To say that the Ramp Your Voice! blog has been a popular hot spot in 2014 would be an understatement – the website had 9,411 (and counting!) views for this year, which was a 476% increase from 2013. I was quite surprised at the high number views and shares for many articles on the blog, which reaffirmed that the articles written undeniably have a purpose and are imperative to the disabled community.
It is the middle of November, and I am already brainstorming and gearing up blog posts ideas for 2015. I have been incredibly pleased with the exceptional amount of sharing and views of the articles posted on the blog this year. I aim to continue publishing high-quality, at times controversial, articles that get my readers thinking and taking in 2015.
This is the second year I have had the Ramp Your Voice! blog participate in Blog Action Day. (Last year’s theme was about human rights.) This year’s theme revolves around inequality, and this theme undeniably fits into the focus of RYV! On the blog, I have written countless articles about inequality as it relates to disability, from difficulty accessing health care services; how we are viewed by society as less than and second class individuals; and the misconceptions surrounding our sexuality and the effects those ideals have on us and our ability to relate to others.
For #BAD2014, I decided to take the approach of providing a brief rundown of the most common barriers people with disabilities are subjected to that unfairly disadvantage us. Though I am certain that my readers are familiar with some (if not all) of these issues, I wanted to provide a mini overview for those who may find this article in the Blog Action Day tags online.
WINNSBORO, SC (Sept. 16, 2014) – Going into the second year of Ramp Your Voice!, I decided that now is the opportune time to expand my team by seeking the talents and skills of interns. There is a lot of work that I plan to spearhead within the next year and beyond, and I cannot continue to do this work solo – compiling an energetic team with the skill sets I need has to be a priority. With the new school year underway, I figured that this is the perfect moment to retain students and professionals who are willing to assist a start-up organization, but are also passionate about propelling the voices of those with disabilities in America and abroad.
WINNSBORO, SC (July 29, 2014) As the anniversary month for Ramp Your Voice! winds down, I wanted to inform my readers and supporters on how you can contribute to the empowering disability movement this organization is spearheading.
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!
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:
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.
Last week, I had the incredible opportunity to discuss the plight of people with disabilities, and the importance of advocacy for Social Work Month 2014. I was a presenter at the 2014 NASW-SC Chapter Spring Symposium in Columbia, SC. Social Work Month is observed during the month of March, and each year has a selected theme. This year’s theme is: “All People Matter,” and from the various presentation topics that were selected, that theme was very alive and well throughout the 3 days of the conference.
Today marks the 6 months anniversary of Ramp Your Voice!’s creation! These past six months has been completely amazing. Ramp Your Voice! has received such a warm welcoming from the disability rights and advocacy community, and is picking up momentum with each passing day.
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.