Recent guests have focused on topics such as sports leagues, assistive technology for those with autism, and training for young adults in using public transportation. “Some parents find it difficult to get out to support group meetings because of the demands of caring for a special needs child. This radio show will bring the meeting to them,” says Sue Shilling.
Each week there is an opportunity to call in and brag about your child’s most recent accomplishment (no matter how small) and win a specially designed T-shirt. “Ask the Lawyer” is weekly spotlight by special education attorney, Lisa Krizman. Listeners may call in or email their questions.
I think this is a such a great idea that I am a sponsor of the show. “Everything Special Needs” can be heard at 1360 on the AM dial or online at www.wnjcradio.com. You may email your questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The number of television characters with disabilities is on the rise, according to a report on diversity in television program is released by GLAAD, a gay advocacy group. The report stated that 11 of the 813 regular network prime-time characters (1.4 percent) have disabilities. This is an increase from 8 characters last fall season. Persons living with disabilities make up 12 percent of the non-institutionalized US citizens.
Max on Parenthood (NBC) has Asperger Syndrome. FOX’s Red Band Society is set in a pediatric ward of a hospital and includes a character in a coma, one with cystic fibrosis, one with heart issues and two living with reduced mobility. Glee’s Artie is in a wheelchair. Although Becky on Glee is played by Lauren Potter, an actress with Down syndrome, very few of the performers actually have disabilities.