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Now displaying: 2024
Jul 13, 2024

Bob Kafka host of Barrier Free Futures KSFR 101.1 Santa Fe interviews:                                                                        

Karen Tamley, President and CEO of Access Living - Chicago . Karen is former Commissioner of Chicago Mayor's Office for People with DIsabilities. Karen also served as Chair of the U.S. Access Board. Karen continues her long activism in the disability rights community.

Topic:  Challenges Confronting CIL's and the Disability Righrs Community 2024/2025

Contact: www.AccessLiving.org

               312 640 2100

 

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

 

 

Jul 6, 2024

Bob Kafka host of Barrier Free Futures interviews Lex Frieden, Director Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) at TIRR Memorial Hermann Research Center, Educator and Disability Polic,y Consultant.

Topic:s  Disability Pride/Justice Month; ADA History; 2024/2025 Challenges.

Contact:  Lex.Frieden@outlook.com

Resources:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex_Frieden

https://constitutioncenter.org/biog/forgotten-founders-gouverneur-morris

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disability_Pride_Month

 

Transcript:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

 

 

Jun 28, 2024

Bob Kafka, host of Barrier Free Futures interviews Mike Ervin, ADAPT Activist, Writer, Playwright, Satarist and Blogger " SMART ASS CRIPPLE"

Topic: Activism and Irreverence in the Disability Movement

Contact: https://smartasscripple.blogspot.com/?m=1

Resource: https://thekidsareallright.org/story.html

 

 

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

 

 

 

Jun 22, 2024

Bob host of Barrier Free Futures (BFF) interviews Anita Cameron, 42 year Disability Justice Activist, Minority Outreach for Not Dead Yet, Received one of the ten 2024 Borealis Philanthrophy Black Disabled Liberation Fund grants.  This interview is broadcast on the 25th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead (Curtis/Wilson) Decision.

Topic:  Disability Rights ARE Civil Rights

Contact:  anitacameron007@gmail.com

Resources:  https://www.naacpldf.org/disability-rights-and-racial-justice/

                   https://archive.ada.gov/olmstead/olmstead_about_htm

                   https://notdeadyet.org/

                   https://borealisphilanthrophy.org/2024/16/borealis-philanthrophy-launches-the-black-disabled-liberation-project/

 

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

 

 

 

 

Jun 14, 2024

Bob Kafka, host of Barrier Free Futures (BFF) interviews:

Jill Jacobs, Ex Dir Natl Assn of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD)

Theo Braddy, Ex Dir Natl Council on Independent Living (NCIL)

Topic:  NCIL and NACDD Cooperating and Bridging Organizational Silos. 

Contact: NACDD - https://nacdd.org

              NCIL - https://ncil.org/      theo@ncil.org

 

 

Transcript:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

  

Jun 7, 2024

Bob Kafka host of Barrier Free Futures interviews Chanda Hinton Senior Executive Director of Chanda Center for Health in Colorado.

Topic:  Integrative Health Strategies

Contact:  https://chandacenter.org/who-we-are/

Kate Dore - kate@barriecohen.com

Resource: Complementary and Integrative Health Waiver

                 https://hcpf.colorado.gov/complementary-integrative-health-waiver-cih

 

Transcript:  https://bff.justwork.io/

 

May 31, 2024

Bob host of Barrier Free Futures (BFF) interviews Katy Neas, CEO of The Arc of the United States

Topic:  Challenges confronting the disability community for 2024/25.

Contact:  https://thearc.org/about-us/

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

 

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/ 

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