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Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Poetry, Art, Sports, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Criticism, Race, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality
Bio 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.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Education, Food, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality
Bio The main focus of my work is growing understanding and acceptance of difference in our communities and as a person with a disability I particularly try to advocate for greater inclusion and understanding of those people who live with a disability or disabilities. My main approach is to make it easier for those who don't understand to be able to relate through the use of storytelling in various forms. Sometimes I share my own or others' experiences as a way to increase understanding and empathy or to impart a lesson using public speaking, written content such as articles, blog posts or creative writing or via visual media like YouTube videos. I have been a public speaker since I was 10 years old and have been running my own YouTube channel since 2015 and have written a number of articles for various organizations and publications as well as independently publishing my own young adult novel called Not Always Lost. I am now also working as a qualified independent Life Coach.
Expertise Media, Sciences, Books, History, Technology
Bio After being diagnosed about 10 years ago, I have had several suicidal and low -depression moments. When I started to recover I came up with a goal to recover for: to those trying to understand mental illness, I hope I can shed some light. To those suffering, I hope that my resources make them more comfortable with the idea of reaching out to a professional, instead of being stubborn and insisting they are fine. I want the world to learn more about people who suffer from Depression and other mental illnesses and live fine lives in spite of them. I want to end the misconceptions and stigma with information, wits, and stories.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Books, Fiction, Disability Culture, Disability
Bio I'm the Westside reporter for the Los Angeles Times and a former instructor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, though I also write fiction and personal essays. Before I moved to LA in 2019, I worked as an NYPD-credentialed member of the New York City press corps, writing stranger-than-fiction stories of crime and culture for VICE, the Wall Street Journal and the Village Voice, among others. As a child, I survived a rare autoimmune disease that injured my spinal cord and left me paralyzed from the waist down; longterm sequelae include bone deformities, a grossly impacted gait and neurogenic changes to some internal organs that required surgical intervention and invasive daily procedures to manage. My abled identical twin is also an Ivy League professor who teaches disability literature and medical humanities — we are eager to collaborate on projects about twinship and ableism. I'm a proud #millennialmom.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Medicine, Law, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Disability
Bio Katie is a bestselling novelist, essayist, and attorney in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She is the author of fiction, including Entanglement (2015), Chasing Chaos (2016), and Fallout Girl (2018), all from Blue Crow Books. She is also the author of the #1 Amazon bestseller Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education (2017) and The Freelance Academic: Transform Your Creative Life and Career (2019). Katie writes regularly for Catapult and Women in Higher Education, and she is the founder and co-editor-in-chief of Disability Acts magazine ( She earned her master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins, where she attended on a fellowship, and her law degree from UNC School of Law. After law school, she clerked for a federal judge, practiced law, and earned her doctorate from UNC-Greensboro before joining the faculty at UNC, where she taught for seven years. She now writes full time and raises two incredible children alongside a house full of shelter pets.
Expertise Media, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Feminism, Race, Disability, Relationships
Bio I'm a digital news reporter and features writer focusing on health, social issues, identity politics (gender, race and disabilities), lifestyle (food, relationships, beauty) and NYC culture.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Art, Politics, Philosophy, Military, Sports, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology
Bio I like to describe myself as a child and geek who likes to learn new things and face new challenges. Born and raised in Zagreb, I was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy in my early childhood, and am a very active disability rights advocate in Croatia. I'm a journalist, translator, and columnist for possibly the only European disability news portal, called In Portal. I'm also CEO/President of Croatia's best disabled chess club, Šahovski klub "Stjepan Bosak" — URIHO. Other than that, I'm a co-founder of WordCrypt, where I've been helping with everything — from graphic design and programming, to 3D video production and social media marketing.