Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Berkeley's Emergency Services for People with Disabilities

Listen 28 min
It's tax-payer supported & wildly innovative.
It gets people out
of trouble. It saves lives.

It's also a nice chunk of money in a community where money is as scarce as a trouble-free wheelchair.

We talk to Bonnie MacFadyen, Executive Director of Easy Does It (EDI) and Yomi Wronge, Executive
Director of the Center for Independent Living (CIL) in Berkeley. Both have made proposals for the almost-a-million dollar city contract.

Eddie Ytuarte &
Adrienne Lauby host.

Ayanna Keeton, EDI Services Coordinator.

Other photos:
Electric wheelchair abandoned at curb, an emergency attendant helps a man to eat and wheelchair repair shop. All courtesy EDI
Original Air Date: June 18, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

When Home Is (or could be) an Institution


A discussion of the film,
Far from Home,
with director Elissa Moon showing
at Berkeley's Superfest.
Saturday, June 5, 2:10 pm
Gaia Arts Center, 2120 Allston Way @ Shattuck,
Berkeley, CA,

A documentary focused on the political and personal realities of living in San Francisco's Laguna Honda, the largest nursing home in the U.S. Laguna Honda houses thousands of people living with severe physical disabilities.

Plus, coverage of the ArnieVille Sleep Out, a protest of California's proposed budget cuts, cuts that could leave many seniors and persons with disabilities homeless or institutionalized.
With Syndy Sharp, Hannah Jo Karpilow, Thomas & Nicholas McMullan, & Marissa Shaw.

After a cold night, ArnieVille residents soak in some rays.
Photo: Dan McMullan

We've all heard the adage, home sweet home.
It's that place we long for when we've been away where we seek rest, recreation and a break from the outside world.
(Nicholas & Thomas McMullan, photo by their dad, Dan)
Leah Gardner and Eddie Ytuarte ask the question:
"What does home mean for people who live with disabilities?"
Original Air Date: June 4, 2010