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Media, Pop Culture, Medicine, Film, Television, Theatre, Architecture, Art, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Feminism, Religion, LGBQT, Disability Bren Coombs (they them) is a writer, producer, marketing consultant, photographer, visual artist, and properties designer currently living in Chicago. Career highlights include working on the interactive horror play, Delusion, producing digital content for The Emmys, CNN, and other outlets, and producing the 10th anniversary revival of 7 Redneck Cheerleaders (LA Times "Critic's Pick"). Chicago theatre credits include: Year of the Queer (Stage 773), How to Defend Yourself (Victory Gardens); King Arthur (Studebaker Theater); Hit The Wall, The 25th...Spelling Bee, A Chorus Line, The Cherry Orchard (Chicago College of Performing Arts); Drunk Shakespeare (Lion Theater); Lez Sing (Pride Arts Center); In The Blood (Red Tape Theatre). Other theatre credits include: Click (LA LGBT Center); An Enemy of the People (Concordia University Texas); First Date (Austin Theatre Project); Pulp Shakespeare (Theatre Asylum); Hell Cab (Elephant Theatre Company); All American Girl (InterACT); Sex, Love, and Yoga (MACHA). Film credits include: Hello My Name is Doris; Out in Alabama. Television credits include: All My Children (ABC/Hulu); Windy City Live (ABC); HLN News; CNN Tonight. Upcoming projects include: Love Me Bait Me (The Clexa Project). RadBren.com    
Books, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Feminism, Disability, Relationships I've won Best Journalist at the SPA Regional Awards, as well as being a runner-up in the Vogue Business Talent Competition and the Young Fabians Political Writing Competition. I like to write about disability, life as a student and popular culture.
Media, Pop Culture, Disability Culture, History, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality Ryan Lee Cartwright is assistant professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis and author of the Peculiar Places: A QueerCrip History of White Rural Nonconformity (University of Chicago, July 2021).
Dance, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Feminism, Disability, Technology, Beauty Alicia Jarvis is a professional problem solver who solves problems at the intersection where business goals, human needs, and technology meet. By day, you’ll find her enabling and empowering teams at Scotia Digital. To find out more, visit her personal website.
Law, Books, Politics, Disability Katherine Itacy, author of Relentless: From National Champion to Physically Disabled Activist (July 28, 2020, E.L. Marker), is a type 1 diabetic of over thirty-two years and a former elite athlete. From 1999-2001, Kate won five state championships and eight national championships in high school track and field and bested the Olympic gold medalist in the women’s hammer at the 2000 World Junior Championship in Santiago, Chile. Kate held the Rhode Island state record in the girls’ high school hammer throw for twenty years and the Eastern College Athletic Division I Conference Championship record in the women’s weight throw for fifteen. In 2017, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League inducted Kate into its Hall of Fame. After graduating magna cum laude and fourth in her class from law school, Kate practiced law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for six years, five of which she spent running her own criminal defense and appellate law practice. For all five years that Kate ran her firm, she was selected as a “Rising Star” in criminal defense and appeals in Rhode Island Monthly magazine. During that time, she also served on the boards of directors for the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Rhode Island ACLU, and the national ACLU. In 2014, Kate closed her law firm and moved to the Mexican border in order to work as a legal research and writing specialist (LRAWS) for the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas. Unfortunately, complications from her brittle type 1 diabetes, the recurrence of a tethered spinal cord, and the onset of several other medical disorders caused Kate to stop working in February of 2017 and retire based upon disability from her job in March of 2018. Since retiring, Kate has written her memoir Relentless (which is available now in paperback and e-book formats on Amazon) and started “The Phunky Diabetic Podcast” (which is available to stream on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, TuneIn, and YouTube).
Pop Culture, Disability Culture, Feminism, LGBQT, Lifestyle I'm a freelance writer with 7 years of experience (and counting). I typically write about work, mental health, and sociocultural issues. However, I also enjoy exploring other niches and occasionally like to ghostwrite too.
Books, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Disability, Relationships, Beauty Meghan Beaudry began writing as part of her rehabilitation from brain trauma in 2014 and simply never stopped. Her work has been published in Hippocampus, Ravishly, Folks at Pillpack, Al Jazeera, and the Huffington Post. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2017. In 2020, she was selected as winner of the Pen 2 Paper Creative Writing Contest in fiction.
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Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Ethics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Technology I am a member of the feminist arts collective Artificial Womb and an ambassador for the TABOU Disability Magazine. I am also a Linguistics student at the University of Aberdeen, where I convene the Disabled Students Forum. I am currently working on a commission with North East of North (NEoN) about developing a manifesto for best practice in developing work placements in the digital arts.
Sciences, Medicine, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Disability Kathleen Bogart, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Oregon State University. She earned her Ph.D. in psychology from Tufts University in 2012. As a person with a disability, she is passionate about researching, educating, and writing about ableism. Her research focuses on the psychosocial implications of living with disability, rare disorders, or facial differences such as Moebius syndrome or facial paralysis. An advocate for people with disabilities, she has served on the American Psychological Association Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology, the Rehabilitation Psychology editorial board, and the Moebius Syndrome Foundation Scientific Advisory Board. She is a 2021 Public Voices Fellow with the OpEd Project. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Time, The Conversation, the Financial Times, and Huffington Post, and she has a regular column on Psychology Today, Disability is Diversity. She's given a TEDx talk entitled The Psychology of Ableism for the University of Washington. In 2019, she co-edited the Journal of Social Issues special issue on Ableism. Dr. Bogart presents internationally to academic, general, and stakeholder audiences about disability awareness, disability as diversity, and facial paralysis. She is available for writing, speaking, consulting, and interview opportunities.