The Disability Visibility Project is an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.
The DVP is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Our aim is to create disabled media that is intersectional, multi-modal, and accessible.
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 culture and issues
- Moderates a Facebook group, fostering conversation and sharing the latest news of interest to the disability community
- 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 with other activists and organizations in various campaigns such as #CripTheVote 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.
Alice Wong, 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 three projects: DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers with novelist Nicola Griffith, and #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people.
Alice’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability representation, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism. She has been published in Uncanny Magazine, Curbed SF, Eater, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, New York Times, Transom, Making Contact Radio, and Rooted in Rights. Her activism and work has been featured in the CNN original series United Shades of America (Season 3, Episode 4), The Guardian, WAMU radio, Roll Call, WBUR radio, Al Jazeera, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Rewire, Vice, Esquire, CNET, Wired and Buzzfeed.
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.
Alice launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 and currently works as an independent research consultant as part of her side hustle.
Freelance Audio Producers for the Disability Visibility podcast: Geraldine Ah-Sue, Cheryl Green, and Sarika D. Mehta
Heather Watkins: Volunteer, Facebook Group Co-Moderator
“I’m a disability advocate, mother, graduate of Emerson College with a degree in Mass Communications and a resident of Boston, Massachusetts. I am currently involved in a community project to increase accessibility to local businesses for people with disabilities and serve on a handful of disability-related boards. I’m also a cane-user, daydreamer, chocolate lover, and believe music and food are medicine. Indulge me while I hold virtual salon and pontificate with grapes and dance from my seat.” Source: https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com/about/
Denise DiNoto: Volunteer, Facebook Group Co-Moderator
“I am a speech-language pathologist who puts her clinical expertise and personal history as a woman with a disability to work as an advocate for people of all abilities. A former Rotary Youth Exchange Student, I enjoy traveling to share my vision of inclusion and access with others. Along my journey, I have observed moments of wonder and love which helped shape my belief that everyone can be of service to others, regardless of physical or cognitive strength. Now, I have decided give myself permission to be what I have always wanted to be.” Source: https://deescribesblog.wordpress.com/about/