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Books, Theatre, Sports, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Disability I am currently a writer for the St. Louis Cardinals blog “Redbird Rants.” I worked as the copy editor on high school and college newspapers for seven years and possess talents in both copy editing and writing.
Books, Music, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Disability Tekla Babyak is an independent musicologist (PhD, Musicology, Cornell University, 2014) and disability activist with multiple sclerosis.  A central goal of hers is to advocate for the inclusion of disabled authors in academic and mainstream publications. She frequently presents her musical research at academic conferences, serves on committees for the American Musicological Society, and publishes her work with major university presses. Much of her research focuses on analysis, philosophy, and aesthetics in 19th-century classical music. She is also interested in translating French and German philosophical writings into English.
Books, Poetry, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Feminism, Religion, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle Hannah Wolfram is a lover of history, a writer of many genres and styles, an editor of novels, and a reader of tarot cards.
Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Fiction, Music, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability Justine Manzano is the geeky author of geeky YA novels The Order of the Key, and Never Say Never. Her fiction is tough on the outside and sweet on the inside, like an M&M or a hard candy with a gooey center, delivered with sass and snark. A freelance editor, she also serves as an Editor-in-Residence at WriteHive. She lives in Bronx, NY with her husband, son, and a cacophony of cats and can usually be found at her website, www.justinemanzano.com or all the usual social media haunts. If you’ve looked in all these places and can’t find her, she’s probably off reading fanfiction. She’ll be back soon.
Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Disability Chris Mitchell is an inspirational and motivational self=published author, blogger and freelance writer.
Books, Disability Amy Yelin’s work has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Baltimore Review, Salon, The Manifest-Station and other publications, including two anthologies: Welcome to the Neighborhood and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking art of Parenting. She is the recipient of two Pushcart nominations for her essays “The Memoirist” (SweetLit) and “Taboo” (Pithead Chapel). Other recognitions include a Best American Essays notable mention for “Torn” in The Best American Essays 2007. Amy is also the recipient of a scholarship to the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony as well as a Fellowships from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Vermont Studio Center and the Writer’s Room in Boston. As a teacher, Amy has crafted and taught creative nonfiction classes at Grub Street. She is a founding member of the Arlington Author Salon and a former assistant nonfiction editor for Solstice: A Magazine of Diverse Voices. She is currently working on a memoir titled A Stranger There.
Media, Sciences, Books, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Disability, Lifestyle While earning my B.S., I was an Editorial Assistant for a small equine media outlet and was a part of a peer-review team for research published through my University. Immediately post-graduation, I began to collect my ongoing list of chronic health conditions and was forced to change career plans in favor of pursuing a host of medical treatment options. Since then, I’ve grown to accept my disability and am proud to be thriving with the support of the disabled community. I’ve been a professional freelance journalist since 2018 and my work centers primarily around disability, the equine industry, and the intersection of the two. Educating non-disabled equestrians and equine businesses about the lack of inclusivity and accessibility in our industry is a particular passion of mine. My work has been featured in a variety of publications including Saddle Up! Magazine, Horses Daily, Equine Wellness Magazine, The Plaid Horse, and Driving Digest. Recently, I’ve begun to write more personal essays and editorial articles focused on disability culture and rights. When I’m not writing, I can be found doting on the horses at my local therapeutic riding barn or entertaining my mischievous Golden Retriever, Roy.
Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, LGBQT, Disability, Sexuality Dr. Rachel Kallem Whitman graduated from Duquesne University with her doctorate in Educational Leadership with a focus in disability studies. Her dissertation, Perceptions of Disability, Identity, Agency, Goal Attainment, and Young Adult Disability Programs, explored the relationship between disability, identity, narrative, and agency. Rachel was the recipient of Duquesne University’s School of Education’s Distinguished Dissertation Award for 2018. Rachel earned a B.A. in psychology from the University of Virginia and her M.S.Ed. in Community Mental Health/Special Education Support from Duquesne University. Rachel's past work experiences include serving as the Youth Leadership Coordinator at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh where she supported young adults with disabilities enrolled in a leadership development program, working as a special education advocate in the Pittsburgh public school system, and providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities as a college-level disability services coordinator. Currently, Rachel is an adjunct professor at Duquesne University in the Psychology Department where she teaches courses in disability studies. Rachel is an experienced public speaker who has presented at schools, colleges, foundations, and nonprofits about challenging ableism (disability oppression), framing disability rights as human rights, and the moral imperative of intentionally including diverse brains and bodies in everyday life. Rachel is also an avid writer who has published articles, short stories, poems, and essays about the societal barriers and biases that marginalize the experience of living with a disability. In addition, Rachel, a self-advocate living with bipolar disorder, is the author of Instability in Six Colors, a memoir that paints a vivid picture of what it is like living with chronic mental illness, trauma, and a complicated relationship with sanity, suicide, and self-love. Rachel’s work has garnered acclaim locally in Pittsburgh, across the country, and internationally. To purchase her memoir and check out more of her work please visit seebrightness.com As a practitioner and educational leader, Rachel seeks to meaningfully engage individuals with disabilities through authentic listening, prioritizing respectful and productive dialogue, cultivating opportunities for collaboration, providing programming that is relevant and informed by stakeholders, and by championing an intersectional approach in improvement science.
Media, Film, Television, Theatre, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability My name is Michael Humel. I am a 43 year old disabled freelance writer from Long Island. I currently live in Las Vegas. I have my communication and media arts degree. I have written for local newspapers as well as multiple blogs.
Ethics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Education, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships I'm a library student/student worker. These aren't my only ones, but the two disabilities that have most shaped my experiences and worldview are autism spectrum disorder and major depressive disorder. Most of my friends are blind, and having them in my life has led to me seeing the interconnectedness of all types of disability, like fingers on a hand. I love history, philosophy, music, and basketball.