Ramp Your Voice!, the Brainchild Movement of Vilissa Thompson


Graduation Dress Pic 1Hi!  My name is Vilissa Thompson, and I am the Founder of Ramp Your Voice!, a consultation business & disability rights advocacy movement.  Ramp Your Voice! will focus on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities. Becoming a disability rights consultant & advocate affords me the opportunity to define myself as an emerging leader and expert in addressing and educating the public and political leaders about the plight of people with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities, in America and abroad.

Along with creating Ramp Your Voice!, I am also striving to use my writing as a blogger and as the Domestic Policy and Advocacy Staff Writer for Socialworkhelper.com as mediums to empower and encourage people with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities, to share their life stories and have a more visible presence in our society.

I am a self-advocate; I have spoken at public hearings with the hope of raising awareness about the needs of youth and adults with disabilities, as well as shared my life experiences as a woman of color with a disability.

I am also politically conscious; I am working towards becoming involved in politics so that I can spearhead the creation and implementation of more empowering and effective social policies and practices that will improve the lives of people with disabilities.  I’m currently the Secretary for the Fairfield County Democratic Party in South Carolina.

I am a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), as of March 2013.  I earned my Masters of Social Work (MSW) & Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology degrees from Winthrop University.

I am affiliated with several professional, civic, and advocacy organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); National Association of Black Social Workers (NABSW); Association for Community Organization & Social Administration (ACOSA); Phi Alpha, the National Honor Society of Social Work; the NAACP; the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD); and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.


  1. ovanpoucke

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    • Vilissa

      Hi ovanpoucke! Thank you so much for the wonderful comment! It pleases me to know that people are enjoying the website! I’m so glad that you bookmarked Ramp Your Voice! so that you can stay updated on what’s happening. Please tell those you know about the website, & definitely subscribe to the RSS feed.

  2. James

    Congratulations on laying your foundation. I’m really looking foward ,to expanding my knowledge regarding the daily issues women, of color with disabilities experience. I am ready ,to embark on this journey as you lay the groundwork that will allow our minds, to be expanded beyond our expectancy.

    • Vilissa

      Thanks so much James for your support! It means a lot to have those I know to encourage me on this journey. Definitely share with others what this website is all about, & you stay updated on what’s going on with men & RYV! 🙂

    • Vilissa

      Thank you, Kim! 🙂 I appreciate the support. More is definitely on the way here on Ramp Your Voice! Be on the lookout for more posts & expanding the site!

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