Call for Stories: #MeToo and the Disability Community

Cubes with alphabet letters are scattered around a table. In the middle, cubes are arranged to spell "Me Too."

In partnership with the Disability Visibility Project®, Rooted in Rights will publish a series of stories to bring attention to the omission of disability from larger conversations taking place within the #MeToo Movement. All disabled people are welcome to submit stories – in particular disabled women, disabled women of color, disabled femmes, and disabled non-binary people. Much gratitude to activist Tarana Burke, founder of the me too movement.

How to Participate

Pitch a Blog Post to Rooted in Rights

Submit your idea for a blog post on #MeToo and disability. While the #MeToo movement spans many different issues, we are seeking pitches from people who identify as disabled on rape culture and sexual coercion, violence, abuse, and harassment in the disability community. Pitches can be sent in the form of ideas or full drafts (no more than 1,500 words in length) and should be focused on personal narratives, with background reporting or information where needed. Check out our blog post submission page for more details.

Take Part in the Conversation on Twitter

Tweet @rootedinrights and @DisVisibility your #MeToo story or thoughts about the movement and disabled people. Don’t forget to use the hashtag.

Join us on Wednesday, February 21st, 7 pm Eastern/ 4 pm Pacific for a Twitter chat on #MeToo and the disability community. Follow @rootedinrights and @DisVisibility on Twitter and check this page for the more about the chat.

Share Your Published Work

Do you already have a blog post, op-ed, podcast or video about #MeToo and disability? Email us links to your work and we may amplify it by sharing on social media. For each link, please include the following:

  • Author
  • Date of publication
  • Title
  • Link (URL)
  • Accessibility: Audio/video content should include a text transcripts or captions

Please note: emailing your work to Rooted in Rights does not guarantee it will be added to the page.

Questions?

Contact Editor in Chief, Emily Ladau, at [email protected]

Check this page again for new storytelling opportunities and updates!

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.
Alice Wong is a media maker, research consultant, and disability activist based in San Francisco, CA. Alice is also a co-partner in two projects:DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists and a co-partner of #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people. You can find her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf.