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.
A shelterbelt is a line of trees, meant to protect from the wind and snow. Farmers plant them to keep fields from eroding or topsoil from blowing away. So why has Candace Simar named her latest historical fiction novel “Shelterbelts?” Area Voices producer Alauna Yust asked Candace that very question, and many more, in this interview about the book. Candace also discusses her approach to writing historical fiction for this book, which is set in a small Minnesota farming community at the end of World War II.
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.
Master Hinkle: That makes it really hard for disabled people to make friends with able bodied people. Because that's always in the back of your mind, you know, like I don't want to be the reason they can't go in somewhere.
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Host: Exploring the legacy and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Master Hinkle: I’m Master Hinkle. I’m thirty years old and I have a spinal cord injury. I’ve been in a wheelchair since I was about three years old. Deep down up under all the metal and straps and everything, we're just people that want to do things that people get to do. I can't tell you how many times I've had to pretend to be sick because there's an unsurmountable set of stairs. I had to pretend to be sick just so my friends wouldn't feel bad for having to leave.
That's one of the biggest things I'd like to change in the world. I think if enough people see people in wheelchairs out and about living their lives, it could change the perception. But it's really hard if you never get to see them because they can’t get into to the places you are.
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.