Cool Cats: Voices from the Disability Community

Cool Cats: Voices from the Disability Community

Did you watch the little video I made there?!

Well, like I was saying, this fun series started off as “Cool Cats” – and really, for SEO purposes, evolved into the much more staid “Voices from the Disability Community,” before rolling back to “Cool Cats.”

In this series, cool people with disabilities answer the same set of questions. You get to have fun with the variety of responses to the same set questions!

It’s a great way to to get know some awesome people, and also for those of you who are looking to network or find a mentor or connect, and it’s a way to meet people across the disability community.

If you have a disability and want to share your voice (be cool!), click here or the link below!

Cool Cat: haley brown

This is a Cool Cat: Voices from the Disability Community post. This is the series in which I ask cool people across the disability spectrum the same set of questions and have fun with the diversity of responses! Read the whole series, and maybe be a part of it yourself by clicking here. Cool Cat: ...

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Cool Cat: Lorna Duff-Howie

Getting to Know You Your name:  Lorna Duff-Howie What’s your connection with disability?  I have CP. Star Trek or Star Wars?  Spaceballs. If you could live in any other country for 2 years, where would you go?   I’m an American living in Scotland, so there’s that.  As for anywhere else, anywhere my family is. ...

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Cool Cat: Carrie Basas

Your name:  Carrie Griffin Basas What’s your connection with disability? I’m recruiting!  Well, seriously, I have Larsen’s Syndrome, a rare congenital joint disorder, and I have been described by loving genetics counselors as a “random genetic mutation.”  Five years ago, I adopted a little girl from a children’s home in Ukraine who has a similar …

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Cool Cat: Emily Munson

This is from the "Voices from the Disability Community" series - the ongoing, fun series in which everyone is asked the same set of questions and we get to enjoy the diverse responses! This week, please meet Emily Munson. (want to participate too? awesome! click here) Getting to Know You Your name:  Emily Munson What’s ...

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Voices from the Disability Community: Brandy Dickerson

Getting to Know You Your name:  Brandy Dickerson What’s your connection with disability?  I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Star Trek or Star Wars?  Star Wars If you could live in any other country for 2 years, where would you go? New Zealand What dish would your bring to our community picnic potluck? Veggie Tray …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Marcus Sikora

Marcus Sikora Marcus Sikora is the first Voice interview via video! Like a lot of other things he does, he's breaking ground here. Please welcome him, and then stay tuned for more from him. Music Video from Marcus and Marcus' Book: "Black Day: The Monster Rock Band"[kswr_hoverimage hover_image_background="#ffffff" hover_image_border_width="0" hover_image_border_color="" hover_image_button_color="#ffffff" hover_image_button_height="40" hover_image_button_bg="#f2650e" hover_image_button_text="Check It ...

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Voices from the Disability Community: Mike Mort

I see Mike Mort's stuff floating around on Facebook and I swear, every time I do, I think damn! I have to remember to come back and buy this! My favorite? "Kill The Bill" Mike is clever and funny, a personable activist with styling skills. Get to know him - and then use the 20% ...

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Voices from the Disability Community: Milly Diericx

Welcome to “Voices from the Disability Community: – the series that introduces interesting people with various disabilities by asking the same set of questions to everyone. The point of doing that is share the diversity within the disability spectrum and experience, and get to know some cool people. This week I’m delighted to introduce Milly Diericx ...

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Voices from the Disability Community: Steve Brown

Writer, historian, disability rights activist, professor, father and husband: Steve Brown is featured in Voices from the Disability Community

Voices from the Disability Community: Eva Sweeney

Eva Sweeney – a genderqueer disabled sex educator who digs cheesy fries!

Voices from the Disability Community: Carly Findlay

Carly Findlay, appearance activist, blogger, writer, speaker, disability rights champion (and fashionista who loves cooking!) is featured this week

Voices from the Disability Community: Sarah Levis

Meet Sarah Levis, disability advocate, blogger, writer, community worker

Voices from the Disability Community: Frank Verpaelst

Frank Verpaelst is featured in Voices from the Disability Community: the series that features interesting people from across the disability spectrum

Voices from the Disability Community: Rich Donovan

The series that features interesting people from all walks of life and all branches of the disability spectrum! Rich Donovan is featured

Voices from the Disability Community: Alice Wong

Alice Wong: night owl, coffee lover. Girl with a finger on a media pulse and researcher with a passion for disability rights/advocacy. Get to know her!

Voices from the Disability Community: Emily Ladau

Voices from the Disability Community is back, featuring Emily Ladau

Voices from the Disability Community: Nina G

Getting to Know You Your name:  Nina G What’s your connection with disability?  Person with LD and who stutters. Daughter of a father who is hard of hearing–also fourth generation Disabled American on that side.  Granddaughter of a grandmother with post-polio Star Trek or Star Wars? Spaceballs If you could live in any other country for …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Ken Stein

Ken Stein: activist, photographer, administrator, historian, husband and father. Get to know him.

Voices from the Disability Community: Alana Theriault

Alana Theriault: artist, writer, cook, home-maker, benefits specialist and woman who knows her prepositions. Get to know her.

Voices from the Disability Community: Neil Jacobson

Profile of Neil Jacobson, a professional with a disability. He retired from a Senior Executive position with Wells Fargo to start AbiliCorps. Get to know him.

Voices from the Disability Community: Corbett O’Toole

Voices from the Disability Community: meet Corbett O’Toole: writer, mother, lover, activist, artist, connector

Voices from the Disability Community: Pauline Victoria

  Your name: Pauline Victoria What’s your connection with disability? I’m a person born with a disability, no arms and one short leg Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek. I grew up watching it with my parents and I love the idea of a variety of species coming together for a common good. If …

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Voices of the Disability Community: Grace Quantock

In This Post You Will Find:Getting to Know YouNow That We’ve Been Introduced…About Disability Getting to Know You Your name:  Grace Quantock What’s your connection with disability?  I am living with disabilities. Star Trek or Star Wars?  Uh, Buffy the Vampire Slayer? If you could live in any other country for 2 years, where would …

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Voices of the Disability Community: Kari Lynn Pope

The “Voices from the Disability Community” series, in which people with disabilities share different slices of their lives. A space for people to hopefully connect over shared voices, experiences or disabilities. Please welcome Kari Lynn Pope ____________________________ Getting to Know You Your name:  Kari Lynn Pope, but that’s about to change because I’m getting married …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Andrew Pulrang

Andrew Pulrang, disability blogger and podcaster, is featured today in Voices from the Disability Community

Voices from the Disability Community: Cheryl Green

Getting to Know You Your name:  Cheryl Green What’s your connection with disability?  I have mild disabilities from traumatic brain injury, a voice disorder, and something brewing in my knees that will catch up to me sooner or later. I’m also connected to disability through work in disability arts and justice activism that I started …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Eliza Riley

Restarting the “Cool Cats: Voices from the Disability Community”, in which people with disabilities are featured. The point of this is to share different slices of different lives. For people to hopefully connect over shared voices, experiences or disabilities. Please welcome Eliza Riley! Getting to Know You Your name:  Eliza Riley What’s your connection with …

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Cool Cat: Rachel Stewart

I’ve been fortunate to know Rachel for a long time – since she was a student at Cal. I feel like our friendship has been a gift in that we both mentored one another at a particular period. She mentored me in disability studies, giving me a place in which I could ask hard questions, …

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Cool Cat: Simi Linton

I loved Simi Linton’s book, My Body Politic. I love her voice, energy, commitment.  She is loud, proud and powerful. She is a champion of the arts and of disability.  She is a woman that I am proud and honoured to introduce to you. Simi Linton. *********************** In This Post You Will Find:Getting to Know …

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Cool Cat: Cara Liebowitz

I don't know if you remember that video that going viral earlier this year, with the boy with "special needs" who handed the basketball? I don't know if you remember the uproar that came on its heels, and the blog post which flew through disability circuits with the clearest, strongest, most resonating message which represented ...

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Cool Cat: Katherine Reyes

Introduction: I’ve known Katherine for a long time – since she was just started off at UC Berkeley. I’ve followed her career trajectory with great interest, fascination and tremendous awe. This single mother of 3 pushed herself through school (- at a non-traditional age) and went on to complete her Master’s and is now teaching …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Katherine Reyes

Voices from the Disability Community: Meet Katherine, teacher, mother, iPhone lover!

Cool Cat: Sandy Ho (- new post from Disability)

I love that feeling of meeting a young person and just being blown away with the ‘WOW, you are dynamite!’ and knowing in my bones that they are going to go places. I feel that way about Sandy – I haven’t met her in real life, but I enjoy her blog and I am in …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Sandy Ho

Featuring Sandy Ho, mover, shaker, organizer and ice-cream lover.

Cool Cat: Bonnie Lewkowicz

Bonnie Lewkowicz and I shared an elevator once. I knew who she was and she had no clue who I was. An over-eagerly smiling stalker? A rabid fan? I could see she was trying to be polite and not yell at me to quit my staring and smiling, and I could see it would be …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Bonnie Lewkowicz

Bonnie Lewkowicz and I shared an elevator once. I knew who she was and she had no clue who I was. An over-eagerly smiling stalker? A rabid fan? I could see she was trying to be polite and not yell at me to quit my staring and smiling, and I could see it would be …

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Cool Cat: David Roche

…and we are baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! I’m super happy to be rolling again with the Cool Cat series. I missed it last week. Today I am delighted to introduce you to David Roche, who is a friend of my dear friend, Liane Yasumoto. His responses had me laughing out loud and I’ve just purchased his book The Church …

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Voices from the Disability Community: David Roche

…and we are baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!! I’m super happy to be rolling again with the Cool Cat series. I missed it last week. Today I am delighted to introduce you to David Roche, who is a friend of my dear friend, Liane Yasumoto. His responses had me laughing out loud and I’ve just purchased his book The Church …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Loren Steinberg

  In This Post You Will Find:Getting to Know YouNow That We’ve Been Introduced…About Disability Getting to Know You Your name: Loren Steinberg What’s your connection with disability? I was born with a disability called Arthrogryposis. It means that my joints don’t bend very much, and I use a power chair to get around. Star …

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Cool Cat: Dave Hingsburger

I was introduced to Dave Hingsburger’s blog, Rolling Around in My Head, by my friend Becca (from The Bates Motel). I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of it before though – Dave is HUGE in Canada – he’s like the top disability blogger there. And his blog is worth it  – he covers all …

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Voices from the Disability Community: Dave Hingsburger

I was introduced to Dave Hingsburger’s blog, Rolling Around in My Head, by my friend Becca (from The Bates Motel). I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of it before though – Dave is HUGE in Canada – he’s like the top disability blogger there. And his blog is worth it  – he covers all …

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Cool Cat: Pauline Victoria

I met Pauline years ago when I was working with my friend Tony Candela on starting up the Alliance of Professionals with Disabilities, in partnership with folks from the Silicon Valley. Pauline was part of that venture. I liked working with her – she’s pragmatic, skilled, articulate and intelligent. And very interesting. Long time readers …

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Voices from the Disability Community in Summary:

Rich Donovan: Business man, CEO. Star Wars. Disability: Cerebral Palsy

Pauline Victoria: Entrepreuner. Star Trek. Disability: limb difference (no arms, one short leg)

Neil Jacobson: IT Professional, CEO, business man. Star Trek. Disability: Cerebral Palsy

Susan Henderson: Executive Director, Advocacy Professional. Star Trek. Disability: amputee

Joshua Miele, Information Accessibility Researcher. Star Trek in the brain, Star Wars in the heart. Disability: blind

Joy Elan, Poet. Star Wars. Disability: deaf

Alice Wong, National Council on Disability and Staff Research Associate. Star Trek. Disability: Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Carrie Griffin Basas, Lawyer/law professor. Star Search. Disability: Larsen’s syndrome

Tony Candela, Disability Program Administrator. Star Trek. Disability: blind

Dave Hingsburger, Blogger, Director of Clinical and Educational Services, Lecturer and Trainer. Star Trek. Disability: not specifically stated (- but wheelchair user)

Sarah Tom, Assistant Professor. Star Trek and Star Wars. Disability: fibromyalgia

Gary Karp, Writer, Speaker, Trainer, Performer. Star Trek. Disability: paralyzed by spinal cord injury at T12

Loren Steinberg, Systems Change Advocate. Star Trek. Disability: Arthogryposis

Corbett O’Toole, Activist/Advocate. Post-Shatner Star Trek and Star Wars. Disability: polio

David Roche, Comedian. Star Trek and Star Wars. Disability: facial difference

Alan Muir, Director (COSD). Star Wars. Disability: Little Person Spondylephiseal Dysplasia dwarfism

Katherine Reyes, Teacher. Star Wars. Disability: Deaf

Cara Leibowitz, Activist/Blogger. Star Trek. Disability: Cerebral Palsy

Simi Linton, Writer, Dancer. Neither Star Trek/Star Wars. Disability: unspecified

 

 

 

 

 

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