Today’s episode is about accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act with Lia Seth and Dara Baldwin. Lia shares her experiences navigating public spaces as person with an invisible disability and a recent experience at a music venue that shows what accessibility should be all about. Dara, a disability rights policy analyst, gives an overview of HR 620, the ADA Education & Reform Act of 2017, and what’s at stake for the disability community.
Please note: The status of the bill has changed since the recording of Dara’s interview. H.R.620 will go to a House floor vote on Thursday, February 15, 2018. See the links below on how you can protest and contact your elected representatives. The time is now, ya’ll!
Lia Seth. (October 17, 2017). Accessibility and the Kids Who Go to Shows. Medium.com
Lia Seth. (April 7, 2016). Accessibility in an Uberized World. Medium.com
Lia Seth. (September 20, 2012). Actually, I Am Disabled. KQED
Senator Tammy Duckworth. (October 17, 2017). Congress wants to make Americans with disabilities second-class citizens again. The Washington Post.
Rebecca Cokley. (February 14, 2018). The rights of disabled Americans are under attack. CNN.
Alice Wong. (February 14, 2018). 6 Things Can You Do to Protect Disability Rights Today. Teen Vogue.
Dara Baldwin. (February 11, 2018). A Bit of History on ADA Notification Bills and Why H.R. 620 is moving in the 115th – Part I of II.
Dara Baldwin. (February 11, 2018). A Bit of History on ADA Notification Bills and Why HR 620 is moving in the 115th (Part II of II)
Lia Seth is a Human Resources Coordinator who moonlights as a pub trivia host, backup singer, and Girl Scout troop leader. She originally found her way into the online disability community through Tumblr and now co-moderates an international forum support group for female and femme-identified people with disabilities and chronic illnesses. She sits at the intersection of several marginalized communities as a queer disabled woman of color, and has written several personal essays and articles about disability and identity, some of which have been featured by Pearson Education, Huffington Post, AMI (Accessible Media Inc.) Radio, BuzzFeed, and local NPR radio stations. When she’s not ranting on Twitter about accessibility or the Niners, she’s likely posting Instagram pictures of her family dogs or baking unreasonable amounts of spiced brownies.
Leslie Dara Baldwin, MPA. Born in Torrejon, Spain to parents involved in serving their country, the desire to serve has continued through her life. Currently, Ms. Baldwin is the Senior Public Policy Analyst for the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) in Washington, DC. NDRN is the nonprofit membership organization for the federally mandated Protection and Advocacy Systems and Client Assistance Programs, the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the US.
Ms. Baldwin works on NDRN’s diversity and cultural competency team and is responsible for outreach as well as working on coalitions to assist with better legislative outcomes for the community. She has extensive knowledge of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and other disability laws. She has a keen ability for networking and outreach to grassroots national and international advocates, and she has led multiple national and international advocacy campaigns. Ms. Baldwin worked on 13 bills that passed in Congress and were signed by President Barack Obama during his term in office.
Ms. Baldwin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Rutgers University, Newark, NJ and was a Pi Alpha Alpha honors Graduate with a Masters of Public Administration from Rutgers University the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Newark, NJ. She received a 2009 and 2010 Presidential Citation Award for her work in the American Society for Public Administration. She serves as an Associate Member of the National Academy of Public Administration’s Standing Panel on Social Equity. She believes that it is her duty to move forward with her career goals and at the same time, create a pathway for others.
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Sarika D. Mehta, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Slow Casino” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
“Sage the Hunter” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
“The Stream” by The Pangolins is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)