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In this podcast, we host stories written and performed by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, tackling topics that range from romantic relationships to work life, childhood to grief. These are real stories from the complex, rich lives of real people.
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Ally Day is Associate Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo and author of several articles and book chapters, as well as the book The Politicial Economy of Stigma: HIV, Memoir, Medicine and Crip Positionalities. She is also co-producer for the film series HIV in the Rust Belt: The Story of David's House Compassion, directed by Holly Hey.
Becca Monteleone is Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo and author of several articles and book chapters, co-editor of the book Disability and Social Justice in Kenya: Scholars, Policymakers, and Activists in Conversation, and author of the forthcoming book Bodily Transgressions: Disability, Authority, and Medical Technology in the 21st Century. She has run storytelling workshops with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the country and is one of the founders of the Plain Truth Project, aimed at making news media more cognitively accessible.
Voices Around Us™ is supported in part by American Rescue Plan Act funds allocated by the City of Toledo and the Lucas County Commissioners and administered by The Arts Commission.