The Ed Roberts Campus

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A little history. In the early 70’s, Ed Roberts was a quadriplegic living in the Cowell Hospital and studying at the University of Berkeley. Change and liberation was in the air, so it didn’t take long for Ed and some other students with disabilities to decide that they didn’t need nurses. They could live independently with attendants. They formed a group called the Rolling Quads which morphed into the next group, which morphed and changed and morphed and started the Center for Independent Living and, in the meantime—the modern independent living movement was born. And that’s not the end of the story.

People with disabilities started other organiz
ations, projects and groups. When seven of these groups got together to dream about a building to house all their organizations they dreamed of a place to share amenities like meeting rooms; centers for computers, child development and fitness; a theater and café. And, since those who used the building would be mostly people with disabilities, it had to be near a major public transit hub. No one doubted the dream would come with a high price tag.

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The organizations are Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP), Center for Accessible Technology (CforAT), Center for Independent Living (CIL), Computer Technologies Program (CTP), Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF), Through the Looking Glass (TLG), and World Institute on Disability (WID).

Dmetri Belser came to KPFA‘s studio to talk about it. Dmetri is the executive director of The Center for Accessible Technology. The buck stopped with him in the fundraising and construction phase.

Raphaella Bennin went over to the Campus to talk to people who use the new facility including Reba Knickerbocker, Julie Fuller, Miley George, Saraswathi Devi, Leslie Simon, and Peter Sussman.


Photo of Dmetri Belser

Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby host.

Laura Hershey

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Photo of Robin Stephens and Laura Hershey in front of magnificant canyon, courtesy Ken Stein

What the heck is going on at KPFA?

Pushing Limits’ Members answer:

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Eddie Ytuarte (3:34)
Adrienne Lauby (4:38)
Super Megawatt Grover* (3:39)
Mary Ratcliff, Editor of Bay View Newspaper (20-30 min interview by Kate Raphael on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine.

The world is in a terrible place and desperately needs the ideas, the energy, the enthusiasm, the positive spirit of the people who are on the bottom, who are fighting to rise to the top. That’s where the energy is, where the ideas are, that passion needs to be heard on KPFA every hour of every day. And, there are so many people who are dying to be heard on KPFA, dying, literally dying, to be heard and can’t get on the station as it is currently prioritized.
– Mary Ratcliff on KPFA’s Women’s Magazine, 11-22-10

*aka Shelley Berman

Rants, Stories and Lies #3

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Short opinions, satire, interviews and commentaries from the disability community.

Guests: Bruce Allison, S.F. city hall reporter for POOR News Network and author of “You’re Retarded; You’ll Never Amount to Anything”;
Photo: Bruce Allison makes a banner for a street protest.
Jon Reed on the left.
Randall Wright, of Berkeley’s Fourth Friday Disability Night Out on how visibility combats discrimination;

Two members of the Sacramento addiction
& recovery community, Hurley Merical,
Executive Director of Oak Park Outreach

& MedMark Treatment Cente
r and
Starvel Junious of Core Medical Clinic
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Eddie Ytuarte, Adrienne Lauby and Shelley Berman of the Pushing Limits Collective with personal opinions on current problems at KPFA.


Shelley Berman hosts.


Original air date: 10-17-10

Biking While Blind

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Photograph of Bobby McMullen and guide biking (courtesy of Poison Oak Productions)

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After countless broken bones, a double organ transplant and sight loss, Bobby McMullen doesn't just ride his bike; this daredevil is a human cliffhanger.

He joins Pushing Limits hosts, Raphaella Bennin and Leah Gardner to talk about his life and the documentary based on his mountain biking exploits, The Way Bobby Sees It.

It’s blind biking, so hold onto your chairs; we're in for a bumpy ride.
Original air date: 1-5-10

Beyond the IEP

(Individualized Educational Program)

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Cynthia Molina and Christine Zimmerman, mother-advocates for students with disabilities in Oakland’s Programs for Exceptional Children talks with cohosts Eddie Ytuarte and Leah Gardner. What is it in the institutional culture that helps students succeed beyond the Independent Educational Program.

With a commentary by Shelley Berman on the upcoming elections.

KPFA

Photo: Three young children face a teacher with her hands up, palms out.
Their faces reflect excitement, withdrawal & caution.
Courtesy Furman University Libraries, Special Education Resources.

Original air date: 10-29-10

Breaking the Ice

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Photo of dancer, Gregory Jordan.

After hundreds of years of stigma and exclusion, people with cognitive disabilities are out and about in our communities. Many work at jobs with able-bodied co-workers and live independently, or in small group homes, in many neighborhoods.

We visit a class where people with limited speech are learning to choreograph and dance to Taiko drumming from a couple of grandmothers. Then, we talk to Josh Elwood, our sound engineer, who is both a client and board member of the non-profit, Clausen House.

Photo: Gregory J. poised with right arm up, finger pointing, toes turned out.

More guests: Gregory Jordan, Janis Danker, Christy Reed, Peter Brooks, &
Jessica Stiebenmorgen
from Clausen House.

Annie Ong of Heiwa Taiko Drums.
Eric Kupers & Mantra Plonsey of Dandelion Dancetheater.


Photo L to R. Josh Elwood, Adrienne Lauby (sound tech) Gregory Jordan.


Interviews by Josh Elwood, Shelley Berman & Adrienne Lauby.

Hosted by Raphaella Bennin.

Photos By Shelley Berman




Photo: Members of Hawa, Drumming

L. Vera Leo, Center, Annie Ong Class dancing as seen thro wall mirrors.

Watch the dancer’s most recent performance: “Speed”