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[Photo: Adonia Kyle]
Adonia Kyle: When it comes to talking about disabilities, there are a ton of people left out, and a lot of those people are black people.
[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: Adonia Kyle and her service dog]
Adonia Kyle: My name is Adonia Kyle. I have a long list of disabilities, the main one being myoclonus-dystonia. It basically makes your brain misfire and I’ll have what I call episodes of shaking, stuttering, not being able to speak.
I have had doctors laugh in my face. I have had doctors say this isn’t real.
I got diagnosed because a geneticist looked my movement specialist doctor in the face and said, “You’re wrong,” and said I should have that test.
I mean, I am black, I am queer, I am a woman, although a cis woman, and the more flavors you kinda add on that, the more invisible you are to medical professionals.
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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.