Breaking Disability Barriers with Diversability
We teamed up with Diversability to present a special series of interviews on disabilities. We tackle self-love, resilience in the face of challenges and much more!
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In My Shoes
I wrote the song In My Shoes. It’s about life in a wheelchair. Everything I said was from my heart and there was a lot of self-love and acceptance in that. #selflove #disability #selfacceptance
11 Jul 2017
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A Voice for Those Who Don’t Have a Voice
My life purpose is giving a voice to people with disabilities who don’t have a voice. Through the music, we touch people. #lifepurpose #disability #givingback
05 Jul 2017
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From the Bronx to the White House
Coming from the worst neighborhood in the Bronx to getting invited to the White House for the great work we’re doing in the community is amazing. That’s what happens when you believe in yourself. #lifepurpose #givingback
05 Jul 2017
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My Ski Poles Help Me Meet New People
I walk with iridescent ski poles on account of a disability. I’m used to drawing attention. If people ask about my ski poles, I use that as an opportunity to chat and learn more about their lives. #selflove #curveball
09 Jul 2017
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Healing Through Sharing
Before I started Diversability, I knew that if I didn’t do something, I would continue feeling shame around my story and disability. The process of stepping onto a stage and sharing my story has been a part of my own healing. #selflove #healing #disability
06 Jul 2017
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We’re More Than Just Inspirational Stories
While it’s fine to take inspiration from the disabled, if it’s the only thing you're taking away from interacting with us, that feels reductive and insulting. I hope the dialogue around disabilities becomes more nuanced and moves beyond just “inspirational stories.” #disability #inspiration #interactions
21 Jul 2017
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In the Darkest Times We Can Find the Light: Part 1
I moved across the country to California after college. After a job fell through, I went on 100 interviews after sending out 1,000 resumes. Every time I walked through a door, I was being judged. I finally got a job with an influential talent agency in LA. #success #darkness #depression #sadness #job #JobSearch #career #move
18 Aug 2017
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Embracing Ourselves
The first 10 years after the car accident which left me with brachial plexus palsy, I hated my body. Once I started bringing my arm back into my story, I started being more okay with it. We can start the journey to self-acceptance by embracing parts of ourselves that we try to reject. #selflove #selfacceptance #accident #body
06 Jul 2017
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I Have Embraced My Disability
I don’t take anything for granted anymore. I still sometimes wish I could walk or run around, but things happen for a reason. I have embraced my disability and become a voice for those without one. #lovingyourself #disability #purpose
05 Jul 2017
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The Entertainment Industry Influences Basic Respect
I fell into my life purpose but it was there the whole time. Most people probably have never seen a little person before seeing me. That’s why the entertainment industry is a huge influencer in how I and others like me are treated. I feel as if we shouldn’t be judged by what we see in entertainment. We should get to a point where we all treat each other as human. #lifepurpose
09 Aug 2017
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Celebrate the Small Wins
Diversability started as a campus club and relaunched two years ago. The idea of launching Diversability as a business was daunting to me, but my friend suggested I host one event to see the response. It’s about starting small. The rest will fall into place when it’s time. #productivity #wordsintoaction
06 Jul 2017
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We Need to Talk About Disabilities
Disability is an aspect of diversity. When I think about my own identity, disability is a part of it. By not talking about it, I think we are trying to pretend that it doesn’t exist. Disability can be framed as an “us” and “them,” when in reality, we’re ultimately human. #diversability #disabilities #identity #conversations
25 Jul 2017
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Growing Together
If I could give a message to my community, it’s that we all matter. We should never discount the validity of our own stories and the fact that they need to be heard. #diversability #disabilities #stories #aloneness #community #growth
25 Jul 2017
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The Strange Reactions to Being Disabled
The strangest reaction I get being disabled is people asking me if I know a disabled friend of theirs. I think minority groups often face this. I also dislike it when I get asked what happened to me, because it means I’m immediately being put in a negative light. #disability #society #interactions
21 Jul 2017
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Life With Cerebral Palsy
My life has been an interesting ride. I moved to the Bay Area by myself for college, which was pretty daunting, and have traveled to multiple countries. With cerebral palsy, I’ve had up to 27 surgeries which has been a big part of my life. It’s also given me a new perspective on health and life. #happiness #health #disability #perspective
10 Jul 2017
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Finding Self-love With a Disability: Part 1
Twenty years ago, my dad drove us home from the airport and lost control of the car. He didn’t survive the crash and I acquired a nerve injury called brachial plexus palsy. When I went back to school, I was thrust into an environment I wasn’t prepared for. I was still trying to explore what my new body meant for my identity. #selflove #disability
06 Jul 2017
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Friendships: It’s All About Quality, Not Quantity
In grade school I had a friend who helped shield me from bullying. Yet, in high school, the people who had been lifelong friends began to exclude me because they thought I’d embarrass them in certain situations. It wasn’t until I got to college when I realized that it was all about the quality of the friendship, not the quantity of friends that mattered. #loneliness #selflove #lovingyourself #school #bullying
09 Aug 2017
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The Disability Space and Unemployment
The biggest problem that exists in the disability space is unemployment. A very high number of adults with disabilities also live in poverty. Not being able to support yourself financially can create a very negative narrative in terms of self-image. #money #unemployment #financialfreedom #disability #power #community
07 Jul 2017
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Finding Self-love With a Disability: Part 2
After my father passed away from a car crash in which I acquired brachial plexus palsy, I faced isolation at home and exclusion at school. I refused to acknowledge what had happened until 15 years later. I was having a conversation on diversity when I realized that it needed to be talked about more. #selflove #disability
06 Jul 2017
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Changing the Narrative
With disabilities, the narrative is often, “You can’t,” or this feeling of burden. Once we start to change the narrative to, “Let me try,” something shifts in the energy we invest in ourselves. #productivity #disability #wordsintoaction
07 Jul 2017
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