A Look Back at the Words and Wisdom of the Rooted in Rights Blog in 2019

A Look Back at the Words and Wisdom of the Rooted in Rights Blog in 2019. (background is a faded image of multicolored English letters in random patterns)

At the end of 2016, I was entrusted with the privilege of being Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog. It’s truly amazing that as the New Year is upon us, the blog is still going strong. This is all thanks to the writers who share their words and wisdom on the disability issues we need to be talking about. My goal for 2020 is to continue to amplify the perspectives of disabled people, especially of multi-marginalized identities, on the topics that matter most. I welcome you to join me in this by pitching me your ideas. Let’s continue to show the power of telling our own stories.

In celebration of the year that’s passed, here’s a look back at just some of the poignant, varied writing we’ve shared:


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Emily Ladau, Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, is a passionate disability rights activist, writer, speaker, and digital 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. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013. In 2017, she was named as one of Adelphi’s 10 Under 10 Young Alumni. More about Emily’s work can be found on her website, Words I Wheel By, and her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, Vice, and Huffington Post. Alongside her work as a writer, Emily has spoken before numerous audiences, ranging from a panel about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the U.S. Department of Education, to the occupational therapy program at New York University. Follow her on Twitter at @emily_ladau.