[Logo: Ampers radio station, with tagline that reads, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities.]
[Photo: Lisa Kidder]
Lisa Kidder: I feel kind of like nobody sometimes. I’m a person just like anyone else and I feel like I should be treated like a person.
[Logo: Ampers radio station, with taglines that read, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities, and Keep Moving Forward.]
Host: This is Keep Moving Forward.
[Photo: President George H.W. Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library.]
George H.W. Bush: Let the shameful wall of exclusion finally come tumbling down.
[Logos: Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015, and Disability Rights Are Civil Rights. Logos courtesy of the ADA National Network.]
Host: Exploring the legacy and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
[Photos: Lisa Kidder]
Lisa Kidder: My name is Lisa Kidder. I’m a political science major at the University of Minnesota. And I’m totally blind.
I face barriers that have to deal with access to information. If printed material is not available in electronic copy, such as a Word or PDF document, I can feel like it’s a separate and unequal education.
If I don’t have readings in time for class, I might need to talk to the instructor and ask for an extension, or I need to find someone who can read the materials to me and take notes on it. It wears down on my self-esteem once in a while, just because I’ve experienced it so much, and I feel like I’m always the one educating others.
[Logos: the Minnesota Council on Disability, the Minnesota Humanities Center, the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and the Ampers radio station.]
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.