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|Latagia Copeland-Tyronce||Media, Politics, Disability Culture, Race, Relationships||I am a Pro-Black writer, journalist and blogger with several years of experience. I am a recent MSW graduate from Wayne State University concentrating in Innovation in Community, Policy and Leadership with a emphasis on Policy. In addition to being a macro social worker, I am also a child welfare reform activist, parental rights, and social justice advocate. I'm currently a staff writer and journalist for SWhelper.com. I have severe osteoarthritis that severely limits my mobility and at times leaves me bedridden and in chronic pain. It is a condition that I have suffered from since the age of twelve stemming from a near fatal car crash wherein several bones were injured and broken requiring eleven surgeries thus far. By the grace of God, and despite my physical disabilities and the many traumatic difficulties that I have had to endure, I have been able to continue to move forward. A lifelong learner and consummate overachiever, I am currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Administration specializing in non-profit management and policy. I will be I currently live in Detroit, Michigan. I was the first person in my family to graduate from college and to attend graduate school. I am the founder of both the #BlackMothersForCPSAbolition #BlackMothersForChildWelfareReform movements. As a tireless and outspoken parent and child welfare activist and advocate, I have managed to become a top writer in Racism on Medium where I also host and write regularly on my advocacy blog called Tagi's World. My work has been featured in in several publications including BlackMattersUs and Rise Magazine. I am an unabashed Malcomite and am passionate about and primarily focus my advocacy and activism efforts on child welfare and criminal justice reform. I truly enjoy helping people achieve their goals, whatever they may be. My dream is to found a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of oppressed populations, specifically Afro-Americans. My interests range from causes to music. I am also interested in reading, politics, and writing. When not spending time writing and thinking about how I can make the world a better place, I love watching historical documentaries and movies and relaxing with my husband Min. Laverne Tyronce Sr. and our son Laverne Jr.|
|Grace Lapointe||Media, Pop Culture, Books, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Fiction, Music, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Religion, Disability||Grace Lapointe is a writer from Massachusetts who has cerebral palsy. Her fiction has appeared in Kaleidoscope, Deaf Poets Society, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. Her essays have appeared in Thought Catalog, Wordgathering, as part of Grub Street's Why I Write series, and in The Body is not an Apology. Her interests include disability studies, literary criticism, literary/critical theory, fiction writing, personal essays, politics, feminism, film, and music. As an intern at Beacon Press in 2013, she wrote publicity materials for A Disability History of the US by Kim Nielsen. An essay that she wrote on Ursula K. Le Guin as a 20-year-old Stonehill College junior in 2009 was included on the syllabus for a 2019 college literature course on Le Guin. Fiction that she wrote as an undergrad has also been published. Grace is also a contributor at Book Riot.|
|Haley Moss||Media, Pop Culture, Law, Books, Film, Television, Fiction, Art, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Education, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Disability, Lifestyle, Beauty||Haley Moss was diagnosed with autism at age 3 and is a practicing attorney in Coral Gables, Florida. She graduated with her Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 2018, and graduated from the University of Florida in 2015 with Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Criminology. She is a visual pop artist and the author of “Middle School: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About” and “A Freshman Survival Guide for College Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Stuff Nobody Tells You About.” She also was the illustrator and a contributor for the anthology “What Every Autistic Girl Wishes Her Parents Knew.” Her writing has been featured in HuffPost, Teen Vogue, Bustle, Elite Daily, The Mighty, and other websites and publications. She is also the co-host of the podcast Spectrumly Speaking, which is for and by autistic women. Haley is a sought-after speaker who speaks about autism, diversity and inclusion, women on the spectrum, neurodiversity in the workplace, self-advocacy, acceptance, and more. Haley has received numerous honors and awards for her work as a young professional and as a leader in the autism community. She serves on the constituency board for UM-NSU CARD, the board of directors at Different Brains, and previously served on the board of directors for Unicorn Village Academy. You can visit Haley at haleymoss.net or @haleymossart on social media.|
|Vinney Wong||Media, Pop Culture, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Feminism, Disability, Technology, Lifestyle, Beauty||I'm a digital content writer and freelance columnist who is looking for opportunities in digital publishing and media. I'm also a huge pop-culture geek.|
|David Lightfoot||Fiction||I have lived with Cerebral Palsy since birth, and chose a writing career while still in middle school, when I excelled in creative writing as part of my Language Arts class. Following an incomplete stint at Red River Community College (now the Red River College), I studied creative writing through correspondence from the Stratford career Institute in Toronto, Ontario and the Institute For Writers (formerly the Long Ridge Writers Group) headquartered in Connecticut, USA. I have self-published my first novel in 2013 entitled Broken Family Portrait through the self-publishing program at an independent Canadian bookseller, McNally-Robinson. Although this novel deals with human rights violations for persons with disability, I am more of an advocate for educational literacy, writing fiction that can be deemed suitable for English classrooms in high schools across North America. I have also done administrative work in the non-profit sector, so I am also writing a five-book saga that is meant to be a humanitarian project. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.|
|Andrew Pulrang||Media, Pop Culture, Film, Television, Politics, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Criticism, Americans with Disabilities Act, Disability, Lifestyle||Andrew Pulrang is a disability blogger, online activist, and former disability organization administrator, available as a source, and for opinion editorials and personal essays on disability policy, politics, philosophy, and culture. Andrew is also a co-partner of #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with Gregg Beratan and Alice Wong.|
|Kathryne Grimm||Media, Film, Television, Theatre, Poetry, Art, Ethics, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, Criticism, Education, Feminism, Religion, LGBQT, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality, Lifestyle, Beauty||Kathryne Grimm (née Husk) is an award-winning and nationally exhibited fine art conceptual figurative photographer and queer disability activist whose work focuses on using femme and non-binary bodies to initiate a dialogue about issues facing the disabled. They were the recent subject of the short documentary “Kathryne: Uncensored”, and their artwork has been published in various literary journals and art magazines. Kathryne’s activist work has lead to numerous lectures and presentations on disability rights and issues facing the disability community. Their current focus is breaking down the barriers of how disabled bodies are viewed in contemporary art and in society, and bringing awareness to the lack of accessibility within the Kansas City arts scene.|
|Catherine Kudlick||Books, Film, Fiction, Disability Culture, Accessibility, History, Education||Bio: After two decades at the University of California, Davis, Catherine Kudlick became Professor of History and Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University in 2012. She directed the public history exhibit “Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights” https://sites7.sfsu.edu/longmoreinstitute/patient-no-more and co-hosts Superfest International Disability Film Festival. Her current work blends research and advocacy in the service of public history where the major goal is pursuing the Longmore Institute’s mission to convince the world that society is better because of disabled people. She has published a number of academic books and articles in disability history, including *Reflections: the Life and Writings of a Young Blind Woman in Postrevolutionary France* and "Disability History: Why We Need Another Other" in the *American Historical Review.* She oversaw completion of Paul Longmore’s posthumously published book, *Telethons: Spectacle, Disability, and the Business of Charity* and co-edited *The Oxford Handbook of Disability History* with Michael Rembis and Kim Nielsen.|
|Jason Strother||Politics, Disability Culture, Disability Rights, Religion, Disability, Travel||I'm a freelance, multimedia journalist who's been based in South Korea since 2006 and make frequent reporting trips around the region and back to the US. I'm also legally blind. I cover a range of topics, but I am most interested in global disability issues. I've reported on how climate impacts people with disabilities from the Philippines, how a superstition causes blindness in children in India and I've written about how visually impaired South Koreans rely on a constitutionally protected right to work as masseurs. I file regularly for the public radio program PRI's The World and cover breaking news for NPR. My writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera online and Monocle magazine.|
|Syd Chasteen||Media, Medicine, Books, Film, Television, Poetry, Fiction, Politics, Ethics, Philosophy, Disability Culture, Accessibility, Disability Rights, History, Americans with Disabilities Act, Feminism, Disability, Relationships, Sexuality||Hi! My name is Sydney (call me Syd, I don't really use my knees) I've been a writer for as long as I can remember, and an advocate for even longer. My passion for disability activism and advocacy was born from my experience growing up with Spina Bifida. I am a blogger at bifinmediasres.com (my personal site) and have been writing there for several years. I have also written for Rooted in Rights and Center For Disability Rights. I have written on my personal experiences and opinions as a disabled person as well as issues facing the disability community.|