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The Disability Visibility Project (DVP)® is an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories 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 lives are valuable and our narratives belong to us
  • Encourages people with disabilities to go to StoryCorps or use the StoryCorps app and record their oral histories that will be archived at the Library of Congress
  • Creates disabled media from those oral histories in the form of tweets, radio stories, audio clips, images, blog posts, etc.
  • Writes original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people
  • Publishes guest blog posts by disabled people about the lived experience
  • 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

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.

The usage of the word ‘Visibility’ in the project name is metaphorical. It is not meant to privilege one sensory experience over others.

(c) Alice Wong 2016.

Disability Visibility Project® is a trademark of Alice Wong. All rights reserved.

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Alice Wong, Founder/Project Coordinator/Bossypants-of-All-Things

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Alice Wong is a San Francisco-based night owl, tv watcher, cat lover, and coffee drinker. She is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project™ (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture created in 2014. Alice is a co-partner in  #CripTheVotea nonpartisan online movement activating and engaging disabled people on policies and practices important to the disability community. For more on #CripTheVote: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/2016/11/17/looking-ahead-the-future-of-cripthevote/

Alice’s areas of interest are accessible healthcare for people w/ disabilities, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, and social media. She has a Masters in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for over 15 years. During that time she conducted qualitative research and 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 and the Administration for Community Living.

From 2013-2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama.

Twitter: @SFdirewolf

Email: DisabilityVisibilityProject@gmail.com


Volunteer, Facebook Group Co-Moderator, Social Media Crew

Heather Watkins

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Heather Watkins, Boston, MA

“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/

Blog: https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com

Twitter: @hwatkins927


Volunteer, Facebook Group Co-Moderator, Social Media Crew

Denise DiNoto

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“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/

Blog: https://deescribesblog.wordpress.com

Twitter: @deescribes

 

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  1. Enjoyed reading your NY Times Op-ed piece. I hope more voices like yours are heard in the din that is the health care debate.

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