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|Alyssa MacKenzie||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||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.|
|Aiden Gillan-Bronze||Medicine, Disability Culture, Education, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality, Lifestyle||As a former doctor and current instructional designer, I primarily write about health and education matters. Living with ADHD and all its outside-the-box perspectives on life. Passionate about disability and LGBTQ+ inclusion. Happy writing just about anything so long as I'm learning.|
|Emmagayle Harper||Media, Pop Culture, Television, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Lifestyle, Beauty||Emmagayle Harper is a disabled freelance journalist from Glasgow, Scotland. A creative wheelchair user with a determination and passion for journalism who has had published work for the Scottish Sun's online and print publications as well as pieces published online for student publication the Clyde Insider. I am particularly passionate about writing about disability issues, LGBTQ+ issues and activism especially in Scotland, as well as pop culture and lifestyle topics.|
|Shivangi Agrawal||Media, Pop Culture, Law, Books, Film, Television, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Dance, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Food, Feminism, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty||Shivangi (@DisabledSpice) is a queer and disabled activist and graffiti artist with Determined Art Movement (DAM) from Delhi, India. She works as a consultant, writer, researcher, policy advisor, and facilitator with an emphasis on advocacy for disability, sexuality, gender and accessibility|
|Brina Patel||Pop Culture, Books, Music, Education, Disability, Relationships, Travel, Lifestyle||Brina Patel (she/her) is a freelance content writer from Northern California. Her passions include travel, books, music, and the outdoors. Through her words she hopes to change the narrative around stigmas regarding disability and mental health, especially within the South Asian community.|
|Emily Tisshaw||Books, Poetry, Fiction, Dance, Sports, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Food, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Travel, Lifestyle||Hello! My name is Emily. I write both non-fiction and fiction. My main expertise are disability, mental health, relationships and addiction.|
|Rick Reed||Poetry, Fiction, History||Disabled Technical Writer who has written poetry for decades and now doing some flash fiction. Lifelong stutterer, controlled. Lost a child from suicide about 20 years ago and it has taken me that long to regain my interest in becoming a writer and poet. My disabilities make it very difficult to travel, so I mostly a home person. During the pandemic I have discovered the zoom poetry reading venue and I love it. My poetry is not the type normally encountered at readings, but everyone so far has seemed to be blown away by my work. My work is good--my need is name recognition and maybe an editor to steer my fiction. I live with my wife in a cabin on a pond near Kingfisher, Oklahoma.|
|Nicole Kelly||Media, Pop Culture, Theatre, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Technology||Nicole Kelly stepped into the roll of public figure after winning the 2013 title of Miss Iowa and going on to compete at the 2014 Miss America Pageant. She gained attention for being one of only a few competitors to have ever competed with a physical disability. After working for a year as Miss Iowa and traveling across the country to advocate for those living with a disability, Nicole transitioned into speaking professionally. Nicole is represented by Keppler Speaking Agency and has proudly spoken at hundreds of K-12 schools and given educational lectures at universities across the country. Nicole has spoken at corporations including Google, Microsoft, AllState, and Riot Games. In 2019 Nicole shared her story on the mainstage of NPR’s The Moth. Nicole is proud to be an advisory company member of National Disability Theatre, is co-host of the podcast, Disarming Disability, and served as the emcee at the Kennedy Center's celebration for the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is Nicole's mission to educate as many people as possible about those living with a physical disability. Nicole is a proud ambassador for and works full time for, CoApt, an advanced control solution designed to enhance the functionality of a powered myoelectric prosthesis for those with upper limb loss or limb difference. In 2017 Nicole completed her master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.|
|Alex Breddy||Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Film, Television, Fiction, Politics, Ethics, Sports, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Service Animals, Technology||Current college student majoring in journalism with experience writing journalistic features about technology, culture, politics, and sports. Also a fiction writer with high creativity and management skills.|
|Kiara Kalmey||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Religion, Disability||Kiara Kalmey is a 20-something disabled woman with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). She is also a hearing aid user with Enlarged Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome (EVA / LVAS)-related hearing loss. She has been writing ever since she can remember, and she doesn't plan on stopping any time soon. She's passionate about disability rights and advocacy and has a particular interest in how disabilities are represented and portrayed in pop culture. Kiara is also striving to educate the Christian community on mental health and to destigmatize mental illness within those circles. She has additional experience with anxiety, depression, stigma, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).|