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|Amber Asad||Media, Pop Culture, Medicine, Law, Books, Dance, Music, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Relationships, Lifestyle||My name is Amber Asad. I am a twenty-year-old girl who has type four quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, Osteopenia, Amblyopia, Sleep Apnea, and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Cerebral Palsy is a physical disability, which is caused before, during, or after birth, due to a lack of Oxygen to the brain. When I was being delivered, the doctor did not clean the surrounding area when the doctor was taking me out, so I ingested my meconium, otherwise known as my first bowel movement. After I swallowed my meconium, I could not breathe for eight minutes, which caused my brain to be damaged, and that leads me to be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at the age of two. The kind of Cerebral Palsy I have is called quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy, which means that my whole body is damaged. The type of Cerebral Palsy I have is type four, which means that my body was at its peak when I was seven years old, but my condition deteriorates faster than other people who have a different kind of Cerebral Palsy, as I get older and I will be physically one or two years old, by my mid-twenties. I also have Epilepsy, which is a seizure disorder. Also, I have a condition called Osteopenia, which is a condition where you have brittle bones, and it is the beginning stage of Osteoporosis. The next condition I have is called Amblyopia or lazy eye, which means that my eyes are not working properly, and it could lead to blindness. Also, I have a condition called Sleep Apnea, which is a sleeping disorder where I do not breathe properly, while I sleep. The last condition that I have is called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, which means that my Ovaries do not function properly. Despite all of my health conditions, I still strive to be an influencer and entrepreneur. I encourage everyone to get in touch with me and I will be extremely ecstatic to raise awareness about disabilities and people with disabilities.|
|Rachel DL or Rachel Litchman||Poetry, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Disability||I am a disabled artist and writer living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Dysautonomia (POTS), and Post-traumatic stress disorder. I am currently studying sociology and gender and women's studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I write about my experiences as a disabled person on the Rooted in Rights blog. Other personal essays and opinion pieces have appeared in local Madison-area magazines, where I have written about my identities as a disabled, queer, survivor of childhood sexual abuse. In the past, I have also written on the topics of forced psychiatric institutionalization, work, housing insecurity, sexual violence, trauma, youth homelessness, asexuality, and chronic illness. I create narrative and informational comics and illustrations about living with POTS and navigating trauma. In addition to my writing and art, I serve on the board of Disability Pride Madison, a group of disabled activists in Madison, WI. I am happy to be contacted to write about the above topics as well as commissioned for artwork or illustrations.|
|Olivia Bernard||Sciences, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability, Lifestyle||I'm Olivia, a creative with a professional interest in science, speculative fiction, gaming, and any sort of visual storytelling. On a more personal note, I enjoy outdoor activities and am studying to become a health and wellness coach (I particularly like hiking, meditation, tai chi, and implementing positive psychology). I am particularly qualified to write on ADHD, sleep disorders, and chronic illness, which includes my own experiences with complex trauma, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, delayed sleep, fibromyalgia, and functional medicine. For science communication work, my degree is in biology and my research background is in marine science and geoscience. I'm particularly well versed in fisheries and wildlife science/management. For my more creative interests, I have a particular affinity for work made by independent, emerging, and/or disabled creatives. Think self-published books, small publishing houses, zines, crowdfunded films posted to Youtube, and webcomics (I'm certainly not limited by these areas). Please get in touch with me via email with any inquiries.|
|Meghan Hughes||Pop Culture, Sciences, Politics, Ethics, Philosophy, Criticism, Disability||An aspiring young writer and political commentator, diagnosed with Autism at the age of 16. Teen Meghan has a passion for knowledge and debate, hoping to bring an unconventional, right-wing voice into political discourse.|
|Martin Thomas Johnson||Media, Books, Film, Fiction, Disability Rights, Americans with Disabilities Act, Religion, Disability, Beauty||I am an award-winning writer of both inspirational fiction and nonfiction. I have been published both online and in print. My nonfiction focuses on spiritual/health/brain injury awareness. For my fictional writing, I create stories with protagonists who live with disabilities/special needs child to find their place in this crazy world.|
|Kate Horowitz||Media, Pop Culture, Sciences, Medicine, Books, Film, Poetry, Art, Disability||I’m a poet, essayist, and science writer in Maine. My work appears in national publications including The Atlantic, bitch magazine, Bright Wall/Dark Room, Rogue Agent, Doubleback Review, and many others. I like moss and dancing and thunderstorms and little bats with big ears.|
|Sonali Gupta||Pop Culture, Books, Film, Music, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Criticism, Education, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Travel, Lifestyle, Beauty||I am a freelance writer from New Jersey. My work has appeared in The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Vogue India, Huffington Post among other publications. I received by B.A in Economics from New York University and I'm currently back at NYU pursuing a Master’s in Journalism. I'm also working on a memoir about how one diagnosis led her on a path in search of family, love, and a cure. Along with writing about my personal health journey, I edit and create copy for websites and teach writing workshops. I’m also the editor of Aaj Kal magazine for the American Women’s Club in Mumbai.|
|It's complicated||Medicine, Law, Disability Culture, Education, Disability, Travel, Lifestyle||22 year old with multiple chronic illnesses, attempting to help others on their health journey and hope they don't have to be dismissed and ignored like I was at the beginning ! I am a recent university graduate who loves coffee, bullet journalling and fashion !|
|Meryl K. Evans||Books, Accessibility, Disability, Technology||Meryl Evans is an accessibility and marketing consultant, author, and co-author of Adapting Web Standards: CSS and Ajax for Big Sites. She works with accessibility companies in accessibility and marketing. She’s a highly sought speaker on the topics of accessibility and inclusion with a focus on people with disabilities. She’s renowned for sharing her stories and lived experience as a person who happened to be born hearing-free, aka profoundly deaf. She has spoken at AccessU, ID24, Content Marketing World, and Accessibility.com’s AccessibilityPlus. Her most recent forays include delving into accessibility in virtual reality working with XR Access and the W3C Immersive Captions Community Group.|
|CaspHer||Poetry, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Technology, Lifestyle||I’m an African American woman who identifies as deafblind. I love to write, tell stories. I’m currently enjoying cooking healthier foods|