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WYSO Launches "Just Ask: Talking About Disability"

WYSO, Antioch College’s public radio station and NPR affiliate, has launched a new storytelling series highlighting the experiences of Ohioans living with disabilities. 

“Just Ask: Talking About Disability” grew out of a training WYSO conducted this spring with four Miami Valley disability advocacy groups: the Access Center for Independent Living, Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services, United Rehabilitation Services, and Wright State University’s Disability Services Center.  For six weeks, WYSO Morning Edition host and reporter April Laissle and Community Voices producer Anna Lurie collaborated with people with disabilities to create radio stories. Each story in in the series focuses on topics participants said were most important to them. 

“I decided to participate because I think there is a lot of ignorance around disability in society,” said series participant Robert Sabwami. “So for me, this was all about creating more awareness and sharing what it really means to be an individual with a disability. It was therapeutic for me to share my story.”

Following the series theme of “just ask,” WYSO listeners will have an opportunity to ask their own questions of project participants on the WYSO website after each story airs. 

“WYSO is all about giving voice to our community and we’re so happy to join this collaboration,” says WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis.

Just Ask: Talking About Disability will air each Wednesday on All Things Considered and Thursdays during Morning Edition on WYSO through August 2017. The stories are archived at WYSO.org

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About WYSO

WYSO 91.3 was founded by students at Antioch College in 1958 as a 10-watt community radio station. It is licensed to Antioch College, with its studios on the Antioch campus. It broadcasts on multiple platforms: 91.3 FM, live streaming at WYSO.org, on HD radio and on the Public Radio Player, a mobile application. WYSO is the Miami Valley's only NPR News station with programming from NPR, Public Radio International, American Public Media, PRX and the BBC as well as the work of local and independent radio producers.

WYSO is committed to supporting Antioch’s educational mission and values.