Image: A young olive skinned woman wearing a sleeveless blouse that is is being black and white solid stripe pattern with multiple pink flowers with green leaves, while also wearing white pants. She has hazel eyes, and shoulder length brown-auburn hair with natural blonde highlights. She is sitting in a car, angling the camera slightly above her so she is looking up; she is wearing black eye liner and a light magenta lipstick, and she is smiling.
Contact Ariana: ariana.viscione at gmail.com
Ariana Viscione is an advocate, writer, and lifelong learner whose work has largely focused on children and adolescents with mental health issues, and developmentally disabled people in settings that include forensic, academic, and other non-profit settings. She has worked to advance the overall acceptance of marginalized individuals through writing and speaking to politicians about policies that relate to juvenile justice and disability, assisting families and their children with navigating the Massachusetts special education system, and by challenging the systems in which she exists in from academia and non-profit agencies, to daily social situations and interactions in order to promote intersectionality and understanding. Currently, Ariana serves as a Council member of the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, the Coalition to Defend Special Education, and SpectrumBoston, and has received Spark for Autism's "Autism Hero" Award (2017) for the work she has done to advocate and educate individuals about Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Ariana has earned her Bachelors of Science in Human Services and Psychology in May 2015, and will go on to earn her Masters in Social Work (MSW) in May 2018. She is also passionate about writing, having performed at spoken word events and published a handful of short stories and poems in various university literary magazines, anthologies, and online websites. She has recently finished a year-long research project where she was part of a team of researchers that looked at multiple aspects of Alcoholics Anonymous and analyzed which aspects were most beneficial to participants. She will present this research project in May 2018 as part of her Master's Thesis, and is interested in collaborating on future research projects along with a myriad of writing projects.
Ariana is available as a source and for personal essays
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