Alice Wong

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Join us for a spirited discussion of #CripTheVote,  (an online non-partisan campaign about voting and disability issues) and hear how people with disabilities are affecting today’s media narrative.   We talk to disability media mover and shaker, Alice Wong.

Here are just a few samples of Alice’s work:

Diversifying Radio with Disabled Voices by Alice Wong.

…we need to question the aesthetic reasoning at the root of this supposedly listener-centered approach to speaker selection as well as the idea that “pleasing to the ear” is somehow a sufficient explanation for the absence of disabled voices on the radio. We cannot begin to expand the range of permitted voices on radio without simultaneously undermining the ideologies of ability and disability that disqualify those voices in the first place.

Asian Pacific Americans with Disabilities: Our Stories, Our Lives by Alice Wong

If the disability rights movement wants to evolve and thrive in the future, it must embrace an intersectional approach in everything they do. Rather than saying, ‘I don’t know any Asian Pacific Americans with disabilities,’ or ‘I can’t find qualified people of color for this position,’ organizations and leaders must go across movements and communities where disabled people of color are located rather than waiting for them.

With Vilissa Thompson of Ramp Your Voice!, Alice is currently conducting a survey, #GetWokeADA26, for people of color about the experience of disabled people of color with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Deadline is Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

Alice Wong is the founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project, a project collecting oral histories of people with disabilities in the United States that is being run in coordination with StoryCorps.  The Disability Visibility Project was created on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.   Alice Wong also serves as an advisory board member for APIDC, Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California.

Wong was a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability an independent federal agency which advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policies, programs, and practices.  In 2015, Wong attended the reception at the White House for the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act via telepresence robot. She was the first person to visit the White House and the President by robot presence.

Adrienne Lauby produces and hosts.

Original air date: 7-15-20

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