When was the last time you saw someone with a disability? Do you have a loved one who is part of the community? Did you see a character on TV, or did you just pass someone on the street? For some it may take a while to answer that question. Why is that?
Are we giving people with disabilities the attention they deserve? Do we have the right perception of those with disabilities? If you saw a character on TV that was disabled was he/she in fact played by a disabled actor/actress?
One in five people in the U.S. has a disability. Our guests deal with these issues head on and they will help us examine what we, as a society, get wrong about disability.
People with disabilities are the original life hackers. There is a good chance that someone with a disability has already been working on a problem that someone without a disability is trying to solve. So why not ask them?
To read Jason Perez's personal essay on what inspired him to produce this episode, click here.
- Maysoon Zayid - Comedian, writer, disability advocate and tap dancer. She’s the founder of Maysoon’s Kids and has a web series, “Advice You Don’t Want To Hear.” (@maysoonzayid)
- Lila Call - Former intern of WNPR and former reality TV star of Little Women: NY and Little Women: LA. She works in the hospitality industry. (@lilacall)
- Jason Perez - Current intern at WNPR and former reality TV star of Little Women: NY with Lila Call. Studied the hospitality industry. Jason will be performing for his ninth year in the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. (@liljayj87)
- Liz Jackson - Designer. disability advocate, and founder of the “Disabled List” (@elizejackson)
Colin McEnroe, Betsy Kaplan, and Chion Wolf contributed to the show.