The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.
What does the DVP do?
- Believes that disabled narratives matter and that they belong to us
- Encourages people with disabilities to go to StoryCorps or use the StoryCorps app and record their oral histories with the option of having them archived at the Library of Congress
- Creates disabled media from collected oral histories in the form of tweets, podcast episodes, radio stories, audio clips, images, blog posts, etc.
- Publishes original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people
- Provides online spaces for people to share and connect
- Hosts and organizes Twitter chats about disability issues
- Champions disability culture and history
- Organizes and facilitates events, gives presentations, participates on panels
- Supports and amplifies the work of other disabled people and organizations in the community using social media
- Partners and collaborates with other activists and organizations in various campaigns such as #CripTheVote, #CripLit, Access Is Love, and DisabledWriters.com
- Consults with organizations and companies
NOTE: The Disability Visibility Project does not represent or speak for StoryCorps in any way. The DVP did not create the #CripTheVote campaign but is a co-partner in that movement.
Also: the usage of the word ‘visibility’ in the project name is metaphorical. It is not meant to privilege one sensory experience over others.
Disability Visibility Project® is a trademark of Alice Wong. All rights reserved. (c) Alice Wong 2016.
Founder and Director
Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Alice is also a co-partner in four projects: DisabledWriters.com with s.e. smith and Vilissa Thompson, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers with novelist Nicola Griffith, #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with co-partners Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, and Access Is Love with co-partners Mia Mingus and Sandy Ho, a campaign that aims to help build a world where accessibility is understood as an act of love instead of a burden or an afterthought.
Alice’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability representation, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism.
Her activism and work has been featured in the CNN original series United Shades of America (Season 3, Episode 4), WBUR, Wired, The Hill, Autostraddle, Werk It: The Podcast, WNYC, The Guardian, WAMU radio, Roll Call, WBUR radio, Al Jazeera, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Rewire, Vice, Esquire, CNET, and Buzzfeed. For the latest, go to the In the News page.
In 1997 she graduated with degrees in English and sociology from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She has a MS in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for over 10 years. During that time she worked on various qualitative research projects and co-authored online curricula for the Community Living Policy Center, a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.
Recognized for her service to the community and activism at the local and national level, Alice received the Beacon Award by the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council in 2010 and the Disability Service Award by the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. From 2013 to 2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. Alice is the recipient of the 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, an award for emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.
In 2018 Alice was featured in the Bitch 50, a list recognizing the most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture influential feminists by Bitch Media and Colorline’s 20 X 20, a group of transformative leaders reimagining what it means to advance racial justice. In 2020 Alice was named by Time Magazine as one of 16 people fighting for equality in America.
Currently, Alice is the Editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-first Century, an anthology of first-person stories by disabled people, coming out summer 2020 by Vintage Books.
She also works as an independent research consultant as part of her side hustle.
For shorter bios of Alice check out her Media Kit.
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