Ramp Your Voice! is the brainchild movement of Vilissa Thompson, LMSW, a macro-minded social worker and prominent leader and expert in addressing and educating the public and political figures about the plight of disabled people, especially disabled women of color. I strive to promote the importance of self-advocacy & strengthen empowerment efforts among disabled people.
I am a Black woman with a rare condition called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), better known as brittle bone disease. Becoming a disability advocate has allowed me to share my story and be determined to improve the status of those like myself. Since its establishment, Ramp Your Voice! (RYV for short) has been the means to spotlight the issues and barriers of disabled people, 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, educational level, or place of origin.
I have been featured in the Huffington Post, NY Times, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, Upworthy, Black Girl Nerds, The Atlantic, as well as other notable platforms, to discuss the diversity of disability and the issues that matter to the largest minority group in the United States and abroad. I created the #DisabilityTooWhite viral hashtag that addressed the lack of diversity within the disability community and how a lack of representation impacts disabled people of color and their ability to feel fully included and accepted within the community. I also developed the Black Disabled Woman Syllabus, a resource that has garnered much attention and praise from those within academia and the disabled community for its focus on the experiences of a very underrepresented group.
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If you would like to connect with me, you may reach me via email at: Vilissa@rampyourvoice.com.
I am also available as a disability rights consultant, speaker, and presenter for individuals, advocates, professionals, and organizations interested in learning about the disabled experience from an intersectional lens. To learn more about the services I provide, please complete the Consultant, Speaker, and Presenter request form: http://bit.ly/2nIVWYj, and review the RYV! Services page: http://rampyourvoice.com/ramp-your-voice-services/.