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Bringing awareness of the disability community through video, film, photography, poetry, sport, and print to create a space that honors diversity and reflects the myriad experience of the world at large

Published: Mon, 23 Apr 2018 08:45:00 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:30:00 GMT

Copyright: Copyright Zen Garcia (C/O Blogtalkradio)

Voting Matters

Tue, 06 Nov 2012 22:30:00 GMT

Just my take on the elections and perspective from the ground level from a person with a disability living in America today when the system is so corrupt and broken that people seem to not matter anymore. Can you relate?  Do you sense that even the voting doesn't matter because the system is so raped that it doesn't matter who votes but who counts the vote. I mean really what do we expect when you're voting from two members of the same family and blood line, two Cousins which only seem to be worlds apart and of the opposing view.  They represent the party of the elite.  It doesn't matter who wins.  Don't expect change for the better it will be more rape pillage and plunder.  it will only get worse from here.  We're bankrupt wake up people.

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The Hard Truth

Tue, 20 Dec 2011 22:30:00 GMT

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." - Thomas Jefferson

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Platform of Truth

Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:30:00 GMT

Rambling about the quality of life here in America as the only it's destroy the middle class and the American dollar in bringing forth a new world order and rise of order out of chaos While the microphone Was being tested for levels revert and feedback. Ended up being  a pretty interesting show.

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ADAPT - Defending Our Freedoms

Wed, 26 May 2010 21:00:00 GMT

ADAPT went to Washington D.C. for it's spring action, April 25-29. Join us for updates on what's going on with the Community Choice Act, Disabled Rights, and the ongoing efforts to change the legislative policies in this nation concerning long term care for the better.

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The Radical Edges - Disabled Artists Unite

Wed, 12 May 2010 21:00:00 GMT

A group of radical disabled performers joined forces to bring Houston a flavor of their collective skill and voice to represent for people with disabilities in this historical gathering. Some of the performers will join us to discuss the night and festivities.

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Keith Jones aka Fezo the Mad One

Wed, 21 Apr 2010 21:00:00 GMT

Keith Jones will join Professir X and Zen Garcia for an in depth interview on his life, advocacy, political, musical motivations,and what next for this rock star of the disability world.

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Marcus Culvert - Acessible Racing

Wed, 07 Apr 2010 21:00:00 GMT

Marcus Aulvert a professional paraplegic drag racer will join Professir X and I to discuss his racing career as well as how you can help to make his dreams a reality.

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Errington Pellington - PARADOF

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 21:00:00 GMT

The paraplegic Development & Outreach Foundation is a charitable organization, which aims to alleviate conditions for paraplegics by enabling them to become useful and independent members of society. Based in Jamaica Errington will join us to discuss his organization, accessibility on the island and what you can do to help.

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Leroy Moore - Krip Hop World

Wed, 10 Mar 2010 22:00:00 GMT

Leroy Moore will join Professir X and Zen Garcia to discuss his latest projects, travel,and activism as he continues his production of the world's finest disabled music artists.

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Maria Palacios - Goddess on Wheels

Wed, 24 Feb 2010 22:00:00 GMT

Sins Invalid performer and poet extra-ordinaire Maria Palacios will join Zen Garcia and Professir X to discuss life with a disability, her work as an advocate, and artistic expression as a poet. She will share various pieces of her work with us on air.

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Disability News and Views

Wed, 10 Feb 2010 22:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia and Professir X will discuss current events happening within the disability community while also celebrating Professir X's front page profile in New Mobility Magazine concerning sexual intimacy post-injury. We will be taking callers at 347-202-0428.

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Dr. Fuentes - Children and Autism

Wed, 27 Jan 2010 22:00:00 GMT

Dr. Fuentes does your homework to improve your knowledge on autism -- by compiling information from the best doctors, professors, medical researchers, scientists, up-to-date theories, and a brief synopsis on her oldest son, Aeric in one book.---*She has written autism to help parents, schools, other professionals, and her family to understand the true meaning to this life-long subject. ---*Update: Book Review "Autism" Skyhorse Publishing, Inc. by Jennifer McCartney, Editor Friday, December 4, 2009 5:44 PM Jennifer McCartney, Skyhorse Publishing says..."Carolyn Fuentes's book on autism is a useful, relevant compilation of the latest autism research as well as a helpful guide for those looking for an introduction to the causes, signs, treatments, and general background of autism."---In addition, Dr. Fuentes is a Private Computer & Education Teacher that teaches senior citizens, adults, teens, and children. Her specialties are ADHD, ADD, AUSTISM, ABE, Mainstream, and more. You can check out her Bio/Quia Learning Games page at:

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Terri Schindler Schiavo Revisited

Wed, 30 Dec 2009 22:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia will revisit the tragic story of Terri Schindler Schiavo to explain why it is important to have an advance directive in place to protect your life especially if you are a person with a disability. We will discuss different types of advance directives as certain options like the living will contrary to belief do nothing to protect one's life and only make it easier for doctors, hospitals, and for-profit institutions to legally end your life. We will also discuss the durable power of attorney for health care decisions and why this is a much better document for preserving and protecting one's life.

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NSCIA - Spinal Cord Injury Hall Of Fame

Wed, 23 Dec 2009 22:00:00 GMT

Santina Muha aka Starr and Richard Gaskin aka Professir X join Zen Garcia for a round table discussion on current news from the disability world and community. We will also discuss the spinal cord injury Hall of Fame and recent nominees. Both Santina, Richard as well as myself were nominees for the second annual spinal cord injury Hall of Fame but were not inducted that year.

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1999 U.S. Supreme Ct Decision - Olmstead vs. LC/EW

Thu, 08 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT

Jerry Costeley and Barbaraann Bongiovanni will join Zen Garcia for discussion on this most crucial case for people with disabilities and what precedence was set by this landmark case in changing the institutional bias of long term care in America.

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Veteran Tomas Young - Body of War

Thu, 10 Sep 2009 01:00:00 GMT

Reviewed by Elliot V. Kotek Directors: Ellen Spiro and Phil Donahue Cast: Tomas Young, Cathy Smith Vietnam's vets who spoke out about the war were labeled traitors and were most likely subjected to CIA inquiry. Their stories weren't represented adequately in popular media until it was all deemed too late to help. The war in Iraq, however, from the first shots into Baghdad to the death tolls tallied online at, has been a war fought very much in and with the "magic" that is the modern media. The sentiment to "Support Our Troops" has never wavered, but the expanded slogan "Support Our Troops. Bring Them Home" rings louder each and every day the conflict continues, and louder still after experiencing Body of War - the story of Tomas Young, directed by Ellen Spiro and the oft-impersonated (but never duplicated) talk show host Phil Donahue.

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Greg H. Eady - Allied Pharmaeuticals

Thu, 03 Sep 2009 01:00:00 GMT

January 25,1988 I fell from a moving UPS van I had compression and burst fractures from my sacrum to t10. Went through 13 different surgeries to get a good fix of hard ware on my spine over a 4 year period of time. I kept tearing the hard ware lose at the time of my injury I was going to school at Georgia Tech playing football I stood 6'4" 265 lbs, just married and had a son on the way. I started back to school at Ga State and finialy got a job in August of 1994 with Canon USA. Thought I had it made then but I was wrong the department I was in moved to the D.C. area and being the new kid on the block I did not get to go. So on my lunch break one day I noticed a medical supply company across the street from Canon.

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Mark Loeffler - Successful Indepndence

Thu, 27 Aug 2009 01:00:00 GMT

Activist and advocate Mark Loeffler discusses losing his government job and what he had to do establish the programs necessary to secure his independence.

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Housing Choice Voucher Program

Thu, 20 Aug 2009 01:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia will discuss this little known about Section 8 program which allows recipients to use their rental assistance to pay on a mortgage

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Interview with Veteran Andre McCoy

Wed, 12 Aug 2009 21:30:00 GMT

I will be coming to you every Wednesday night with a new show and topic concerning disability and disability issues. Tonight we focus on veteran's issues and how to establish VA benefits.

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Charlie Daniels: 'The Devil Went Down to Georgia'

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 17:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia has been collaborating with quadriplegic Coach Rich Anway about a forthcoming video project in which cameras followed him throughout a winning season. Special guest Charlie Daniels will join us for interview.

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ADAPT - Push For Community Choice

Tue, 28 Apr 2009 18:30:00 GMT

Zen Garcia will interview first time ADAPT activists live from Washington DC... Community Choice Act (CCA) A Community-Based Alternative To Nursing Homes And Institutions For People With Disabilities Image: Random Faces of ADAPT Image: Random Faces of ADAPT Image: Random Faces of ADAPT For decades, people with disabilities, both old and young, have wanted alternatives to nursing homes and other institutions when they need long term services. Our long term care system has a heavy institutional bias. Every state that receives Medicaid MUST provide nursing home services, but community based services are optional. Sixty seven (67%) percent of Medicaid long term care dollars pay for institutional services, while the remaining thirty three (33%) must cover all the community based waivers, optional programs, etc.

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Interview with Leah Gannon

Mon, 27 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT

My cousin Leah will interview me about my transition into disability.

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Interview with Dr. Kathy McReynolds on Stem Cells

Fri, 24 Apr 2009 18:30:00 GMT

Public Policy Director for the Christian Institute on Disability Agoura Hills, Calif., Feb. 23, 2009 “As a bio-ethicist and part of a ministry to those with disabilities, I follow closely all of the advances in the field of adult stem cell research. I believe this is our best hope for real cures for hundreds of disabilities and debilitating diseases. “I am greatly concerned about excitement in the stem cell research industry regarding the FDA’s loosening of restrictions on human embryonic stem cell research. News reports indicate that President Obama could overturn the ban on federally-funded human embryonic stem cell research any day now. “I fear for the lives of those who would be experimented on in such a manner. Last week's news reports of the Israeli boy treated with human fetal stem cells in Russia four years ago were chilling. He developed tumors, just as mice have in laboratory experiments with embryonic stem cells. I believe this is just the tip of the ice berg as far as the negative results of human embryonic or fetal stem cell research and treatment.

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Interview with Simon Illa

Thu, 09 Apr 2009 18:30:00 GMT

Writing music since the age of thirteen, Simon Illa continues his path of success within the music industry. After moving his production company (Unbreakable Music Group, LLC.) to the east coast in 2001, Simon's incredibly diverse production skills brought him to the forefront of the independent music scene. Legendary producers/writers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff briefly took Simon under their wings to develop several artists and from that point, Simon's reputation for producing music within numerous genres began to grow. Producing everything from Pop to Rap and Gospel to Rock (and everything in between) Simon earned an East Coast Emmy nomination for his music for NBC's "Tribute to 9/11" in 2003 and was dubbed "Philadelphia's Hottest Producer" by Blender Magzine" in 2006 and " of the world?s foremost and phenomenal musical producers" by Urban Mogul Magazine in 2008

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Final Exit - Euthanasia in America

Sun, 29 Mar 2009 19:30:00 GMT

Discussion on euthanasia in America hopefully with Dr. Paul Byrne and Ron Panzer of Hospice Patient's Alliance.

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Re-introduction of the Community Choice Act

Tue, 24 Mar 2009 18:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia will interview various activists some with ADAPT about the reintroduction of The Community Choice Act and how this one bill will realigned the nursing home bias of long term care service delivery here in America, while providing choice and access to community based services supporting individuals and families in their own homes.

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Interview with Madonna Long of Chloe Magazine

Thu, 12 Mar 2009 18:00:00 GMT

Chloe Magazine for Disabled Women Dare to Change the World Are you looking for articles and tips on fashion, parenting, entertaining,lifestyle, health and beauty, how to save money, how to make money, new products and exciting destinations? Are you interested in making changes in the world we all live in? Are you politically active? Do you want to be? Are you looking for discounts and special offers? If you want or need any of that information, it's HERE - Chloe Magazine is headed to print and to celebrate, we're holding a subscription sale - subscribe online for 2 issues for just TEN DOLLARS. That's just five dollars per jam packed issue. Our first print issue will be available April 15 to subscribers and on April 17 we will begin public distribution at Abilities Expo in Edison NJ. Our FIRST issue is packed full of articles and information on fun new events, great places to go, interesting people who are making changes in the world, personal care and the ongoing Fashion Showcase - fabulous outfits you would actually wear. Regular items include Talk to the Chair - an ongoing, from the heart column from Tiffiny Carlson covering sex and relationships and self esteem and everything in between, and Manly Speaking with relevant (and funny) advice from our Guy Guru Scott Chesney. Contributors include renowned Travel Expert Candy Harrington, product reviewer Kimberley Barreda, Political Activist and Lobbyist Madonna Long, Extreme Abilities producer Domonic Corradin, Celebrity Interviewer Joy Taylor and many others. In addition to our publication, Chloe Magazine is sponsoring and producing the Dare to Change the World Fashion Showcase at all four scheduled Abilities Expos in 2009. We have designers from around the world presenting their lines, modeled by the hottest gals and guys in chairs we could find. See us in a major market near you - NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta.

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Final Exit: Assisted Suicide and the Threat of Euthanasia in America

Wed, 04 Mar 2009 19:30:00 GMT

In June 2008, a 58-year-old resident of Cumming, Georgia passed away from helium intoxication. Police suspected assisted suicide, and the Georgia Burea of Investigation launched a probe into the Final Exit Network. Today, the GBI's investigation led to the arrests of Atlanta resident Claire Behr, age 76, and a Kennesaw man, 63-year-old Thomas E. Goodwin. Authorities in Maryland also charged two others they believe to be part of the alleged assisted suicide network: Baltimore residents Dr. Lawrence Egbert, age 81 and 60-year-old Nicholas Alec Sheridan. The GBI became involved after Cumming Police and the Forsyth County coroner suspected the unnamed suicide in Cumming had received assistance and relatives found material related to Final Exit in the man's possession. According to Atlanta's ABC affiliate, WSB TV, the arrestees all "have been charged on warrants out of Forsyth County with assisted suicide, tampering with evidence, and violation of the Georgia RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) Act."

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Interview with Laura Hershey on Jerry Lewis Humanitarian Award

Thu, 26 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Editors apology, pops occur through-out due to a bad connection with one of our callers. Zen Garcia interviews Laura Hershey, T.K. Small, Diane Coleman, and Julie Maury about protesting decision to Honor Jerry Lewis. Los Angeles – Nearly 50 activists from across the US protested at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) headquarters in Beverly Hills today, demanding to meet with AMPAS officials and to present a petition signed by over 2600 individuals objecting to the plan to grant Jerry Lewis the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at this Sunday’s Oscar Awards ceremony. The protesters, mostly people with disabilities, occupied the lobby and refused to leave. Finally, AMPAS Executive Director Bruce Davis was summoned to meet with the group, called The Trouble with Jerry. Lewis has long defended the use of pity as a fundraising tactic. He has also described disabled individuals as “half a person” and referred to a wheelchair as “a steel imprisonment.” At both the Kodak Theater and AMPAS, protesters distributed leaflets to mostly sympathetic pedestrians, including stars such as John Lithgow and Richard Libertini, as they came to collect their tickets for Sunday’s Academy Awards. Then protesters entered the AMPAS office to deliver the petition, printed on a long scroll of red paper, and featuring comments by 2642 people from around the world. Initially academy officers refused to accept the petition. Activists continued to occupy the lobby, singing songs and chanting “No award for Jerry Lewis!” AMPAS officials apparently called the police to eject the protesters, but before any arrests were made, Davis arrived to meet with the group’s leadership. During the meeting, protesters expressed the outrage they felt when they learned of the award, after having listened to Jerry Lewis’ portrayals of life with a disability as incomplete, unsatisfying, even wasteful. “I have my own business, my own home, and a relationship,” said advocate and writer Gar

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Interview with Randy Alexander

Wed, 18 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Randy Alexander is the Community Organizer for the Memphis Center for Independent Living. He has been involved in the disability rights movement since 1993. At MCIL he works to organize several local disability rights groups in the Memphis area, including the Coalition for Accessible Transportation, the Barrier Free Memphis Society, and ADAPT of Tennessee. Since 2002, he has also been involved on the national level as an organizer for ADAPT. Randy was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Mid South Peace and Justice Center.

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ADAPT Love with Bob Liston and Marsha Katz

Sat, 14 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia interviews Bob Liston and Marsha Katz about the evolution of their relationship and how it ties in with the independent living movement.

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Interview with Professir X and Starr

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia interviews Richard Gaskin a.k.a Professir X and Santina Muha a.k.a Starr about their recent work and ongoing projects. Richard "Professir X" Gaskin, is an entertainer on a mission. His music is filled with knowledge and education on his life as a person who lives with paralysis. Being an advocate for Stem Cell Research has placed him among the likes of Jon Corzine and Dick Codey as they fight for government support of Stem Cell Research. His commitment to educating the community is endless. Richard sees the bigger picture in the battle of life of the paralyzed and he is doing his part to ensure that the rest of the world sees it too. Santina Muha, a T-10 paraplegic from an auto accident in 1989, is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in Communication and Sociology. Currently, the Communications Associate at the National Spinal Cord Injury Association (NSCIA), she writes for the association’s publications and is a reporter for and A model, writer, and journalist Santina touches on other journalism aspects independently and in collaboration with friends in the media and entertainment field. She is also the East Coast correspondent for Tiger Beat and BOP! magazines, and has interviewed various musicians and actors.

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Interview with Dr. Paul Byrne

Tue, 10 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Zen Garcia interviews Dr. Paul about the uniform anatomical gift act and how this law requires people to give up their organs without consent especially if they are not of sound mind or have disabilities. This video also warns people about the living will and why you should use a durable power of attorney for health care decisions for protecting one's life in an emergency situation. Living wills do not protect you, they only protect the doctors and institutions which take your life and organs.

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Interview with Leroy Moore - Krip Hop

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Leroy Moore is a Black writer, poet, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability. He is the co/founder & community relations directoy of Sins Invalid ( He has been sharing his perspective on identity, race & disability for the last thirteen years or so. His work began in London, England where he discovered a Black Disabled Movement which help led to the creation of his lecture series; 'On the Outskirts: Race & Disability. Leroy F. Moore Jr. is a consultant on Race & Disability, producer, columnist, of Illin-N-Chillin at Poor Magazine,, creator of Krip-Hop Mixtape Project, Co Host of a radio show in San Francisco at KPOO FM and creator of Krip-Hop radio show on

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Interview with Leroy Moore - Krip Hop

Sun, 08 Feb 2009 01:30:00 GMT

Leroy Moore is a Black writer, poet, hip-hop\music lover, community activist and feminist with a physical disability. He is the co/founder & community relations directoy of Sins Invalid ( He has been sharing his perspective on identity, race & disability for the last thirteen years or so. His work began in London, England where he discovered a Black Disabled Movement which help led to the creation of his lecture series; 'On the Outskirts: Race & Disability. Leroy F. Moore Jr. is a consultant on Race & Disability, producer, columnist, of Illin-N-Chillin at Poor Magazine,, creator of Krip-Hop Mixtape Project, Co Host of a radio show in San Francisco at KPOO FM and creator of Krip-Hop radio show on He has studied, worked and lectured in the field of race and disability concerning blues, hip-hop, and social justice issues in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and South Africa. Leroy currently lectures for Speak Out, a national speaker's bureau. Leroy has put together the first ever, BLACK DISABLED ART HISTORY 101 Power Point Presentation using images from Blues and Hip-Hop to peg leg dancers and Black disabled painters, authors to actors and actress. The digital images are on a laptop with music and books about some of the artists. For more than ten years Leroy has collected CDs, videos and articles from Blind Blues Artists and has rare CDs from Hip-Hop artists with disabilities. Leroy has interviewed hip-hop\soul\blues artists with disabilities; DJ Quad of LA, Paraplegic MC of Chicago, Rob DA Noize Temple of New York and the Blind Boys of Alabama to name a few. Leroy has performed with Molotov Mouths, Po’ Poets, the Welfare Poets and has been a guest artist\lecturer in High schools and Universities across the country and in Canada & UK and Holland. Leroy has a poetry CD, entitled Black Disabled Man with a Big Mouth & A High I.Q. Leroy created and produced Krip-Hop Miixtape Series. Leroy co-

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Interview with Barbara Toomer

Thu, 05 Feb 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Barbara Toomer, of Utah ADAPT, will join us for discussion about current policy issues and how they affect people with and without disabilities. Considered the grandmother of ADAPT, Barbara has been witness to immense changes in the disability rights movement.

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Interview with Eleanor Smith of Concrete Change

Fri, 23 Jan 2009 19:00:00 GMT

We will cover housing visitability for people with ddisabbilitiies and Eleanor's efforts to create accessibility in American housing and how this affects all people everywehere.

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Thimerosol Vaccines and Autism

Wed, 21 Jan 2009 19:00:00 GMT

This hour I tackle another controversial topic- one which greatly affects all of us, vaccinations, but more specifically Thimerosal. Since the 1930s, Thimerosal had been added to vaccines as a preservative to boost drug company profits, allowing vaccine makers to package multi-use dosages in bulk instead of individual doses. The thimerosal preservative prevents bacteria from growing within the vaccine when the needle is dipped in and out of the vial to draw another shot. The FDA estimates that it's use in more than 30 licensed vaccines and biologics even though there have been publications in the most respected journals of medicine since the beginning of its introduction as a preservative on the market; warning about the dangers of mercurial based agents as preservatives to make vaccines multi-usable. Does mercury cause autism?

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Honoring MLK with Johnny Crescendo

Mon, 19 Jan 2009 20:00:00 GMT

Host Note: Some of the sound fades because of a bad connection, will have the problem fixed by next week. Zen Garcia interviews Johnny Crescendo about Martin Luther King influence on Wade Blank, cofounder of Atlantis ADAPT and national ADAPT. We talk about what it will take for the dream of equal rights and freedom to be realized for people with disabilities. We also discuss the incoming Obama administration and their promise to pass the Community Choice Act of 2007 and how important the passing of this one piece of legislation would be for all Americans but specifically Americans with disabilities.

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Interview with Greg Smith

Tue, 06 Jan 2009 19:00:00 GMT

Born with muscular dystrophy, raised by a football coach, Greg's memorable message successfully strengthens the individual delivering lessons on inner strength and personal development. He also focuses on "Strengthening America" by encouraging the embracing and exploration of the viewpoints of those around us who are different. In February, 2005, his remarkable life was shared with America in a PBS documentary entitled "On A Roll: Family, Disability and the American Dream." He is the author of "On A Roll: Reflections from America's Wheelchair Dude with the Winning Attitude." And he is currently emerging as a multi-media talent and social commentator with a very unique background. His radio show, "The Strength Coach," airs nationwide on the Radio America Network. For 11 years, Greg hosted "On A Roll - Talk Radio on Life & Disability." This syndicated program aired on more than 70 stations nationwide. For that work, he is respected as a disability community leader. Greg is a member of the National Speakers Association and makes dozens of trips across the country to address corporate, academic and private audiences. In addition to his busy career, he is the father of three active children, ages 15, 13 and 10.

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Interview with Dr. Paul Byrne

Mon, 29 Dec 2008 19:00:00 GMT

Attention: Show ends abruptly 9 minutes before hours end. I will be speaking with the Good Doctor again very soon. A long time neonatologist and physician, Dr. Paul and I will speak about the Uniform Anatomical Gift Act. We will also discuss how a living will does not protect one's life in case one needs emergency care and how the durable power of attorney for health care decisions is a better choice for protecting one's life.

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Interview with Jim Parker

Fri, 26 Dec 2008 19:30:00 GMT

Elderly & Disability Services Division, State of New Mexico, Jim is an original Gang of 19 member who on 5 July, 1978, with Wade Blank and 18 other disabled people stepped off the sidewalk at Colfax and Broadway in the centre of Denver and trapped a bus for three days. Atlantis continued to campaign until 1983, when the bus company agreed to purchase only accessible vehicles. In 1983, ADAPT (the American Disabled for Accessible Public Transport) was born and staged its first national action in Denver, demanding that all disabled people could ride public transit. The We Will Ride campaign lasted until 1990, winning victories throughout the USA and inspiring disabled people all over the world to use the tactics of non-violent civil disobedience to “boldly go where everyone else has been before”. It inspired the birth in the UK of the Campaign for Accessible Transport and subsequently the Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN). ADAPT played a crucial role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 (ADA), with disabled people crawling up the Capitol steps in Washington, DC, to ensure that the act was not watered down (pictured far left). In 1990, with the ADA signed, ADAPT became the American Disabled for Attendant Programs Today, turning its energy to getting people out of nursing homes and supporting them in the community. They also stopped people going into these institutions. Over the last 18 years, ADAPT has been directly responsible for tens of thousands of disabled people getting out of nursing homes and living in the community. ADAPT fights for the services and the housing needed so that all disabled people can live where they choose, with who they choose, and direct the assistance they need themselves. With its unceasing advocacy at local, state and national levels, ADAPT is indirectly responsible for hundreds of thousands of disabled people living in the community rather than institutions. On Valentine’s Day 2007, as

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