Alice Wong founded and runs the Disability Visibility Project.
The Disability Visibility Project™ (DVP) is a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture.
For two and a half years it’s been a labour of love: everyone works for free. But Alice wants to be able to pay her contributors. She has always seen the DVP as a “home for disabled writers, artists, and creators. All are welcome and everyone’s labor is valued.” Now you can help make this happen by supporting the DVP on Patreon.
A while ago I wrote a blog post about coming out as cripple, and then started following disability activists on Twitter. I wondered aloud why there was no #CripLit hashtag for disabled writers to talk to each other and the world about their work. No one knew; perhaps it was just that no one had done it yet. So I started trying to figure out the best way to make that happen. That’s when Alice offered the DVP as partner. I went to look at her other work—things like #Cripthevote—and saw immediately that between us we could make this work. And between us we have. But #CripLit would not have the taken off the way it did without the support the DVP. Now it’s time to support the DVP.
Why should you support DVP? Culture is built from stories. Stories are communication. And DVP connects us so we can tell our stories, so we hear and be heard, know we exist. In a world where crips are often, at best, not understood or believed, where every day we are marginalised, talking to each other is a life-saver. Sometimes literally.
If you can afford a fancy cup of coffee once a month you can afford to give $3 to support the DVP. If you can afford one a week, how about $15? If you get coffee every morning, hey, you do the math.
Support Alice. Support the DVP. For the price of a cup of coffee once a month you’re making the world a richer, much less connected place.