Alice Wong shares about her mission and work with the Disability Visibility Project. Alice discusses how to be a true ally to disabled persons, what makes for a genuinely “healthy” life, and why disabled people have to be ingenious to survive in a world that is a hostile environment for them. (Intro: The Green Ninja)
Alice Wong is a disability activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project® (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Alice is also a co-partner in three projects: DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers, and #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people. Alice’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability representation, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism. She has been published in Uncanny Magazine, Curbed SF, Eater, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, New York Times, Transom, Making Contact Radio, and Rooted in Rights. Her activism and work has been featured in the CNN original series United Shades of America (Season 3, Episode 4), The Guardian, WAMU radio, Roll Call, WBUR radio, Al Jazeera, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, Rewire, Vice, Esquire, CNET, Wired and Buzzfeed. In 1997 she graduated with degrees in English and sociology from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She has a MS in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for over 10 years. From 2013 to 2015 Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. Alice is the recipient of the 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, an award for emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. Recently, Alice launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 and published Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People in October 2018.