[Logo: Ampers radio station, with tagline that reads, Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities.]
[Photo: Sharon Van Winkel]
Sharon Van Winkel: “No” is not part of my vocabulary. It has to be, “Yes, and let’s figure out a way we can do it.”
[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: ADA 25: Americans with Disabilities Act, 1990-2015, and Disability Rights Are Civil Rights. Logos courtesy of the ADA National Network, adata.org.]
Host: Exploring the legacy and promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
[Photos: Sharon Van Winkel and her husband]
Sharon Van Winkel: I’m Sharon Van Winkel. I’m paralyzed from the waist down from an automobile accident a long time ago. I was a computer programmer. My company would not take me back. But what that did was it freed me up to do a lot of other things, and one of the things that I was introduced to was wheelchair sports. I was asked to join a women’s wheelchair basketball team. It gave me something to feel good about, something that I was being recognized for. I guess I was good enough that I made the Paralympic team, USA women’s team. I found a passion that really made my life project beyond the stars.
This disability could happen to anybody at any time. Would you want to have to give up your Jazzercise class because you could no longer see? Find a passion, get involved in it. It doesn’t have to be wheelchair sports. But dig in. Do it!
[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.