Disability Rights

Michelle Detweiler, President and CEO of Parc Center for Disabilities

Parc Center for Disabilities marks 70 years serving Pinellas County, plans expansion

The president and CEO of the Parc Center for Disabilities joined WMNF WaveMakers with Janet & Tom to discuss the non-profit’s 70th anniversary and its ambitious expansion plans. She was joined by Peter Mondorf, who...

Episode 20: Interview with Tarneisha Peters, Director of BBIF small business loan institution

Episode 20: Interview with Tarneisha Peters, Director of BBIF small business loan institution

Feds fire back at Florida in a nursing home kids case

The U.S. Department of Justice opposes Florida’s attempt to halt an injunction requiring keeping some children out of nursing homes.
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Nonprofit brings beach access mat to Clearwater beach

A local nonprofit is making the beach more accessible for people with disabilities. According to a press release from Help Us Gather (HUG), a 372-foot-long mobility mat will open at Sand Key Park this Friday....

Giving Thanks with Meals on Wheels Tampa

Every Thanksgiving season MidPoint spotlights issues of food insecurity and we always look for "the helpers." The crew from Meals on Wheels Tampa, Cindy Vann, and Erica Leigh, and MOW super-volunteer Rebecca Fiore joined us...
USF students stand with signs in support of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community

Students, Deaf and Hard of Hearing community lead USF protest

Over 100 students and members of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community rallied at the University of South Florida last week for support for the school’s Interpreter Training Program. Listen to the story here...
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor on ERA

Tampa partners with AARP to become an “age-friendly city”

There are already more than forty Florida communities that AARP considers “Age-Friendly” and Tampa wants to be next.

The ADA just turned 31 and Floridians with disabilities are still fighting for voting access

The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 31-years-old Monday. The landmark law was supposed to ensure equal access to employment, public entities and public accommodations. Floridians with disabilities are still fighting for that access. The most...

Radioactivity Wednesday: Lorenzo Milam, Community Radio and Disability Rights Activist Remembered

November 25, 2020 Good Morning, welcome to Radioactivity.  I’m Rob Lorei. This month, at the age of 86, radio activist Lorenzo Milam passed away in Oaxaca, Mexico.  Milam was known as “The Johnny Appleseed of...

In Florida, budget woes won’t get you out of accessibility responsibilities

The 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provided federal civil rights safeguards for people with physical and mental impairments. But in the years since numerous pieces of federal and state-level legislation have determined exactly how those...
This cardboard sign was placed in windows of residences where patients were quarantined due to polio.

Keep Off This Street:
The Epidemics of Polio and COVID19

The epidemics of polio and COVID19 Empty beaches, hollow pools, abandoned and quiet streets. Bans on gatherings. Fear layering daily activities with hesitation, and loss. While the Spanish Flu of 1918 is evoked by the...

“National Disability Employment Month” on Morning Energy

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM is a national campaign held to raise awareness about employment issues for disabled people and to also celebrate their accomplishments and contributions to society.  NDEAM is also...

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