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Friends For Life Podcast

Apr 1, 2024

In this insightful episode of the IDD Health Matters Podcast, Dr. Craig Escude welcomes Kirsten Sanchirico, a graduate of the University of Vermont's LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) program. Kirsten shares her unique experiences navigating the intersection of disability, policy, and education, particularly highlighting the challenges she faced attending the Disability Policy Seminar in Washington D.C. due to her physical disability and the accommodations required for travel.

Kirsten's story sheds light on the broader issues of accessibility and inclusivity, from the difficulties of securing appropriate accommodations on flights to the financial implications of receiving a stipend while on a fixed income due to disability benefits. Her journey underscores the importance of understanding and advocating for the rights and needs of individuals with disabilities, both in educational settings and beyond.

This episode is a powerful reminder of the ongoing struggles for equity and access faced by people with disabilities and the critical role of education and advocacy in driving positive change in policy and practice.