Keep Moving Forward is an interview series featuring people with disabilities sharing perspectives, insights, and experiences produced by Ampers.
The series explores what's better and what needs improvement for people with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Together we keep moving toward full access and inclusion in all aspects of life.
Photo credit: Krish Kiefer
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Christine Morgan: Untreated Hearing Loss Is Dangerous
There's a link between untreated hearing loss, dementia, falls and auto accidents.
Hearing loss can contribute to dementia. You're not as aware of your surroundings. Different parts of your brain that normally would hear, aren't hearing, and you're not getting the stimulus that you need.
Lisa Kidder: I Feel Like Nobody Sometimes
As a college student, I face barriers to information. If printed material is not available electronically so that I can access it with my screen reader, I feel separated and unequal.
It wears on my self-esteem; I've experienced it so much. I feel that I'm the one educating others.
John Lee Clark: Awkward and Unneeded "Help"
We DeafBlind folks may be lucky in one respect; we don't see people staring at us. We’re less burdened by what's called the “Abled Gaze.”
Sometimes I get unwanted help. I'm walking along a wall instead of down the middle of a corridor, and people think I’m lost, and so they to try and correct what seems out of place. Abled people are unacquainted with people with disabilities, yet we make up a quarter of the population.
Karen Thorud: Not Enough Opportunities For Work
There's not enough opportunities for people with disabilities to work in theater. There's not enough opportunity to even try out. Some theater places won't even look at you because you have a disability. They’ll say, “Yeah, you have a disability, forget it.”
Sherry Bartholomew: Art Is Life-Saving
I was a pastry chef. I had a breakdown. I knew I couldn't go back to work.
Working with polymer clay is very much like working with wedding cake fondant. You can do the same things with them both. Working with clay gave me back some of the passion that I had when I was a pastry chef. It's a life-saving thing for me.
George Shardlow: I'm The Expert On My Disability
The thing about disability is, you get angry because you feel isolated. It's interesting to constantly be with people who are trying to be “nice,” while processing your own anger and frustration. Because for them it's just one interaction, but for you, it's 30 years of interactions.
Mark Braun: Team Turns Tragedy Into Triumph
From the heartbreak of being a “throw away baby” to Paralympic Gold, Mark Braun understands the value of “team." He can walk for only short distances, but he can run!
Master Hinkle: Barrier To Friendship
That's one of the biggest things I'd like to change in the world. I think if enough people see people using wheelchairs out and about living their lives, it could change the perception. But it's really hard if you never get to see us because we can’t get into the places you are.
This work is funded in part by a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Minnesota Historical and Cultural Grants Program is made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008.