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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 http://www.instituteondisabilityculture.org/manifesto 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 briehalbers.me and on social media @briehalbers.
Expertise Sciences, Poetry, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality
Bio I am a 27-year-old native Brooklynite currently living in Denver, CO and learning what it means to move through the world within multiple identities. As a former English major and current social work student, I am currently exploring ways to bridge those paths. In April 2018, I completed a year-long certificate program in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT), which is a modality of complex trauma therapy rooted in indigenous knowledge and practice. My areas of interest and experience are many, and they include: complex trauma, chronic illness, ableism, spiritual abuse, family dynamics, developmental psychology, social work education and employment, trauma-informed care, radical empathy, creativity, movement, somatic therapy, healthcare, self-care, and advocacy in these areas. I have three poems forthcoming in the anthology edition of True Girl magazine.
Expertise Pop Culture, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Music, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Feminism, Disability
Bio sb. smith is a disabled Creative Writing and Sociology student with expertise editing work by disabled writers and about disability or related topics. She is the Editorial Intern for Rebel Mountain Press for the forthcoming Disabled Voices Anthology, and has extensive editing experience through her time with Navigator Student Press. Before university, she spent two years hosting a radio program called "Into It" which featured pop culture news and criticism.
Expertise Pop Culture, Books, Television, Disability Culture, Criticism, Education, Food, Feminism, Disability
Bio I am a creative non-fiction writer, former high school English teacher, mom and a chronically ill neurodivergent person. Lyme disease seemed to be the instigating infection behind a host of problems from fibromyalgia, to dairy and gluten sensitivities, to hypoglycemia, to bradycardia, to autoimmune issues like Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I am also a self-identified autistic woman with ADHD. These parts of myself make me very interested in disability representation. I believe sharing stories of our disabilities can lead to medical breakthroughs and to breakthroughs in how we, and our children, feel about our presence in the world. I have been published at The Rumpus, Full Grown People, Rooted in Rights and The Manifest-Station among other credits.
Expertise Media, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Dance, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality
Bio Sandra is a writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. She recently completed a four-part series on criticism of D/deaf and disabled arts, 'Quality' and the Marginalised Artist (Disability Arts Online). Sandra is co-editor, with Khairani Barokka and Daniel Sluman, of the anthology Stairs and Whispers: D/deaf and Disabled Poets Write Back (Nine Arches, UK, 2017). She has published widely, including three books of poetry in Toronto. Recent short story commissions include several anthologies from Manchester's Comma Press, and British Council's Discover Project. Sandra's live short story with film, Equivalence, was featured on the big screen/stage at Edinburgh Filmhouse in 2017 and Barbican (Transpose) in 2016. Besides publishing stories and poetry, Sandra directs short DIY documentaries and experimental poetry films. In 2016-17, she was commissioned to co-create five new short docs and a curated playlist as part of Disability Arts Online's Viewfinder project, in collaboration with Lisa Mattocks and SICK! Festival. She also co-made four short films (three in BSL) with Ania Urbanowska. Sandra curates events, including Scotland's accessible queer and trans arts project, Cachín Cachán Cachunga! Most recently, she has programmed widely-accessible film screenings featuring LGBTQ+ disabled and D/deaf filmmakers and performers at Glasgow Short Film Festival (with Oska Bright's Matthew Hellett), BFI Flare and Edinburgh Filmhouse.
Expertise Media, Sciences, Books, Fiction, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, History, Criticism, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Technology
Bio Nicola Griffith is a multiple award-winning novelist, essayist, narrator, interviewer, and cultural activist in Seattle, WA. Founder and copartner of #CripLit. Dual US/UK citizen with multiple sclerosis and a PhD. Specializes in: 1. Public speaking 2. Public interviews with authors 3. Exploration of narrative and narrative empathy, with consequences for historicity and gender discourse 4. Linking data to opinion 5. Tracing of intersectional construction of oppressive structures Married to novelist and screenwriter writer Kelley Eskridge.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Books, Television, Theatre, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Feminism, Disability, Relationships
Bio Angela is The Sunday Times bestselling author of On My Life, and the Social Media Murder Series, including Follow Me, Watch Me, and Trust Me. Her latest novel, On My Life, is out now.Follow Me was named Amazon’s Rising Star Debut of the Month January 2016, long listed for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger in the Library 2016, and short listed for the Dead Good Page Turner Award 2016. Follow Me has been optioned by a TV production company. Angela’s humorous memoir Confessions of a Fashionista is an Amazon Fashion Chart bestseller. The horror screenplay, Lure, which Angela co-wrote with Cal Moriarty, under the name Clark Moriarty won the First Scene Screenplay Festival 2017, placed third in the Los Angeles Independent Film Festival 2017 and is a quarterfinalist in the First Blood Screenwriting Contest. Her play, The Legacy, enjoyed a sell-out run at The Hope Theatre in June 2015. Angela featured on CBS Reality’s real life crime series Written in Blood, appeared on the BBC Ouch’s Edinburgh Festival Stage in Tales of The Misunderstood, The Guilty Feminist Podcast (on tour at Warwick Arts Centre). She hosted the book show Tales From Your Life on BBC 3 Counties in 2017, and currently hosts the Three Books show on Womens’ Radio Station. Angela also features regularly as a panel guest on BBC 3 Counties, BBC Radio 4, and the BBC World Service, among others. Angela has given talks and masterclasses for many, including City University’s Crime Writing MA, Noirwich Crime Writing Festival, Camp Bestival, Panic! (in partnership with Create, the Barbican, Goldsmiths University and The Guardian), Meet a Mentor (in partnership with the Royal Society of Arts), Northwich Lit Fest, St Albans Lit Fest, BeaconLit, and the London College of Fashion. In 2015 Angela was awarded the Young Stationers' Prize for achievement and promise in writing and publishing. Angela, a sufferer of the debilitating chronic condition Ehlers Danlos III, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, volunteers with Womentoring, Meet a Mentor and at HM Prisons. She is passionate about bringing marginalised voices into the creative industries.
Expertise Media, Pop Culture, Medicine, Film, Television, Politics, Accessibility, Feminism
Bio Jenn Heater is a sometime government affairs professional who is currently learning how to take time to focus on her health. She is the Resources and Advocacy Editor for My Chronic Brain (www.mychronicbrain.com)—a magazine dedicated to enriching your the lives of those living with Chronic Migraine-and is a vocal patient advocate. With her Yorkie Gracie by her side, she is finding new ways to fill her days and reinvent herself. Jenn enjoys finding humor in the inanities of being chronically ill battling Cushing’s disease, CRPS, trigeminal neuralgia, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Migraine and more. Blogs, pictures and more http://www.talesofamedicaloddity.com Contact Jenn: Talesofamedicaloddity at gmail.com