Prior to becoming disabled in 2016, I knew nothing about disability rights or even how to talk about disability. When life gave me an unexpected crash course in the topic, I made it my goal to be open and honest about my experiences to educate others. Beginning with Instagram, I started to share the realities of my life with chronic illness and disability. Talking to people about my experiences continues to surprise me and help me grow my own knowledge of what it means to be Disabled. Through my speaking engagements, I hope to help audiences reframe their conception of disability and the disability rights movement so they can become effective allies and self-advocates.
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Areas of Expertise
Disability 101. An introduction to appropriate terminology, disability history, models of disability, allyship, and more. A great starting point for those unfamiliar with the disability rights movement.
Introduction to Accessibility. A roadmap to making your social media, marketing materials, and workspaces accessible.
Disabled in the Law. What it's like to be a disabled law student and future disabled lawyer. How friendly is the legal field to disabled attorneys?
The Patient Perspective. What do disabled patients wish their providers knew? What is it like to navigate the healthcare system as a disabled person?
ADA in the Workplace. An overview of disabled employees' rights in the workplace and how coworkers can be good allies.
Disability & Queerness. How my multiply marginalized identities intersect and interact with my privilege and one another to produce my lived experiences.
Previous Speaking Engagements
Center for Constitutional Rights
Topic: A lecture on disability justice principles followed by a question and answer for attorneys and staff at a prominent civil rights litigation organization.
Tanner Center for Human Rights, University of Utah
Topic: A lecture on the intersection of disability justice and decarceration efforts to a social justice college class.
University of Virginia School of Medicine
Topic: A panel on patient perspectives on disability rights in healthcare before an audience of medical students and doctors.
After School Matters
Topic: An interactive discussion of disability rights history and how to be an ally with an autistic teens' after-school enrichment program.
Communities in Schools of Richmond
Topic: A presentation on my career path to a 4th and 5th grade girls' empowerment group.
OUTLaw and DALSA, New York University School of Law
Topic: Intersectional Identities (moderator), featuring Lydia X. Z. Brown, Victoria Roldán-Rodriguez, and T. Sydney Bergeron Mikus.
My Dearest Friends Project by DisArt
Topic: A recorded interview on my disability identity and activism in the era of COVID.
Syracuse University College of Law
Topic: A panel discussion on what it's like to be a disabled person in law school.
Phi Alpha Delta, University of Florida
Topic: A panel discussion on diverse perspectives on law school.