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|Robert Kingett||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Fiction, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology||Robert Kingett is a journalist and author that continuously strives to make the technology and publishing worlds accessible to other disabled writers, especially writers who are blind or visually impaired. Robert Kingett is totally blind and lives with cerebral palsy. He's openly gay, and sometimes identifies as queer. His fiction aims to spotlight disabled characters, especially blind characters, in their own stories. Due to his speech disability, email is best for an initial introduction or request. Phone calls will not be answered without a scheduled time and date. His favorite stories to write include investigative stories, human interest stories, and personal essays, as well as Gonzo journalism.|
|Jane Eaton Hamilton||Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality||Jane Eaton Hamilton is the disabled author of 9 books, including the 2016 novel "Weekend." They have twice won the CBC Literary Award for fiction and the Prism Int't Fiction Prize. They have 2 Notables in BAE, 1 Notable in BASS and are upcoming in BAX 2020. They have been published in such places as Gay Magazine on Medium, Salon, NY Times and The Sun. More info on the website!|
|Fran Wilde||Pop Culture, Disability Culture||Fran Wilde writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, iO9.com, and GeekMom.com. Her novels and short stories have been nominated for two Nebula awards and a Hugo, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” (Tor.com Publishing 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. You can find Fran at her website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @fran_wilde Recent clips: Washington Post, April 2019: Three children’s authors on the importance of tough topics in young people’s literature Fireside, December 2018: You Wake Up Monstrous Uncanny Magazine, January/February 2018: We Will See You Now Fran is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, reported features, teaching, and speaking engagements Additional communication availability: Text, chat, videoconference Languages: English|
|Heather Watkins||Media, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Race, Disability||Heather Watkins is a Disability Advocate, author, blogger, mother, graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, loves reading, daydreaming, chocolate, and serves on a handful disability-related boards and a former Chair of Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board. She is also a Co-founder of “Divas with Disabilities Project,” a supportive sisterhood network representing women of color with disabilities. Heather is also a member of Harriet Tubman Collective, composed of Black Deaf & Black Disabled activists and organizers. Her publishing experience includes articles in MDA’s Quest magazine, Mass Rehab Commission’s Consumer Voice newsletter and has blogged for sites like: Our Ability, Art of Living Guide, Disabled Parenting, Grubstreet, Rooted In Rights, Women's Media Center, and Thank God I. Heather’s short story, “Thank God I have Muscular Dystrophy” published in 2013 as part of compilation in the Thank God I…Am an Empowered Woman ® book series. Her blog Slow Walkers See More includes reflections and insight from her life with disability.|
|Lisa A. Goldstein||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, LGBQT, Disability, Technology||Lisa A. Goldstein was born profoundly deaf and raised to lipread and speak. She has a BA in English Literature from Skidmore College and a Masters of Journalism from UC Berkeley. She is currently a freelance journalist whose work has been published on Backchannel, Mashable, Romper, WomensHealth, and more.|
|James MacDonald||Theatre, Disability Culture||I write plays for udergraduate students of drama at the University of Exeter UK. I have athetoid CP.|
|Tylia L. Flores||Pop Culture, Books, Television, Fiction, Music, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Education, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology||Tylia Flores is a 23-year-old born with cerebral palsy. Although her condition has affected her mobility, it has never affected her will and determination to make a difference in the world. Through her many life challenges and obstacles, she discovered her passion for writing. Tylia’s goal in life is to share her stories with the world. In doing so, she hopes to help others with disabilities realize that they, too, have the potential to make their dreams come true.|
|Vanessa Halocha||Music, Disability||I originally trained as a musician, with a Music in Music, an MA in Music and Qualified Teacher Status. Following a diagnosis of Dystonia I was given an ill health retirement from teaching. I continue to teach piano to private pupils but have also retrained as a proofreader. I have written piano teaching books and there are more on the way.|
|Heather Rivera||Fiction, Art, Education||Dr. Heather Friedman Rivera obtained her Ph.D. in Parapsychic Science in 2011, her Doctorate in Law in 2002 and is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in Past-life Regression. She trained with Dr. Brian Weiss at The Weiss Institute. Heather is also a retired Registered Nurse with over twenty-five years of experience. She writes fiction, non-fiction, and books for young readers. She is the author of nine books and a contributing author in seven books. Heather served on the Board of Directors for the International Association for Regression Research and Therapies (IARRT) as Co-Director of Research. Heather is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Interfaith and Holistic Theology and she and PLR institute have provided dissertation mentoring for the students. She is a reviewer/editor for the International Journal of Regression Therapy. Mark Rivera and Heather Rivera founded an organization for advancing past life research, PLR Institute. Her story of healing is in Dr. Brian Weiss’ book Miracles Happen. Dr. Heather is deaf. Being deaf and having cochlear implants has taught her valuable lessons of perseverance and overcoming obstacles. Heather hosts past life retreats and writing retreats. She has numerous speaking events throughout the year and has been featured in print, radio and web television. Heather received her Creative Writing Specialization certificate from Wesleyan University. Dr. Heather has a Life Coaching certificate and offers coaching in the following areas: book coaching, preparing a non-fiction book proposal, workshop presenting, and dissertation/study preparation in complementary/alternative medicine and related fields. She is a GIA pearls graduate and enjoys making pearl and shell jewelry at her home in Hawaii.|
|Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, Jr.||Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Poetry, Art, Sports, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Criticism, Race, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality||Timotheus "T.J." Gordon Jr. is an autistic self-advocate, activist, social media enthusiast, and writer in the Chicagoland area, who focuses on autism acceptance in the African Diaspora, police violence towards people with disabilities, diverse learning, and disability culture. He is the creator of the Black Autist, a Tumblr blog where he explores and promotes works related to autism and disability acceptance in the African Diaspora. As a poet also known as Pharaoh Inkabuss, Gordon uses his written and spoken poetry to discuss his multiple identities as a black, autistic man, along with his viewpoints on black culture, hip-hop, nerdom, and love.|