Disability Visibility Podcast
Conversations on disability politics, culture, and media
A Disability Visibility Project® production
This is life from a disabled lens. Disability Visibility is a weekly podcast hosted by San Francisco night owl Alice Wong featuring conversations on politics, culture, and media with disabled people. If you’re interested in disability rights, social justice, and intersectionality, this show is for you. It’s time to hear more disabled voices in radio.
Check out a few minutes of the first episode of the Disability Visibility podcast available the week of September 18, 2017 on iTunes, Stitcher, other platforms, and the DVP website.
All episodes will have text transcripts (transcribed by Cheryl Green) and they can be found here in the future: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/podcast/
I waited a long time before creating a podcast because I needed to gather time, energy, and resources to do it right. There are 13 episodes in production waiting for you this fall/winter…here’s a sample list of upcoming episodes and guests:
Immigration and Disability. Guests: Alicia Contreras and Michelle Garcia
Violence and Disabled People. Guests: Dustin Gibson and Mahdia Lynn
Deaf and Disabled on Women YouTube. Guests: Rikki Poynter and Annie Segarra
Labor, Care Work, and Disabled Queer Femmes. Guests: Stacey Milbern and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Disabled People in Public Service. Guests: Maria Town and Walei Sabry
Special thanks to my production team Geraldine Ah-Sue, Cheryl Green, and Sarika D. Mehta for their hard work and creativity. Thank you to Eli Gelardin for his support and Kalyn Heffernan for allowing me to use music from Wheelchair Sports Camp for my podcast’s theme music. Thank you Leroy Moore for connecting me with Kalyn and Mike Mort for designing the podcast’s image. Thank you to Lateef McLeod for recording the introduction to the podcast.
If you are excited and support disabled media please consider making a donation on our Patreon page!
I’m an independent audio producer interested in using creative media to inspire a more loving and just world. My work has been featured on KALW and KPFA, and in 2017, I produced SFMOMA’s podcast Raw Material: Season 2: Manifest, which focused on art, community and social justice. I was also a 2016 AIR New Voices Scholar. I currently work in youth development and community-building as the Program Director of Expanded Learning at Oakland High School, where students teach me about life, love, community and struggle every single day. And sometimes we make fun radio.
I’m a neurodivergent filmmaker, podcaster, and blogger focused on disability media and culture and a 2017 AIR New Voices Scholar. I’m also a transcriber, Closed Captioner, and Audio Describer, making content on any topic more accessible and available. I encourage people to view accessibility as part of artmaking, not as an act of legal compliance. My office manager is a cat with one white whisker.
Sarika D. Mehta
After a decade of working in social service with linguistic minorities around the US, I eventually found my place in broadcast journalism. I specialize in issues concerning race, ethnicity, and intersectionality. I also was a 2016 AIR New Voices Scholar.
Currently, I am the host and producer of the newly-minted Intersections Radio – a new independent podcast which also airs locally on KBOO Community Radio and XRAY.FM. Previously, I spent five years with the APA Compass collective and I used to anchor the Evening News on KBOO 90.7 FM.
When I’m not working on a great interview, I’m a Sign Language Interpreter. This is an awesome and challenging gig.
I love my job(s).
Alice Wong is a media maker, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco, CA. Her areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability issues, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, and activism. She is the Founder of the Disability Visibility Project®, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, amplifying, and sharing disability media and culture.
Alice is also a co-partner in two projects: DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people.
Alice has been published in New York Times, Transom and Rooted in Rights. Her activism has been featured in Roll Call, WBUR radio, Al Jazeera, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Rewire, Vice, Esquire, CNET, and Buzzfeed.