At it's core, the Disability Visibility Project (DVP) is an "online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture." It has a community partnership with StoryCorps to contribute to preserving an oral history of voices in disability community. Back in 2014 I did an interview with my friend Ryan Parrey and this was my response:
Earlier this week I did a Storycorps interview for the Disability Visibility Project. I'm not sure how good a job I did, but it was a good experience and I learned something about myself. That is, I'm not comfortable talking about myself. I've spent so much of my life being pressured to hide things for various reasons that once I did actually have a chance to talk about it all, I didn't even know where to start. Perhaps that's at the heart of the Disability Visibility Project? Giving people an opportunity to voice their experiences, which held particular importance for me as someone with multiple invisible disabilities. I still struggled with feeling as though my story wasn't worthy of hearing, however, and held back a lot. I was surprised when the interview ended and the person facilitating it said that it resonated with her and we had a great conversation about navigating grad school with learning disabilities. I'm also grateful that Ryan could come with me and be such a good support. Even if no one ever hears it, I'm glad that I got the chance to have this experience. Thank you Alice Wong for starting this project and making all of this possible. I'm really looking forward to hearing other people's stories.
Alice recently won the 2016 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award from the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), and it was definitely well deserved! Below is a montage that she presented when she accepted the award. I was surprised and thrilled to see a small excerpt from Ryan's and my interview a minute marker 1:47.