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Our guests today are Oklahoma State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, a CPN member and member of the CPN legislature from Moore, Oklahoma; Paul Cardin of Moore, who lives his life in a wheelchair and is an advocate for improving accessibility for people with disabilities; and Steve Stokes, long-time director of the Oklahoma state government Office of Disability Concerns.

On Tuesday, June 19th, Rep. Wesselhöft placed himself in a wheelchair at the Harry Bear’s restaurant in Moore to experience the difficulties wheelchair-bound people experience. Paul Cardin arranged the experience for Rep. Wesselhöft, and Mr. Stokes was there to observe. I interviewed the three following Rep. Wesselhöft’s being lowered from a van via a wheelchair lift then negotiating a sharp turn onto the sidewalk, getting through the restaurant entrance door, and wheeling himself into the restroom. I’ll return with Rep. Wesselhöft after this.

To learn more about Paul Cardin’s organization, go to¬if_t=feed_comment_reply#!/ For more information through the Oklahoma Office of Disability Concerns, go to

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