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"vocational rehabilitation center" Discussed on KQED Radio
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"vocational rehabilitation center" Discussed on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA
"Item level dot com here now this project she counsels Audrey Russo and Jonathan cursing welcome back to tech vibrate is say that you're keeping your dial to your right here as promised we're hanging out with Tim parks from life's work thanks for big ten teams like literally like one of the forefathers of Pittsburgh technology in its industry and for us it's just always a charge to have an in studio just to pick his insight and see what's going on he always has such positive things to talk about and and and and nerd out with us on all things Pittsburgh tech in full we jump back into the life's work stuff I I'm just curious like I mean with with your experienced an intensive meetings with intact I mean after the tech council with the P. R. A. N. with Morgan Lewis students really transforming to work what was it that that means you're interested in going to a place like life's work well actually the the tech council is really and the tech industry is is kind of responsible for me coming back to life's work I was recruited by early nineties by what was then called the vocational rehabilitation center really on there before okay as one is the new wanted to connect right to what was becoming more evident at that time as a rising more robust new economy and technology economy so I became as I did for a number of other organizations a conduit to sort of connect that that definitely and so I served on the board and those early to late nineties actually till two thousand one I was the chair of the board of of what was then called the R. C. an axe I was responsible for hoping to change the name from the vocational rehabilitation center to life's work then I stepped off the board continued but kept an interest in the mission of the organization and about four years ago when they were seeking a a CEO to calm and quite frankly to help turn the organization around oh really okay him okay fairly severe financial challenge an interesting number so I looked at it as an opportunity to get back into a role that actually I enjoyed in the first years of the tech council race to run on it from an operating basis an organization so that that that was the attraction the mission of course but also the idea that I could also be a part of turning an organization run and and can bring sort of that those entrepreneurial skills back to to really there sounds like a good plan to me as far as that is yeah if you could just tell our listeners a little bit about the organization as far as like the types of of of service you provide the types of of work the easier people or or even to perform and how they really become this this how did you a crucial part of these copies of the working force I think a lot of times people are realizing that their folks out there they don't quite fit in two they would normally in the workplace but through your assistance you get them plugged into it and only helps the person who's using is now employed with it also helps that company that's employing them because it's being added to their culture absolutely and I think you've touched on the key points is that clearly we've always been about helping to improve the quality of life for those individuals that are dealing with some form of disability okay and it ranges from intellectual development to physical Rick Santorum but what is a sort of our mantra is that finding purpose in life which you can find often times through your job is so important and in many cases there's a disconnect between those individuals that are in have a disability and them being right find of a meaningful south right the the way in which we help individuals this week of course we assess them we get a sense of their interests their capabilities and so forth and individuals can either work with in our workshop where we take and projects can be electronic assembly or disassembly can be light manufacturing can be fulfillment yeah right we have a multi faceted operation where are our clients actually are employed but what you're referring to is what I think is the next phase of this and okay growth offers yeah where we take small groups of individuals who have the disability on site two companies where they work alongside the other folks other folks writer in a completely integrated normal environment but we take we we provide job coach and we we we know we help it's we help the the age are the business find ways in which they can absorb and and they'll be comfortable with the with the opportunity to have these individuals on board so many people of kind of gone through and I can send the thousands if not hundreds well he we've been we've been doing this employment support services in the community for ninety three years and are rough count is that we've touched the lives of over one hundred thousand individuals I was close I was hundreds of thousands we we typically have programs that touch anywhere from fifteen hundred to two thousand eight individuals every year so you know you just do the math on the knowledge and I just think it's a fantastic that you're able to do this well as you pointed out I think it's important to underfunded score this when you have individuals that have special capabilities or have disabilities working in that environment as your as you'll see when you go to our website and see some of the the thing yet what is the website life's work life's work WPA dot or have that WPA right you'll find that we these individuals come to these jobs with just such a great attitude they just love being working there probably so still they are rarely are and if it feeds the rest of the company so many times the the the people that were working with the owners of the baton managers that were working within these businesses say look we almost think we ought to pay them double for goodness Hey guys this is all about HM and it it has instilled powers of person because that's right get their own paycheck it's not some sort of a of a subsidy or a hand held or hear something to do but it's like they're actually earning your keep being added to somebody you're adding creativity to something that's all around I think that's why it just works so well right and a minimum really hoping is that you're able to reach out to more tech companies yeah I mean I'm talking to any company I think was awesome but I get my heart myself but of course with the tech companies are and I know of one of our tech companies rather they play one of see how can we engage well I hope I hope we can add in as I've mentioned some of the names that that people may be similar issue electric power products with a long and deep relationship with them Eaton corporation center before we go out to a company called drain American injury was worse tool company face down in the California does protect park and and even an organization like the university of Pittsburgh with their E. waste recycling center hi they have a center out there and east Pittsburgh where all of the computers the old computers and lab equipment and all that electronic stuff that needs to be disposed of quite frankly is disassembled right we have a team that goes out there three days a week for five of our clients working side by side the people out there and you know they they are contributing and getting a paycheck and building as you said that self esteem in that sense of purpose and it's very very reward athletes six minutes of talking to Tim parks with life's work and also former CEO the Pittsburgh council here in Pittsburgh PA and I've I've had a couple guest on the show in the password detection to programs were they working with people with autism to be programmers because many people on the spectrum does their highly focused which is what you need for awhile right sometimes a coating are you working in this area we do we do have a number of of individuals clients that are on the spectrum okay and you speak very you know you've pointed out something that's a very interesting trend and in fact I I saw some weeks ago just recently of a program that Microsoft and as a P. jointly put together on a national basis specifically to recruit those that are in the autism spectacular because of what you suggest is that they're they bring special talent for this thing to you need highly focused people can sit there and just really nerd out hugs writing for one of the challenges for the for the for life's work in this is where we are tech interests and intersects is that we're in the process now thinking about what's next for our organization in terms of serving the market and there's no way that we can't conceive that somehow or other marrying technology half of those with disabilities and seeing how the two can can feed each other mutually is I think going to be part of the equation that we're in right now of the big things are happening got new space opening up in the south side which is a big new opportunities for you guys so much kind of going on actually we have a really cool feature it's it's our teaching magazine which you could PGH tech dot org you can check out this is because my own cell is interesting a couple minutes left but when the things you did the tech council early on was all about storytelling there's always a magazine there's always in media channel the Pittsburgh technology council and we continue that day sure do isn't it giving like why was it important back in midi say we cast our reading about these companies in these women and men who are building these companies as to reason out of any I think you'll appreciate both of them one when we started out there were two employees we have thirty eight thousand dollars in the bank and about the seventeen members of that where we started from there was we had I made of I have a philosophy sort of the sales philosophy after look bigger than you are you have to look like you are and so we put a lot of investment in those early years I'm so okay gratified that you've continued the tradition of creating a regular and high quality sophisticated communications program in print and now of course you've radio and multimedia but it's always about sort of the event the other part of it and I think you touched on it is what was needed in those eighties or in the early eighties it's needed as much today yeah I was that people had to hear the stories exactly companies the stories of the entrepreneurs and and you know because everyone is fascinated by by story I mean you've got the shark tank kind exact culture today right you guys are your own shark tank here and it's I love it if I tell you what we need to tell more of your store because you had a fascinating story and I think it's Bourbon up you want to do without the work that you've done over the years when you continue to do is just transformative into I can't thank you enough for hanging out with us and just giving us your insight and learning more about how we can be integrated with what life's work is up to right I mean just look at him but I think it's very much a delight to be with you we're taking a quick break for coming back on he would talk with us as well we're talking to Nina Barbie to from assemble Cree Cree stuff going on there learn more about the tech counseled by going to P. G. H. tech dot or he falls on Twitter at.
"vocational rehabilitation center" Discussed on Locations Unknown
"But it's north of Sacramento and directly west of the national forest. Thank you very much. No that's good information honestly because especially for people that aren't are in California for looking it up on a map you you can find a little bit easier so essentially because there are a lot of them live with their parents still their clothes have been laid out in the evening of the twenty fourth before they left for Chico so they're excited about getting back to this basketball game so right away. That's important formation no too because you always wonder. Is there an aspect of them purposefully not returning. They had a fun thing plan that they're gonNA do on the weekend. They went to basketball game before their own tournament weekend. They had their clothes laid out before they left. They played for it was is difficult. Vocational Rehabilitation Center is where they played basketball so that was their team gateway gators and the team Ted. We're had asked his mother to wash his new wight high top sneakers for the term insane. We got a big game Saturday. Don't you let me oversleep so they specifically. They're excited about this. You know it was a big basketball. We can for these guys. They're really early days. Before I phone alarms. I know right so when the Group failed to return Yuba city their families became concerned immediately and call the police lease so again. This is where if it's a bunch of adults that don't really have an issue there plywood raise too many alarms that they went to a college basketball game and didn't come back the next stay. I mean what are your thoughts immediately. If just a normal group of guys they probably went out drinking got a hotel and stayed the night but they were expected to be home home to start this this this tournament so immediately. The sheriff's department began searching for him so just a recap they went from Cuba to Chico for in college basketball game. They stopped at a convenience store on their way back. The game ended about ten so they would have got back probably around midnight you know if they're a little later twelve thirty one. AM and they had a very important basketball tournament. They're playing in over the weekend that they're supposed to be a part of Sheriff's department start searching so we're gonNA fast fast for the weren't anymore. UPDATES till Tuesday February twenty eighth. This is when a forest ranger found Jack Madrid's car abandoned so this is a forest stranger in the national forest. The vehicle was a turquoise and white nineteen sixty nine mercury MONTALTO. It was on an unpaved road near Oroville in the Rogers cow camp area past elk retreat at an elevation of four thousand five hundred feet so this is in the national forest I and it was located around a two and a half hour drive from Chico in the opposite direction of the route. They're supposed to drive home and way up in the mountains in the Plumas National Forest Mike. I know you looked at a map. I think Chico's north correct north of Yuba Yeah Chico's north a little a bit north. I'd say north and slightly West took so I mean they even city they had it's in the freeway. There is a straight south drive. Yeah that would went so they went even farther north twice the distance essentially in the wrong direction up in the mountains and then abandoned in their car was abandoned. It's pretty incredible like they drove twice a distance in the wrong direction so the Plumas National Force against one point five million Acre acre national forest we talked about that. It's unique the locations you because if you look at you on the map it is south of Chico both on the same highway anyway so again. It's extremely easy to get back and forth. It's basically you get on the highway and go all the way and you get off the city so getting back on the highway to head south it'd be it'd make more sense if they got lost somewhere on the way south because the highway doesn't continue the way they went during the investigation. The police did not find anything that would make someone think foul play occurred so the car was unlocked. One Window is down in the keys. Were missing the candy rappers from the things they bought the milk. Cartons and basketball programs were in the car and maps were left in the glove compartment. They did have maps and the directions to get to and from their destination and where they wanted to go home so there's no obvious damage to the car which was a big deal because they said the road they they were on was super bumpy in unmade so basically it was a road that you should be driving in a four wheel or four wheel drive vehicle on like taping type of thing so they must have been driving slow or something because they would have expected there to be damage on the car that was noted in the police report so obviously the road was bad enough that they were surprised at this Mercury Taegu made it as far as it did with no bumps anything essentially they had a quarter tank of gas and they were not stuck in the snow. Basically what confused investigators is that the driver either use astonishingly honestly amount of care precision our new the road well enough to anticipate every single rut. It's pretty incredible and then they had gas they weren't stuck so they're high up enough and there was some snow avail on the ground. They essentially abandoned fully functional car is what they're really looking AETNA and that's kind of what confused them. It's like you have this car of guys there either lost or something and they left a car that had gas that wasn't stuck that wasn't damaged yeah so very very very confusing to investigators working on this so now we have a big gap. Were basically a search churches occurring. They didn't have any updates so from February twenty eighth to March third. We're going to be talking about Rangers. Search the area for five days found on no trace of the men to make things worse soon after the search started a severe blizzard moved into the area and they got nine inches of snow that dropped in the upper mountain so this is an obviously hinder any of the search efforts that they had the search teams had so many issues that they stated that they nearly lost men themselves two days later they had these things called snow cats that were having issues these like the boxy vehicles with tank tracks for snow and I'm trying to think of the do you remember the movie Goldeneye. Can I the James Bond movie I do. It's it's do you remember those things that they had when they earn like Siberia Yup. That's what they're talking about so they had these snow cats. He's things things that could basically navigate all so they're really bringing out some of the right equipment and they they knew the area well enough that they're gonNA get a decent search and even though they had the blizzard going on so as the news the disappearance spread Joseph Scans contacted the police say he had seen the men between eleven pm am and twelve pm on that Friday so we now also have a guy that saw the news comments said you know hey I actually saw these guys from eleven to noon news that would also fall in line with the timeframe of the drive somewhat after they left that that shop so they saw them eleven pm to twelve. Am Yeah Yeah I did say five PM. I meant okay but he saw them in that window and he estimated that time 'cause we're talking. It's it's a week or two later when he calls after he sees the news so he was driving up gravel road to his cabin when his car became stuck in the snow and unfortunately while trying trying to push his car out he suffered a heart attack so this is this is where this is where the and this is why. I don't want to say like the story but this is what really got me see for this story so the Rub for this is there are two different versions of the story both of which are weird and somewhat creepy alright it version one and they come from this guy who suffered a heart attack and did he die from a heart attack. He did not die from the heart attack and so this yes I guess yeah he told the story he told the story but still it's. It's this is going to blow your mind cause. I know you didn't read this yet. In one version while Joe I was laying in his car suffering from his apparent heart attack he saw two sets of headlights coming up behind him was a car and the other was a pickup truck he he got out of his car to flag them down obviously because he's having medical issues. The two vehicles both stopped what he said about twenty feet from him. The passengers passengers got out then left together in one car. Joe Spent the rest of the night in his car before walking back down the mountain in the morning so oh this so okay. Let's recap version one Joe Johns having a heart attack now remember Joe Johns. Is this guy who contacted police saying he saw the group so he's not part of the moon. I'm going to try and keep recapping as much as possible because there's a lot of actors in this story Joe Get stuck on this road again. This is the road where the this group of five that are developmentally disabled drove up with no issue. This guy has a cabin here and had issues driving up this road. He got stuck in the snow. He he was trying to push his car out of being stuck. When he suffered heart attack? He's laying in his car having a heart attack apparently when he sees headlights come up thinking thinking he's got some sort of salvation. He's going to get help. He flags them down. Both cars. Stop the people exit the cars all enter into one car just simply drive away which means they left the pickup truck there apparently then this guy who's having a heart attack spent the night having his heart attack in his car car in walked out to get help and survived so that's version.
"vocational rehabilitation center" Discussed on KQED Radio
"Are now underway tomorrow morning at eleven following NPR's. Coverage of the state funeral of President Bush. Support for NPR comes from this station and from the Gruber family foundation, supporting NPR's international coverage covering the trends moments. People and movements that drive the world. Always with the goal of creating a more informed public one challenged and invigorated by events ideas and cultures from the doors. Duke charitable foundation whose clinical scientists development awards support promising early career physician scientists and their research efforts to improve human health and from the Annie E Casey foundation. This is one A. I'm Joshua Johnson. President George H W Bush is lying in state here in the nation's capital. Visitors have until eight forty five eastern tomorrow morning to pay their respects in person before the state funeral at Washington National cathedral, a lot of you have been paying your respects in light of his efforts to pass the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here's another message that was left in our inbox. Hi, I'm Scott from Orlando across the US. I've found that public accommodations are divided into three groups those who listened to good consultants and are easy to use those who for whatever reason are passive aggressive in their solution implementations and those soup play the enforcement lottery hoping there are so few will be blocked by the barriers. They are willing to take the risk as a fairly functional. Paraplegic time constantly amazed at how small the first group is and how large the second and third groups are Scott, thanks very much for sharing your story with us. We welcome more of your stories and your. About the Americans with disabilities. Act comment on our Facebook page tweet us at one A or Email one A at W A M, U dot ORG. We're speaking to me is really a US wheelchair athlete and disability and civil rights activists and Jonathan young executive vice president and CEO of a KIRO therapeutics and the one time chair of the national council on disability me a you wanted to respond to Stephanie's voicemail before we keep going. So I just wanted to give a counterpoint to what Jonathan was saying. I actually identify as a disabled person seeing it as an identity. I it is a totally understood, you know, I grew up with determined person with a disability for the longest time. It was what I was told was the correct terminology. It wasn't until I sort of embraced disability as part of my density that I started identifying as a disabled person. And it's just sort of a part of some of the lingo that a lot of the on the ground activists had been using. But I totally understand people want to identify. However, they want to identify and my suggestion is if you're going to talk about somebody ask them, how they wanna be at dented Jonathan this is one of those interesting aspects, I think of the way that America has talked about a lot of differently abled people in this country, including I think people who are deaf. For example, lake deafness was considered just a condition early on. Now, there is a culture around deaf. And hard of hearing culture American sign language is a fully acknowledged language with all of the idiosyncrasies and uniqueness of of a spoken language. It's kind of it's kind of interesting at least to me Jonathan how what began as just oh you poor thing. You have this condition can become part of culture and part of identity. Sure. And I think it's important to remember. You know, we talk about. The word disability is if it's a singular type of thing, and there's a singular community are singular type of disability. But there are physical impairments. Sensory impairments people are Dafur blind or hard of hearing or people with mental health issues. And so the extraordinary diversity within the disability community and many people with disabilities are people of color and different gendered identities. So there's a lot of complexity in different people as me aside have different ways that they embrace that identity. So I would agree with me. The most important thing really is to speak with people about how they would like to be to be addressed glad to get some of your stories as well. Larry tweeted, I was wounded in combat in Vietnam in nineteen seventy a bullet hit my spinal cord, and I'm a paraplegic thanks to the ADA. I can be part of the mainstream. No more calling ahead to a restaurant to see if it's accessible remember that the ADA is a civil rights law. Larry, thank you for your service to our country, and me, I wonder if you could respond to Larry's tweet, particularly because there is a strong civil rights component to this. I wonder if that in some ways makes it more urgent to keep pushing forward on access for disabled people people with disabilities in the areas where maybe the current law does not really work. It's actually interesting because veterans coming back wounded actually helped to push a lot of the idea that disabled people or people with disabilities the disabled community deserved access to their community. There was a lot of sympathy for the individuals that were coming back injured, and it did help spur a lot of the society to sort of change their idea about disability. So I definitely want to say thanks to all the veterans who have helped push Civil Rights Act for disabled people. I think that in terms of looking at the as a civil rights. Act understanding that it's it should be a living document is should be amended because our ideas of identity and access have always changed. And it's a component that we should always push forward to be more inclusive in society, Jonathan your time working with the Obama administration talk about what that was like, particularly in terms of keeping the ADA a living document, sure. Great to be part of a to administrations in the Clinton White House and in under President Obama where there were very strong commitment to advancing the rights of people with disabilities. It is important to remember that no the the work of civil rights didn't end with the nine hundred sixty four Civil Rights Act. We see that that is an effort that sort of ongoing today, and we shouldn't expect it to be any different when it comes to disability rights. So we've had huge gains. It was great coming into this building. Today. There's a button automatically opened the door. There was a ramp to come into the studio. Those are things that we take for granted. Now, a built environment that with every new construction is more and more accessible. But that doesn't mean that the job is is done. I think on attitudes and the built environment. We've probably been made the most progress. I think the biggest issue that remains outstanding really comes to the issue of employment. Employment was a core aspect of the the idea that people with disabilities could be contributing citizens to the economy not. Just for the benefit of people disabilities, but also to be tax paying citizens. And that's really one of the biggest challenges that we face. And part of the problem really is that we've got a network of disincentives actually that for people with disabilities to get benefits. They need have to pick themselves out of the workforce. And we need to get around that are conflict. I was just about to ask you about that Jonathan we got a listener Philip who tweeted I'm wondering if you can talk about the continuing challenge of empowering more people with disabilities into the workforce, you mentioned benefits on on one end Jonathan what else do you see as challenges in terms of workforce? Access access to technology for many people with disabilities. There are cost to acquire technology. We advocate vocational rehabilitation centers that help provide people with some of those accommodations, but there are sort of gateway cost if you will it cost many people with disabilities. More to do the kinds of things that everyone else takes for granted. If you need adaptations for a vehicle, for instance of the benefits is really key and healthcare really stands out. It's probably the singular most important thing because many people with disabilities need healthcare, whether they're working or not. Because not every job has. Solid healthcare coverage. If you can't get that except by pledging to the government that you can't work that becomes the only real way for many people to get healthcare, which means they can't realize their employment potential before I come back to me. I wonder Jonathan if there are any places where you see significant progress being made models for other companies to follow. I mean, I it shows up in in little ways, I think for someone like me where you say look at successive versions of windows or MAC OS where the accessibility options begin to evolve for people who were visually impaired or hearing impaired or need text to speech. Like, it seems to be built in in ways that are external and kind of accessible to everyone. But are there one or two like good national models for employers who are trying to do better? You know, I think one of the real key things. And I don't want to oversimplify. It is really the the attitude that makes a commitment to opportunities for people with disabilities. So I think when employers make a commitment to proactively recruit people with disabilities and. Except you idea that accommodations can enable people disabilities to be some of their most productive. Parts of their companies or their organizations. That's really key. And so I think there are examples around the country people have made those commitments and found implemented people disabilities to be really great for their companies. Patricia in Texas emailed, if not for the ADA, my son would not be educated. He is deaf with special assistance throughout his school years provided because of the ADA he would not be where he is. He's a biomedical engineer. A graduate of Texas. Am university. He's proven because of his own drive his own determination that anyone can accomplish huge goals. But none of that would be possible without the ADA and what services were provided because of that law. Thank you, Mr Bush. Thanks Patricia for sharing your story. And interestingly enough, of course, Texas in college station, Texas is where the Bush presidential library is in that is where the late president will be laid to rest after he service tomorrow at Washington National cathedral me, let me talk to you a little bit more. I wonder how much in terms of what still needs. Needs to be done you encounter. There was a story this week about American Airlines having to apologize. I didn't believe this until someone on the team told me about this. They had to apologize to a wheelchair user who they had left on a plane overnight. Apparently just forgot about him left him on the plane, and then had to find out the next morning that this person needed a wheelchair had been left on board, I presume that nothing like that has happened to you. But it just kind of stuns me like how what is this a reflection of how far we have to go. Or is this kind of an aberration. It's unfortunately, still how far we have to go. There are significant issues with the airlines that I have heard. Throughout my lifetime. And I've also experienced where you will see them damaging equipment damning durable medical equipment, which costs thousands of dollars. You'll see airlines throwing equipment onto the conveyor belts to get the things into the cargo cabinet. And it's just the fact that a lot of times people still don't see disabled people as the same as all all the other individuals that you know, we've we've tried to protect and in society, we're still fighting for the right to be heard in in society. You know, you look at most of the politicians that are running a lot of them. Don't even mentioned disability in their platforms. You see that? There's still a lot of issues around getting captioning on for. -mergency responses you've seen issues of not having ASL interpreters provided for news for news conferences, it's still a large way to go. And unfortunately, the congress has seen fit to look at trying to even reduce the impact that the ADA has with HR six twenty. And luckily, we have Senator Duckworth and the Senate who said no that you guys can't take out the teeth of the ADA by saying that people have to educate. Disabled people have to sit there and educate people on laws. They should already know Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois herself as a has a disability. He wanted to jump back in. Yes. A couple of things that may have touched on. So when we're talking about anything about current legislative priorities. One thing that's really important to take note of as we look back on the ADA is the incredible bipartisanship that we had around the ADA certainly wasn't equally bipartisan there was more support among Democrats on the hill than there were Republicans. But at the end of the day, vast majorities of Republicans and Democrats supported the and we don't really have that same environment right now. I think disability has benefited from a lot of bipartisan historic commitment. But in today's kind of partisanship. We don't really have the same level of bipartisan commitment, and that's something that we really need to. To to find a way to restore me. Can I just ask you you? You are a wheelchair athlete. What sports do you play? So I don't currently play any sports right now. I did everything from wheelchair track to fencing to basketball and then ended up doing cross fit for a couple of years as well. What was that? Like like, how did how how did being able to do various sports kind of affects your view of yourself as a disabled person? You know, it's interesting because when I started out, you know, I was told by doctors, and even teachers, you know, the limitations that supposedly my disability upon me. And it wasn't until I started sports. I realized maybe it's not my limitations, but it's actually limitations of society that put upon me that say that I'm not allowed to do certain things because I have a disability. And as I was growing up. It was interesting because I started trying to be on my high school track team. Mm-hmm. As wheelchair athlete, and at first, you know, the the they seem very open to the idea. But then they didn't get an accessible bus for me to go compete at other schools, and it wasn't until then I realized that I need to start speaking up for myself because my parents really advocated for me, and my parents started teaching me how to advocate for myself and really believe in the laws that were put in place that tell me that I have a basic right to do all my peers were doing I have to say like it's weird. But hearing that you are a wheelchair athlete. I feel like that almost confers a different level of respect. Like, oh, she's an athlete. She can play a sport. Like, she is she has kind of found a way to be differently abled. I mean, when I saw you I didn't think, oh, there's this small woman in a wheelchair because you're an athlete you. You are not small you are energy efficient. You could probably kick. My buddy. All of those sports that you just listed. But it's funny kind of the way that perception changes because you take it upon yourself to find new avenues into these things. I know we have to wrap, but there are several of our listeners wanna know what they can do to support. Maybe folks like you haven't quite learned how to advocate for themselves the same Michael in Indianapolis asked. I would love to hear your panelists. Comments on how the ADA can be improved or better implemented and how people without physical disabilities can be more mindful with regard to accessibility issues..
"vocational rehabilitation center" Discussed on Stuff You Should Know
"Know specific right there on the river and if you have the right seat you can look out over downtown and see like all those beautiful bridges it's just lovely well okay cool yeah i remember quite clearly i stayed in my rooming gorge myself on the chicken saw it was totally worth missing the pittsburgh remember that it was funny i hurt my cell phone that's done all right i'm glad we killed some time before we got into this very mysterious ed story it's a good one though isn't it is exist ordinarily sad public the saddest true i don't know it's up there as far as true life true crime disappearances go and it's the one about gary matthias well that's what they call it they call it the gary matthias disappearance but i really doesn't do it much justice or it doesn't serve it well because it was a lot more than gary matthias involved yeah i've seen it more so called the yuba county five you know i guess just depends on where you're looking i had not run across that oh yeah oh god that makes me wonder what all stuff i missed well you know there were five guys what so no there actually were five guys there were five friends gary matthias was one of them and there were four others there was ted we're who is the oldest he was thirty to direct there is jackie hewitt he was the youngest he was twenty four there was jack madera yeah i'm not sure what age he was but he was definitely between twenty four and thirty two i'll tell you that narrows it down bill sterling and then again gary matthias and those five guys were a set of friends and they met at the yuba city vocational rehabilitation center for the what you would call today the cognitively impaired or cognitively challenged yeah because three of these guys of course this one article you have from nineteen seventy eight doesn't use appropriate terms anymore but noth three of these guys were intellectually disabled or developmentally disabled not an exact like it's kinda hard to get an exact diagnosis from these nineteen seventyeight germs but madrid guy was undiagnosed but according to his mom he was generally thought of as she said as quote slow in quote and then matthias was the only one knocked diagnosed with a developmental disability but he was under drug treatment for schizophrenia right so all five of these guys had some sort of challenge going on in your life right exactly so so there's a lot of details you can kind of glean because you're absolutely right like reading the really great washington post article which is basically the comprehensive document on the case from nineteen seventy eight you can kind of glean a an idea picture of these guys so they're just five friends thick is these even within this this tight little group of friends there's subgroups of even tighter friends like ted we're and jackie hewitt were particularly close them bill stirling and jack madrid were particularly close they had like they were just these these five guys known as the boys right they all lived at home with their parents they were always going to live at home with their parents it was just what what the the plan was like i think ted ted we're had a head a job as janitor and then later on his snack bar clerk mela basketball yeah those another one and they actually played together on the basketball team for the vocational rehab center basically like they're hang out the place where they hung out bright they play basketball on that team but jack madrid goods worth saying headed driver's license whereas three of the other ones didn't although gary matthias it as well so these guys.