Join us on Sunday August 2nd 5-9pm for Our Dine For DRIVE event at Isaac’s restaurant in East York (across the street from the Galleria beside Big Lots). TWENTY-FIVE percent of each check will go to Drive For Independence if you mention you are there for our event and present the flyer below! Even take-out and online orders are eligible for the fundraiser. Please check the flyer below for more information on how to have Drive For Independence receive credit for those orders. If you purchase a gift card during the fundraiser 15% of the purchase price will be donated to us.
Radio Host, Author, Motivational Speaker, Father and Tireless Advocate for the Disabled, Greg Smith’s Life and Work is Showcased in this Inside Look at the Joys and Frustrations of Life as a 65-pound Disabled Dynamo
This film will be screened online throughout the month of July at http://www.onarollmovie.com as part of the national celebration of the 25 year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We need your sponsorship support to make this happen.
Two million Americans use wheelchairs. 54 million Americans have a disability. From his state-of-the art radio studio in his parents’ Mississippi house, Greg Smith—“the wheelchair dude with attitude”—uses his popular nationally syndicated radio program to offer advice, encouragement and inspiration to not only the huge number of disabled Americans but all Americans. His upbeat, tough, and often humor-filled message closes the gap between the abled and disabled by stressing that we all need help from each other, everyday. Directed by Joanne Caputo, ON A ROLL will air nationally on the acclaimed PBS series Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 10 P.M. (check local listings) in conjunction with Black History Month.
Greg Smith sounds like a normal dad as he talks to his daughter on his cell phone and calls her “sweetie pie,” but interviews with his three kids prove opposite: “He needs help using the bathroom and getting in bed. He can’t play baseball that good.” Yet daughter Berkeley also knows what he can do: “He can move and drive… and talk.” It’s an accurate description as we hear Smith telling listeners about his new power wheelchair that can zoom around at 8 miles an hour.
Smith looks tiny and emaciated, but with a deep announcer’s voice he interviews Christopher Reeve, then blows the whistle on Clint Eastwood, Nike and Rush Limbaugh, all guilty of insensitivity to people with disabilities. We soon realize that he is no ordinary 65-pound man. He’s the host of On A Roll Radio who began broadcasting after a disability job discrimination experience in 1992.
By 2000, more than 40 cities air Smith’s program, but without major syndicator support. It’s part of the “institutionalized bigotry” that people with disabilities face regularly, according to Smith’s producer, Mike Ervin. Becky Ogle (former White House Disability Task Force director) and Judy Huemann (The World Bank Disability advisor) tell us about more concerns fueling current disability activism—nursing homes, independence vs. interdependence and the power of the growing disability voting bloc, now at 40 million.
Today while we were out and about Chris’s chair carrier was damaged. We were driving through Red Lion and hit a construction bump and the chair shifted and the carrier bent at the hitch tube. We could not get his chair home as the carrier dragged on the ground with the weight of the chair. His chair is being taken home via tow truck.We attempted having him drive his chair home from Dallastown but the driving conditions were too dangerous and after 2 miles we stopped and decided a tow truck was the best option.
In one to 2 months Chris will have his truck but until then we need to get the carrier fixed or replaced so we can get him to Bethlehem for fittings. Just another bump in the road.