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Expertise Pop Culture, Books, Poetry, Art, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Feminism, Race, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality, Beauty
Bio Hablo Rodriguez-Williams is an unapologetic, Brown, genderqueer artist, poet, freelance writer, author, scholar, disability rights organizer, native, herbal healer and social critic. As a shape shifting, self proclaimed, "Sadboi", Hablo's werk centers a decolonial lens around Queer and Trans POWER and disability. Hablo's work emphasizes everything unapologetically feminine and the ever queering of the word "femme". Hablo's spoken word shines light on the often overlooked, "gritty", parts of queerness, decolonialism and disability. Through their own multiplicities and intersectionalities of their existence; as a first generation Colombian and Indigenous disabled person, Hablo's capacity for story telling allows for them to be instrumental to a cultural movement and narrative of resistance.
Expertise Pop Culture, Sciences, Books, Poetry, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Feminism, Disability, Relationships
Bio I am a disability activist living in Scotland, involved in politics, advocacy and evidence-based policy. I was studying Theoretical Physics before getting sick, and science is still important to me. I began a writing degree through the OU with the aim of doing more science writing, as I spend a lot of time translating research into non-scientist language, but I got sidetracked by necessity into politics as disabled people in the UK become more at risk. I am currently the SNP's National Women's and Equalities Convener.
Expertise Media, Medicine, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Race, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology, Lifestyle
Bio Robin Wilson-Beattie is a speaker, writer, and advocate for disability and sexuality as well as one of the first people to talk about disability, sexuality, and marketing to adult product retailers and manufacturers. She combines years of personal experience with medically sound research to provide a unique perspective on how life and identity impacts one's sexual expression. Her speaking engagements include multiple keynotes and panels, including three consecutive years speaking at the Adult Video News convention in Las Vegas. Her work has not only helped tens of thousands of disabled people, but also inspired many others to become advocates for sexuality and disability education, an incredibly underserved area. Robin is a member of the Association of American Sexual Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), the Women of Color Sexual Health Network (WOCSHN), and a graduate and member of the San Francisco Sexuality Information Training (SFSI). Currently, she is working on a book that shares the reproductive health experiences of people with disabilities. Robin is a deep-fried Southern woman, mid-century buff, and proud Mama of one amazing person.
Expertise Books, Poetry, Fiction, History, Criticism, Food, Feminism, Religion, Disability, Lifestyle
Bio Allison Bird Treacy is an essayist, professional ghostwriter, and poet living in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She has a BA in English Literature & Women's Studies from Smith College and an MA in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies with an emphasis on Disability Studies from Emory University. Bird's work focuses on issues of mental health, autism, and the history of institutionalization, and her thesis work considered how modern reproductive technology intersects with the history of eugenics.
Expertise Pop Culture, Books, Theatre, Education, Feminism, Race, LGBQT, Sexuality
Bio Anthony James Williams (they/them pronouns) is a proud Black queer nonbinary sociology PhD student studying race and incarceration. They began statewide Black student organizing with the Afrikan Black Coalition before leaving and starting Black grassroots organizing in Oakland, CA with the Black Organizing Project.
Expertise 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
Bio 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.
Expertise Pop Culture, Sciences, Television, Education, Food, Disability, Relationships, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty
Bio Sunny Fitzgerald is a freelance writer and sustainable travel specialist. Her work appears in National Geographic, The New York Times, Lonely Planet, BBC Travel, Health Central, and more. Specialties include migraines, hemiplegic migraines, chronic illness, neurological disorders, celiac disease, travel, nature, environment, susustainability, health, anxiety, wellness, alternative medicine.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Lifestyle
Bio Andrew Pulrang is a disability blogger, online activist, and former disability organization administrator, available as a source, and for opinion editorials and personal essays on disability policy, politics, philosophy, and culture. Andrew is also a co-partner of #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with Gregg Beratan and Alice Wong.
Expertise Disability Culture, Disability
Bio I’m an inspirational & motivational writer, speaker and podcaster. I draw from my life experiences (including growing up legally blind, living with ADHD and surviving an ischemic stroke to my spinal cord in 2002) and the lives of others to inspire and motivate people to overcome obstacles and/or adversities, while encouraging people to achieve every goal they have set for yourselves!
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Politics, Sports, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle
Bio Lillie Lainoff is a writer and 2018 Yale University grad. She received her B.A. in English with a concentration in creative writing and distinction within the major. Her fiction, non-fiction, and poetry has been featured in The Washington Post Outlook, Scholastic anthologies, Today’s Parent, Washington City Paper, via the Disability Visibility Project, collegiate literary magazines, and The Yale Daily News. She’s received recognition from Glimmer Train and The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and was a featured Rooted in Rights disability activist. Her academic work focuses primarily on disability representation in literature and media, and she also writes about disability rights and activism. She is represented by Jennifer Wills and Nicole Resciniti of The Seymour Agency for her fiction. As an undergraduate, Lillie was a member of Yale’s Varsity Fencing team. As a senior, she was one of the first physically disabled athletes to individually qualify for an NCAA Championship, and helped her team to an end-of-season 10th place ranking by the National Coaches Poll. She still fences competitively and coaches at Capital Fencing Academy. She was a recipient of the inaugural Spirit of Sport award by the US Fencing Association.