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|Sonya Huber||Disability Rights, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability||I’m the author of five books, including three books of creative nonfiction: Opa Nobody, Cover Me: A Health Insurance Memoir, and Pain Woman Takes Your Keys: Essays from a Nervous System. My other books include a textbook, The Backwards Research Guide for Writers: Using Your Life for Reflection, Connection, and Inspiration and The Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton. I’m a disabled writer with rheumatoid disease and a longtime activist who teaches at Fairfield University. My work has been published in literary journals and magazines including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, Fourth Genre, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Washington Post Magazine. My work won the 2012 Terrain.org Award in Nonfiction and is included in True Stories, Well Told: From the First Twenty Years of Creative Nonfiction; other essays have been named Notable in the Best American Essays 2014 and 2015. I also published an e-book on direct care work with SheBooks, Two Eyes are Never Enough: A Minimum-Wage Memoir.|
|Jamie Hale||Medicine, Theatre, Poetry, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Food, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality, Technology, Travel||I am a poet, journalist and essayist based in London, UK, with work exploring the embodied experiences of illness and disability, as well as political themes arising from those interests. As a queer trans person, a non-ambulatory wheelchair user, and someone experiencing progressive disability, neurodivergence and mental illness, I have a broad spectrum of personal experience. I have had journalism published by the Guardian, the Wellcome Collection, and Unite Magazine, and have been interviewed for numerous publications, including Disability Arts Online, and the Stage. I have written extensively on public transport, assisted suicide, social care, and the 'disabled experience', as well as other themes. I am writing a guide to social care with Muscular Dystrophy UK, and have completed a guide for adjusting to disability, which will be available free in late 2019. I write extensively on health and social care, adaptive technology, product reviews, and studenthood for my own website. I have written poetry for publications including the Rialto, Malady Mag, and Poetry Quarterly, and have performed it in venues including the Barbican Centre, the Tate Modern, and the Lyric Theatre. I have a solo poetry show, NOT DYING, and theatrical curatorial experience. I won the London Writers' Awards for Poetry 2018, and was shortlisted for the Jerwood Compton Fellowships 2019. I also have media experience, speaking to Sky News on disabled peoples' opposition to assisted suicide, amongst other appearances, and am an experienced public speaker, speaking at the Barbican Centre, the Science Gallery, and Platform Southwark.|
|Angel Powell||Media, Pop Culture, Fiction, Music, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Race, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology, Lifestyle||Angel Powell is a writer and graphic artist, living in WNY, she writes about disability and all its intersections.|
|Day Al-Mohamed||Media, Pop Culture, Law, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Race, LGBQT, Disability, Service Animals, Travel||Day Al-Mohamed is multi-skilled policy executive with more than fifteen years of experience working directly with public and private industry, as well as with policymakers in Washington, DC. She currently serves as a Supervisory Analyst with the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Al-Mohamed’s policy portfolio at the Department has included the design and implementation of the Add Us In initiative to identify and develop strategies to increase employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities by working with small business associations in underserved and historically excluded communities. Prior to that, Ms. Al-Mohamed worked as a Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer with the American Psychological Association (APA), managing their legislative and regulatory activities relating to Healthcare, Immigration, and International Development. She has also served as Director of Advocacy and Governmental Affairs for the American Council of the Blind. Ms. Al-Mohamed provided technical assistance and support to both consumers and various advisory committees and governing bodies. Before her legislative work in Washington DC, Ms. Al-Mohamed’s career has included work in advocacy and legislative initiatives in a wide variety of roles. She worked on the planning committee for the Civil Rights Group of the Cambio de Colores conference, the largest conference that directly addresses the various issues faced by Latino immigrants to the Midwest. In addition, she served as a representative of the ISC-ICC to the Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the United Nations. Outside of her policy work, Ms. Al-Mohamed is the Founding Director of the Lead On Network and author of the Young Adult novel Baba Ali and the Clockwork Djinn: A Steampunk Faerie Tale. She is a host on Idobi Radio’s Geek Girl Riot and, in addition to speculative fiction, also writes comics and film scripts. Her current focus is a speculative fiction anthology highlighting the experiences of immigrants and refugees, and on a Civil War documentary on the Invalid Corps and the Battle of Fort Stevens about group of soldiers with disabilities who saved President Lincoln from a surprise Confederate raid. She is an active member of Women in Film and Video, a 2015 Docs in Progress Fellow, and a graduate of the VONA/Voices Writing Workshop. Her short story, “The Lesser Evil” was nominated for the WSFA Small Press Award for Best Short Fiction of 2015. However, she is most proud of being invited to teach a workshop on storytelling: "Strikingly Beautiful: A Celebration of Women & Girls with Disabilities" at the White House in February 2016. She presents often on the representation of and importance of disability in media, most recently for the National Bar Association, at New York Comic Con, and at SXSW. Ms. Al-Mohamed holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Ms. Al-Mohamed proudly serves as Public Affairs Staff Officer (FSO-PA) in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Ms. Al-Mohamed lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her wife, N.R.Brown. You can find Day at her website and on Twitter @DayAlMohamed|
|Alice Wong||Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Race, Disability||Alice Wong is a media maker, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco, CA. She is the Founder of the Disability Visibility Project™ (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture. Alice is also a co-partner of #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with Gregg Beratan and Andrew Pulrang. Her activism has been featured in Roll Call, WBUR radio, Al Jazeera, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Rewire, Vice, Esquire, CNET, and Buzzfeed. She is also a co-partner with Disabled Writers.|
|Ingrid Tischer||Media, Pop Culture, Film, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Disability, Lifestyle||Based in the Bay Area, Ingrid Tischer is a fundraiser and blogger who writes disability culture and policy commentary. Her writing is a mix of the serious, the sardonic, and the sincere that uses personal essay, opinion, spoof, and parody forms to convey the emotional landscape of lifelong disability and the waxy bummer build-up that comes from ableism. She recently launched the Disabled in Development Project™(DiD), a stigma-busting, story-telling outlet for disabled, chronically ill, and aging people who work in fundraising and philanthropy. DiD's goal is to amplify their expertise on how to put disability inclusion principles into practice. Ingrid is also advancing #FundDisAdvocacy, a critique of the comparative lack of advocacy funding for disability human and civil rights in grantmaking. She is currently serving as a Trustee for the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, a disability-led, disability-centered micro-grant-making group of disabled activists. Ingrid worked for the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Breast Cancer Action, Equal Rights Advocates, Legal Aid at Work, SF LGBT Community Center, and as a consultant before joining Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) in 2011 as their Director of Development. Her media advocacy experience has involved working in coalition with the Labor Project for Working Families, MomsRising and The Impact Fund. Her writing has also appeared in The Progressive, Ragged Edge, off our backs, and other outlets. She holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from The American University. She is a member of the 1995-96 Women's Health Leadership cohort, and has served as a member of the California Asset-Based Community Development faculty. You can find Ingrid at her website, Facebook, and Twitter @IngridTischer Recent clips: DREDF, October 2018: #FundDisAdvocacy Twitter Chat, Disability Advocacy and Philanthropy DREDF, June 2017: No Roll-Backs On My Civil Rights: A Past Plaintiff on Opposing H.R. 620, the ADA Notification Act Tales From the Crip, September 2016: My FEDup ™Rant: RespectAbility, Class and Race Privilege, and Leveling the Erring Field Ingrid is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial Additional communication availability: Phone, chat, videoconference (video and voice): Please note that it may take Ingrid up to one business day to reply, particularly for requests originating outside the Pacific Time Zone. Languages: English Muscular Dystrophy, Scoliosis, Aging, Class, Philanthropy, Fundraising, Disability Narratives, Assisted Suicide, abortion, Education, Education Access, Americans with Disabilities Act, Working, Gender, Grantmaking, Ableism|
|Therí A. Pickens||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Television, Poetry, Music, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, History, Food, Feminism, Race, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle, Beauty||See website|
|Elizabeth Campbell||Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Disability, Service Animals, Technology||I have been blind since birth, and I am a reporter at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. I've held various reporting positions including covering civil courts, education and economic development. I currently cover suburban communities where I focus on accountability journalism.|
|Diane Shipley||Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Feminism, Disability, Lifestyle||I'm a freelance journalist and essayist covering pop culture (especially as it relates to women, disabled people, and other marginalised groups), books, and health. Bylines include The Guardian, The Washington Post, The Rumpus, The Los Angeles Times, The Times (UK), Mental Health Today, Lit Hub and Vice.|
|Jay Tee Rattray||Media, Pop Culture, Television, Politics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Disability||I’m Jill, I’m 41, and I love watching television and I love writing about i I’m Jay, I’m in my 40s and I love watching television and I love writing about it. Because of various health problem I don’t get out much, so television and the internet. I’m passionate about increased inclusion of disabled people in front and behind the camera in television and film. And I am vehemently against disabled mimicry or “cripping up” as it’s better known, and I’m passionate about better representation of disabled people, not just in terms of casting but in terms of how we’re written and how issue that affect us are written about. I’m based in Scotland in United Kingdom, and I can also write about issues that affect disabled people in the UK, particularly Scotland. I’m autistic and I have ADHD, chronic migraine, and arthritis. I've appeared on the West Wing Weekly and across the internet. The West Wing Weekly interview http://thewestwingweekly.com/episodes/219 Transcript https://static1.squarespace.com/static/56e27eb82fe131d8eec3a4e3/t/5a6773b2652dea06c82a902a/1516729267033/2.19+-+Bad+Moon+Rising.pdf|