What. A. Year. Not really sure which expletive I want to use to describe 2017…perhaps all of them? As a disabled person living in this hostile political climate in the United States, I am determined more than ever to continue the work of the Disability Visibility Project®. Our stories, our culture, and our community are vital in resisting a society that erases and marginalizes us everyday in media, politics, language, and beyond.
This has been a big year for me personally. I took a risk and left my day job in February to focus full-time on the DVP. It’s been an incredibly fulfilling and adventurous experience so far. Much of this is all thanks to you. I am grateful for the support and love from the people around me, online and offline.
I want to give a special shout-out to the freelance audio producers who work on the podcast and oral histories: Geraldine Ah-Sue, Yosmay del Mazo, Cheryl Green and Sarika D. Mehta. Thank you to Heather Watkins and Denise DiNoto for their volunteer moderating support with my Facebook group.
Below is a brief rundown of my activities this year in partnership with some amazing individuals and organizations. While there is anxiety about the future, I will remain open to what lies ahead and committed to sharing, amplifying and creating disability media and culture. Together, let’s do this!
Happy New Year,
DVP in 2017
Started crowdfunding on Patreon to sustain the work of the DVP.
Launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017.
Created a new online store featuring apparel with all proceeds supporting the DVP.
Since 2014, over 140 oral histories recorded for the DVP, many of them archived at the Library of Congress. Gradually, all of these oral histories will be featured on our website. Here are the 17 oral histories published this year:
A few notable blog posts:
Hosted a Twitter Chat on the future of disability studies with guest hosts Lisa Diedrich, Anjali J. Forber-Pratt, Angel Miles, Adam P. Newman, and Hailee Yoshizaki-Gibbons.
Co-hosted a #FilmDis Twitter chat with Dominick Evans marking the 20th anniversary of the film “GATTACA” including a discussion on gene editing today.
Co-hosted a Twitter chat on sexual violence and disabled people with SF Women Against Rape and Sins Invalid.
Partnerships and Collaborations
Co-Sponsored a webinar organized by Center for Genetics and Society, “Disability Justice and Gene Editing” featuring panelists Anita Cameron, Mia Mingus, Tom Shakespeare, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson.
With novelist Nicola Griffith, organized and co-hosted 6 #CripLit chats on the following topics:
Presentations, Videos, and Publications
My Medicaid, My Life. The New York Times.
Valuing Activism of All Kinds. Rooted in Rights.
From Rabbit Holes to Wormholes: KidLit Memories. Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, Uncanny Magazine.
“Ableism, Accessibility and Oral Histories.” Allied Media Conference.
Resisting ableism: Disabled people and human gene editing. Video with text transcript. Stanford X.
Net Neutrality, Accessibility, and the Disability Community. The Center for Media Justice.