Tim Wheat


As Interviewed by Noah Savage, March 13, 2012
"One of the things that has been oppressive about people with disabilities law is that people think of them as patients, and not people."
Tim Wheat

Introductory Profile: About Tim Wheat

Light blond, wavy hair. A mustache and a goatee. Kind, happy, humorous. Average height.

This brief description matches Tim M. Wheat, a fighter for disabled rights. Tim has protested, works to help it, and has been arrested for the rights of disabled people who do not get treated equally or cannot access something everyone has the right to access.

Tim wheat was born in 1963. He currently lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is from Huntsville, Alabama. He works for the CPWD as a community organizer. He is a big biker and runner, and has traveled across the country on his bicycle a couple of times. He is 48. In high school he was an accomplished debater and won many awards.

An example of one of his protests is when he lived in Memphis, there was a Dennyís (sorry, Dennyís) that had one single, unnecessary step that was just enough to stop disabled people into the restaurant, which isnít fair. Tim and his group went and protested nonviolently by getting pizza but eating it on the sidewalk. This protest had no arrests, but about six people came back, including Tim, and they blocked the door because they felt that if not everyone could go to the restaurant, then no one should. Tim was handcuffed because it is illegal to block a door. Luckily, Tim wasnít arrested, but the store owner got the message.

While I was interviewing Tim, he did a great job at answering my questions and going beyond what I asked. I am afraid to admit that he talked about ten times more than I did! His tone was constant, just a pleasured microphone voice (because of the cell phone sound) but sounded happy to answer any question needed answered. There were a couple of overlaps because I unfortunately have a bad habit of interrupting, but those were my fault and everything else went smoothly.

Tim was a great help to firsthandhistory.net, and I hope people gets to here this interview and make a difference themselves. Disabled people should not be treated awkwardly or not important just because of there misfortune. Spread the word, and make someoneís day!