#Forever44: Thank You, President Obama

Posted on Jan 19th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Today is the last day we will have Barack Obama as our President.  It was not until yesterday that this reality hit me hard emotionally. For…

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(In)Accessible Rooms: The Biggest Lie Told By The Hotel Industry

Posted on Jan 12th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

2016 was the year when I traveled more than ever, and continuing my wanderlust is one of the resolutions I have for the new year.  Traveling as a…

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Top 10 for 2016: Ramp Your Voice!’s Year in Review

Posted on Dec 31st, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

  This year has been one where the Ramp Your Voice!’s blog broke its pageviews record by having 76,809 views, which is over double that…

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The Woodland Hills High School-to-Prison Pipeline

Posted on Dec 16th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

The intersection of race and disability is often ignored when we discuss the injustices that disadvantage disabled students of color within our…

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Living in Trump’s America: Thoughts From a Black Disabled Woman

Posted on Dec 9th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

It has been a month since the Presidential election, and the dust still has not settled from the shock of Donald Trump winning the coveted seat or…

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Presenting About #DisabilityTooWhite at the Disability & Intersectionality Summit

Posted on Nov 17th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

On November 5th, I conducted my first presentation about the #DisabilityTooWhite hashtag and ways White disabled advocates can step up and address…

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Luke Cage: The Black Disabled Superhero We Need

Posted on Oct 25th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Luke Cage was one of Netflix’s original series I had waited all summer to watch.  Being a blerd and someone who enjoys comics, I was proudly a…

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Visiting The National Museum of African American History & Culture: My Disabled Blerd Thoughts

Posted on Oct 14th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

It is no secret how big of a disabled blerd (black nerd) I am, and my love for anything related to Black culture and history.  During my hiatus from…

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If I Die in Police Custody…

Posted on Sep 22nd, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

[Content warning:  death, police murder, swearing] If I die in police custody, I died a soldier, a warrior, a hell-raiser, an instigator, a…

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Being a Black Disabled Woman Is An Act of Defiance: Remembering #KorrynGaines

Posted on Aug 10th, 2016 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Being a Black disabled woman in America is a sheer act of defiance.   What brought me to this statement was the gross amounts of ableism, racism,…

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