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18 Unique Stations from Border to Border
Keep Moving Forward a radio series featuring people with disabilities sharing perspectives, insights, and experiences | Supported by Minnesota Council On Disability

Mai Thor: Knocking Down Insecurities

Mai Thor: Knocking Down Insecurities

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Sometimes I wonder, “Do I do this as good as my able-bodied counterparts?” Being a parent is a real learning experience. I told myself, “My insecurities about my disability are not going to hold me back from being a good mom to my kids.”

Karen Thorud: Not Enough Opportunities For Work

Karen Thorud: Not Enough Opportunities For Work

There’s not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to work in theater. There’s not enough opportunity to even try out. Some theater places won’t even look at you because you have a disability. They’ll say, “Yeah, you have a disability, forget it.”

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Lisa Kidder: I Feel Like Nobody Sometimes

Lisa Kidder: I Feel Like Nobody Sometimes

As a college student, I face barriers to information. If printed material is not available electronically so that I can access it with my screen reader, I feel separated and unequal.

It wears on my self-esteem; I’ve experienced it so much. I feel that I’m the one educating others.

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John Lee Clark: The Joy Of Being DeafBlind

John Lee Clark: The Joy Of Being DeafBlind

Sure, we’re discriminated against, and yes, we face many challenges, but what I am is fine. What does need changing is the world. We’re not immune to the pain and frustration of coming up against a locked door.

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Margot Imdieke Cross: Life Before The ADA

Margot Imdieke Cross: Life Before The ADA

Margot Imdieke Cross recalls what life was like before the ADA when she would ride a bus or needed to use a restroom, and how we need to safeguard the right to access.

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George Shardlow: I Was The One Kid Like Me In The Room

George Shardlow: I Was The One Kid Like Me In The Room

George Shardlow shares how his childhood was a weird roller coaster ride. He says, “You seek out communities where people accept you.”

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Kate Eifrig: Reaching True Parity

Kate Eifrig: Reaching True Parity

“What almost anybody with mental illness will tell you is one of the frustrating things is its invisibility.

“If we reach true parity, it won’t be called mental health, it will just be called health.”

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Mark Braun: I Like To Go Fast

Mark Braun: I Like To Go Fast

I don’t look at my disability as a stumbling block. I don’t look at it as an obstacle. You know what? This is who I am, and I’m going to take it and run with it.

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John Riddle: I Can See Where I Want To Go – But Can’t Get There

John Riddle: I Can See Where I Want To Go – But Can’t Get There

Places say they are accessible – but are not. Minor obstacles that you would never think would be a problem, suddenly are a huge problem.

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Ben McCarthy: Give Me A Chance

Ben McCarthy: Give Me A Chance

I’ve learned many different skills in the theater world. When you’re creating a character, it’s fun expressing, figuring out what’s best for you.

When you let people with disabilities try it, you learn that, “Oh, this person can easily learn these lines.” Give us a chance, and we can show you what we can do.

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Sherry Bartholomew: Start A Conversation

Sherry Bartholomew: Start A Conversation

“Having a mental health disability – people don’t see it, people don’t understand hidden disabilities. The more we are open about them, the more they’re going to be understood.

“Ask us questions. Start a conversation. Conversations will get us closer to that holy grail of equality.”

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