Archive: Jul 2014

  1. Millennial Disabled Woman Ramps Her Voice: Lauren

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    RYV Interview Series Graphic - Lauren

    Our final interview for the millennial disabled woman series comes from a close friend of mine, Lauren.  I met Lauren on social media two years ago, and I have been amazed at how much we have in common.  Lauren has a very positive, outgoing personality that is infectious and appreciated on those days that you need a Sisterfriend.  Lauren’s take on being disabled, female, and of color was one that I had to have for this special series, and I am elated that she took the time to share her story with my readers.

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  2. Ramp Your Voice! Turns 1!!!!

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    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the creation of Ramp Your Voice!  This day is one of the best days of my life – it marks the date that I decided to starting living my dream, and fulfilling my purpose.

    On today, I plan to reflect on this incredible journey I have embarked on.  It has been amazing how an idea I had to promote self-advocacy and empowerment for not only myself, but my fellow disability advocates.  This has truly been a blessing that I pray that will grow as time goes on.

    If you are on social media, drop a line & follow us on the Ramp Your Voice!’s Facebook, Twitter (@RampYourVoice), and Tumblr pages, celebrating this incredible day.

    Use the following hashtags in your shout-outs:  #RYVturns1  #RYV1Year  #Happy1YearRYV

    Thank you everyone who has been supporting Ramp Your Voice! since day one, and have joined the movement.  Let’s keep the momentum going in year two!

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    If you would like to make a contribution to Ramp Your Voice! to celebrate the one-year launch, please make your checks or money orders out to me, Vilissa Thompson, and send them to the following address:

    Ramp Your Voice!
    Vilissa Thompson
    P.O. Box 1286
    Winnsboro, SC 29180

    (Featured headlining image:  Courtesy of Levo League.)

  3. Reflections of Launching a Disability Rights & Advocacy Organization: RYV’s Turning 1

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    On Saturday, July 19th, Ramp Your Voice! will be turning 1!  Launching a disability rights and advocacy organization has brought me incredible new connections, lessons, and new insight on how I view myself as a disabled woman of color.  I wanted to use this post as a “Year of Reflections” of my journey in creating RYV!, and highlight what you all can expect to come in the second year.

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  4. Millennial Disabled Woman Ramps Her Voice: Whitney

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    RYV Interview Series Graphic - Whitney

    This week, we have another millennial disabled woman ramping her voice about living with a disability, and how she views herself and her identities.  Whitney is a late-20something I was connected with by a former high school classmate.  Whitney strikes me as a true woman on-the-go, and the fact that she is a helping professional like myself definitely allowed us to connect on that level.  Whitney was gracious enough to give some of her time to be interviewed for the series, and I am thankful for her telling her story to the RYV! readers.

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  5. Millennial Disabled Woman Ramps Her Voice: Bree

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    To celebrate the one-year anniversary of Ramp Your Voice! this month, I decided to reach out to the millennial disabled women I know, and ask them to share their disABILITY story.  The responses I received were amazing; everyone was excited about sharing their empowering story for the special series, and I was elated to have their participation.

    For the first installment of the “Millennial Woman Ramps Her Voice” series, I interviewed Bree, a fellow Millennial disabled woman of color I follow on social media.  Bree is one of the few disabled women of color I have gotten to know through social media, and I am so thankful that she gave a bit of her time for the series.

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