July 2017 marked nearly three decades since President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. The ADA was the nation's first comprehensive civil rights legislation designed to protect people with cognitive and physical disabilities.
To recognize the anniversary of the ADA, WYSO brought you stories of Ohioans living with disabilities. It was called "Just Ask: Talking About Disability." The series grew out of a training WYSO conducted in the spring of 2017 with four Miami Valley disability advocacy groups: the Access Center for Independent Living
, Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services
, United Rehabilitation Services
, and Wright State University’s Disability Services Center
. For six weeks, WYSO producers April Laissle and Anna Lurie collaborated with people with disabilities to create radio stories. Each story in our series focuses on topics participants said were most important to them.
The "Just Ask: Talking About Disability" series was produced by WYSO Morning Edition Host/Reporter April Laissle and Community Voices Producer Anna Lurie, with additional stories from WYSO Managing Editor Jess Mador and All Things Considered Host/Reporter Jerry Kenney. The series was edited for broadcast by Jess Mador and Neenah Ellis, and for the web by Juliet Fromholt and Jess Mador.
"Just Ask: Talking About Disability" series participants included Todd Corthell, Lateef Brown, Michaela Feeser, Darrell Dean, Sue Reese, Heather Reese, Robert Sabwami, Susan Koller, and Tom Webb.