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|Beatrix Livesey-Stephens||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.|
|Kathleen Bogart, PhD||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.|
|Emmett Patterson||Media, Sciences, Medicine, Law, Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Food, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality, Technology||Emmett Patterson (he/him/él) is a longtime queer, trans, & disabled health activist and freelance writer. He is a regular contributor at TheBody.com/TheBodyPro.com and has been published in The Advocate and a book of essays, “Bodies and Barriers: Queer Activists on Health.” His writing covers queer & trans health, HIV, chronic illness, public health, sexual liberation, sex work, and disability. Emmett studied Public Health and Gender & Sexuality Studies at American University and earned a graduate certificate in LGBT Healthy Policy & Practice at The George Washington University.|
|Kathryn Simpson||Media, Pop Culture, Medicine, Books, Film, Television, Architecture, Art, Ethics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Food, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty||aberrant academic by day, pop culture writer and editor by night. horror fan. specializing in art history (esp. Vienna 1910s, Weimar Berlin, Mexican revolution, and contemporary Western body art); theories and experiences of gendered and trans subjectivities; and both the theoretical and clinical literature on trauma and the body diagnosed with panic disorder and CPTSD (Dr N. Hoffman, Montreal, Medego Clinic)|
|J. PETERS or Max E. Guttman||Media, Film, Politics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Technology, Lifestyle||Award-winning author and Bold 10 Under 10 Award recipient Maxwell Guttman, LCSW, is a mental health advocate recognized for his contributions, primarily through his work as a licensed clinical social worker. Mental health therapist and disability rights advocate Max fights for those without a voice in various care systems, such as the New York City Department of Social Services, the New York State Office of Mental Health, and the City’s Department of Corrections. Max’s battle with schizophrenia began at New London University in his last semester of college. Discharged from Greater Liberty State Hospital Center in July 2008, Max’s recovery was swift but not painless and indeed brutal after spending six months there. He has published several journal articles on recovery and mental health and three books: University on Watch, Small Fingernails, and Wales High School. He is also a board member of the newspaper City Voices. Max currently sits on the CAB committee (Consumer Advisory Board) for the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene in NYC and the Office of Mental Health (OMH) as a peer advocate. Owner of Recovery Now in New York, a private psychotherapy practice, Max’s approach is rooted in a foundation of evidence-based practices (EBP). Max earned a master’s degree in social work from Binghamton University and worked as s field instructor for master’s and bachelor’s level students in NYC. He writes daily for his blog Mental Health Affairs. Max regularly writes articles relating to his lived experience with a mental health diagnosis. You can connect with him on Twitter @maxwellguttman.|
|Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, Jr.||Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Poetry, Art, Sports, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Criticism, Race, Religion, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality||Timotheus “T.J.” Gordon, Jr. is a passionate, multi-talented autistic self-advocate from Chicago, IL. He uses writing, photography, blogging, social media, and critiques on the representation of disabled people in arts and entertainment to illustrate the intersections of race and disability in community inclusion, especially when it comes to sexuality, media representation, and self-advocacy. Gordon is the creator of the Black Autist, a blog that focuses on autism awareness and acceptance in the African Diaspora. His writing appears in the Ethnic Studies Review, All the Weight of Our Dreams: On Living Racialized Autism, and ADA 30 in Color. Gordon has appeared on the Code of the Freaks documentary as one of the interviewees who critiques representation of characters with disabilities in film. As a self-advocate and speaker, he talks to audiences about the following topics: Exploring healthy sexuality and relationships in the disability community, which also includes ethical non-polyamory and kink His journey to Autism acceptance and pride Living an independent/interdependent, fulfilling life as an autistic person Being a black autistic father/father figure Intersections between autism/disability and race Inclusion in communities of color Inclusion of people with disabilities in sports, arts & entertainment, and spiritual institutions (e.g. churches) Geekery (including Blerdom, or black geekery) and disability Anti-Racism in the disability community and addressing racism within the disability community Media representation of disabled people of color Additionally, Gordon is a research associate at the Institute on Disability and Human Development and a co-founder of Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition (Chicagoland DPOCC). Through both organizations, he promotes inclusion and disability acceptance in communities of color through creating workshops on inclusion and providing safe spaces for disabled people of color to advocate for themselves and others in disability communities. Gordon is a member of The Harriet Tubman Collective, a collective of Black Deaf & Disabled organizers, community builders, activists, dreamers, lovers striving for radical inclusion and collective liberation.|
|J.R. Reed||Pop Culture, Television, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Relationships, Service Animals, Travel, Lifestyle||J.R. Reed is an autism self-advocate who preaches Neurodiversity and does it all from a log cabin in the Missouri Ozarks. He blogs, speaks, podcasts, and writes on a wide variety of topics affecting teens, young adults, and adults with developmental disabilities. He’s spoken to groups, companies and at the Missouri State Capitol. You can find out more about J.R., see some of his writing, and what he has in the works at www.notweirdjustautistic.com|
|Jessamine Barham||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Art, Music, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Relationships, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty||I am a writer, singer, songwriter, and artist. I make art for people who feel like outsiders in any sense of the word. I want everyone to feel more connected.|
|Krystal Vasquez||Sciences, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Disability||I am a disabled scientist whose reacher falls into the category for earth science (atmospheric chemistry, more specifically). Alongside research, I also advocate regularly for the creation of more inclusive environments in both STEM and academia. I am especially interested in discussing ways to make academic research more accessible to students and researchers with disabilities.|
|Lisa J. Ellwood||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Art, Music, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Food, Feminism, Race, Disability, Technology||A strong communicator with a distinctive voice, Lisa J. Ellwood is a Lenape and Nanticoke Native American resident in the UK. Ms.. Ellwood is a freelance journalist and writer and an active member of the Native American Journalists Association, Investigative Reporters & Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, and the National Union of Journalists (UK). She has a B.A. Degree from Temple University with a major in Journalism and Advertising and minors in Marketing and French. Her specializations include Data Journalism and Visualization, Indian Country, Disability Rights, Mental Illness and Autism. Lisa's Disability Rights & UK Politics blog, The Creative Crip, has been featured in Society Guardian many times. She has been a freelance Correspondent for Indian Country Today since September 2015. She has taken on Press Pool Manager and Opinion Editor roles as well. Previous experience include Contributing Editor and Features Writer roles for The Promota Africa Magazine. In September 2011 the Left Foot Forward Political Blog cited her effective use of social media and blogging in its "Nomination for most influential left-wing thinker: The disabled rights community" feature. She has also been interviewed for Grazia Magazine (Australia) & appeared on radio shows internationally including Native Trailblazers.|