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A while back I saw this video of Mia Mingus accepting the Creating Change Award on MsCripChick’s blog (includes transcript). I thought her speech was awesome, of course, but something seemed vaguely familiar about her, particularly her voice.(I recognize people by their voices more often than by their faces). Last night after watching the video again I had an epiphany: “Ohmygod! That’s Mia Mingus!”

We met at Agnes Scott College, and were in the same graduating class. Mia helped organize a disabled students’ advocacy group on campus, which was way cool. (Although I didn’t do much work; I mostly just listened to everyone else). One of our issues was accessibility of handicapped parking spaces, and reporting people who parked in them illegally.

Now, Mia’s the co-executive director of SPARK! Reproductive Justice NOW. The organization has a YouTube channel here. Unfortunately, none of the videos are captioned; I’ll see if I can work with them to change that. Also, here’s a copy of a speech Mia gave on violence against women, as well as her review of Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals.

Yes, I’m a little slow on the uptake sometimes. At least now I can stalk get back in touch with Mia and congratulate her.

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LiveWorkPlay is a Canadian organization of self-advocates with intellectual disabilities. Its website has lots of videos that the members wrote and starred in; they cover everything from voting (I Am A Voter) to standing up for yourself when your parents aren’t ready to “let go” ( Out of the Box) to staying out late and having fun (The Right to Party). There are also clips from self-advocacy conferences, as well as news stories about some of the organization’s activities. Way cool stuff…unfortunately, none of it is closed-captioned.

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered is a similar national organization in the US. Advocating Change Together is another self-advocacy organization in the US, but I don’t know if it’s national or not.

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