Including You: A Disability Rights Arkansas Podcast

Including You: A Disability Rights Arkansas Podcast

At Disability Rights Arkansas, we are focused on guidance for people with disabilities - navigating your rights, things that help with your everyday life, and navigating the complex systems of how to get the support you need. In this podcast, Including You, we bring that information directly to you, the listener, on things like accessibility questions, career and care, and even the nuances of love life with a disability. Everyone has the right to know their rights, everyone - Including You.


December 22, 2023 30 mins

Welcome to a special episode of 'Including You', where we discuss creating an inclusive holiday experience that goes far beyond the wrapping paper and ribbons. Hear from Mollie Hernandez and Jen Goodwin share how to make sure your holiday activities are inclusive for all.

We cover everything from accommodating food sensitivities with grace to ensuring the physical space is navigable for guests with disabilities....

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Have you ever felt the weight of underrepresentation or wondered how to navigate the workplace with a disability? Join us as we bring the conversation to the forefront with the employment team at Disability Rights Arkansas. Wednesday, Molly, and Jen discuss their personal journeys navigating employment with a disability. They pull back the curtain on the obstacles faced and their battles for representation.

As we delve dee...

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August 3, 2023 23 mins

Natural disasters can happen anywhere and to anyone – they don’t discriminate. But when the power is out, transportation is limited, or you are isolated from others – it can be detrimental to the disability community. We are here with Logan Perkes, from Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA, to talk about how FEMA can help people with disabilities and how we can prepare in case of said disasters.


  • Logan Pe...
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In part 2 of our travel series, we start at the beginning – where you stay and things to consider when booking it – whether that is a hotel, Air B&B or VRBO. We are also highlighting some great tips to be sure you can truly be involved in your next beach or ski trip.


  • Jen Goodwin -  Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Arkansas
  • Mollie Goodwin - Advocate, Disability Rights Arkansas

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Summer has officially kicked off, and for a lot of people, that means travel. We don’t want that to intimidate anyone. Today our guests will share not just tips but real-world experiences from their travels, good and bad. 


  • Mollie Hernandez, Advocate
  • Jen Goodwin, Staff Attorney

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May 30, 2023 44 mins

Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans experience a mental health illness in a given year? Despite its prevalence, individuals with a mental health diagnosis are still fighting to eliminate the stigma around mental health and getting treatment. Ableist language has become common vernacular with words tossed around like “crazy” and “insane.” I am joined today by Cory Bates-Rogers, Roger Isbell, and Tom Masseau to discuss this mental hea...

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April 13, 2023 27 mins

In this episode, we're getting personal. We were talking about the subject that makes your palms all sweaty and weak in the knees, yep, we're talking dating. Everyone has a right to date. They have a right to be single, to be choosy, and it's even okay to feel lonely too. 

- Wensday Kraemer, Self-Advocates Network Development (SAND) Project  Coordinator for the Arkansas Alliance for disability a...

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February 28, 2023 20 mins

There is a stigma around people with disabilities. Many believe people with disabilities don’t deserve a family life or can’t handle it.  I am joined today by Julie Petty – a wife, a mom, and a strong self-advocate here to break down that stigma. 


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January 31, 2023 40 mins

Life is about informed decisions. The question is - whose life is affected by those decisions? Whose rights are stripped?

In this episode, we are diving deeper into alternatives to guardianship, more specifically, supported decision-making. Today we are joined by self-advocate Jordan Anderson, whose entire life was uniquely impacted by an overnight decision to support his rights. We are also joined by Hezzy Smith, Directo...

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Today we are talking about changing mindsets and allowing everyone the opportunity to succeed or fail. Guardianship refers to the legal role given to an individual to manage the personal activities or resources of another person who "cannot do so on their own." What happens when we shift the conversation from complete control over someone's life to supported decision-making?


  • Sarah Carmany, Self-...
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