Photo of Emily Ladau, a white woman who is wearing glasses and has curly brown hair pulled back halfway, with the rest framing her face. She is wearing a black dress dotted with red flowers and green leaves. She is sitting in a power wheelchair, facing the camera, and smiling. One of her hands is resting in her lap and the other hand is resting on the joystick of her wheelchair, turned so that a tattoo of a peacock feather is visible on her inner arm.

Hello! I’m Emily Ladau.

I’m a passionate disability rights activist, writer, storyteller, and digital communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when I appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate kids about life with a physical disability. I’m the Editor in Chief of the Rooted in Rights Blog, co-host of The Accessible Stall Podcast, and author of Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally.

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Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally - Emily Ladau

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Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally

An approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible, inclusive place.

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The Accessible Stall Podcast

The Accessible Stall is a disability podcast hosted by Kyle Khachadurian and Emily Ladau that keeps it real about issues within the disability community.

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