A collage of several photos of Emily at public speaking events.

Speaking

Storytelling is at the heart of my work in disability activism. I’m passionate about speaking and engaging with groups of all sizes and kinds, of any age, either virtually or in-person. Topics I speak about range from practical presentations on using storytelling and social media for effective advocacy to deeply personal conversations about my experiences as a disabled woman.

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Emily’s strength is in meeting her audience where they are. She communicates clearly and with kindness, and her presentation style helps participants feel comfortable sharing what they’ve learned with others. Texas now has better disability rights advocates because of Emily’s knowledge, passion, and style. We highly recommend Emily, and are looking forward to working with her again soon.

Ginger Mayeaux
Director of Public Policy & Advocacy, The Arc of Texas

Emily never fails to provide a meaningful and motivating presentation to New Jersey’s Partners in Policymaking classes. She leaves a lasting impact as she teaches participants about advocacy using content that honors history, weaves in her personal story and professional expertise, and engages the audience.

Colleen McLaughlin
Associate Director, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Couched in humor and using poignant examples, Emily talks about the powerful relationship between a client and their [Occupational Therapist]. She talks about her life, not her disability. Students are free to ask questions. No topics are taboo so the discussion does get a bit lively. The time just flies!

Anita Perr
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University

Select Past Speaking Engagements

The Arc of Texas, Partners in Disability Leadership

Workshop on Storytelling: A Strategy for Advocacy and Inclusion, 2021

The Boggs Center Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series

Nothing About Us Without Us: Centering Disabled People in Disability Advocacy, 2021

Reeve Summit

Keynote: Creating Change: You Don’t Have to be Superman, 2020

United Nations

Panel: Developing Inclusive Workplaces, 2019

International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership/International Initiative for Disability Leadership

Keynote: Supporting Emerging Leaders, 2019

TASH Conference

Keynote: Confronting Our Disability Biases: Moving Beyond Low Expectations, 2018

Green Mountain Self-Conference

Keynote: Self-Advocacy: Finding My Voice, 2018

SXSW

Panel: The Disability Story: Diversity in Media, 2019

SXSW EDU

Embracing the Language of Disability in Education, 2019

Mobilize Women Summit

Panel: Starting a Revolution, 2019

States Department of Education

Panel: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2015

New York Tech Inclusion

Disability Representation: Moving Beyond the Margins of Marginalization, 2018

New York University Occupational Therapy Program

Yearly classroom lecture on perspectives and portrayals of disability and Independent Living

Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine

Disability Identity and Pride, 2019

New York Public Library

Panel: Disability Sensitivity Staff Training, 2016

United States Department of Education

Panel: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 2015

UJA-Federation of New York

Language and Disability: Finding the Right Words to Make Judaism Inclusive

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