Words I Wheel By

Exploring disability issues and making sense of my lived experiences with my disability.

New Guest Post at Disability in Kidlit!


Hi everyone!

I’m so proud to share that I have the honor of being the first guest post for Disability in Kidlit as they begin an adventure as a full-time blog!

Here it is: Thanks for the Help, I Guess, But I’m Not Helpless!

I would love for you to check it out and share your thoughts. The blog is a fantastic resource of thoughts, information, and opinions on disability in writing.

My post is on the trope of disabled people as helpless that can so often be seen in literature. It is my hope that this post will encourage writers to move away from stereotyping disability.


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Author: Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist 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. She is dedicated to harnessing the powers of communication and social media as tools for people of all abilities to become informed and engaged about disability and social justice issues. Emily works for Concepts, Inc. supporting key U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy initiatives. She is also the Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, a platform focused on disability rights issues. Additionally, Emily runs an independent business, Social Justice Media Services, through which she manages online presence and communications for multiple disability-related organizations. Emily maintains a blog, Words I Wheel By, and her writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, 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. 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.

4 thoughts on “New Guest Post at Disability in Kidlit!

  1. That’s a great goal you have. Teaching others about disability is a good vision.

  2. Your approach is right, you are very great!

  3. Hey Emily
    you are doing just great – look forward to following your posts.

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