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|Mathew F.D Jones||Media, Books, Film, Fiction, Politics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Technology||I am an autistic writer, animator, and filmmaker currently working on my short film Sensory, about the lives of two autistic teenagers struggling and living through early adulthood and college. I have written several personal essays about the lives of disabled people, disability culture, and the impact of media on disability.|
|Ira Eidle||Media, Pop Culture, Film, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, LGBQT, Disability, Technology||Ira Eidle is from Decatur, Georgia. He is an Autistic person who was diagnosed at a young age. Ira holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre and Performance Studies at Kennesaw State University. Ira was a cohort of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network’s 2020 Autism Campus Inclusion. He is also on the board of Autistic Inclusive Meets (AIM) USA and started a student organization on his campus called Neurodivergent Advocates of Kennesaw that he led for a year. Ira has also done undergraduate research on disability and performance which he presented at the 2021 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). In his freetime, Ira likes to play video games, rest in his bed, spend time with his dogs, and browse the internet. Ira is a staunch proponent of the neurodiversity movement and believes that nobody is too disabled to live an autonomous life.|
|Dan Steele||Sports||Dan Steele: Two time Olympian, bobsled bronze medalist, Army veteran, NCAA hurdles champion, NCAA coach of the year, stroke, survivor.|
|Taryn Jaye||Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Feminism, Disability||I am a multiply disabled late diagnosed autistic woman who works with children (both autistic and non autistic) full time. I am passionate about the exposure of the ABA industry (as well as the autism industrial complex as a whole), and disability justice in general.|
|Christopher Tolve||Media, Books, Politics, History, Feminism, Race, Disability, Technology||I am a recent graduate of Ithaca College and a journalist with an eclectic interest in politics, culture, business, tech, or any other area with stories waiting to be told. I have written for multiple publications, including Space Channel, The Drum and News Bling, and I have a blog exhibiting some political pieces of mine. I lost half of my vision about five years ago and have only worked harder since. I find that my impairment actually gives me a leg up in interviews as sources are more willing to let their guard down.|
|CaspHer||Poetry, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Technology, Lifestyle||I’m an African American woman who identifies as deafblind. I love to write, tell stories. I’m currently enjoying cooking healthier foods|
|Fatin-Aaliyah Nour||Pop Culture, Medicine, Poetry, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Food, Feminism, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle, Beauty||I work with a broad range of subject matter as a content writer. I prefer that to all the others.|
|Juana Poareo||Media, Pop Culture, Television, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Race, Disability, Service Animals, Lifestyle, Beauty||I'm a freelance journalist and content writer who's been published in The American Heart Association, Next Avenue, OncoLink and HuffPost. My primary business focuses on converting audio into text (blogs, articles, social media content) for podcasters interested in expanding their reach while also being inclusive.|
|Vivian Zitek||Sciences, Books, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Education, LGBQT, Sexuality, Technology||My name is Vivian/Pluto, I'm an autistic transwoman writer and science enthusiast. I love everything and anything that exists in space! Anything that gets pushed aside or ignored (like Pluto or brown dwarfs) has a special place in my heart. I primarily do freelance content writing and love it when I get the chance for more interesting/creative work. In my own time, I work on my sci-fi novel and write passionately about the cosmos!|
|Travis Sackett||Books, Ethics, Disability Culture, Disability||Travis Sackett is resilience personified. Having overcome an abusive childhood, Travis went to college to study criminal justice, hoping to become an agent for change. While fulfilling this role, he was jaded by severe corruption in the system. During this time, Travis sustained an injury while training, resulting in an opioid addiction that led him to a life of crime. Through the help of his canine companion, he pulled himself up and out of the mud and began living his life again. As a fully disabled individual, Travis refused to be held back by circumstances. He persevered and decided to share his story in his memoir My Life with Karma to increase empathy toward often-ignored populations that are forgotten or left without a voice.|