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Intersection: Disability Advocates Navigate The Pandemic; Bridging The Information Gap For Orlando’s Hispanic Community; Hospital Chaplain Edwin Alicea

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Coping with the coronavirus pandemic, with the challenge of home schooling, isolation and health concerns, is stressful for the abled, but what kind of resources are out there for the disabled in this crisis?  

On this episode of Intersection, host Matthew Peddie talks to Orlando area disability advocates- Kyle Johnson, Roderick Thomas, Cathy Matthews and Brittany Pilcher- about how disability organizations are navigating the challenges of the pandemic.  

For some Central Floridians, the pandemic is evoking painful memories of Hurricane Maria. WFTV Channel 9 morning anchor and reporter Nancy Alvarez joins us to talk about the Spanish language information gap in the early weeks of the crisis and the impact of the pandemic on Orlando’s Hispanic community. 

Edwin Alicea has a simple belief as a hospital chaplain: No one should die alone. That isn’t easy when hospitals are putting restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.Alicea talks to 90.7 Health Reporter Abe Aboraya about the challenge of ministry in the time of coronavirus. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »