June 5, 2023

Life with a Traumatic Brain Injury

FREED consumers tell us how their traumatic brain injuries changed their lives and became their superpowers.

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May 1, 2023

Ryan Prior on the Covid-19 ‘Long Haul’

A conversation with Ryan Prior, journalist and author, on his research and personal experience with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Long Covid.

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April 3, 2023

Rebroadcast: CalOES's Vance Taylor on Emergency Preparedness

Vance talks with us about the intersection of personal preparedness and community resilience and about the future of disaster management.

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March 7, 2023

Self-Acceptance and Inclusion: A National Disability Awareness Month …

We mark National Disability Awareness Month with a conversation about self-acceptance and disability pride.

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Feb. 7, 2023

The Future of Robotics in Disability Aides

We’re joined by Dan and Viola Dwyer, creators of The Ginchiest to talk about the personal side of receiving caregiving services, and how they see robotics playing a role in creating greater independence for the disability community (and everyone else).

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Jan. 3, 2023

Social Security Increases and Medi-Cal Expansion

A look at the 8.7 percent increase in all Social Security payments starting this month, and the expansion of who is eligible for Medi-Cal here in California.

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Dec. 6, 2022

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the First Center for Independent …

DOR’s Joe Xavier and former Rep. Tony Coelho on the legacy and future of the ADA.

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Nov. 7, 2022

Samuel Habib's 'My Disability Roadmap'

Filmmakers and advocates Samuel and Dan Habib join us to talk about their film, My Disability Roadmap, and Samuel’s transition from high school to adult life. From prom dates to politicians, these two have some tales to tell.

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Oct. 3, 2022

Voting Access Across the Country

We speak with disability advocates around the country, examining the state of voting accessibility and the implications of laws that attempt to restrict voter rights.

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Sept. 5, 2022

CalOES's Vance Taylor on Emergency Preparedness

Vance talks with us about the intersection of personal preparedness and community resilience and about the future of disaster management.

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Aug. 2, 2022

Celebrating Disability Pride

We hear from disability community leaders Ana Acton and Kim Rutledge about how their unique stories led them self-acceptance, #DisabilityPride and a lifetime of advocacy.

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July 5, 2022

Inclusivity in the California Court System

Today, we're joined by Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Andi Mudryk, the first openly transgender person in California history to be appointed by a governor to a seat on the California bench.

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June 7, 2022

California’s Voice Options Program

The increased availability of affordable technology is creating greater access for Californians with speech disabilities through the Voice Options program.

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May 3, 2022

The Future of Transportation for People With Disabilities

We're joined by UC Davis researcher Prashanth Venkataram as we continue to explore the state of public transit accessibility around town and across the nation. Are self-driving cars the future of paratransit? Tune in to find out!

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April 5, 2022

Calls to Expand Long Term Services and Supports in California and Nat…

Calls to expand Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) are growing in California, and the U.S. In this episode, In Home Support Services (IHSS) recipients, providers, and advocates talk about why expanding LTSS is critical to independent living.

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March 8, 2022

Immunocompromised People Left Behind As Covid-19 Restrictions Are Lif…

As mask mandates and Covid-19 precautions are being relaxed, we look who is being left behind as the U.S. races to return to “normal.” What are immunocompromised people experiencing at this stage of the pandemic and what are they are …

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Feb. 8, 2022

Disability and Climate Change

In this episode we look at the intersection of disability and climate change, discussing the disproportional impacts extreme weather can have on people with disabilities and older adults.

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Jan. 4, 2022

Transportation Challenges and Opportunities for People with Disabilit…

On this episode, we hear from Dan and Viola Dwyer, creators of The Ginchiest. They discuss the pros and cons of transportation for people with disabilities, and share their experiences with public and commercial transit, and wheelchair accessible vans.

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Dec. 7, 2021

Nevada City’s Neighborhood Center of the Arts

We spend this show with Amee Medeiros of Neighborhood Center of the Arts, a nonprofit supporting people with disabilities to make and sell art. Learn how Neighborhood Center has supported artists through the pandemic and their vision for the future.

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Nov. 2, 2021

Ford Foundation’s Rebecca Cokley on the Infrastructure Bill and the S…

With the Build Back Better package in negotiation phase, we talk with Rebecca Cokley, of the Ford Foundation. She provides analysis on how some of the proposed elements of Build Back Better would greatly improve the lives of people with …

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Oct. 5, 2021

Governor Newsom Signs SB639; We Get Response from the Bill’s Author, …

On this show we honor National Disability Employment Month, and celebrate the passage of SB639, ending sub-minimum wage for workers with developmental disabilities in California.

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Sept. 7, 2021

Emergency Preparedness and Evacuation Planning

September is the height of fire season here in Northern California. We’re talking emergency preparedness, evacuation planning, and preparing for Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS). Learn how our community can stay prepared and safe.

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Aug. 3, 2021

Highlights of Local Master Plan for Aging Conference

Check out highlights from FREED’s Our Community: An Aging & Disability Conference, which we hosted with Agency on Aging \ Area 4 in July 2021. At the conference, we focused on local implementation of Governor Gavin Newsom's Master Plan for …

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July 6, 2021

Andy Imparato, Executive Director of Disability Rights California

We’re joined by Andy Imparato, Executive Director of Disability Rights California, the federally funded legal services agency that serves Californians with disabilities of all ages with a wide array of advocacy services.

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