September 17, 2019
Yellow Jacket Union – Great Room
As someone whose disabilities are both visible and invisible, Emily Ladau rolls on both sides of the disclosure line. Her body and use of a wheelchair automatically reveals part of her disability, but her experiences go well beyond what’s seen at surface level. In her talk, Emily discussed how her experiences as a woman with a visible disability have led to her move beyond shame regarding what’s hidden, and why it’s important to be open about disability as part of identity. She also addressed the need to foster a culture of support for people with all types of disabilities, and through a personal lens, shared practical pathways toward progress and (self-) acceptance.