ of Texas at Dallas

TOPIC:

ALLIES and OBSTACLES - Disability Activism and Parents of Children w/Disabilities

Contact Information:

Allison - ACCare@ship.edu

Pamela - pblock@uwo.ca

Richard - Richard.Scotch@utdallas.edu

Temple University Press - https://tupress.temple.edu/books/allies-and-obstacles

 

TRANSCRIPT:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Dec 15, 2023

Bob interiews Erica McFadden, Director Office of Independent Living Programs

https://acl.gov/ils-programs

TOPIC: Independent Living Office: Programs and working with Independent Living advocates

CONTACT:.Erica.Mcfadden@acl.hhs.gov

 Resource: A History of the Independent Living Movement on YouTube

https://youtu.be/YjaUwQMsPYs?si=C46ldeb_rbKB9P4c

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Dec 8, 2023

Bob interviews Janine Bertram, Disability Journalist, Activist and keen observer of the Independent Living Movement.

TOPICS: Remembering Evan Kemp;  Issues confronting the Independent Living Movement

CONTACT: janinebk@mac.com

RESOURCES: https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/local/1997/08/14/evan-j-kemp-jr-dies/8720e012-1c21-4646-baee-8873a8b2dc56/

https://issuu.com/faircountmedia/docs/ada25_complete_book/s/144842

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Dec 1, 2023

Bob interviews Kimberly Tissot, President and CEO ABLE-South Carolina

https://www.able-sc.org/about-us/staff-board/kimberly-tissot/

 

TOPIC: Independent Living Centers: Past, Present, Future 

ACTION: A group called "Liberators for Justice" is developing a Call to Action focused on                           A Recommitment to IL Principles 

FOR INFORMATION:  ktissot@able-sc.org

 

TRANSCRIPT: https://bff.justwork.io/

Nov 18, 2023

Bob interviews Bill Gaventa who is a Speaker, Trainer, Consultant in Faith and Disability.

He is Founder and Director Emeritus of the INSTITUTE ON THEOLOGY AND DISABILITY.  https://faithanddisability.org/institute-on-theology-and-disability/

He is author of "DISABILITY AND SPIRITUALITY: RECOVERING WHOLENESS  https://www.baylorpress.com/9781481309400/disability-and-spirituality/

CONTACT: bill.gaventa@gmail.com

 

TRANSCRIPT:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

Nov 10, 2023

Bob interviews Michael Gamel-McCormick, U.S. Senate Disability Policy Director

TOPIC:  The Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Relief Act of 2023;

             Institutional Bias;

             Potential effects of government shutdown;

https://www.casey.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/the_home_and_community-based_services_hcbs_relief_act_of_2023.pdf

CONTACT:  Michael_gamel-mccormick@aging.senate.gov

                   202 224 4193

 

TRANSCRIPT: https;//bff.justwork.io/ 

Nov 3, 2023

Bob interviews Jill Jacobs, Commisioner of the Administration on Disabilities at the Administration for Community Living, ACL and Jennifer Johnson Deputy Director of the Administration on Disabilities at ACL.

TOPIC:  Programs, policies and how Adm on Disabilities works with grassroots

CONTACT:  https://acl.gov/about-acl/administration-disabilities

 

TRANSCRIPTION: https://bff.justwork.io/

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next » 18