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Alice Wong: Angry ADA Minute 7/15/15

Alice Wong, Founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project recorded her ‘Angry ADA Minute’ for the Disability Minute Series for public radio station KUAF for broadcast on July 15, 2015

 

Check out the other Disability Minute audio clips by people with disabilities: http://kuaf.com/programs/disability-minute-kuaf

Text transcript of Alice’s Angry ADA Minute:

Hi, my name is Alice Wong and this is my ADA minute, or rather, my Angry ADA minute. While it’s wonderful to celebrate this huge anniversary and look back with nostalgia, I resist the sense that the ADA or other similar laws are the pinnacles of disability rights. There is so much more that needs to be done. Culture change is slow and difficult, especially when it comes to dismantling institutions, policies and structures that continue to marginalize and hurt people with disabilities. For example, here are a few things that burn my biscuits:

1: The continued institutional bias in Medicaid personal care services with years-long waiting list for community-based services

2: The school-to-prison-pipeline that disproportionately impacts students with disabilities

3: Violence toward people with disabilities in their interactions with law enforcement and access barriers in prison and the justice system.

This is Alice Wong and thanks for listening.

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