Disabilities

Angel Russell

Cal Poly University engineer students have invented a robot that can help disabled surfers get in and out of the water. The students tested the all-terrain wheelchair during a demonstration Friday, June 11 in Pismo Beach. 

Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for all families, but for families caring for children with disabilities, it can be especially challenging. According to the last US Census Report, one in every 26 American families reported raising children with a disability. How are they coping? What resources are there for them in the community? Join Kris Kington Barker as she speaks with Kaycie Roberts, executive director with the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center, member of the San Luis Obispo County Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Community Advisory Committee and parent of a child with autism; April Lewallen, board chair of the Central Coast Autism Spectrum Center and V.P. with PathPoint' and Rebekah Koznek, parent and chair of the Community Advisory Committee (C.A.C.) with SELPA, as they discuss how they are coping during the pandemic.

Angel Russell

In Paso Robles, some students with disabilities returned to campus Monday, and the school district is hoping to serve more students with in-person learning assistance this school year. 

For 30 years, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has transformed the landscape of our nation and created opportunities for the more than 60 million Americans. Join Fred Munroe as he speaks with Jerry Mihaic, advocate with the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC); John Lee, assistive technology specialist with the Cal Poly Disability Resource Center; and Susan Chandler, president of Californians for Disability Rights, as we recognize and commemorate this important milestone, while also discussing how we can continue to advocate for a more equitable and inclusive communities.

Providing disabled adults and their advocates information about available support services, the nonprofit Independent Living Navigator helps people living with disabilities find housing and their place in the community. It was founded by Laura Mackenzie, who spent years piecing together appropriate help for her son and wanted to share her knowledge with other families so they might avoid the many heartaches and disappointments that she encountered. Tune in for a conversation with the Reluctant Therapist, Elizabeth Barrett, about the success of this grassroots program and the many lives it's improved. 

AmpSurf

Jul 24, 2017

Broadcast date: 7/27/2017

Nearly two million men and women have served our country in Iraq and Afghanistan. Many have been wounded while serving our country, and are searching for ways to feel whole again. One in five Americans struggle with a life-long disability. Whether someone is a disabled vet, an autistic child, or a young woman who has lost a limb to cancer, AmpSurf offers a unique rehabilitation program that lets all people with disabilities experience the freedom of adaptive sports without limitations.

Broadcast date: 5/5/16

In recent years, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, (Cal Poly) has made diversity one of its highest priorities.