Find out who Sarah Helena Vazquez is and her perspective on the disability experience from an personal and professional points of view. Vazquez is a author, advocate and national speaker. She shares her personal upbringing and how she was raised to believe in herself and view her diagnosis of cerebral palsy as just and label. She invites listeners to consider the disability experience more than a diagnosis, and encourages people to think about disability as a human experience that takes many different forms. She wants the audience to think of the disability community as a vital part of society who contributes to it in a positive way.
INTRO EPISODE – THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE OF DISABILITY
This podcast is about highlighting the Human Experience of Disability. Often times people who experience disabilities overlooked and under estimated. They are viewed for their medical diagnosis and their need for social services in this country. This podcast will explore the disability experience as a human one. It will analyze and evaluate the disability experience from many life’s perspectives. It will be viewed from a personal and professional lens. Ultimately, it looks to celebrate the disability experience and showcase that the community is a vital part of society.
EPISODE 1 – WORDS MATTER AND SHAPE OUR WORLD
In this first episode Sarah Vazquez explains the importance of language as it relates to the community of people that experiences disability. She discusses how words matter because they shape how people are presented to the world. She speaks to the historic way people who experience disabilities have been verbally described, and how language has influence society’s views, addresses and treats people who experience disabilities. In addition, Vazquez explores how the community that experience has disability has advocated to be addressed with respect and dignity regards to the language used to describe their disability experience while gaining self empowerment.
EPISODE 2 – DISABILITY HISTORY
Disability history is rarely talked about. In this Episode Vazquez talks about disability history from the perspective of how people who experience disabilities were institutionalized and considered as subhumans in society. She also talks about some of the civil rights laws that helped people who experience disabilities to gain access education and some opportunities for community inclusion. Lastly, she shares how advocacy was and is a vital part of ensuring that the community that experience disabilities continue to have access to full and inclusive lives.
EPISODE 3 – THE IMPORTANCE OF SELF-ADVOCACY
In the third episode of “The Human Experience of Disability,” Sarah explains how self-advocacy is one of the most important ways that the community of people that experience disabilities is able to get their voices heard and be recognized as respectable and contributing citizens of society. She shares a personal event while being in college, where her ability to self-advocate shaped the way she navigated through college and the rest of her adult life. Sarah believes that self-advocacy is a tool that is vital for people who experience disabilities and their support system to have and master.
EPISODE 4 – WHAT DOES DISABILITY DO PHYSICAL BEAUTY?
In episode four of “The Human Experience of Disability,” Sarah explores and opens the dialogue of what is considered beautiful in this country and how disability does not coincide with such ideas or standards. Sarah offers her perspective as a way to open up the dialogue in order to challenge listeners to think deeper about the idea of beauty and disability.
EPISODE 5 – ME AND MY BROTHER ON SIBLINGS DAY!
In this episode, Sarah sits down with her older brother, Octavio Vazquez, to talk about his experience as a sibling growing up with a sister who experiences a disability. Junior, as he is more commonly known as, shares his ideas about disabilities, his understanding of disabilities as a sibling and how it influenced his perspective on humanity and life in general. It is a sincere conversation between a brother and a sister that has interesting details of another side of the human experience of disability.
EPISODE 6 – ABLISM
In this episode, Sarah explains what Ablism is, what looks like and what can done to get rid of it. She compares Ablism to White Supremacy. She provides concrete examples of Ablism to provoke listeners to be aware of how it shows up in society and their communities. She encourages the listeners to learn what Ablism is, in order for listeners to contribute to the eradication of it.
EPISODE 7 – WHAT THE BUSINESS INDUSTRY CAN DO TO PROVIDE GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE
In this episode, Sarah talks about what best customer service practices in the business industry can look and feel like. She shares her experiences and her perspective on how companies can provide better customer service attention to people who experience disabilities. It is topic that barely gets attention. However, it is an important one when considering that people who experience disabilities are consumers as well.