I cannot believe we reached an incredible milestone recently – 100 disability-focused articles on the blog! I never thought that this moment would come before the upcoming two-year anniversary of RYV!’s founding in July. It feels wonderful to have achieved this disability writing benchmark, and I am overjoyed in celebrating and sharing my enthusiasm.
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.
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.
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.
I have entered into NMEDA’s 2014 National Mobility Awareness Month Local Hero contest! This is the third year that NMEDA has hosted this event. I discovered the contest on Tumblr a few weeks ago from a follower who also entered into the contest.
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…
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.