#GetWokeADA26: Call for Stories by Disabled People of Color

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It is with absolute delight that I announce the collaboration established between Ramp Your Voice! and Disability Visibility Project to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Now is the time to “get woke” about how the ADA as impacted disabled Americans, particularly those who are of color and disabled.  The plight of disabled Americans of color cannot, and will not, go unnoticed within disability advocacy – this partnership allows for our voices to be visible and ramped up when we reflect on how successful the Act has been for our rights and lives.  

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#GetWokeADA26:  Call for Stories by Disabled People of Color

Last year was a milestone anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act 
when it turned 25. Just like that, another year has passed and it’s time for re-examination of disability rights in America from the perspective of disabled people of color (POC).


Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, of Ramp Your Voice! and Alice Wong of the Disability Visibility Project are looking to survey disabled people of color for an upcoming article.


The survey will ask disabled POC:

  • their reflections on disability rights and the ADA,
  • the unfinished work of the ADA (specifically for disabled people w/ multiple intersectional identities)
  • why talking about racism matters in the disability community
  • and how disability organizations and leaders can respectfully and meaningfully collaborate with disabled POC.


Deadline to participate:  Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #GetWokeADA26 and follow Vilissa @VilissaThompson and Alice @SFdirewolf!  


If interested, people can respond to interview questions below (click the link to access the Google Form):



If you’re curious about the hashtag and what ‘Get Woke’ means, here’s an article that explains the concept:




Vilissa:  Vilissa@rampyourvoice.com

Alice:  DisabilityVisibilityProject@gmail.com  



Alice Wong is a San Francisco-based disability advocate and Staff Research Associate at the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. She is a co-partner with Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan for #CripTheVote, a non-partisan online campaign encouraging the political participation of people with disabilities. You can find her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf and online: DisabilityVisibilityProject.com


Ramp Your Voice! is the brainchild movement of Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, a macro-minded social worker who is on a mission to educate and inform the public & political figures about the plight of people with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities, in America. From her website: “I will use Ramp Your Voice! (RYV for short) as a way to spotlight the issues and barriers of people with disabilities, as well as create effective social and political changes to ensure that all people have the ability to succeed and prosper, regardless of their ability, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, educational level, or place of origin.”


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(You can find the call for stories shared on Alice’s website,
Disability Visibility Project.)

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