Chris Egusa is a freelance audio reporter, producer, and engineer. He has contributed to KALW, KQED, NPR, and WNYC. He was a fellow in KALW’s Audio Academy, and went on to do an audio engineering fellowship. He also interned at NPR. He has a special interest in stories about disability and mental health. Before working in audio, Chris was involved in film production and social impact strategy. He has worked with large nonprofits and corporations on developing campaigns that advance social issues. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Chris plays a variety of stringed instruments and enjoys excellent coffee. View more of his work at: https://www.kalw.org/people/christopher-egusa#stream/0
Proponents say a new California State Assembly bill will provide badly needed accountability.
"What I found was, uh, I mean, Just nothing like I had ever seen at any home that I have ever worked at, any program I've ever worked at."
A group home employee reaches out to the family of a nonverbal woman with evidence of abuse.
People with disabilities often face an uphill battle when it comes to the medical system. It’s been well documented that they’re taken less seriously and experience worse care and health outcomes than people without disabilities.
People with disabilities routinely contend with neglect and dismissal, made worse by the pandemic. A journalist reflects on what he learned from reporting such stories.
"Nearly every disabled person I’ve talked with has their own stories of pain and discrimination," says radio producer Christopher Egusa. "The dismissal and invisibility are common experiences."
A reporter looks back at the past year of the pandemic and the effect it’s had on the Golden State's disabled community. What lessons can be learned for the future?