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Contact Marissa: marissa.stalvey at gmail.com
Marissa Stalvey is a blind social media and communications professional living in the Washington, DC metro area. Since 2012, Ms. Stalvey has been a communications professional and disability advocate. She formerly worked for the American Printing House for the Blind, where she managed the company's social media channels and ensured that the content and design were accessible and used correct language. In 2014, Marissa earned her Master of Liberal Studies with a Concentration in Disability Studies degree from the University of Toledo. Her thesis examined the history of marriage inequality in the United States, specifically the ways in which residential schools for the blind discouraged and actively sought to block relationships between blind people. Marissa has also volunteered for a documentary that tells the story of disabled Civil War soldiers. Currently, she works for a local tourism agency, using social media and digital marketing to promote local businesses. She is also volunteering with the Public Disability History Blog, where she is the Social Media Editor.
Marissa is available to write about or discuss issues such as disability history, blindness experiences, being a disabled woman, making social media and digital communications accessible, and using social media as a disabled person.
Find Marissa's current clips here, and read her master's thesis, "Love is not blind: Eugenics, blindness, and marriage in the United States, 1840-1940"
Marissa is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference
Languages: English (Fluent)