By Bethany Broadwell
Kyle Glozier’s passage into adulthood includes plenty of the high points associated with his age. From his high school senior trip to the Cedar Point Amusement Park to his West Greene High School graduation ceremony to his first semester at Temple University, Glozier has learned some extraordinary lessons about the tenacity it takes to secure disability rights in the course of reaching these milestones. Glozier is maturing as an advocate, and his growing realm of experience can only further his leadership skills.
When he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2000, Glozier addressed the importance of people with disabilities participating in communities and getting quality educations. “Without money or federal legislation that guarantees services in the community, I may not be able to make my dreams come true,” Glozier informed the spectators. “My future will either be living the American dream just like anyone else, or it could be my nightmare.”
Glozier, who has set his sights on becoming the first United States President with cerebral palsy, was brave enough to testify before the U.S. Congress in 2000 about the absolute necessity of the Americans with Disabilities Act. He was hardly intimidated that celebrity Clint Eastwood, who also owned a public accommodation, had issued a statement opposing the legislation during his testimony.
“It is not right that I should be excluded from some place simply because the owner fails to think about all the people that may visit their place of business,” Glozier countered.
Not long before, during the emotional period following his grandfather’s death in 1999, Glozier had to deal with funeral hom