Celebrated disability rights advocate, speaker, and writer, Emily Ladau will be interviewed by author Xian Horn on her debut, DEMYSTIFYING DISABILITY with an audience Q&A. ASL interpretation and CART services will be provided.
Emily Ladau is an internationally known disability rights activist, writer, and speaker. She is the editor in chief of the Rooted in Rights blog, a platform dedicated to amplifying authentic narratives of the intersectional disability experience. She also co-hosts The Accessible Stall, a podcast about disability issues. Ladau’s writing has been published in outlets including the New York Times, HuffPost, CNN, Self, Salon, Vice, The Daily Beast, Variety, and Marie Claire Australia. Her work is also included in the Criptiques Anthology and About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times. She has served as an expert source on disability issues for outlets including NPR, Vox, Washington Post, and Teen Vogue, and has been featured in a range of press outlets including Newsday, BuzzFeed, CBS News, and U.S. News & World Report.
Xian Horn is a joyful half-Asian woman with Cerebral Palsy, who serves as founder of the non-profit, Give Beauty Wings. She is an advocate, speaker, blogger, and Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge in the creation of Assistive Technology. Xian was named Women's eNews' 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2017 and honored in Walker's Legacy Power 15 as well as National Disability Mentoring Coalition’s Hall of Fame in 2018. Give Beauty Wings’ tailored Self-Esteem programs began at NYU's Initiative for Women with Disabilities and continue since 2011. Xian has also run vocational workshops for the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for Disability Mentoring Day. Xian has taught at the Jewish Community Center Manhattan and Middle School 131. Xian has moderated and spoken at the U.N. multiple times such as for International Women’s Day and International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and she’s also presented at The Obama White House, The Harkin Summit, the ACLU, Microsoft, and Apple to name a few. Xian’s lifework serves as a bridge to promote greater self-love and discovery, purpose, and connection. The aim of all she does is to serve and connect humanity as a whole.
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