LWM: Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, & Accessibility

On this episode of “Living Well in Montana” LIFTT Executive Director Carlos Ramalho and Outreach Coordinator John Robison talk about “Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Acessiblity” with Regina S. Dyton an Equity Consultant with the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.

Their discussion focuses on how disability is just one identity through which people live their lives and how their disability may intersect with other identities such as class, race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation to shape an individual’s life experiences and how it is only possible to create a truly diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible society when all an individual’s identities are taken into account.

Ms. Dyton is the recently retired Director of Community Health and Well Being of Trinity Health of New England at Saint Francis Hospital in Hartford, CT. Her professional history includes work on behalf of underserved victims of crime from oppressed communities, gender and sexual orientation equity advocacy, activism to promote racial equity and inclusion as well as disability rights advocacy. Ms. Dyton is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work, from which she graduated in 1997 with an MSW in Community Organizing.

“Living Well in Montana” is produced by LIFTT and Billings Community 7 TV. In addition to being aired several times each week on C7 (available to Charter Spectrum Cable customers in Billings and Yellowstone County), It is also available online through the Community 7 VOD Player and LIFTT’s YouTube Channel.

About Living Independently for Today & Tomorrow (LIFTT): LIFTT is a Montana 501(c)3 corporation organized as a Center for Independent Living (CIL). With team members based in Billings, and Glendive, LIFTT provides people with disabilities with programs and services that help empower them to break down the physical, bureaucratic, and cultural barriers that prevent them from being fully independent participants in their lives and communities throughout 18 counties in southeastern and southcentral Montana: Big Horn, Carbon, Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, Golden Valley, McCone, Musselshell, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Stillwater, Wibaux, and Yellowstone. For more information, please visit liftt.org, or download our mobile app on Apple or Google Play.