Keep Moving Forward is an interview series featuring people with disabilities sharing perspectives, insights, and experiences produced by Ampers.
The series 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.
Photo credit: Krish Kiefer
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Margot Imdieke Cross: Life Before The ADA
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Mai Thor: It's All Part Of The Human Condition
Mai Thor doesn’t equate every person she meets with their physical appearance. She thinks it’s important to find out who people truly are.
Master Hinkle: You Can Always Try
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.
This work is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.