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1. Gender: Female
2. Age: 26
3. Degrees obtained: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences (Magna Cum Laude, 2008), Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies with a minor in Disability Studies from UC Berkeley (2012), currently working towards a Master of Arts in Screenwriting at California State University, Northridge (expected May or December 2014) and hoping to someday get a Ph.D in Disability Studies
4. Current position: graduate student, but previously held paid internship/mentorship positions at a few disability rights organizations in Berkeley and Oakland
5. Do you have a disability? If not, why are you interested in this group? I have cerebral palsy and use a motorized wheelchair to get around.
6. Academic interests: screenwriting, television writing, creative writing, feminist literature, feminism, psychology, counseling, disability studies with an emphasis on disability portrayal in television, film, new media and online fandom
7. Other interests: writing fanfiction, documentaries, singing, acting, cherries, dogs, wolves, metaphysical spirituality
8. If you have a disability, what is the most challenging thing you have faced regarding disability in the academic world? If you don't have a disability, what issue do you think is most vital in dealing with disability in academia? Not receiving proper accommodations, but that was more of an issue in high school than in college or graduate school.
9. Other comments? I love looking at my favorite television shows and movies through a disability studies lens, even if the characters do not have disabilities canonically. I can't help it. It's just what I do. My goal is to create at least one supernatural strong girl TV series while promoting accurate disability portrayal in the media. Novels and my memoir as well. :)
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I'm looking for a free screen reading-type program for Macs and/or iPhone that can read PDFs aloud to me. I have typical vision and reading abilities, but I prefer audiobooks to print books, and I currently have a long list of research papers to read, all of which I have in PDF format (mostly actual text in the PDFs rather than scanned). Can anyone make a suggestion of software for me? Thanks! :)
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DVDs of Respect: The Joy of Aides are now available for purchase! Visit www.joyofaides.com to order a copy.
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Hello I'm making a documentary exploring the relationship between people with disabilities and their aides. I think I have kind of a unique view on how aides should be hired and directed as employees. Since I spend so much time with my own aides I want us to become friends but also maintain the balance of a professional relationship. The most important thing is mutual respect which many people with disabilities and their aides don't have. This documentary will feature an awesome comedian and playwright who will talk about her own experiences, my own exploration of my relationships with my aides, and you will hear from the people who have worked for us. Please spread the word. http://aidedoc.weebly.com/
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Please share this with people who have studied, volunteered, researched, or worked abroad with a disability (can include mental-health related and other non-apparent disabilities):

The National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange (NCDE) is offering $50 for disability stories on international exchange, including options to submit blogs and featured person profiles. People with disabilities can take advantage of this added incentive to share overseas study, volunteer, work and research experiences! International and U.S. people with disabilities are encouraged to email submissions, but they must be currently living in the United States to receive the award. The deadline is September 8, 2010. Learn more on our stories and blogs webpage.
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Hey my name is Katherine, but you can acall me Kat

1. Gender: Female

2. Age: 20

3. Degrees obtained: in the process of doing a B.A in Psychology and Criminology but do gave an interest in Politics

4. Current position: Full-time student

I have been legally blind since birth but hwen at school had virtually no support and only recieved material in large print, which is particularly why i left school.
Over the last couple of years my eyesight has deteriorating. I know have a pile of texhnology like Zoomtext with speech, Openbook, Minocular.
I am purchasing a Daisy Vic player.
I have just mastered grade one braille and am a cane user

Feel free to add me guys!!!

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Hello all. I just joined and thought I would introduce myself.

1. Gender: Female

2. Age: 27

3. Degrees obtained: Criminology BA and Pscyhology BAS are currently in process.

4. Current position: Full-time student and also tutor through the multicultural center at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

5. I have been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and Tourette's Syndrome. At the best of times, my symptoms are not noticable to others, and affect my life little. At other times, my odd behavior and unconrollable vocalizations and movements have caused embarassment for me, and discomfort to others.

6. I have a major interest in sociology, psychology, and philosophy. I plan on continuing at UMD to gain a MA in criminology, before moving on to the U of M to get a PhD in sociology and philosophy. Eventually I plan to teach at university.

7. Music, mostly. I play a number of instruments, and there are others I plan to learn. I also enjoy writing and reading.

8. The fact that once people find out that there is something wrong with me, they underestimate my intelligence and my capacity to do everything they can do. Even when I have good ideas or vaild points to make, everything I say is immediatly discredited based solely on the source-me. Also, my symptoms occasionally disrupt my ability to attend class, or can be disruptive to other students if they start while I'm in class.

9. I have some documents that I plan on scanning into my computer that I would like to share here, and I would like to make sure that that's okay first. They deal specifically with something that has interested me for a while-both are articles about people whose disabilities have interfered with their college careers. One is about a friend of mine who also has Tourette's (though worse than mine, to the point where she often has to use a wheel chair because her uncontrollable movements cause her to fall when they get bad enough), and one is from a local paper, and tells the story of a girl with PTSD.
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Hey folks, so because few people seem to understand how hard aging with CP can be, I have decided to write a book about it. This book will primarily be for doctors, physical therapists, and parents to understand what it's like to age with cerebral palsy. I want each chapter to have a different person talking about their body and how it changed. Obviously I don't expect people to have medical knowledge, but I do expect you to be able to articulate your experience. This is just in the begining stages, but if the book gets published, you will certainly be compensated if I;include your article. Let me know if you're interested or have any questions.Thank you.
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Hey everyone
I have a question – are any of you self-vendored for your aides by the regional center? If so, how hard is it to start and maintain that? I butt philosophical heads with agencies and so, if possible, I want to be vendored.
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Hi All! :)
1. Gender:
2. Age:
3. Degrees obtained:
None, yet...I'm studying Literature at the University of California at Santa Cruz.
4. Current position:
I'm a freshman.
5. Do you have a disability? If not, why are you interested in this group?
I've been totally blind since birth.
6. Academic interests
Literature and psychology...But when I found out you have to do Pre-Calculus to be a Psych major, let's just say that my interest in literature expanded exponentially. :) I don't like math!
7. Other interests
Writing novels, reading, singing, socializing with family and friends, etc.
8. If you have a disability, what is the most challenging thing you have faced regarding
disability in the academic world? If you don't have a disability, what issue do you
think is most vital in dealing with disability in academia?
I don't like to think of my disability as something that poses challenges, but rather as another small part of who I am as a person...But let's face it: sometimes there are problems...I'd have to say that obtaining materials in accessible format is probably the most trying thing, although the Disability Resource Center at UCSC is flipping amazing and totally accommodating. Either that or trying to learn a new campus and a new schedule every quarter!
9. Other comments?
I'm looking forward to meeting all of you. Comment here or on my LJ and say hi, if you want...I'd love to meet you and be friends.
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