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Expertise Pop Culture, Sports, Disability Rights, History, Education, Disability, Beauty
Bio Valerie is a PhD Candidate of History at Princeton University, where she studies poverty in the Middle Ages. She has been a wheelchair user since 2008, and has written about disability for the New York Times and Inside Higher Ed. Her interests include disability in higher education, inclusive education, and the history of disability in the Middle Ages.
Expertise Media, Books, Theatre, Fiction, Dance, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Food, Disability, Travel, Lifestyle
Bio I'm a Yorkshire born-and-bred writer, currently balancing blogging, freelance writing and social media management in the chronic illness- charity sector. My work has been published for a variety of organisations including The Huffington Post, MTV UK, Scope, Debut Insights, Disability Rights UK, as well as multiple chronic illness charities and patient groups. I also love to work with relevant and fitting brands over on my blog and social media: Life Of Pippa. My experience lies in long-term conditions, invisible illness, disability, accessible employment, student life, theatre, books, fundraising, and much more too. In 2015, I founded my own social enterprise: Spoonie Survival Kits. 'Spoonie' being the slang word for somebody with a chronic illness, the kits are little bags of happiness to provide comfort to recipients and remind them that they haven't been forgotten. To date, we have raised over £5,000 for various charities, and we also now provide accessible volunteering opportunities to those with long-term conditions. You can find out more about us at As mentioned, I also enjoy theatre and books, and blog about these in a personal capacity. Accessible theatre is particularly important to me, and I rate every show I see on a 'chronic illness-friendly scale', in the hope of making the industry more inclusive for all. In 2018, I was thrilled to be honoured at the prestigious Olivier Awards for my work in accessible theatre. You can keep up to date with my theatre reviews, bookish chats and general life shenanigans at, and get in touch with me at lifeofpippablog at for media enquiries, advocacy opportunities, or just a general chit-chat; I'll pop the kettle on!
Expertise Media, Film, Television, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Disability, Relationships
Bio I'm an autistic writer and editor for I'm passionate about human rights, healthcare, the health insurance industry and trends, neurodiversity, intersectionality, and politics.
Expertise Poetry, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Education, Disability
Bio I am a disabled artist and writer living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia, and Post-traumatic stress disorder. I am currently studying sociology and gender and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I write about my experiences as a disabled person on the Rooted in Rights blog. Other personal essays and opinion pieces have appeared in local Madison-area magazines, where I have written about my identities as a disabled, queer, survivor of childhood sexual abuse. In the past, I have also written on the topics of forced psychiatric institutionalization, work, housing insecurity, sexual violence, trauma, youth homelessness, asexuality, and chronic illness. I create narrative and informational comics and illustrations about living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and navigating trauma. In addition to my writing and art, I currently volunteer with Disability Pride Madison to bring the local Disability Pride Festival to Madison’s Tenney Park each July. Outside of my writing and art, I work at a library, I attend school part-time, and I enjoy math and science. I am happy to be contacted to write about the above topics as well as commissioned for artwork or illustrations.
Expertise Accessibility, Disability, Lifestyle
Bio Shari Eberts is a hearing health advocate, writer speaker, and avid Bikram yogi. She is the founder of, an online community for people with hearing loss, where she blogs about her experiences living with hearing loss and tinnitus. She serves on the board of Hearing Loss Association of America. Shari has an adult-onset genetic hearing loss and hopes that by sharing her story, it will help others to live more peacefully with their own hearing issues. Her writing has been featured in The Huffington Post, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Healthy Living Magazine, Audiology Practices and The Hearing Journal.
Expertise Media, Fiction, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, LGBQT, Disability
Bio I write about injustice, historical contexts for ableism such as eugenics, policy issues affecting disabled people such as psychiatric inpatient facilities, and intersecting identities. My expertise for such work is research, study, professional disability rights work, and lived experience as a low-income Autistic, nonbinary/queer writer with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and mental health disabilities. I am also studying to convert to Judaism. Previous work has appeared in NOS Magazine, The Deaf Poets Society, and The Establishment. In addition to essays and opinion pieces, I am available for sensitivity reads and editing work.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Law, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Service Animals, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty
Bio I was born in Abbotsford, BC, and I now reside in New Westminster. I am not a journalism student but I am a writer. Writing is a true passion of mine, in fact, I have published three books. My first two books are both volumes of poetry, and my most recent publication is a children’s Christmas story. I have the second installment of the Christmas story coming up at the end of summer 2019. I invite you to check out my portfolio and blog! Jillian is available for personal essays Additional communication availability: Phone, Videoconference (Video and Voice) Languages: English
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Fiction, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability
Bio Rosemary Collins studied English Literature at the University of York and gained an NCTJ Multimedia Journalism Diploma at Manchester News Associates. She currently works at Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. Her articles have been published in The New Statesman, DIVA and The Establishment, among other outlets.
Expertise Disability Culture, Disability Rights
Bio Historian Steven E. Brown (PhD, University of Oklahoma, 1981) is Co-Founder, Institute on Disability Culture and retired Professor of Disability Studies, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii . Brown encountered disability-based employment discrimination based shortly after earning his doctorate, which changed his career path. In the 1980s, Brown worked at and directed an independent living center in Oklahoma, organized numerous community advocacy coalitions, and represented regional Independent Living Centers in legislative education about the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In 1990, Brown moved to California to become Training Director at the World Institute on Disability (WID). In 1993, Brown received the first federal funding to research disability culture, which resulted in the monograph, Investigating A Culture of Disability: Final Report. After relocating to New Mexico, with his wife and partner Lillian Gonzales Brown, in 1994, they co-founded the non-profit Institute on Disability Culture. In 2002, they moved to Hawaii, where Brown joined the Center on Disability Studies (CDS). Brown has published many articles about disability rights and is a national and international speaker. His books include Movie Stars and Sensuous Scars: Essays on the Journey from Disability Shame to Disability Pride (2003); Surprised to be Standing: A Spiritual Journey (2011); and Ed Roberts: Wheelchair Genius (2015), a Middle Grade biography of the late 20th century disability rights pioneer. He is also a co-editor of the anthology, Rethinking Disability: World Perspectives in Culture and Society (2016). He has presented on disability rights and culture throughout the U.S. and in Canada; Germany; Hungary; Korea (via remote video) Japan; Norway; Saipan; Sweden; Taiwan; and Thailand. Brown retired from his full-time Professor position at CDS in 2014. He continues to write, advocate, speak, and teach. Brown’s work remains driven by the Institute on Disability Culture mission/vision: “Promoting pride in the history, activities, and cultural identity of individuals with disabilities throughout the world.” This includes ReConnective Therapy (RCT) energy healing work, or which Brown is a practitioner. Brown blogs periodically at and is on Twitter @disculture.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Poetry, Fiction, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Religion, Disability, Relationships, Service Animals, Technology, Travel, Lifestyle
Bio Brianna Albers is a content creator living in Minneapolis-St. Paul. In 2016, she founded Monstering, a magazine for disabled women and nonbinary people; in 2017, she co-founded ZRIE, a private new media collective. She is also on staff at SMA News Today and writes the column “The Wolf Finally Frees Itself.” A multiple Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net nominee, her work can be found in Gravel, Shakespeare and Punk, and Fanzine, among others. Find her online at and on social media @briehalbers.