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Ingrid Tischer

Image: A middle-aged white woman with light-colored hair, lounging and smiling. She is wearing a sleeveless shirt. She is wearing a nasal mask with a tube that attaches to a Bi-Pap machine.

Contact Ingrid: ingrid at talesfromthecrip.org

Based in the Bay Area, Ingrid Tischer is a fundraiser and blogger who writes disability culture and policy commentary. Her writing is a mix of the serious, the sardonic, and the sincere that uses personal essay, opinion, spoof, and parody forms to convey the emotional landscape of lifelong disability and the waxy bummer build-up that comes from ableism.

She recently launched the Disabled in Development Project™(DiD), a stigma-busting, story-telling outlet for disabled, chronically ill, and aging people who work in fundraising and philanthropy. DiD's goal is to amplify their expertise on how to put disability inclusion principles into practice. Ingrid is also advancing #FundDisAdvocacy, a critique of the comparative lack of advocacy funding for disability human and civil rights in grantmaking. She is currently serving as a Trustee for the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, a disability-led, disability-centered micro-grant-making group of disabled activists.

Ingrid worked for the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Breast Cancer Action, Equal Rights Advocates, Legal Aid at Work, SF LGBT Community Center, and as a consultant before joining Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) in 2011 as their Director of Development.

Her media advocacy experience has involved working in coalition with the Labor Project for Working Families, MomsRising and The Impact Fund.

Her writing has also appeared in The Progressive, Ragged Edge, off our backs, and other outlets. She holds a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from The American University. She is a member of the 1995-96 Women's Health Leadership cohort, and has served as a member of the California Asset-Based Community Development faculty.

You can find Ingrid at her website, Facebook, and Twitter @IngridTischer

Recent clips:

DREDF, October 2018: #FundDisAdvocacy Twitter Chat, Disability Advocacy and Philanthropy

DREDF, June 2017: No Roll-Backs On My Civil Rights: A Past Plaintiff on Opposing H.R. 620, the ADA Notification Act

Tales From the Crip, September 2016: My FEDup ™Rant: RespectAbility, Class and Race Privilege, and Leveling the Erring Field

Ingrid is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial

Additional communication availability: Phone, chat, videoconference (video and voice): Please note that it may take Ingrid up to one business day to reply, particularly for requests originating outside the Pacific Time Zone.

Languages: English

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