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Adventures in Accessibility

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Americans living with disabilities are often faced with obstacles when it comes to accessibility. These obstacles can lead to adventures and misadventures alike. Twice per month, an esteemed guest will share their story with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Whether you want to learn about how to make life more accessible for you or a loved one, this podcast is for you. New episodes come out Wednesdays at 7 AM ET. Transcripts are always available in the show notes.

Americans living with disabilities are often faced with obstacles when it comes to accessibility. These obstacles can lead to adventures and misadventures alike. Twice per month, an esteemed guest will share their story with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Whether you want to learn about how to make life more accessible for you or a loved one, this podcast is for you. New episodes come out Wednesdays at 7 AM ET. Transcripts are always available in the show notes.

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Americans living with disabilities are often faced with obstacles when it comes to accessibility. These obstacles can lead to adventures and misadventures alike. Twice per month, an esteemed guest will share their story with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center. Whether you want to learn about how to make life more accessible for you or a loved one, this podcast is for you. New episodes come out Wednesdays at 7 AM ET. Transcripts are always available in the show notes.

Twitter:

@RockyMtnADA

Language:

English

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Episodes

Ep. 35 - Andrés Gallegos

7/20/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe035 Today’s guest is Andrés Gallegos. He is the Chairman of the National Council on Disability, appointed by President Bident. In addition, he is a shareholder at the law firm Robbins DiMonte (RD) and the Chair of their disability rights practice, where he concentrates on improving access to healthcare and wellness for persons with all types of disabilities, across the country. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Access Living of...

Duration:00:27:31

Ep. 34 - Keah Brown

5/18/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe034 Today’s guest is Keah Brown. Keah is a journalist, author, studying actress and screenwriter. She is the recipient of Ulta Beauty’s Muse 100 award, Which is a celebration of 100 inspirational voices around beauty. She’s also one of The Root’s 100 most influential African Americans of 2018. Keah is the creator of the viral hashtag, #DisabledAndCute. Her work has appeared in Town & Country Magazine, Teen Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire UK, And The...

Duration:00:21:23

Ep. 33 - Scott Ready

4/6/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe033 Today’s guest is Scott Ready. Scott has served the education industry for 20+ years and has worked for 35+ years in accessibility. Ready’s first language is American Sign Language, and he has been part of the deaf community through his parents, who were former teachers at the Missouri School for the Deaf. Connect with the Rocky Mountain ADA Center at https://rockymountainada.org/ or find us on social media. Don't forget to subscribe, rate and review us on...

Duration:00:19:44

Ep. 32 - Tiffany Yu

3/23/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe032 Today’s guest is Tiffany Yu. Tiffany is the CEO & Founder of Diversability, an award-winning social enterprise to elevate disability pride. She’s also the Founder of the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, a monthly micro-grant that has awarded over $59,000 to 60 disability projects in 10 countries. Tiffany is an influential content creator with over 160,000 followers across platforms. She serves on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council and was...

Duration:00:42:34

Ep. 31 - Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe

3/9/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe031 Today’s guests are Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe. Rick Allen is the legendary drummer for the world-famous rock band, Def Leppard. Rick joined Def Leppard at the age of 15, right before the band signed their record contract. He lost his left arm in a car accident in 1984, but that didn’t stop him from being an incredible drummer with the help of a (semi-)electronic drum kit. Raven Drum Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2001 by Rick, and...

Duration:00:23:59

Ep. 30 - Christy Gardner

2/23/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe030 Today’s guest is Christy Gardner. Christy is a 39 year old retired Army veteran from Oxford, Maine. She was injured overseas in 2006 and spent nearly 5 rehabbing before she was finally able to live on her own again and started participating in adaptive sports, thanks to her Service Dog Moxie. She’s now an assistant captain of the US Women’s Para Ice Hockey Team and was an alternate for Tokyo 2020 in shot put and discus. She also represented the USA at the...

Duration:00:22:42

Ep. 29 - Jessica Cox

2/9/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe029 Today’s guest is Jessica Cox. Jessica is recognized internationally as an inspirational keynote speaker. Born without arms, Jessica now flies airplanes, drives cars, and otherwise lives a normal life using her feet as others use their hands. She holds the title of the first person without arms to earn a black belt in ATA Martial Arts and the Guinness World Record for being the first armless person in aviation history to earn a pilot’s certificate....

Duration:00:16:20

Ep. 28 - Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt

1/26/2022
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe028 Today’s guest is Dr. Anjali Forber-Pratt. She is a disability activist, a two-time Paralympian and the Director of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the Administration for Community Living. As a researcher, her primary area of work relates to disability identity development. As a wheelchair-user for over 35 years, Dr. Forber-Pratt is nationally and internationally recognized as a disability...

Duration:00:27:24

Ep. 27 - Michael Kutcher

12/22/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe027 Today’s guest is Michael Kutcher. From the moment of birth, Michael has overcome challenges and conquered obstacles that most people never even catch a glimpse of. Born as an unexpected twin, Michael met the first of many challenges at delivery. He was notably smaller than his twin at less than five pounds, was hardly responsive and struggled to take his first breath. By age three, Michael was battling significant developmental delays and was diagnosed...

Duration:00:18:35

Ep. 26 - Cliff Devries

12/8/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe026 Today’s guest is award-winning diver and diving coach, Cliff Devries. As a young man, Cliff was a diving prodigy and was on track to make the Olympics. While he was in college, it was discovered that Cliff had a tumor on his spinal cord, and he underwent surgery to have it removed. Complications from the surgery left him paralyzed from the neck down. Cliff worked hard to regain as much mobility as possible, and then began his journey as a diving coach....

Duration:00:18:32

Ep. 25 - Jim Speer

11/24/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe025 Today’s guest is Jim Speer, founder of Mobility Roadside Assistance, which is the first provider of roadside assistance covering both the United States and Canada that focuses specifically on the needs of drivers with mobility disabilities, not just the disabled vehicle. Mobility Roadside Assistance provides peace of mind through full-service roadside assistance, including accessible transportation pick-up for people with mobility disabilities, their...

Duration:00:25:09

Ep. 24 - Representative David Ortiz

11/10/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe024 Today’s guest is Colorado State Representative, David Ortiz. He is Colorado’s first lawmaker who uses a wheelchair, and the sponsor of a first-of-its-kind, state website accessibility Bill. In 2012, Ortiz survived a helicopter crash while serving as a pilot in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. David’s drive to serve others did not end with crash that left him injured, he has continued to advocate for his...

Duration:00:25:20

Ep. 23 - Tim Gore

9/22/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe023 Content warning: this episode contains brief mentions of sexual assault and suicide. There are no graphic descriptions. Today’s guest is Tim Gore. Tim is a U.S. Army Veteran who experienced homelessness and abuse when he was young. He recently came to understand that his experiences as a youth and a soldier contributed to his development of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Tim is an accomplished ultrarunner and is gearing up for a 150 mile trail...

Duration:00:24:51

Ep. 22 - Judy Heumann

9/1/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe022 Today’s guest is Judy Heumann. Judy, who contracted polio in 1949 and uses a wheelchair for her mobility, is a lifelong advocate for the rights of disabled people. She has played a role in the development and implementation of major legislation including the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disability Act and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Judy is an...

Duration:00:39:51

Ep. 21 - Chris Brock

7/21/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe021 Today’s guest is Chris Brock. Chris is the Managing Attorney of Colorado Cross Disability Coalition’s Probate Power. Before that, Chris worked as a law clerk in Denver District Court and as a Dean's Fellow at the University of Colorado Law School. He is admitted to the Colorado Bar and is a member of the Colorado and Arapahoe County Bar Associations, where he belongs to the Trust and Estate and Elder Law Sections. Chris focuses his practice in the areas...

Duration:00:28:21

Ep. 20 - Caitlin Goerlich

7/7/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe020 Today’s guest is Caitlin Goerlich. Caitlin is a contemporary romance writer whose debut novel, The Silent Summer, was published in May of 2021. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a focus on Creative Writing from Kean University. At a young age, Caitlin was diagnosed with kyphoscoliosis, which is an abnormal curvature in the spine. Complications in surgery caused her to have a spinal cord injury and she became paraplegic. When Caitlin is not...

Duration:00:35:12

Ep. 19 - Keri Gray

6/16/2021
Transcript: https://bit.ly/AIAe019 Today’s guest is Keri Grey. As a child, Keri was diagnosed with bone cancer which resulted in an amputated leg. Keri is the CEO and Founder of the Keri Gray Group, which centers on exploring the intersections of race, gender, and disability across the workplace. As a consultant, speaker, and facilitator, she works with companies and organizations, so they are prepared to leverage intersectionality as an organizational practice. Keri is also the Founder...

Duration:00:49:02

Ep. 18 - Conor O'Meara & Scott Applebaum

5/26/2021
Transcript: http://bit.ly/AIAe018 Today's guests are Scott Applebaum and Connor O'Meara. Together, they host Conor's Corner, a radio show out of St. Paul, Minnesota, where they talk about sports, music, life, and whatever's on their minds. As an autistic person, it was Conor's dream to have his own radio show and he did it. Conor's joy for life has inspired many others to embrace their dreams and take a chance. Connect with...

Duration:00:29:30

Ep 17. - Oz Sanchez

5/12/2021
Transcript: http://bit.ly/AIAe017 In this episode, we talk with Oscar "Oz" Sanchez. Sanchez grew up in Los Angeles and spent six years as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps. He became a part of the Special Forces unit, deploying twice to the Middle East. In 2001, while in the process of transferring to the Navy to become a Navy SEAL, Sanchez was involved in a motorcycle accident that injured his spinal cord. He started handcycling competitively five years after the accident. Today, he is one...

Duration:00:39:55

Ep. 16 - Jim Abbott

11/18/2020
Transcript: http://bit.ly/AIAe016 In this episode, we talk with Jim Abbott. Jim Abbott was born September 19, 1967, in Flint, Michigan without a right hand. He was an All-America hurler at Michigan; won the Sullivan Award in 1987; was the pitcher for the Gold Medal Olympic Team in 1988; and threw a 4-0 no-hitter for the New York Yankees versus Cleveland (September 4, 1993). Jim played for 10 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1999. Abbott has worked...

Duration:00:30:21