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Talk on overcoming ideas of disabilities

Wayne Thornton became a paraplegic in the early 1950s at the age of six. Living in a time before the Americans with Disabilities Act, Thornton grew up in a world without access ramps to public buildings, and amidst a culture that didn’t recognize the potential of people with disabilities to participate in civic life.

Thornton became an involuntary, but willing, pioneer in changing expectations and perceptions around people with disabilities. He and his eldest sister, Evelyn Thornton, helped to create the accessible Shore Patio at Hampton Beach.

Evelyn, author of “To Walk with My Brother: A true story of courage, humor and love,” will be sharing her brother’s story in Crotched Mountain Carter Hall on May 30 at 3:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served. This presentation is part of Crotched Mountain’s Hilliard Series of lectures and performances on disability-related topics. It honors Clint Hilliard, former head of the organization’s Speech and Language Department.

This event is free and open to the public. To register, contact Joan Crooker by May 28 at 547-3311, ext. 1481, or email joan.crooker@crotchedmountain.org.

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