Rebecca Daniel-Burke asks the following questions
- Please explain why counselors need to be more keenly aware of problems facing people with disabilities.
- How would you define "Disability"?
- How is disability defined differently from "Handicap?"
- What are the three different kinds of paradigms that describe a person with a disability?
- Tell us about the independent Living Model
- What are the some of the barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from living independently in their communities?
- Why does discrimination and prejudice against people with disabilities exist?
- What are the basic professional skills that counselors need to know?
- What are a few empowerment skills that counselors can teach to their clients?
- How can counselors learn more about being involved on a public policy level?
Running Time: 50:32
Speaker: Robbin Miller, LMHC has a private practice in Massachusetts. Since 1996, Robbin (with her own speech and learning disabilities) has advocated for persons with disabilities. She gained valuable information and insight as an advocate for persons with disabilities at an independent living center. Robbin volunteered to be a member of the REDD (Rights, Equality, Dignity for the Disabled), a grassroots informal group of individuals with and without disabilities advocating for the civil rights for persons with disabilities. In 2004, in her role as Chair of REDD, Robbin successfully worked with advocates and city officials to implement an accessible taxicab service for persons with disabilities to use as a mode of transportation in Worcester. The slogan, “You can’t fight City Hall,” did not apply to this endeavor. In addition, Robbin has her own cable access program entitled, “Miller Chat” that airs on Channel 28 in Shrewsbury since 1999. Miller Chat is about issues and solutions facing families, elders, and persons with disabilities.