In this webinar recording, watch authors Emily Ladau and Melissa Shang discuss their published books (Demystifying Disability and Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School) in addition to many other topics: the power of representation and stories, how their own identities impact their writing, mentorship, and answering audience questions.
About the presenters:
Emily Ladau is an internationally known disability rights activist, writer, and speaker. She is the editor in chief of the Rooted in Rights blog, a platform dedicated to amplifying authentic narratives of the intersectional disability experience. She also co-hosts The Accessible Stall, a podcast about disability issues. Ladau’s writing has been published in outlets including the New York Times, HuffPost, CNN, Self, Salon, Vice, The Daily Beast, Variety, and Marie Claire Australia. Her work is also included in the Criptiques Anthology and About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times. She has served as an expert source on disability issues for outlets including NPR, Vox, Washington Post, and Teen Vogue, and has been featured in a range of press outlets including Newsday, BuzzFeed, CBS news, and US News & World Report.
Melissa Shang is a 18-year-old disability activist. Born with a form of muscular dystrophy called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, she is passionate about disability rights and inclusion. She is the co-author of the middle-grade novel Mia Lee is Wheeling Through Middle School and has written for outlets including the New York Times and Teen Vogue.