This episode is on assistive technology. All technology is assistive and the range of products and services available now for disabled people is pretty amazing. Alice talks with Lateef McLeod and Jessie Lorenz, two people from the SF Bay Area disability community. Lateef and Jessie share about their usage of assistive technology, how it impacts their lives, and the current barriers disabled people still face accessing assistive technology.
Lateef McLeod’s website: Lateefhmcleod.com
Jessie Lorenz is a career-loving mom. She is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center San Francisco and a single mom to an active 1st grader. You can Find her on Twitter: @UppityBlindMom.
Lateef McLeod is building his career as a motivational speaker and spoken word artist. He has earned a BA in English from UC Berkeley and a MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College. He is now a student in the Anthropology and Social Change Doctoral program at California Institute for Integral Studies in San Francisco. He published his first poetry book entitled A Declaration Of A Body Of Love in 2010 chronicling his life as a black man with a disability and tackling various topics on family, dating, religion, spirituality, his national heritage and sexuality. He currently is writing a novel tentatively entitled The Third Eye Is Crying. He was in the 2007 annual theater performance of Sins Invalid and also their artist-in-residence performance in 2011 entitled Residence Alien. He currently is writing a novel tentatively entitled The Third Eye Is Crying. More of his writings are available on his website Lateefhmcleod.com and his Huffington Post blog, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/lateef-mcleod/. Some of his recent community service work includes being the co-chair of the Persons with Disabilities Ministry at Allen Temple Baptist Church and being the chair of the Lead committee and executive board member of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication.
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Cheryl Green, Audio Producer, Text Transcript
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“A New Day In a New Sector” by Chris Zabriskie (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
“Amsterdam” by Lasers (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License)
“Faith” by Borrtex (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
“Human” by Borrtex (Source: freemusicarchive.org. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)