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. 


Shaun Bryan Ford

Image: Shaun, a white man with dark brown hair and green eyes appears smiling at the camera. He is wearing a blue, white, gray, and orange striped shirt, black pants, and black-rimmed glasses. He is sitting cross-legged in an office conference room.

Contact Shaun: shaun at EmployABILITYAustin.org

Shaun is an expert in critical disability studies with connections to many of the top names in CDS. His work evolved from his interest in disability culture, Autism culture and theory, ableism in academia and employment, and employment discrimination. His academic work has revolved around false conceptions of the meaning of disability in society and work toward creation of the view of disability as another part of diversity. Although he is Autistic, his entree into thorough analysis of disability occurred through a more general disability scope--partially because he also has co-occurring disabilities and partially because he was introduced to disability studies through a deaf professor during his undergraduate career. His writing for the public has been more journalistic and focused toward bring his expertise in critical disability studies to a broader audience to combat ableism.

You can find Shaun at EmployABILITY and Medium

Recent clips on Medium and below:

University of Texas, Diverse Teaching, Diverse Learning: Medieval Made Modern: Chrétien deTroyes' Perceval Through the Lens of Disability and Autistic Studies

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

Additional communication availability: Phone, text, chat, videoconference, Facebook messenger, U.S. Mail

Languages: English

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