Archive: Dec 2013

  1. Top 5 Articles of 2013 on Ramp Your Voice!


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    For the last post of the year, I wanted to highlight the top 5 articles of 2013 on the Ramp Your Voice! blog.  Since establishing Ramp Your Voice! in July, I have received a plethora of responses; from personal accounts regarding what it is like to be a person with a disability to wonderful words of encouragement for discussing issues that affect the well-being of those with disabilities.  With each commentary, I learn and grow as a disability rights consultant and advocate, and the responses motivate me to continue writing about topics that are important to those in the disability community.  The 5 articles listed are the ones that resonated with so many of you, as well as myself.

    The best is yet to come in 2014 as I prepare to bring you even more educational, informative, and moving topics.  For right now…let’s take a stroll (or a roll) down memory lane…


  2. Happy Holidays from Ramp Your Voice!

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    I want to wish all of the supporters, followers, and fellow disability advocates a very special Happy Holidays!!  This year has been such a growing experience for me as a person, a budding macro-minded professional, a writer, and a disability rights advocate.  I never fathomed the idea that I would have my own organization like Ramp Your Voice!; much less receive incredible responses surrounding its existence.  Ramp Your Voice! just turned 5 months old last week, and boy, has the journey been amazing.  As I have said from the beginning, this work is bigger than myself; it is a part of my purpose to do my part to ensure that minorities (particularly women) with disabilities have a platform where they are recognized and respected both within the disability community and in society.  I plan to reach out to minority disability advocates in 2014 and beyond because this is their space to share their experiences and build an empowering community.


  3. Perfectly Imperfect: Disabled Mannequins in Zurich Store

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    When you read the title, “Perfectly Imperfect:  Disabled Mannequins in Zurich Store,” what came to mind?  For many of us, the distorted and unrealistic body imagery in the mass media are inescapable, and grossly affects the way we view ourselves in comparison to those we know, and the celebrities we idolize.  Being tall and slim with perfect hair and skin complexion are worshiped as the standards of beauty in our society; the majority of us may not fit that standard exactly (if at all), but our uniqueness is beautiful in its own right.


  4. The Sign Language Interpreter Controversy in South Africa

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    This week, I will publish two articles discussing disability-related headline news topics. Today’s story will cover the sign language interpreter controversy in South Africa that occurred during the late Nelson Mandela’s memorial service last week.  The second story, which will be published on Thursday, will cover the disabled mannequins on display at a popular Zurich store that received international and social media attention.  I felt that shining a spotlight on these stories, whether controversial or empowering, is important because those who follow Ramp Your Voice! need to be aware of what is taking place in the world around us, whether it is on U.S. soil or abroad.

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  5. Remembering Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Fearlessly Ramped His Voice for Equality & Justice for All



    On Thursday, December 5th 2013, the world lost one of the most faithful, courageous, and influential leaders for equality and justice in our lifetime, former South African President Nelson Mandela.  Nelson Mandela inspired generations within his home country of South Africa and throughout the world to be fearless about what you hold true to be right when it comes to standing against the evils of hatred, prejudices, oppression, and discrimination.  Though Madiba, as Mandela was affectionately called by his countrymen, may no longer be with us, his legacy and resilience will remain in the minds and hearts of those who advocate for the rights of all people, regardless of race, religion, gender identity, class, and ability.


  6. December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD)

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    December 3rd is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPwD).  International Day of Persons with Disabilities is a day sanctioned by the United Nations (UN) as a means to promote better understanding of the plight of persons with disabilities, and to bolster their dignity, rights, and well-being.