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Founder & Director of the Disability Visibility Project

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Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014. Wong is also a co-partner in four projects: DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers with novelist Nicola Griffith, #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with co-partners Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, and Access Is Love with co-partners Mia Mingus and Sandy Ho, a campaign that aims to help build a world where accessibility is understood as an act of love instead of a burden or an afterthought.Wong’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability representation, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism. She has been published in the New York Times, Vox, PEN America, Catalyst, Syndicate Network, Uncanny Magazine, Curbed SF, Eater, Bitch Media, Teen Vogue, Transom, Making Contact Radio, and Rooted in Rights.In 1997 she graduated with degrees in English and sociology from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She has a MS in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for over 10 years. During that time she worked on various qualitative research projects and co-authored online curricula for the Community Living Policy Center, a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.Recognized for her service to the community and activism at the local and national level, Wong received the Beacon Award by the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council in 2010 and the Disability Service Award by the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. From 2013 to 2015 Wong served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an appointment by President Barack Obama. Wong is the recipient of the 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, an award for emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.Wong launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 and published “Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People” in October 2018. Also in 2018 Wong was featured in the Bitch 50, a list recognizing the most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture influential feminists by Bitch Media and Colorline’s 20 X 20, a group of transformative leaders reimagining what it means to advance racial justice.In 2020 Wong was named by Time Magazine as one of 16 people fighting for equality in America. Wong published and edited #ADA30InColor, a series of essays by disabled people of color in July. Wong was featured with multiple activists on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue. For the Pop Culture Collaborative, she guest edited Break The Story Volume IV: Disability Visibility, a snapshot of disability culture. Along with 19 other disabled artists, Wong was named a Disability Futures fellow, a grant by the Ford Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Wong also received Indiana University Bicentennial Medal for her contributions to disability justice and broadening the reach of IU around the world.Currently, Wong is the editor of “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century,” an anthology of essays by disabled people.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Alice Wong and other top speakers and celebrities.

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