Today’s episode is on Medicaid and Community Living. Alice is joined by filmmaker, writer, activist Dominick Evans and non-profit program specialist, activist, fashionista Andraéa LaVant about their experiences with Medicaid in their respective states, Ohio and Maryland, and how they rely on personal care services to take care of themselves and participate in their communities.
What does it mean when your well-being and freedom is tied to a single program? Why do disabled people have to make trade-offs on how they want to live in exchange for mere survival? Alice, Dominick, and Andraéa explore these questions and more.
Community Living Policy Center, University of California, San Francisco
Evans, Dominick. (June 15, 2017). Trump’s Budget and the AHCA will Lead to Another Disabled Genocide. DominickEvans.com
LaVant, Andraéa. (March 22, 2017). Congress: Medicaid Allows Me to Have a Job and Live Independently. American Civil Liberties Union.
Raff, Jeremy. (July 10, 2017). Why Americans With Disabilities Fear Medicaid Cuts. The Atlantic.
Ríos Espinosa, Carlos. (May 2, 2017). Trump’s America Not So Great for People with Disabilities. Human Rights Watch.
Wong, Alice. (May 3, 2017). My Medicaid, My Life. The New York Times.
Dominick Evans is a filmmaker, writer, and activist. He has his BFA in Film from Wright State University, where he also studied politics and human rights. In 2014, he debuted his first film, the award-winning short, trip, and is currently in preproduction on the feature length film, Inamorata, about a same-sex couple and their relationship in the 1960s. Dominick, who has multiple disabilities including Spinal Muscular Atrophy, has been outspoken on including multiple disabled people both in front of and behind the screen in his work. He is currently also a vocal advocate for the inclusion of disabled people in all forms of media. When not filming, he works as a Media & Entertainment advocate for The Center for Disability Rights. He also founded the Twitter Chat, #FilmDis, which is held most Saturday nights, at 9 PM ET, and explores topics pertinent to disability and media. FilmDis has evolved into the recently formed nonprofit, a media monitoring nonprofit, which fights to promote accuracy, accessibility, accommodation, and authenticity when disability is featured in media. His work has taken him to New York Comic Con, where he has moderated and participated on multiple panels, to the White House, where he was a mentor to young and upcoming disabled media makers, and to numerous public speaking opportunities across the country.
Andraéa LaVant is a sought after strategist, trainer, and advocate on issues of specific relevance to youth and adults with disabilities and other underserved populations. She currently serves as a program specialist for a national non-profit in Washington, DC. Although currently a Maryland resident, she proudly calls Louisville, KY home. In addition to her work, she loves anything that involves fashion!
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Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
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Album: NO BIG DEAL
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
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