Disability Inc.



Honest conversations about disability with parents, educators, and people with disabilities.


  • Exploring the Sibling Story Through Writing and Film

    09/11/2021 Duración: 41min

    Art allows us to process our lives and complex emotions individually, and to come together collectively while building community. Join our conversation on why having brothers and sisters with disabilities stimulates the creation of art.  Allan B. Goldstein is a distinguished NYU Tandon School of Engineering Senior Lecturer, whose Disabilities Studies course teams up students and community members with disabilities to create digital stories and discuss disability readings. Goldstein is the older sibling and guardian of his brother Fred, a survivor of the notorious Willowbrook State School. Goldstein’s writing explores the social barriers impeding an inclusive society. Allan also serves on the Pace University Disability Film Festival screening committee, which features films by and about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Liz Sargent has an extensive background in dance, theater and film, which informs how she tells her stories. Liz is an award-winning producer for Cyprian Films. She is

  • Disappearing Private Special Education Schools

    02/11/2021 Duración: 54min

    Approved, publicly funded special education schools are facing an existential threat. Hear about their history, the challenges they face, and how one school stayed true to its mission by discontinuing public funding. Donna Kennedy has guided the Gillen Brewer School, a NYC private school providing special education services in a private school in NYC since its inception in 1992, serving as Head of School since 2003. Donna serves as a Commissioner of Accreditation for NYSAIS and Treasurer of the Guild for Independent Schools. Donna received her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Bank Street College of Education and a Master of Science in Special Education focusing on Learning Disabilities from Hunter College. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Nebraska.   To read the transcript of this episode, visit www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/Disappearing_Private_Special_Education_Schools.pdf.

  • Access & Activism: Why We Need to Talk about It

    26/10/2021 Duración: 37min

    What will mental health care look like going forward? Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, MD is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Weill Cornell Medical College and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Since 2001, he has been listed every year as a Top Addiction Psychiatrist in New York Magazine’s Best Doctors issue. He is the recipient of a George Foster Peabody Award for his PBS and HBO films educating the public about medicine and psychiatry, and has been recognized by both the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. He is an author and filmmaker and is well known for his book and film “Bedlam.” To read the transcript of this episode, visit www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/Access__Activism.docx.pdf.

  • The Legacy of Bloomberg & de Blasio on the NYC School System

    19/10/2021 Duración: 46min

    Dr. Tom Liam Lynch is Director of Education Policy at The Center for New York City Affairs at The New School and Editor-in-Chief of the website InsideSchools. A former educational technology professor, English teacher, and school district official for the New York City Department of Education, Lynch has written dozens of articles and presented the world over on educational technologies, online learning, school reform, new literacies, and K-12 computer science. He holds a doctorate in education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. To view the report referenced in this interview, visit www.centernyc.org. To read the transcript of this episode, visit www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/The_Legacy_of_Bloomberg__de_Blasio_on_the_NYC_School_System.docx.pdf.

  • Before We Knew Autism

    12/10/2021 Duración: 39min

    Autism didn’t appear in the DSM until 1980 or as a disability category under IDEA until 1990. Meet the woman who began building the autism advocacy movement on Staten Island in 1981. Donna Long is a dynamic Staten Island community leader who has been advocating for the needs and services of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism since the early 80s--and her impact is still felt today. She is recently retired as Executive Director of The GRACE Foundation, a non-profit that works with individuals and families impacted by autism. Donna currently serves as Director of External Affairs for Crossroads Unlimited Inc., an agency that provides comprehensive services for individuals with I/DD. To read the transcript of this episode, visit www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/Before_We_Knew_Autism.docx.pdf.

  • Uncharted Territory: Finance, Equity, and Education in the Age of COVID-19

    30/07/2020 Duración: 47min

    INCLUDEnyc’s Julianne Toce interviews David Bloomfield, Professor of Educational Leadership, Law, and Policy at Brooklyn College. David discusses the state of special education during this uncertain time and provides recommendations. You can reach David at davidcbloomfield@gmail.com, visit his website, or follow him at @BloomfieldDavid. This podcast was recorded 4/21/2020.   To view the transcript for this episode, visit https://www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/David_Bloomfield_transcript.pdf

  • Siblings: In Different Boats, Weathering the Same Storm Together

    29/07/2020 Duración: 36min

    All sibling relationships are dynamic, but they are all the more so when your sibling has a disability. Listen in to special education teacher and advocate Lindsay Hyland and INCLUDEnyc’s Beth Ebert discussing the challenges, joys and impact of having a sibling with a disability. To view the transcript of this episode, visit https://www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/Lindsay_podcast.pdf Links: SibsNY website: http://sibsny.org/ SibsNY on Meetup: https://www.meetup.com/sibsNY SibsNY on facebook: SibsNY Sibling Leadership Network: https://siblingleadership.org/ Other sibling support on Facebook: Sibnet on Facebook SibTeen Sib20

  • Student & Family Voice in the Transition IEP

    28/07/2020 Duración: 41min

    INCLUDEnyc’s Jane Heaphy interviews Dr. David Connor, Professor Emeritus at CUNY’s Hunter College & Graduate Center. Dr. Connor, whose research focuses on inclusive education, learning disabilities, and teacher education, discusses how professionals and families can leverage the transition IEP meeting to advance participation, self-advocacy, and self-determination. To view the transcript for this episode, visit https://www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/Dr._Connor_Transcript.pdf

  • Medical Marijuana in Public Schools

    27/07/2020 Duración: 26min

    INCLUDEnyc’s Jean Mizutani chats with cannabis advocate and parent Maureen Surin. Advocating for her daughter, Maureen’s efforts resulted in Ashley’s Law, which allows Illinois students with certain medical conditions to take medical marijuana in school.   To read a transcript of this podcast, visit https://www.includenyc.org/images/uploads/content/Maureen_Podcast_Transcript.pdf

  • Obtaining High Quality Special Education Services in an Imperfect World

    26/11/2019 Duración: 43min

    INCLUDEnyc’s Kpana Kpoto interviews Oroma Mpi-Reynolds, education lawyer, parent, and former Special Education Settlements & Claims Attorney at the New York City Department of Education. This conversation explores the impact of race, culture, and socioeconomic status on special education and the racial disparities in identification and discipline. Listen as they discuss the inequities in the special education system and how to ensure appropriate referrals and high-quality supports and services despite them.

  • Restorative Justice in Action in NYC Schools

    19/11/2019 Duración: 41min

    NY Peace Institute’s Restorative Justice Coordinator Kailani Capote shares her experiences implementing restorative justice at a Harlem high school with Colin Montgomery of INCLUDEnyc. Restorative justice practices will be adopted across all NYC middle and high schools in the 2019-2020 school year and they make up a big part of the DOE’s recent major reforms to limit school suspensions and to equip students and staff with social-emotional and conflict resolution tools.

  • Student Data, Privacy, and the Internet Age

    12/11/2019 Duración: 39min

    Leonie Haimson, one of New York’s most active education advocates and proponent of small class sizes, and Jean Mizutani of INCLUDEnyc address the challenge of controlling student data in an era when practice precedes regulatory safeguards and education is today’s most data-mineable industry. For more information, visit https://www.studentprivacymatters.org/

  • Unprepared: How People with Disabilities Paved the Way for Emergency Preparedness in NYC

    29/10/2019 Duración: 34min

    Susan Dooha, Executive Director at The Center for Independence of the Disabled, NYC (CIDNY) and Ruth DiRoma of INCLUDEnyc discuss the movement to ensure that all New Yorkers are safe during emergencies. When they filed their first lawsuit against the city in 2011, demanding emergency planning that addresses the universal needs of residents, little did they know how soon the arrival of Hurricane Sandy would put the city to a life and death test. Find out what happened, and what we expect in the future.

  • Advocacy, Activism, and the Future

    22/10/2019 Duración: 46min

    Susan Scheer, CEO at the Institute of Career Development, founder of Access-A-Ride and Jean Mizutani of INCLUDEnyc discuss Section 504, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Education for All Handicapped Children’s Act/IDEA, which were all born of the vigorous activism of people with disabilities and their allies. This conversation explores the current state of activism and leadership at a time when our hard-won rights are increasingly vulnerable.

  • Defining Disability

    15/10/2019 Duración: 01h04min

    Disability has long been defined by an individual's impairment and the notion that each disabled person should rely on medicine and health care to fix or cure themselves. Others define it by the social, political, and environmental barriers that society creates. Join Lori Podvesker of INCLUDEnyc and Dr. Jessica Bacon, Assistant Professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Montclair State University, as they explore how the opportunities, experiences, and education available to people with disabilities are shaped by the lens through which society views disability and calls on each of us to rethink our definition of disability.

  • Integrate NYC Schools Now!

    28/05/2019 Duración: 51min

    NYC has a long-standing school segregation problem that affects students of all age ranges and runs across school programs, disability, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Students, parents, and advocates are making news headlines as they call for meaningful integration across city schools. Matt Gonzales, Director of the School Diversity Project at NY Appleseed, explains the scope of NYC’s school segregation problem and the promising work happening to meaningfully integrate our schools at last.

  • Unpacking the Endrew F. Opinion

    21/05/2019 Duración: 46min

    Steven Alizio interprets the landmark Special Education Case, Endrew F., a unanimous Supreme Court opinion from 2017 establishing higher expectations for all students, including those with cognitive disabilities. This reinterpretation of the critical free appropriate public education (FAPE) requirements in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is good news for all who care about higher achievement for our students. Steve Alizio is a special education attorney in private practice and former INCLUDEnyc Junior Board member. He taught in a public high school on Long Island for 7 years before earning his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.

  • From Shakespeare to Speechless: Disability in the Media

    14/05/2019 Duración: 37min

    People with disabilities face social stigma and misunderstanding stemming from what they see and hear from movies, books, newspaper, Internet, even advertising. When people are bombarded by daily misrepresentations, they can take root and create stereotypes, reinforcing negative images and ideas about people with disabilities. Learn how authentic representation of people with disabilities in the media is a foundational component in an inclusive society.   Matt Conlin was previously the Digital Accessibility Fellow for Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, adjunct professor and speaker at the CUNY School of Professional Studies. From the arts to higher education, Matt has advised how to create inclusive spaces. He is a Fordham University and CUNY School of Professional Studies alumnus and is currently enrolled in the advanced certificate for youth studies for youth development work.

  • One Sibling’s Journey: On the Bus & Beyond (Part 2)

    07/05/2019 Duración: 52min

    INCLUDEnyc’s Family Educator Kaitlin Roh continues the conversation with Rachel Simon, a sibling of a woman with a disability and author of Riding the Bus with My Sister, on what has happened since Rachel stopped riding the bus. They dive into how relationships as adult siblings change, the importance of support networks, and advice for caregivers and parents as they grow and build those relationships. The Sibling Support Project is a nation-wide project dedicated to the concerns of and support for siblings of individuals with special health, developmental, and mental health concerns: www.siblingsupport.org.

  • Bumps and Turns from a Sibling’s Perspective (Part 1)

    30/04/2019 Duración: 44min

    In any family, relationships among brothers and sisters are unique and important. Siblings can be friends and secret-keepers, as well as rivals and combatants. This relationship can be impacted by a sibling’s disability, shaping the experiences of both individuals throughout their lives together. Rachel Simon, author of Riding the Bus with My Sister and The Story of Beautiful Girl, discusses her own journey and relationship with her sister Beth and all the bumps and turns that happened along the way. For more information on Rachel Simon and her writing, check out her website: www.rachelsimon.com.

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