Hey there! I'm Dr. Andrew Colombo-Dougovito. You can call me Dr. handy. I'm an educator and scholar in the US. and in my research, I focused on exploring social, political, and environmental barriers to physical activity that are experienced by disabled people across their lifespan.
I'm not here to talk about me. I'm here to talk about a project that I've been working on for the last year, and finally ready to reveal to the world. See a tenant of academia has always been a sharing of knowledge, and we academics have developed so many ways to do so. The problem is that knowledge, though shared is often only shared within academic circles, and not shared with those who stand to gain the most benefit. We rarely, if ever, include those same stakeholders in discussions about what is important, or what they really need.
It leaves a lot of research that goes under utilize, or findings that don't ultimately have the impact that we wish for the communities that we're work with, and that's where Disability, Movement, Etcetera comes in. For me, the silver lining of the ongoing pandemic is that people were able to finally start to recognize how we could leverage technology to maintain connection, even build communities. We're finally able to make activities and community accessible for so many; somehow, we're slowly emerging into this odd, new pandemic normal, those opportunities seem to be slipping away. Through this show, hope to continue to bring those same passionate people to build a community about making a more just and accessible world. And to start these conversations, I've invited four phenomenal guests to talk about their experiences with disability, physical activity, and really every other part of their life. Conversations are going to happen monthly on YouTube throughout the end of the year.
I'll release them shortly after wherever you find podcasts. Subscribe now, so you don't miss a single episode.