#CripTheVote and Online Disability Activism

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Season 1, Episode 14 — 10 November 2016

About this episode

We talk with Alice Wong and Andrew Pulrang about their numerous projects, most importantly #CripTheVote and the Disability Visibility Project. We discuss the election, the affordances of online collaboration and activism, intersectionality and disability, and the importance of culture, not just politics.

Be sure to check out their #WhatsNext post-election #CripTheVote twitter chat on 10 November 2016, starting at 7:00 PM Eastern. Visit the Disability Visibility Project page for the event or the twitter feed for the hashtag to find out more.

The Crip the Vote post-election chat promotional batter. Black text on a light blue field, reading, Crip The Vote Post-Election Chat November 10, 2016, 7 PM Eastern, Where do we go from here? What’s next? Co-hosts: Andrew Purling, Gregg Beratan, DisVisibility

About the presenters

A portrait of Alice Wong, a woman with black undercut hair. She has a non-invasive ventilator over her nose, a black jacket and scarf, and is against an outdoor wall with a brightly colored mural behind her.Alice Wong is a sociologist, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco, California. Her areas of interest are accessible healthcare for people with disabilities, Medicaid policies and programs, advocacy-based storytelling, and social media. Currently, she is the Founder and Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project (DVP), a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture. Partnering with Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, Alice is a co-partner of an online campaign called #CripTheVote encouraging conversations about disability issues during the 2016 Presidential election. You can find her on Twitter at @SFdirewolf.

A portrait of Andrew Pulrang, a man with high parted hair combed to the right. He is wearing glasses and a two-toned red and navy shirt. In the background is the corner where two walls and the ceiling meet.Andrew Pulrang started working at the North Country Center for Independence, a Center for Independent Living in Plattsburgh, New York while in college, rising to serve as the Executive Director from 1998 until 2012. Seeking to explore disability issues in a different way, Andrew started Disability Thinking. You can find him on twitter at @AndrewPulrang.

A portrait of Donald Taylor, a man with a medium smile and a mob of curly dark hair in a black collared shirt against a pattern of a blue pained wrought-iron gateDonald Taylor is the Membership Manager at TASH and the producer of Amplified.


Announcer: You’re listening to TASH Amplified a podcast that seeks to transform research and experience concerning inclusion and equity for people with disabilities into solutions people can use in their everyday lives.

Today we are talking with Alice Wong and Andrew Pulrang about their numerous projects, most importantly #CripTheVote and the Disability Visibility Project. We discuss the election, the affordances of online collaboration and activism, intersectionality and disability, and the importance of culture, not just politics.

Concerned about the implications of the election outcome for people with disabilities? Wondering where we go from here? #CripTheVote will be hosting an election discussion as one of their regular twitter chats on Thursday, November 10th 2016, starting at 7:00 PM Eastern. For more on how to participate, search for #CripTheVote on twitter or go to facebook.com/CripTheVote/.

Complete transcript forthcoming

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Today we talked with Alice Wong and Andrew Pulrang about #CripTheVote and the Disability Visibility Project. You can find Alice Wong on twitter at @SFdirewolf. You can find the Disability Visibility Project on twitter at @DisVisibility or on the web at disabilityvisibilityproject.com. You can find Andrew Pulrang on twitter at @AndrewPulrang. His blog and podcast are at disabilitythinking.com. You can find their third partner, Gregg Beratan, who wasn’t with us for this interview, on twitter at @GreggBeratan. You can find their twitter chats, including their November 10th post-election discussion, under their various hashtags: #CripTheVote, #CripLit, #KripHop, #IntersectionalCrips and others. You can also find these conversations archived on storify.

Music for TASH Amplified is an original composition and performance by Sunny Cefaratti, the Co-Director and Autistic Self Advocacy Mentor at the Musical Autist. You can learn more about the Musical Autist at www.themusicalautist.org.

TASH is a values and research-based advocacy association with a 40-year record working for the rights of people with disabilities.

On November 30th through December 2nd TASH will hold it’s annual conference in St. Louis, Missouri. We hope you will join us there. We will have over 20 hours of presentations on Diversity, Cultural Competency and Self Advocacy, such as the “Inclusion Means Diversity & Cultural Competency Symposium“; our board president Ralph Edwards speaking on a panel, “People of Color with Disabilities: Research and Systems Change“; and California TASH Chapter Leader Natalie Holdren speaking on “Creating a More Diverse TASH: Building Cultural Competence within TASH Chapters“. These is just a few of the 300-plus sessions, presented by self-advocates, educators, family members, researchers and service providers, covering inclusive education, self-determination, employment, sexuality, assistive technology, the Home and Community-Based Waiver and more. For a complete schedule of sessions, browsable by speaker and topic, and to register, visit tash.org/conference2016.

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We’ll hear from another outstanding advocate again in two weeks.

Musical coda

This interview was originally recorded on 20 October 2016.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

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