“In times of dread, artists must never choose to remain silent.”
Visibility is difficult in a world that’s not made for you. Visibility can make you feel vulnerable and unsafe. Visibility is a way of claiming space and identity—it is power.
Increase the visibility of disabled people through stories and media by giving to this Patreon campaign.
What is 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.
The DVP is directed and staffed by one person, Alice Wong, and your monthly donations will allow the organization to expand and have a greater impact. Currently, the DVP does the following:
- Believes that disabled lives are valuable and our narratives belong to us.
- Champions disability culture and history.
- Collects oral histories of disabled people through our partnership with StoryCorps.
- Creates disabled media from +100 oral histories in the form of tweets, radio stories, audio clips, images, blog posts, etc.
- Writes original essays, reports, and blog posts.
- Publishes guest blog posts by disabled people about the lived experience.
- Hosts and organizes Twitter chats about disability culture and issues.
- Moderates a Facebook group , fostering conversation and curating the latest news of interest to the disability community.
- Organizes and facilitates events, gives presentations, and participates on panels.
- Supports and amplifies the work of other disabled people and organizations in the community using social media.
- Consults and provides research services for companies, organizations, and individuals
- And much more!
For more information contact Alice Wong, Founder and Director of the DVP:
How does Patreon work?
Patreon is website that allows ongoing crowdfunding for creators. You can pick a level of support from $1/month or more. There is no time commitment. You can cancel or adjust your pledge for any reason at any time. For more about Patreon: https://patreon.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/204606315-What-is-Patreon-
If you’re not comfortable with using Patreon and want to make a one-time donation, go here: https://disabilityvisibilityproject.com/donate/
What will I get? What will you do with my hard-earned money?
Your donation will help make stories accessible and shareable.
Instead of rewards, your contribution will sustain the Disability Visibility Project® and allow it to expand and grow. All of the content is free. Your donation will do the following:
- Support Disabled Writers
- Support Accessible Media
- Support Disability Culture and History
- Support Disability Media
- Support Original Work and Activism
Here are some examples of what your donation will pay for:
- Transcription of audio and video for accessible media.
- Community-based projects and events highlighting disabled lives.
- Disabled artists, educators, and writers to create curricula and other materials for research, cultural, and educational purposes.
- Freelancers to assist with audio production and other activities for the DVP website.
- Monthly fees associated with web hosting, cloud storage, and multimedia (specific amounts here).
- Events and presentations about disability history, culture, and activism.
- Depending on the fundraising goals reached, a DVP podcast that will feature a roundtable discussion on the critical issues facing disabled people today.
- My time, energy, and labor. I will be focusing on the DVP full-time starting January 2017.
See the 5 fundraising goals on the left-hand side of this page for specific details. Please note: your donation is not tax-deductible.
Why should I give?
You should give if you…
- Believe in the power of creation and community.
- Are hungry for stories, art, and culture from a different perspective.
- Want to challenge your beliefs and open your mind to new ideas.
- Are committed to equity, social change, and accessibility.
- Know how stories can save lives.
Don’t take my word for it. Read and hear what people have to say about the power of the DVP community: http://wp.me/p4H7t1-N0V
Who the hell is Alice Wong?
I’m a community builder who loves to connect with disabled people around the world and share their stories. I’m passionate about all things personal, political, and cultural.
I grew up as an angry Asian American disabled girl, fighting the power without knowing what it meant.
As a disabled nerd of color, I identify with the outsider, the alien, the mutant. I believe everyone’s origin story is supernatural and significant. You can read mine here.
Several years ago I created my first video story and uploaded it to YouTube, leading me to advocacy at the national level.
Social media gave me the tools to extend my reach and bring more people together, engaging and encouraging disabled people in conversation and activism.
Being visible and speaking my truth helped me find my tribe of disabled people. The Disability Visibility Project® gives me life and I want to share it with everyone.
Let’s build and expand the DVP universe together.
"We need to create poetry, art, research, and books that cannot be assimilated, but is accessible." -Gloria Anzaldúa
Source: Gloria Anzaldúa, “The New Mestiza Nation,” in The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader, ed. AnaLouise Keating (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009), 210.