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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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On May 29th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC), trucherrygirl commented:
Thank you so much! :)
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