Today’s episode is about storytelling with Cuquis Robledo and Emily Ladau. Cuquis and Emily both work at Rooted in Rights, a media organization that produces stories on disability rights issues. They will share what makes a good story, ways storytellers can engage an audience effectively, and why authentic and accessible disabled media is so important.
Cuquis Robledo first worked with Rooted in Rights in the summer of 2015, while interning at Disability Rights Washington through Duke University’s DukeEngage internship program. Back at school, she continued to help Rooted in Rights create new videos about different disability issues, such the rights for Little People, and she became one of the first Storytellers. In June of 2017, she joined the staff full time to coordinate the Storytellers Series. She graduated from Duke University, with a B.A. in Psychology and was president of a disability advocacy group on campus called Duke Disability Alliance. In her spare time though, she loves to Latin Dance and occasionally competes in dance competitions, does art, travels and recently has become interested in theater and acting. Check out more at at www.cuquisrobledo.com.
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. Her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post. Alongside her work as a writer, Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, ranging from a panel about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the U.S. Department of Education, to the occupational therapy program at New York University. All of Emily’s activism is driven by her firm belief that if we want the world to be accessible to people with all types of disabilities, we must make ideas and concepts surrounding disability accessible to the world. For more on Emily’s work, visit her website, Words I Wheel By.
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Sarika D. Mehta, Audio Producer
Alice Wong, Writer, Producer, Interviewer
Cheryl Green, Text Transcript
Lateef McLeod, Introduction
Mike Mort, Artwork
Theme Music (used with permission of artist)
Song: “Dance Off”
Artist: Wheelchair Sports Camp
“Maximum Respect for You (ID 589)” by Lobo Loco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
“Rose Ornamental” by Blue Dot Sessions is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)
“Clouds of Tenderness (ID 792)” by Lobo Loco is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License)