[Logo: Ampers, with tagline: Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities.]
[Photo: George Shardlow]
George Shardlow: It was difficult. I have mild cerebral palsy and I grew up in an era of post-ADA.
[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: George Shardlow]
George Shardlow: My name is George Shardlow. I just make sure that Minnesotans with disabilities have a voice in lawmaking and some of the policy-making that state agencies do.
I was the one kid like me in the room, and it was hard. I don’t know, childhood was a weird roller coaster for me. Elementary school was great and then we moved. And bullied in middle school. And then moved back to the old place. And was homecoming king and student body vice president. And so, you find yourself, I think, when you seek out communities where people kind of accept you.
[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.