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Ramp Your Voice! seeks to keep its readers, supporters, fellow advocates, & key stakeholders updated on the latest news and developments regarding the organization’s existence and impact.


Ramp Your Voice! in the News!

March 24th, 2017 – Not Otherwise Specified (NOS) Magazine – Newsletter:  This Week in Neurodiversity

March 23rd, 2017 – EasterSeals Thrive – #DisabledWomenThrive Feature

March 21st, 2017 – Anna Julia Cooper Center – Newsletter:  Donna Edwards, Marissa Alexander, and Vilissa Thompson

March 18th, 2017 – Black Perspectives / AAIHS – Ramp Your Voice:  An Interview with Vilissa Thompson

March 14th, 2017 – Huffington Post – How Murder Victims With Disabilities Get Blamed For Their Own Deaths

March 10th, 2017 – Disability Intersectionality Summit – Workshop Presentation:  Vilissa Thompson:  #DisabilityTooWhite:  Disability Community And Its Diversity Problem

March 10th, 2017 – TONIC – I’m Waiting for the Disabled Bachelor

March 8th, 2017 – Esquire – Disabled Americans Have the Most to Fear Under RepubliCare

March 8th, 2017 – Center for Disability Rights – To Be Disabled and a Social Worker:  Belonging to Two Different Worlds

March 5th, 2017 – Rebecca Theodore / Miami Film Festival – Google Talks:  Gender & Racial Gaps in Film + Tech

March 4th, 2017 – Everyday Feminism – Let’s Unpack the Damage of Being Labeled High- or Low-Functioning 

March 1st, 2017 – Ruderman Family Foundation – The Ruderman White Paper:  Media Coverage of the Murder of People with Disabilities by Their Caregivers

February 28th, 2017 – Disability Visibility Project – More Than A Villain:  Ivar the Boneless and Disability

February 23rd, 2017 – National Advisory Board – Doing Double Time – A Look at the Unique Stakes of Black and Disability Identity

February 15th, 2017 – Ms. Foundation – Spotlighting #BlackHistoryMonth 

February 13th, 2017 – Open Dialogue/AMI – Disability Policy 2017

February 13th, 2017 – Al Jazeera English – The Stream – Reverend William Barber’s moral

February 11th, 2017 – Black Girl Nerds Podcast – BGN #103 | Bookworms, Womanism, and Sundance with Curtiss Cook

February 13th, 2017 – Bitch Media – 20 Black Women You Should Be Following Right Now

February 7th, 2017 – Upworthy – 23 Incredible Black Women Whose Words of Wisdom You Need to Hear

February 7th, 2017 – Elma Lewis Center – Resource List About Intersectionality

February 2nd, 2017 – California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC) – #DisabledAndProud For Black History Month

February 2017 – San Francisco Senior & Disability Action – Disability History

January 30th, 2017 – Books by Intisar – Reading While Disabled:  Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 2) | Disability in Fiction

January 26th, 2017 – Easter Seals Blog – An Expert Shares Her Tips on Dating with a Disability

January 23rd, 2017 – Just Add Color – The Hollow Crown:  The Wars of the Roses Blerd Chat with Monique and Ramp Your Voice’s Vilissa Thompson

January 23rd, 2017 – Books by Intisar – Reading While Disabled:  Kid/YA Lit Faves (Part 1) | Disability in Fiction

January 20th, 2017 – Crutches & Spice – An Inauguration Day Letter to My Fellow Disabled Citizens

January 18th, 2017 – Daily Beast – I Have a Special-Needs Son and Betsy Devos Scares Me to Death

January 12th, 2017 – ACLU – Further Reflections from Disability Rights Advocates

January 12th, 2017 – ACLU – Caged In:  The Devastating Harms of Solitary Confinement on Prisoners with Physical Disabilities 

January 6th, 2017 – NY Times – Beating of Disabled Teenager Highlights a Crime That Often Goes Unpunished

January 2nd, 2017 – Tonia Says – Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 7)

January 2nd, 2017 – Tonia Says – Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 6)

January 1st, 2017 – Tonia Says – Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 5)

December 30th, 2016 – Lead On Network – Top 10 #Disability Events in #2016

December 30th, 2016 – Tonia Says – Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 3)

December 29th, 2016 – Tonia Says – Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 2)

December 28th, 2016 – Tonia Says – Great Disability Blog Posts of 2016 (Part 1)

December 9th, 2016 – Buzzfeed – 13 People with Disabilities Discuss Their Post-Election Concerns

December 7th, 2016 – #CripTheVote Twitter Chat – #CripTheVote:  Intersectional activism & the #disability community

December 6th, 2016 – No Totally! – 141. Ramp Your Voice! with Vilissa Thompson

November 16th, 2016 – GrubStreet – Why I Write Vol. 13:  Simply the Vessel to Speak the Truth

November 15th, 2016 – Crutches and Spice – Don’t Forget those “Inspirational” Crips:  A Guide to Disability Ally-ship in the Age of Trump

November 1st, 2016 – Al Jazeera / The Stream – Disability and the US Election:  Part II

October 31st, 2016 – Al Jazeera / The Stream – Disability and the US Election:  Part I

October 27th, 2016 – Ruderman Family Foundation – The Difficult Decision We Shouldn’t Have to Make:  Employment or Life

October 26th, 2016 – Rooted In Rights – This Year, I Have a Reason to Celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 25th, 2016 – BraunAbility – Dating with a Disability:  One Woman’s Search

October 24th, 2016 – Open Dialogue/AMI – Disability Votes

October 23rd, 2016 – Mashable – 14 hashtags helping people with disabilities find community on social media

October 14th, 2016 – The Establishment – Disabled People of Color Struggle to Be Heard

October 13th, 2016 – #MacroSW – Online Disability Advocacy & Social Work:  What is the role of allies?

September 27th, 2016 – Rooted In Rights – #CripTheVoteStories VideoVideo Description

September 22nd, 2016 – Rewire – Advocates:  Clinton’s Speech on Disabilities Fell Short in One Big Way

September 21st, 2016 – Anna Julia Cooper Center / Wake Forest University – Syllabi & Bibliographies

September 21st, 2016 – The Atlantic – Speechless is Breaking New Ground on Television

September 12th, 2016 – Media Diversified – The Paralympics Representation Problem

August 22nd, 2016 – This Mess – #CultOfCompliance:  Disabled/Deaf People Killed for Non-Compliance and Disability Erasure

August 11th, 2016 – This Mess – Korryn Gaines:  Narratives of Race and Disability

August 3rd, 2016 – ColorWebMag – Disabled People of Color Highlighted in #GetWokeADA26 Survey

July 29th, 2016 – AutoStraddle – Disabled People of Color Speak Out With #GetWokeADA26

July 25th, 2016 – AutoStraddle – 10 Badass Disabled Women You Should Know

July 20th, 2016 – Black Girls Talking – #DisabilityTooWhite:  On Disability & Representation

July 19th, 2016 – Black, Disabled, And Proud – Examples of Black and African American College Graduates with Disabilities

July 18th, 2016 – Buzzfeed – The Intersectional Woman’s Reading List

July 14th, 2016 – Center on Disability Rights – Twitter Chat:  #CDRChat on the ADA

July 11th, 2016 – AutoStraddle – Hey TV Writers – Here’s the Disabled Character You Need

July 1st, 2016 – The Establishment – The Political Ad That Finally Got Disability (More) Right

June 28th, 2016 – Huffington Post – Confronting the Whitewashing Of Disability:  Interview with #DisabilityTooWhite Creator Vilissa Thompson

June 24th, 2016 – This Mess – #CripTheVote and Dante:  Priorities USA Cuts a New Ad Featuring Disabled Child of Color Speaking for Himself

June 12th, 2016 – The Atlantic / David Perry – A Clinton Ad Full of Disability Stereotypes

June 9th, 2016 – Buzzfeed / Ariane Lange – The ‘Me Before You’ Backlash Was Bigger Than Anyone Expected

June 3rd, 2016 – Pushing Limits Radio Show – #DisabilityTooWhite – Call In

June 2016 – Huffington Post – Vilissa Thompson’s Author Archive (Accessibility & Black Voices Blogger)

May 25th, 2016 – Blog Talk Radio / JusticeBeat2Day Podcast – The Intersection of Race and Access with Vilissa Thompson

May 24th, 2016 – Tea with Queen & J Podcast – I Can’t F*ck with Zippers
(#DisabilityTooWhite is mentioned around 35 minutes into the podcast)

May 24th, 2016 – ColorWebMag – Exclusive Interview:  #DisabilityTooWhite Creator Vilissa Thompson

May 23rd, 2016 –  Real Feminism Stories – Vilissa Thompson on Intersectionality, Dating Advice for Disabled Women, and being a Womanist

May 20th, 2016 – The Fem – The Whitewashing of Disability:  Trolls, #DisabilityTooWhite, and The Fight For Proper Representation

May 20th, 2016 – ATTN: – #DisabilityTooWhite Calls Out Disability Media Coverage

May 19th, 2016 – DailyDot – #DisabilityTooWhite calls out media for not depicting disabled PoC

May 18th, 2016 – Storify / Alice Wong – #DisabilityTooWhite:  Complex Conversations

May 9th, 2016 – This Mess – Vilissa Thompson’s Black Disabled Woman Syllabus

May 2nd, 2016 – Kate Hart – Badass Ladies You Should Know:  Vilissa Thompson

April 25th, 2016 – Easter Seals’ Thrive Advocacy – Dating & Finding Love as a Disabled Woman

March 9th, 2016 – Winthrop University’s My Winthrop Experience – Alumni Profile 

March 2nd, 2016 – Winthrop University’s News & Events – Two-Time Alumna Champions Disabilities Advocacy at The White House

February 3rd, 2016 – BraunAbility – Using Technology to Fight Accessible Parking Violations

September 10th, 2015 – National Black Disability Coalition – Vilissa Thompson and Krip-Hop Nation Talks Journalism and Police Brutality Against Black Disabled People 

August 27th, 2015 – Levo League – #StrongerForIt:  Vilissa Thompson, Social Worker and Founder of Ramp Your Voice!

July 21st, 2015 – Institute for Educational Leadership – We Are the ADA Generation

March 19th, 2015 – Easter Seals’ Thrive Advocacy – Keep Ya Head Up:  Self-Love and Sisterhood as a Disabled Woman

January 13th, 2014 – N.A.H. Blog – Forcing the Doors of Diversity Wide Open:  The People Who Inspire Series:  Vilissa K. Thompson



Ramp Your Voice!’s Press Releases

The following are the press releases the organization has published.  Releases are listed from latest to earliest:

November 17th, 2016Presenting About #DisabilityTooWhite at the Disability & Intersectionality Summit

July 19th, 2016Celebrating the 3rd Anniversary of Ramp Your Voice!

May 26th, 2016#DisabilityTooWhite:  Making the “Good Trouble” in Advocacy

March 31st, 2016#WOCwD Matter!:  My Presentation about Women of Color with Disabilities at the SC-NASW Spring Symposium

March 2nd, 2016I Celebrated Black Disability History at The White House!

September 16th, 2014Want to Be a Part of a Disability Rights & Advocacy Organization? Become an Intern at Ramp Your Voice!

July 29th, 2014Ways You Can Contribute to the Ramp Your Voice! Disability Movement

July 19th, 2014Ramp Your Voice! Turns 1!!!!

July 15th, 2014Reflections of Launching a Disability Rights & Advocacy Organization: RYV’s Turning 1

March 11th, 2014Ramped My Voice for Social Work Month 2014!

January 19th, 2014Celebrating the Six Months Launch of Ramp Your Voice!

January 14th, 2014  – Interviewed for the People Who Inspire Series on the N.A.H. Blog

December 31st, 2013Top 5 Stories of 2013 on Ramp Your Voice!

November 12th, 2013Featured as a Panelist for TOOST Radio

August 24th, 2013Celebrating the One Month Launch of Ramp Your Voice!

July 19th, 2013Ramp Your Voice!, the Brainchild Movement of Vilissa Thompson

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