Diversability is a social movement that fosters community online and off to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. We seek to unite the disability community, engage allies in the conversation, and celebrate disability pride and empowerment. Founded in 2009 as a campus organization, Diversability was re-launched to the broader community in NYC in 2015 and has grown to Los Angeles, Montgomery, Ala., Washington, DC, and an active online community.
Tiffany Yu will discuss the story behind Diversability and moderate an interactive discussion on accessibility and design with several members of the Diversability community, including Xian Horn, Emily Ladau, and Pritha RaySircar.
Tiffany Yu is the founder of Diversability, an award-winning social movement that fosters community to rebrand disability, and the Director of Business Development at REVOLT Media & TV, the #1 name in music from Sean Diddy Combs. She has been featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post and her writing has been featured in Fortune Magazine, Business Insider, and Levo League. In 2016, Tiffany was named one of the New York Business Journal’s Women of Influence. Prior to joining REVOLT, Tiffany was a segment producer at Bloomberg Television. She started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Shapers, recognized as one of The Wall Street Journal’s Women of Note, and a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow. Tiffany graduated with honors from Georgetown University and lives in New York City.
Xian Horn serves as teacher, speaker, mentor, blogger and Exemplar for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge for the creation of Assistive Technology. Xian's Give Beauty Wings’ Self-Esteem programs originated and continue at NYU's Initiative for Women with Disabilities, the Jewish Community Center Manhattan, and M.S. 131 in Chinatown. The programs have also been presented by Xian at the the Standing Tall school (a school for non-verbal children), Center for the Independence of the Disabled, UCPNYC, and her alma mater New York City Lab School, where she was also commencement speaker in 2014. Xian has also run annual vocational workshops for the NYC Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities for Disability Mentoring Day. Her work has been featured in Fast Company, The White House Blog, NPR, NBC News, Fox 5 and NY1 among others. In December of 2015, she was featured by the Starlight Foundation for their Give Actually campaign. Lastly, but just as important, she is a blogger for Positively Positive - a community of over 2.5 million readers.
Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist and communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. In the years since, Emily has developed a thriving career as a writer and highly vocal advocate whose goal is to spark positive change within the disability community and society at large.
Emily is a communications consultant, harnessing the powers of communication and social media as tools for people of all abilities to become informed and engaged about disability and other social justice issues. Her writing has been featured on numerous websites including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Disability.gov. Additionally, Emily maintains an internationally-read blog, Words I Wheel By. All of Emily’s activism is driven by her firm belief that if we want the world to be accessible to people with all types of disabilities, we must make ideas and concepts surrounding disability accessible to the world.
Pritha RaySircar is a family caregiver, a daughter, and a tech and media social entrepreneur working in civic engagement, the future of family caregiving, and elder integration. She's a recipient of the 2015 AIR New Voices Scholar fellowship where she produces family caregiving stories into multi-channel media that recognizes and supports the dimensionality of the family caregiving experience. In 2010, Pritha founded theMAKE, an online neighborhood civic engagement platform and analog experiential event business that brings people together to get things done for their communities, in fun ways. Her side hustles include being a strategist and capacity consultant. She's an active volunteer with New York Cares. And she loves soup.
Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) services for this meetup are sponsored by SSB BART Group and will be provided by White Coat Captioning.