We are delighted to have Maria Town as our 63rd media partner!
For so many people with disabilities, shoes are a BIG deal. They can be the bane of our existence, a key fashion accessory or an artifact that documents a disabled body’s function and existence.
Maria Town is the creator of the blog CP Shoes where she writes about fashion, design, and disability. Her motivation to start CP Shoes stems from her own almost life long quest for fashionable, durable, and affordable shoes as a person with cerebral palsy. When she is not capturing pictures of worn out shoes and writing witty commentary about them, Maria and her rapidly deteriorating shoes can be found wobbling down the halls of US Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. At ODEP, her work focuses on issues related to youth with disabilities as they transition into the workforce. Maria’s portfolio includes creating career development opportunities in the classroom, developing leadership in young people with disabilities, and building opportunities for inclusive volunteerism. She has spoken at a variety of national and international venues on disability topics, including: the Society for Disability Studies, Mobility International USA professional Exchange in Jordan and the American Councils for International Education. Before coming to Washington DC, Maria worked for her alma mater Emory University in the Vice Provost’s Office of Community and Diversity. While a student at Emory University, she majored in Anthropology and served as the University-wide Student Government Association President. Maria hails from Louisiana, where her family still resides.
Check out this awesome tumblr showing all kinds of shoes worn by all kinds of disabled people