Image: A smiling white woman with brown hair who is wearing glasses, a burgundy sweater with gray polka dots, and dark gray jeans sits in a power wheelchair. (Credit: Rick Guidotti/Positive Exposure)
Contact Emily: emlad729 at gmail.com
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. She is dedicated to harnessing the powers of communication and social media as tools for people of all abilities to become informed and engaged about disability and social justice issues.
Emily maintains a website, Words I Wheel By, and her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post. Alongside her work as a writer, Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, ranging from a panel about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the U.S. Department of Education to the occupational therapy program at New York University.
All of Emily’s activism is driven by her firm belief that if we want the world to be accessible to people with all types of disabilities, we must make ideas and concepts surrounding disability accessible to the world.
The Establishment, January 2017: Why Are Disability Rights Absent From The Women's March Platform?
Salon, May 2016: Spare Me, "Me Before You": Hollywood's new tearjerker is built on tired and damaging stereotypes
The Daily Beast, March 2016: Olivia Wilde's Down Syndrome PSA Gets It So Wrong
Emily is available as a source, and for personal essays and opinion editorial.
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (fluent)