LISTEN: Addressing pandemic impacts for Alaskans with disabilities

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The COVID-19 pandemic created unique challenges for everyone, but many people with physical, developmental and cognitive challenges have had to adapt to even more uncertainty and frustration. How has access to medical and social services changed? What about the isolation facing those in assisted living facilities? We discuss the barriers and the resources available to people with disabilities on Talk of Alaska.

HOST: Lori Townsend


  • Maggie Winston, disability advocate
  • Mark Regan, Legal Director, Disability Law Center of Alaska
  • Jena Crafton, member of Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education


Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcast.

Send an email to (Comments may be read on air).

Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (Comments may be read on air).

LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021 at 10 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.
LIVE Web stream: Click here to stream.

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Lori Townsend is the News Director for Alaska Public Media. She has worked in print and broadcast journalism for nearly 30 years. Radio brought her to Alaska, where she worked as a broadcast trainer for Native fellowship students at Koahnic Broadcasting before accepting a reporting/host position with APRN in 2003. APRN merged with Alaska Public Media a year later. Through her freelance work, she has produced news and feature stories nationally and internationally for Independent Native News, National Native News, NPR , Pacifica, Monitor Radio, Radio Netherlands and AIROS. Townsend is the recipient of numerous awards for her work from the Alaska Press Club, the Native American Journalists Association and a gold and a silver reel award from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. 

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