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Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Music, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability
Bio Senior Digital Video Producer at 12 News and alum of Arizona State University. I may be a quadriplegic, but I roll wherever life takes me. Except stairs.
Expertise Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Disability Culture, Food, Disability, Relationships, Travel, Lifestyle
Bio Natasha spends most of her time looking for a good meal. It is no strange thing for her to get on a plane for food, not before putting on her surgical mask and wiping everything in site down with Lysol to stave off the germs that could kill her. She has cystic fibrosis and has had two double lung transplants. Other than those minor things she is working on a memoir. She volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, even though animals are more her thing than children. She lives outside Boston.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Books, Film, Television, Poetry, Fiction, Music, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty
Bio 43 year old caucasian female living a crazy yet beautiful life with SMA. I have been in a wheelchair my whole life, but it hasn't stopped me from accomplishing what I want to. With just the use of my hands, I had to learn how to navigate an independent life of my own. With the help of personal care attendants (PCAs), I left home at 18, graduated college with a BA in Psychology, jumped out of perfectly fine airplane, and have worked various jobs over the past 20 years (nonprofit work, accessible affordable housing, federal stuff, customer service, and for the last several years, in sales development research). I have lived in HUD housing for 15 years, so I'm well versed in it and other disability housing issues. I met my partner online - he lived in California and me in Texas - and after his second trip to visit, he uprooted his life and moved here... that was 13 years ago! No children, but we have our fur-babies, and according to one of my baby nieces, "I'm the best Aunt Dana!" I have an able-bodied twin sister (who is now on hospice care for liver failure) and three younger sisters - and between them, I have 10 nephews and nieces. I love to travel, go to concerts, read, advocate, learn, and have fun. I love anything purple and I'm obsessed with the band the Lumineers!
Expertise Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle
Bio I am a chronically ill Southern girl residing in the North East. I enjoy writing, reading and cuddling up with my cat! Despite the difficulties that I face, I am a bubbly girl who doesn't shy away from a good pun.
Expertise Philosophy, Criticism, Feminism, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability
Bio I write about Black queer-feminist praxis, Black resistance to anti-black racism, Black poetics, and Black disabled life from rooted in an understanding of the Black radical tradition. I've primarily freelanced for Bitch magazine and BYP 100.
Expertise Poetry, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality
Bio I am a gender fluid, trans and queer emerging writer and actor living in regional Victoria. I have hyperflexible Elhers Danlos syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder that impacts on my daily life. I have progressed from using no aids, to a walking stick, to a walker, and am currently waiting for a powered wheelchair. I am also neurodiverse and have a history of mental illness, including lived experience of suicide. My main passion in life is to broaden representation in media, both fictional and otherwise. I am currently in the early stages of co-creating a script for television focusing on a group of trans people. I am also a part of the Escape Velocity Project which aims to further societal understanding and acceptance of young trans and gender diverse people. I have had poems published in Cordite and Enby Life and am working on my first novel.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, History, Criticism, Disability, Relationships, Travel
Bio Patrick Marlborough is a writer, comedian, journalist, and musician who covers politics, culture, ephemera, and mental illness. Published in Guardian, Meanjin, VICE, Noisey, Crikey, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, Cordite, Junkee, Swampland etc
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Fiction, Art, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle
Bio Jenni is considered a triple threat in the world of entertainment. Her advanced editing and screenwriting skills serve as a foundation for her directorial efforts which have received multiple awards and have placed her among the best in her field as a Director Member of the Directors Guild of America. Jenni has written articles for New Mobility Magazine and Film Threat. She is a film and media aficionado and a thought leader for inclusion. Jenni is also on the advisory board of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Jenni has Muscular Dystrophy and has used a wheelchair since the age of seven. She went to film school at the University of Central Florida where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with two BA degrees, one in Motion Picture Production and another in Radio and Television Broadcasting. Her passion for storytelling and entertaining audiences is clearly evident in her work and achievements.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Politics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Feminism, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle
Bio Odochi is a creative storyteller who lives in Brooklyn. A 2012 graduate of the illustrious Howard University School of Communications, she's worked as a writer, editor, and content producer for more than 10 years. She enjoys traveling the world, eating good food, and spending time with her cat and dog.
Expertise Pop Culture, Medicine, Art, Philosophy, Disability Culture, History, Criticism, Education, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Beauty
Bio aberrant academic by day, pop culture writer & freelance editor by night. specializes in art history, subjectivity, and trauma