[Logo: Ampers, with tagline: Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities.]
[Photo: George Shardlow]
George Shardlow: A person with a disability is an expert on their own individual disability.
[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 born with mild cerebral palsy. The thing about disability is, you get angry because you feel isolated in these moments. It’s interesting to constantly be with people who are trying to be “nice,” and kind of navigate how to process your own anger and your own frustration. Because for them it’s just one interaction, but for you, it’s 30 years of interactions, and so it’s hard to be patient sometimes.
[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.