[Logo: Ampers, with tagline: Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities.]
[Photo: Margot Imdieke Cross]
Margot Imdieke Cross: I understand what life was like before the ADA. If you needed to take a public bus, I literally had to crawl up the steps, if I couldn’t get somebody to pull me up the steps in my wheelchair.
[Logo: Ampers, with taglines: 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: ADA 25: Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015, and Disability Rights Are Civil Rights. Logos courtesy of the ADA National Network, www.adata.org.]
Host: Exploring the legacy and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
[Photos: Margot Imdieke Cross]
Margot Imdieke Cross: Margot Imdieke Cross is my name. I’m an accessibility specialist, which means that I work with a lot of contractors, a lot of designers, a lot of people with disabilities on access issues.
The vast majority of bathrooms out there weren’t even remotely accessible. So you’d learn how to look for secluded areas, privacy, so that you could take a quick potty break.
Life was so different. And so many of us experienced such injustice in just trying to live our lives. We have to safeguard our rights.
[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.