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Episode 73: Disability in Publishing

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I always like to say, “You’re a temporarily abled person.” People can be temporarily disabled, and you can become disabled at any time. In our organization alone, we have people who are born disabled and people who have become disabled due to illness or accidents. So, leading with that sort of compassion and understanding will get you very far in life in general, but especially when it comes to disability.
— Victoria Hendersen, Founding Member of Disability in Publishing

Founding members of the new 501C3 Disability in Publishing join Emily and Corinne to talk about the organization’s mission, plans, and early successes, as well as what it’s like to navigate the traditional publishing industry with disabilities. Sarah Fisk, Victoria Hendersen, and Madison Parrotta answer such questions as:

  • What is Disability in Publishing’s mission and how was it founded?
  • Who do they serve and what are their advocacy goals?
  • What kinds of challenges do disabled people face in the traditional publishing industry?
  • How can people in traditional publishing, who either do or do not identify as disabled, support the organization’s mission?
  • What types of activities and resources will we see from Disability in Publishing in the future?

About Disability in Publishing

Disability in Publishing was founded by US-based disabled individuals who work in traditional publishing. Inspired by other organizations such as People of Color in Publishing and Latinx in Publishing, which have made great strides to make publishing more inclusive, they set out to find an organization that would focus on disability and health inclusivity in 2021. The decision to create Disability in Publishing was driven by the fact that its members and the people it serves are trying to navigate an industry built on traditions that were not developed with disabled people in mind and the belief that universal design and inclusivity benefits everyone.

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