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  • African disabled father working online on computer sitting in wheelchair at desk with his son doing homework in background
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    On this episode of the Disabilities Beat, Emyle Watkins speaks with Erie County’s newest Family Court Judge, the honorable Shannon Filbert, about her perspective as a judge with a disability on what people with disabilities should know about family court. We break down some misconceptions about family court, the role disability can play in custody hearings and where the family court system could improve.
  • A living room with grey walls and wood floors. There are black leather couches with throw pillows and a grey accent chair. There are dark colored end tables with lamps, as well as a movable table, and console under a TV mounted on the right wall. The TV has an image of a sunset on it. On the back wall is a window with blinds.
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    On this episode of the Disabilities Beat, Emyle Watkins speaks with Kevin Smith, the director of Mental Health Peer Connection, about how peer-led services are helping to bridge a treatment gap. We also learn about their Renewal Center, which offers a peer-led alternative to a psychiatric emergency room.