In this show, Gene and Dave share their experiences they’ve had with local disability related groups including Knowbility, Body Shift, Constable 5, our old friend, Jeff Moyer, and ADAPT. Our guest interviewees and their organizations, in order of appearance, are:
Sharon Rush, Executive Director
1033 La Posada Drive, Suite 372
Austin, TX 78752
We interviewed Sharron who told us about Knowbility’s annual event, Open AIR (Accessibility Internet Rally). They match nonprofits with web development companies in a competition to make the most accessible and aesthetic webpage.
Knowbility, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the independence of children and adults with disabilities by promoting the use and improving the availability of accessible information technology.
Olivia O’Hare, Director
We found out about dancing opportunities for people with and without disabilities. Ollie told us how they do it and how you can get involved. Body Shift is often seen in action on the streets of Austin.
Body Shift is based on the idea that we all move in interesting and compelling ways. Body Shift is an ongoing project in mixed-ability dance, co-sponsored by Forklift Danceworks and VSA Texas. Find them on Facebook:
DanceAbility is a method that uses some fundamental principles which are sensation, relationship, time, and design. So they’re kind of the elements that makes dance and choreography, and Alito Alessi has distilled those elements down to make them more accessible to a wider swath of people, and uses language that is more open. So it makes dance more accessible to more people.
1640-A E. 2nd Street
ADAPT is a disability rights advocacy organization. It’s also a great place to learn about resources for people with disabilities.
In addition to Bob telling us about the Fun Run happening April 2, at Yellow Jackets Stadium, which is on 11th and Rosewood, Cathy and David read off a list of activities or accomplishments in which ADAPT was involved.
If folks want information or they want someone to do a presentation to their group, they can contact Bob Kafka at 512-442-0252, which is the ADAPT office, or they can call Bob directly at his cell phone, 512-431-4085, and if you want to look to see what the website looks like, the fun run website where you would register is www.ADAPTfunrun.net and ADAPT really would appreciate your support.
Disabled Parking Enforcement
Tanya Winters and Constable Lopez
Tanya Winters, Volunteer Coordinator
Disabled Parking Enforcement
Office of Carlos B. Lopez
Ph 512-854-9100 x 35047
Tanya Winters and Constable Lopez told us about Austin’s Disabled Parking Enforcement program. People with disabilities are trained to enforce handicapped parking by issuing parking tickets to violators. Gene was so impressed with the program that he took the training to become a volunteer with the program. He can now write tickets to parking violators.
Jeff is a musician and disability rights activist. Has given free concerts in Austin when he comes here to visit family. Jeff shared with us his two of his most memorable civil rights moments. See them on our show.
Jeff brought with him his newest CD, “Peace Sweet Peace”. The songs address the emotional, spiritual and interpersonal needs of people approaching the end of life and bring comfort to the grieving. These song lyrics focus on the cycle of life, continuation of the soul, love, gratitude, forgiveness and inner peace. You can get “Peace, Sweet Peace” CD at http://www.jeffmoyer.com and iTunes.
Learn more about Jeff at http://www.jeffmoyer.com/#!services/ceox and
Other musicians at http://www.candomusos.com/profile-jeff-moyer.php