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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.”

Christine Morgan: Untreated Hearing Loss Is Dangerous

Christine Morgan: Untreated Hearing Loss Is Dangerous

There’s a link between untreated hearing loss, dementia, falls and auto accidents.

Hearing loss can contribute to dementia. You’re not as aware of your surroundings. Different parts of your brain that normally would hear, aren’t hearing, and you’re not getting the stimulus that you need.

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Master Hinkle: Barrier To Friendship

Master Hinkle: Barrier To Friendship

That’s one of the biggest things I’d like to change in the world. I think if enough people see people using wheelchairs out and about living their lives, it could change the perception. But it’s really hard if you never get to see us because we can’t get into the places you are.

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Ben McCarthy: I’m Gonna Show Them What I Can Do

Ben McCarthy: I’m Gonna Show Them What I Can Do

“There’s an opportunity for everyone. If you let them try, you’re gonna always learn something new from a person with a disability that you never thought they could do.”

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Sherry Bartholomew: Art Is Life-Saving

Sherry Bartholomew: Art Is Life-Saving

I was a pastry chef. I had a breakdown. I knew I couldn’t go back to work.

Working with polymer clay is very much like working with wedding cake fondant. You can do the same things with them both. Working with clay gave me back some of the passion that I had when I was a pastry chef. It’s a life-saving thing for me.

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John Lee Clark: Awkward and Unneeded “Help”

John Lee Clark: Awkward and Unneeded “Help”

We DeafBlind folks may be lucky in one respect; we don’t see people staring at us. We’re less burdened by what’s called the “Abled Gaze.”

Sometimes I get unwanted help. I’m walking along a wall instead of down the middle of a corridor, and people think I’m lost, and so they to try and correct what seems out of place. Abled people are unacquainted with people with disabilities, yet we make up a quarter of the population.

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John Riddle: It’s Hard To Accomplish Things

John Riddle: It’s Hard To Accomplish Things

“I used to be an artist before my injury, so it’s been a process to learn how to do the things I used to be able to do … because my hand shakes. But it is very rewarding to see the finished piece.”

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Kate Eifrig: The Pain Of Mental Illness Is Real

Kate Eifrig: The Pain Of Mental Illness Is Real

It’s painful for people with mental illness to feel that you’re not sick enough to be taken seriously.

You don’t have to prove you’re hurt. This is an illness. That’s what I say when I’m talking to people about mental illness, but I have to say it to myself too.

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Lisa Kidder: From Qualified to – “Just Blind”

Lisa Kidder: From Qualified to – “Just Blind”

Employers will say: you have an excellent resume, an excellent cover letter, but the problem is you’re blind. I go from being a qualified applicant to just: blind. And they don’t look past that.

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George Shardlow: I’m The Expert On My Disability

George Shardlow: I’m The Expert On My Disability

The thing about disability is, you get angry because you feel isolated. It’s interesting to constantly be with people who are trying to be “nice,” while processing your own anger and frustration. Because for them it’s just one interaction, but for you, it’s 30 years of interactions.

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Karen Thorud: Everybody Has A Disability

Karen Thorud: Everybody Has A Disability

“Everybody has something that they can’t do well.

“People with disabilities were made to not give up. If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

 

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