The Ramp Your Voice! blog experienced well-received responses and popularity in 2015. This year alone, the website had a total of 29,725 views (and counting!), which is a huge jump from 9,446 views in 2014. The website broke its record twice for the number of views in one day, with the standing record being 470 views that took place on October 20th, 2015. These incredible numbers let’s me know that the content shared are needed and sought after by those interested in learning and understanding more about the disabled experience.
I was nominated for the Liebster Award! I was very surprised to have received an email stating that I was nominated by a fellow social worker blogger!
I have to give thanks to Jodi Nelan, who is a new and upcoming blogger and fellow social worker. Jodi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has changed gears from being in mental health to breaking into international social work. She is using her blog, The International Social Worker, to blend these two worlds in raising awareness about mental health trends and matters in other countries. Being a Macro Social Worker myself, I love to find other macro-focused colleagues who are blending their passions and making a name for themselves within the field.
As someone who is always looking for literature that shares the resounding truth about the disabled experience, I was elated to find a published body of work that was created by disabled people for disabled people. Doll Hospital Journal (DHJ) is an intersectional art and print journal on mental health that was created by my dear friend Bethany Lamont. Bethany wanted a mental health zine that would allow the voices of those who are marginalized to be heard. Beth (as I call her) is one of the sweetest people I have met on my advocacy journey; her personality is infectious, and she is so caring and thoughtful. I have enjoyed getting to know her this year, and be a part of this new issue of Doll Hospital Journal.
Issue Two was released digitally on Friday, December 4th, and I have been diving into it over the weekend. I did not get a chance to read the first issue of DHJ, but if it is any bit of empowering, eye-opening, and beautifully curated as this one, then I definitely have to get my hands on a copy immediately.
Donald Trump, the name (and the hair) evokes a plethora of responses when you bring up the businessman who is now a serious contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, there is no escaping the controversies he starts that gets everyone’s attention and stark reactions.
The latest Donald Trump outrage has caused many to wonder what more can Donald Trump do to offend people, and still maintain the frontrunner power grip he has. Since Donald Trump’s newest antics involved the disabled experience, I decided to write my perspective on Donald Trump’s influence, and how his remarks and actions affects one of the largest voting blocs in the country.
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.