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Contact Arielle: arielle at disabilitywisdom.com
I am a disabled activist and a social scientist who is passionate about improving public understandings of disability. This passion was kindled when, as a college freshman, I joined the National Federation of the Blind and became aware of the many misunderstandings about disabilities that exist in our society. I discovered two important things: that most of the challenges facing people with disabilities are correctable, and that most people want to include people with disabilities, but the inclusion they want to create is often blocked by their own, and others’ misunderstandings and stereotypes.
I made it my life’s mission to find and remove the unnecessary barriers keeping people with disabilities from reaching their potential. As I followed my passion to create inclusion, I backed it up with study and experience. In 2014, I earned a doctorate in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder. While there, I researched the origins and consequences of prejudice against people with disabilities.
After earning my Ph.D., I completed a fellowship at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, where I conducted focus groups and surveys to learn about the lives of people with disabilities. I also developed training activities to educate health professionals about disability culture, identity, and etiquette.
Last year, after completing my postdoctoral fellowship, I founded Disability Wisdom Consulting. As principal consultant, I provide trainings on disability inclusion and etiquette; social science tools that facilitate involvement of disabled people in research and development; and technical writing services, such as preparing reader-friendly summaries of research on disability topics.
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