205. Alice Wong with Elsa Sjunneson: Disability Visibility in the Twenty-First Century


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One in five people in the United States lives with a disability. Some disabilities are visible, others less apparent—but all are underrepresented in media and popular culture.

Just in time for the thirtieth anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, activist Alice Wong joined us via livestream in conversation with editor Elsa Sjunneson. Wong shared from her recent book, Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, a curated anthology of contemporary essays from other prominent disability writers and activists. She gave us a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disability experience, and highlights the passions, talents, and everyday lives of the disability community. Wong invited us to question our own understandings, and look to the future of disability visibility with hope and love.

Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, which aims to amplify media created by people with disabilities, and she has been one of the leading partners in the #CripTheVote campaign. She is also a co-partner on the DisabledWriters.com, #CripLit, and Access Is Love projects. She has been published in the New York Times, Vox, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, and others.

Hugo and Aurora award-winning editor Elsa Sjunneson is a deafblind hurricane in a vintage dress. Her nonfiction editorial work has appeared in Uncanny Magazine and Fireside Magazine. As an author, her work has appeared in CNN Opinion, Tor.com, The Boston Globe, and numerous other venues. In addition to editorial and authorial pursuits, she educates authors on writing disability respectfully.

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