A Purple Heart for Sophia
Words from Winona…
Words from Winona…
Pat, who is going on 107 years old, says she was surprised that her difficulty breathing was caused by a heart problem, not her lungs.
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.
Lisa Kidder: You can change barriers in physical environments, say for instance, by putting in a wheelchair ramp or putting Braille signage up, but it isn't as easy to change people's attitudes.
Host: This is Keep Moving Forward.
George H.W. Bush: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.
Host: Exploring the legacy and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Lisa Kidder: My name is Lisa Kidder. I’m a political science major at the University of Minnesota. And I'm totally blind. I think of myself as just a person who can't see. It isn't how I define myself.
We live in a society where it seems like almost everything is based on looks. I've experienced situations where people will say: you have an excellent resume, an excellent cover letter, but the problem is you're blind. So, you might be one of the best-qualified applicants who has the most experience, but you go from being a qualified applicant to just: blind. And they don't look past that. And it shouldn't matter, if someone has a disability, as long as you're effective.
Host: Keep Moving Forward is supported by The Minnesota Council on Disability, The Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, online at Ampers.org.
One job of a museum curator is to get great art. So near the end of his life, the abstract artist Charles Biederman was getting wooed by the Detroit Institute of Arts. But the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis wanted his work too. There was just one problem. He was grumpy, cantankerous even. KFAI’s Britt Aaamodt reports on how the Weisman won over Charles Biederman.