Every one of us is only one illness or injury away from joining the disability community. According to the US Census Bureau, one in every eight Americans has some type of disability, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts that number at one in four U.S. adults. In this podcast series, host Andrea Pasquale and producer Jaye McAuliffe highlight the stories of people with disabilities living in Arizona and the organizations dedicated to making the state more accessible.

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Episode 1: Getting Around in The Valley of the Sun

Marcos Castillo
Marcos Castillo is a wheelchair user living in Chandler who has a hard time controlling his body temperature. When he uses public transportation, he has to be careful and intentional about where he travels.

In a metro-area like Phoenix, how easy is it for people with disabilities to get around? And what happens when you don’t have the money to pay for accessible options? In the first episode of (In)Accessible, Andrea Pasquale and Jaye McAuliffe introduce us to Marcos Castillo, a wheelchair user who navigates roadblocks within the Valley’s public transit system while trying to get an accessible van to call his own. Marcos talks about some of the transportation options in Phoenix that able-bodied people take for granted.


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Andrea Pasquale
Jaye McAuliffe