Disabled Writers is a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, and journalists connect with disabled sources. Our goal is specifically to promote paid opportunities for multiply marginalized members of the disability community, and to encourage editors and journalists to think of disabled people for stories that stretch beyond disability issues. 

 

Heather Watkins

Image: A light complected Black woman with dark brown hair pulled up into a bun on top of head, wearing light makeup and pearl stud earrings, she is seated at table, smiling and looking at camera, wearing maroon scarf and open button-up jacket of same color.

Contact Heather: hwatkins927 at gmail.com

Heather Watkins is a Disability Advocate, author, blogger, mother, graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, loves reading, daydreaming, chocolate, and serves on a handful of disability-related boards and a former Chair of Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board. She is also a Co-founder of “Divas with Disabilities Project,” a supportive sisterhood network representing women of color with disabilities. Her publishing experience includes articles in MDA’s Quest magazine, Mass Rehab Commission’s Consumer Voice newsletter and has blogged for OurAbility.com, Artoflivingguide.org, Disabledparenting.com, Grubstreet.org, and Thankgodi.com. Heather’s short story, “Thank God I have Muscular Dystrophy” published in 2013 as part of compilation in the Thank God I…Am an Empowered Woman® book series. Her blog Slow Walkers See More includes reflections and insight from her life with disability.

You can find Heather at her websiteFacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter @HWatkins927

Clips: 

Disabled Parenting

GrubStreet, August 2016: Why I Write, Vol. 3: Disabled People Don't Exist to Make Non-Disabled People Feel Better

Quest, 2007: The Dream of Universal Access is a Powerful Motivator

Heather is available as a source and for personal essays, opinion editorial, and reported features

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference

Languages: English (Fluent)

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