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Media Partner #20: Meriah Nichols

Woot, woot, it’s Meriah Nichols, the 20th media partner for the Disability Visibility Project!

Meriah blogs about Deaf culture, Down Syndrome, travel and disability. Her blog, A Little Moxie, covers ‘stories related to one travel-hungry deaf mother finding her way through parenting three children, one with Down syndrome.’

Screen shot from A Little Moxie blog: http://www.meriahnichols.com

Meriah’s A Little Moxie blog: http://www.meriahnichols.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meriah.nichols

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/withmoxie/

Head shot of Cheryl Green: a middle aged white woman with long brown curly hair wearing a purple t-shirt

Guest blog post: Invisibility and Disability

Cheryl Green is a media partner of the Disability Visibility Project. She’s also a writer, director, filmmaker and founder of StoryMinders. StoryMinders provides education and advocacy through film by and about people with brain injury.

Here is an excerpt from Lash & Associates Publishing’s blog:

Is a brain injury really invisible? Depends on who you ask.

You know how people sometimes refer to traumatic brain injury as a silent epidemic? And you could say disabilities from brain injury are invisible. No one can actually see your brain in action in everyday life. For those of us living with effects from brain injury in ourselves or someone close, we know it’s not so invisible or silent. Spend one day in my house, and you’ll observe me working from three calendars that don’t match and going up and down the stairs trying to figure out what I was looking for (a nap). It’s pretty visible. But sure, I try to hide some things in public because people make fun of me and my newer quirks.

Many of my peers wish they had something visible like a wheelchair so others would know to be accommodating. But no one manufactures outside-the-head brain wheelchairs. So we move forward knowing that people can’t see what’s really up when we struggle. Sometimes, they don’t even believe we did something ourselves when we succeed. Places like support groups and even this blog help us find a place to really talk about what’s going on with other people who can relate directly. We meet each other and see how there really are a lot of us. We also share different ways to have self-pride, advocate for ourselves, and talk openly about our wants and needs. These things help make invisible struggles more understandable to others.

For the rest of the blog post: http://www.lapublishing.com/blog/2014/tbi-invisibility-disability/

More information on Cheryl Green

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cherylgreenstoryminders

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/CherylVerde

 

StoryMinders

StoryMinders: http://storyminders.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StoryMinders

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/storyminders

Who Am I To Stop It

Who Am I To Stop It: http://whoamitostopit.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WhoAmIToStopIt

 Do you have a story you’d like to share? Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?

Email Alice: alicat155@gmail.com

Screen shot of Words I Live By blog: http://wordsiwheelby.com

Media Partner #19: Emily Ladau

It’s a delight to have Emily Ladau support our project as our 19th media partner!

Here’s a little bit about prolific blogger Emily Ladau in her own words:

I’m a passionate self-advocate using my love of writing and communications to blog about important disability rights issues. I’m just beginning my journey on a career path towards creating positive change for the disability community.

I was born with a genetic physical disability called Larsen syndrome. I use a wheelchair to get around.

I graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University on Long Island, New York, where I was born and raised. I’ve got a featured student profile that should do the trick to fill you in on some of what I did while in college!

Screen shot of an article by Emily Ladau in the New York Times

 

Emily’s Words I Wheel By blog: http://wordsiwheelby.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WordsIWheelBy

Twitter: @emily_ladau

Dark fabric with a quote printed on it in white: "Prejudice is a far greater problem than any impairment; discrimination is a bigger obstacle to overcome than any disability." --Paul K. Longmore

Guest blog post: Why Disability History Matters

Wong, A. (July 21, 2014). “Why Disability History Matters.” Disability.gov blog

I was 16 when President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, 1990. I can’t remember if I had any particular awareness or excitement about the passage of this landmark piece of legislation. At that time, I had little knowledge of the independent living movement or disability history. In the prehistoric era before social media, I was unconnected to other people with disabilities like myself—it took me a while to become politicized and find ‘my crip tribe.’

As many organizations plan national and local events celebrating the upcoming 25th anniversary of the ADA, I wondered what I could do to highlight the current zeitgeist of the disability experience while honoring the past.

For the rest of the blog, go to:

http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com/2014/07/21/why-disability-history-matters/

For additional posts, go to Disability.gov’s blog: http://usodep.blogs.govdelivery.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/disabilitygov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Disability.gov

 Do you have a story you’d like to share? Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?

Email Alice: alicat155@gmail.com

Media Partner #18: Mayor’s Office on Disability, San Francisco

We’re thankful for the support from the Mayor’s Office on Disability, our 18th media partner!

Screen shot from the Mayor's Office on Disability website

The mission of the Mayor’s Office on Disability (MOD) is to ensure that every program, service, benefit, activity and facility operated or funded by the City and County of San Francisco is fully accessible to, and useable by, people with disabilities. MOD is responsible for overseeing the implementation and local enforcement of the City and County of San Francisco’s obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as other federal, state, and local access codes and disability rights laws.

The MDC meets every third Friday of the month at City Hall, Room 400 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and also has monthly Disability Disaster Committee Meetings and Physical Access Committee Meetings.

Website: http://www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=386

 

 

 

Guest blog post: ‘Coming to terms with disability’ by Meriah Nichols

There are so many awesome bloggers who write about disability. The Disability Visibility Project is fortunate to have several as our media partners. One of them is Meriah Nichols, creator of A Little Moxie blog.

Screen shot from A Little Moxie blog: http://www.meriahnichols.com

Check out one of her recent posts, “Coming to Terms with Disability in My Life”:

When I first see that phrase, I get an image in my head of a body wrestling with this unknown blob and the blob is “disability”. It’s like, we have this notion in our culture that “disability” is this big baddie, this sick, weak, unsexy unknown – and that we need to ‘overcome’ it, wrestle it down to the ground, stand with our foot on its chest and proudly say something Scott Hamilton-ish like, “there is no disability in life but a bad attitude.”

Or… we get to some point where we see the value in what people with disabilities do, which is to see, hear, walk, think, respond or feel in ways that are less mainstream than most. When that happens, I think there is usually this war with the word, “disability” itself and all kinds of stuff like “don’t dis my ability” , “differently abled” or even “special needs” come forth.

Coming to terms with disability for me was about the wrestling match with the blob, yeah, it was.

This is what happened:

I wrestled with the blob, I got that sucker under me, I stood up just like I was supposed to, I put my foot on its chest and when I looked down…. I realized I needed it.

I needed and desperately wanted that connection with others like me, who see, hear, walk, think, respond or feel in ways that are less mainstream than most. I didn’t want to feel alone, I didn’t want to push what was – dare I say? - special about me into the box of mainstream and not honor or develop those skills. I didn’t want to pretend my experience in this life is to be chalked up to “overcoming” because it’s not, it’s about experiencing, it’s about the choices that I make within the framework of possibility.

So I reached down and helped the blob up and embraced it.

And when I embraced it, it turned into a sparkly unicorn that farted rainbows.

Image of a unicorn farting a rainbow with clouds that have smiley faces and a sun that looks horrified.

For the complete blog post: http://www.meriahnichols.com/coming-terms-disability-life/

Meriah’s A Little Moxie blog: http://www.meriahnichols.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/meriah.nichols

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/withmoxie/

 Do you have a story you’d like to share? Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?

Email Alice: alicat155@gmail.com

Media Partner #17: s.e. smith

All hail s.e. smith, the project’s 17th media partner!

A woman with wavy red hair wearing tinted glasses staring at the camera. There are green bushes in the background.

s.e. smith is a writer, agitator, and commentator based in Northern California, with a journalistic focus on social issues, particularly gender, prison reform, disability rights, environmental justice, queerness, class, and the intersections thereof, with a special interest in rural subjects. International publication credits include work for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, and AlterNet, among many other news outlets and magazines. Assisted by cats Loki and Leila, smith lives in Fort Bragg, California.

Website: http://www.meloukhia.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sesmithwrites

Twitter: @sesmithwrites