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Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Lifestyle
Bio Andrew Pulrang is a disability blogger, online activist, and former disability organization administrator, available as a source, and for opinion editorials and personal essays on disability policy, politics, philosophy, and culture. Andrew is also a co-partner of #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with Gregg Beratan and Alice Wong.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Music, Politics, Ethics, Philosophy, Military, Sports, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Service Animals, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty
Bio Ace Tilton Ratcliff lives and works in sunny Boynton Beach, Florida a pack of wild beastlings. Their activism is focused on disability justice, since they live with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, endometriosis, and a host of other issues. They’re an artist, photographer, and model who co-owns an in-home veterinary practice called Harper’s Promise with their husband after six years of work in the human deathcare industry as a funeral director, embalmer, and crematory operator. They write nonfiction and fiction. They have bylines at places like io9, Huffington Post, Catapult, Narratively, Eater, The Establishment, Bustle, Bitch Media, Fireside Fiction, and Uncanny Magazine. They've performed sensitivity reads for places like Penguin Random House, Rosen Publishing, and Blazing Griffin. Their voice as a disability activist has also been featured in The Economist, The Guardian, and Chuck Wendig's Terrible Minds. Ace has been featured on several podcasts, including Maximum Fun's Reading Glasses, WNYC's Note to Self, Flash Forward, and Disability After Dark. They've also were the focus of an Upworthy video about fighting for accessibility as an ambulatory wheelchair user. If Ace isn't trying to break their perpetual to-be-read mountain into smaller piles, they’re probably tweeting @mortuaryreport
Expertise Pop Culture, Medicine, Television, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Religion, Technology
Bio A voice for the voiceless and an advocate for the powerless, David uses his written word to scream the Truth to the world that’s been lied to. Through a medium combining the culture of today, his creative writing skills, and the Word of God, he communicates the story of a relentless, restoring God to various ages, cultures, and people groups all over the world. David grew up in the city of Durham, learning the rawness of sin, the depths of grace, and the culture of society from the city’s people–the popular, the outcasted, and the unique. Going to many different churches, David has met many different types of people. He reaches people through his blog, where he writes about life and his walk with Christ. After struggling with suicidal thoughts and depression, David has a new-found passion for the beloved people of God and has followed God’s calling into ministry. Now, bringing the people to the Church and the Church to the people, David has brought the message of the Gospel to students and many different people by relating to people through his own struggles and hardships. He remains to share the Love of Christ and has inspired countless people, schools, youth groups, churches, pastors, and worship leaders. In his normal, daily life, he is a college student at Liberty University and lover of coffee, sour patch kids, and rainy days. He has spoken to both Christian and secular groups about his story and his struggles. David attends Liberty University and is in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Leadership. Additionally, David enjoys hanging with his friends and serving others. David hopes and prays that God will use him to start a revolution in hearts of “this dying world.” He hopes that you enjoy and find comfort in his writings. David is currently penning his first book. David also has a notably rare condition that impacts around 150 people worldwide known as TAR Syndrome — leaving David with a physical disability that is visible to all. David has had a great view of what living with a disability is like and desires to educate a world that doesn't understand what it's like to live with a disability. David wants to start a conversation about disability inclusion, rights, and understanding in a world that fails even to give disabled people a seat at the table of society.
Expertise Medicine, Books, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Religion, Service Animals
Bio Katherine Schneider, Ph.D. is a retired clinical psychologist living in Eau Claire, WI with her ninth Seeing Eye dog. Katherine has published a memoir, To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities; a children’s book, Your Treasure Hunt: Disabilities and Finding Your Gold; and a book for seniors, half of whom will develop disabilities, Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life. She originated the Schneider Family Book Awards for children’s books with disability content through the American Library Association and an award for superior journalism about disability issues through the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. Locally, she started the Access Eau Claire fund through the Eau Claire Community Foundation to help non-profit organizations work toward full inclusion of people with disabilities. She’s a passionate advocate for access for all to the good things of life. Subscribe to her blog for details. You can find Katherine at her website and Facebook
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Art, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Race, Disability, Technology
Bio A strong communicator with a distinctive voice, Lisa J. Ellwood is a Lenape and Nanticoke Native American resident in the UK. Ms.. Ellwood is a freelance journalist and writer and an active member of the Native American Journalists Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Union of Journalists (UK). She has a B.A. Degree from Temple University with a major in Journalism and Advertising and minors in Marketing and French. Her specializations include Data Journalism and Visualization, Indian Country, Disability Rights, Mental Illness and Autism. Lisa's Disability Rights & UK Politics blog, The Creative Crip, has been featured in Society Guardian many times. She has been a freelance Correspondent for Indian Country Today since September 2015. She has taken on Press Pool Manager and Opinion Editor roles as well. Previous experience include Contributing Editor and Features Writer roles for The Promota Africa Magazine. In September 2011 the Left Foot Forward Political Blog cited her effective use of social media and blogging in its "Nomination for most influential left-wing thinker: The disabled rights community" feature. She has also been interviewed for Grazia Magazine (Australia) & appeared on radio shows internationally including Native Trailblazers.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Medicine, Books, Film, Television, Poetry, Art, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Travel, Lifestyle
Bio Alyssa graduated from Boston University with a degree in liberal arts but without a name to call the illness with which she grew. By the time she was diagnosed with SLE, she was already an unofficial advocate for “otherness.” It came naturally to Alyssa, whose sister has autism; as a precocious child she felt it her duty to educate her peers and normalize disability. Alyssa loves to travel, cook, craft and spend time on her yoga mat. She lives for the days she’s well enough to leave the house, but tries not to wish away the days in between. She really just wants everyone to feel good. ​ Alyssa has and continues to write for various publications, particularly regarding her own experiences as a woman disabled by chronic illness. She is available as a source as well as for personal essays and opinion editorial.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Television, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Disability
Bio I’m Jill, I’m 41, and I love watching television and I love writing about i I’m Jay, I’m in my 40s and I love watching television and I love writing about it. Because of various health problem I don’t get out much, so television and the internet. I’m passionate about increased inclusion of disabled people in front and behind the camera in television and film. And I am vehemently against disabled mimicry or “cripping up” as it’s better known, and I’m passionate about better representation of disabled people, not just in terms of casting but in terms of how we’re written and how issue that affect us are written about. I’m based in Scotland in United Kingdom, and I can also write about issues that affect disabled people in the UK, particularly Scotland. I’m autistic and I have ADHD, chronic migraine, and arthritis. I've appeared on the West Wing Weekly and across the internet. The West Wing Weekly interview http://thewestwingweekly.com/episodes/219 Transcript https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56e27eb82fe131d8eec3a4e3/t/5a6773b2652dea06c82a902a/1516729267033/2.19+-+Bad+Moon+Rising.pdf
Expertise Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Feminism, Disability, Lifestyle
Bio I'm a freelance journalist and essayist covering pop culture (especially as it relates to women, disabled people, and other marginalised groups), books, and health. Bylines include The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (UK), Mental Health Today, Lit Hub and Vice.
Expertise Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Disability, Service Animals, Technology
Bio I have been blind since birth, and I am a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I've held various reporting positions including covering civil courts, education and economic development. I currently cover suburban communities where I focus on accountability journalism.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Television, Poetry, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Food, Feminism, Race, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle, Beauty
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