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Keep Moving Forward a radio series featuring people with disabilities sharing perspectives, insights, and experiences | Supported by Minnesota Council On Disability
Keep Moving Forward explores what's better and what needs improvement for people with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Together we keep moving toward full access and inclusion in all aspects of life.
This project is supported by Minnesota Council on Disability, The Minnesota Humanities Center and the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.
Mai Thor: Knocking Down Insecurities
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.”
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.
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.
Christine Morgan: Hearing Loss Is An Invisible Disability
Hearing loss is an invisible disability; we don’t use a wheelchair, we don’t use a white cane, we don’t have dark glasses. “Oh, but you do so well.” Well, I’m doing well because I’m looking at you, but the moment you turn your back and speak in a different direction, I’m not doing so well.
You can’t do everything you want because there are limitations. There are physical limitations, there are mental limitations. But you can always try. You can’t always do, but you can always try. I think that’s the biggest thing I want to get across to people.