Ramp Your Voice! News

  1. Ramp Your Voice!’s Official Call for Submissions for the Disability Anthology #IAmAble!

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    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.

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  1. Top 5 for 2014: Ramp Your Voice! Blog Articles in Review

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    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.

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  1. Seeking Your Input on What Should Be Published on the RYV! Blog in 2015

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    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.

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  1. Want to Be a Part of a Disability Rights & Advocacy Organization? Become an Intern at Ramp Your Voice!

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    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.

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  1. 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

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  1. 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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  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…

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