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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:


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.” 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.

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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!

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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.





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.

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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.

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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.



Twitter: @sesmithwrites

Media Partner #16: Special Hope Foundation

Learn more about our 16th media partner: Special Hope Foundation!

Logo of the Special Hope Foundation: two hands with one hand looking like a bird

A Special Hope is a private foundation that provides grants to organizations that address the specific health care challenges experienced by adults with developmental disabilities. Guidelines and application instructions are provided on their website.

The mission of the Special Hope Foundation is to promote the establishment of comprehensive health care for adults with developmental disabilities designed to address their unique and fundamental needs.



Twitter: @specialhope