Tackling Inaccessibility in Seattle & NYC: My Travels on 4 Wheels

Posted on Sep 30th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

This month has been full of so many phenomenal things.  September is a special time for me for two reasons:  my birthday and the start of autumn.…

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New Things On the Horizon

Posted on Aug 31st, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

The blog has been quiet for awhile, and that is due to all that I have been getting into recently. First is the new adventure I am on - I am…

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4 Years Going Strong:  RYV! Anniversary Reflection

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

Today marks the fourth anniversary of Ramp Your Voice!  The past year has been filled with so many opportunities, connections, partnerships, and…

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Why “Claws” Autistic Character Dean Should Be Played By An Autistic Actor

Posted on Jul 14th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

A new summer show favorite has been CLAWS, which features the incredible Niecy Nash as Desna, a woman who has big dreams of owning a high-end salon…

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BuzzFeed, Dating In A Wheelchair, & Representation:  Interview with Lolo

Posted on Jun 23rd, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Buzzfeed is known for creating videos about diverse life experiences, and it has recently produced one that I can wholeheartedly relate to.  The…

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Aisha Hinds as Harriet Tubman (WGN America)

Disability, Slavery, & The Call to #PickUpUnderground

Posted on Jun 1st, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Social media was abuzz with shock earlier this week when we learned that the critically acclaimed show Underground was canceled on WGN America after…

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Image of a drawn character in a wheelchair wearing a cone party hat against a solid black background. To the right of the character reads the words: "It's a hashtagversary!" Underneath the character reads the words: "#DisabilityTooWhite"

The Hashtagversary of #DisabilityTooWhite

Posted on May 18th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

Today is the hashtagversary (hashtag anniversary) of #DisabilityTooWhite.  I cannot believe it has been a year since the hashtag went viral, and how…

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#IAmAPreExistingCondition: Medicaid is the Lifeline that Saved Me

Posted on May 16th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

I owe my health and ability to live in this disabled body to Medicaid.  It is the social program that is will be under attack if the Senate…

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Flexin’ My Melanin & Talking About #DisabilityTooWhite at the NABSW Conference

Posted on Apr 21st, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

I took a hiatus this month from blogging to prepare and attend the National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW) conference in National…

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#BlackDisabledGirlMagic Series: Keah Brown, Entertainment Journalist Using Her Words to Empower

Posted on Mar 29th, 2017 - By Vilissa Thompson, LMSW - 0 Comments

  One of the reasons I wanted to do this series was to capture the diverse lives of Black disabled women. Very few spaces have given us…

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