IMPORTANT UPDATE: The anthology has been expanded to receive submissions for the 2016 year. The new submission deadline is December 31, 2016.
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WINNSBORO, SC (Feb. 24, 2015) – Today marks the official call for submissions for the new disability anthology, #IAmAble! This is a project that I have been working on for several months, and with the talents of the graphic design intern that has joined the RYV! camp, an eye-catching visual for the anthology has been developed.
It is Black History Month, and I could not think of a better way of observing the significance than spotlighting Black disabled advocates who have influenced me personally, and in my advocacy work.
The voices and actions of Black disabled advocates have been missing from the histories of the civil rights movement and disability rights movement. This gross exclusion creates the illusion that only white disabled advocates have made an impact within the disability rights movement, which is furthest from the truth. Black disabled advocates were, and still are, heavily active within both movements, and tirelessly ramp their voices for equality and justice concerning the prominent identities they possessed. Articles like this one will educate those from all walks of life about the pivotal messages and spirits of these advocates, and carve out a space for them to receive recognition that is long overdue.
With Valentine’s Day approaching, I know that there will be some lucky disabled brides and grooms putting a ring on it this week. After the ring, comes the planning, of course! Wedding planning is stressful as it is, but when you add disability into the mix, it can make brides and grooms worry about how to appropriately and seamlessly incorporate their disability into their special day.
There are three kinds of people who watch the Super Bowl: the fanatics who proudly proclaim that football is their religion; people who solely watch for the commercials; and those who flip the channel just in time to catch the halftime performance. For Super Bowl XLIX, I had membership within all three groups; I am a budding football fanatic, but I also enjoy the hypeness surrounding the 1-2 minutes commercials that are meant to entertain us as much (if not more than) as the game.
Important Disability-Related Videos You Should Watch
Here's the Out of Step's TOOST Radio interview I participated in as a panelist on Nov. 6th, 2013. During the interview, I discussed my personal & professional viewpoints about the choice of discussing disability status while seeking employment opportunities. The part that I'm featured begins 15:29 minutes into the interview.
In this video, Beyoncé helps Kid President with World Humanitarian Day 2013. The Kid President has OI like I do. I think that his messages are ones that all walks of life & ages can learn from. I'm so jealous that he met one of my idols & favorite music performers, Beyoncé! I wanted to share with you all the interview the Kid President did with Beyoncé for World Humanitarian Day, which was August 19th, 2013.