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10. Disability as Diversity with Jonathan Mooney

Jonathan Mooney is a widely sought after speaker whose work has been featured in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, USA Today, HBO, NPR, ABC News, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe. See Jonathan's full bio here on his website,

In this episode of Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Jonathan Mooney speaks with Diana about our historical and current dehumanizing perceptions of people with atypical brains and bodies, and the consequences of those beliefs. He discusses the importance of reconceptualizing disability, taking it from "different as deficient," to different as a normal part of diversity. He gives multiple examples of the manifestations of institutional ableism, and what is possible when we understand our power in becoming part of the solution. 


Links Mentioned

The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal 

Normal Sucks: How to Live, Learn, and Thrive Outside the Lines

Learning Outside the Lines: Two Ivy League Students with Learning Disabilities and ADHD Give You the Tools for Academic Success and Educational Revolution


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Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights - Diana's Children's Book

"Beyond Awareness" Digital Course

Diana's TEDx Talk

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Credits and Image Description

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."