Thrive Supporter from the Disability Visibility Project
"Hi, my name is Alice Wong! While I’m not a member of Thrive or Easter Seals Massachusetts, I shared my story on Letters to Thrive about my experiences as a young disabled girl. I felt so alone and conspicuous as a wheelchair-using girl throughout my childhood. Later on, I came to embrace my identity and to have pride about all aspects of my life. It was a long process and what helped me was sharing my story with other young women and connecting with women with disabilities of all ages. Being honest about the amazing, good, bad, uncomfortable and icky aspects of being a disabled woman is central to empowerment, in my opinion.
Storytelling is a powerful act. Currently, I’m the Project Coordinator for the Disability Visibility Project: A Community Partnership with StoryCorps, a year-long project collecting oral histories of people with disabilities in the United States. Today, there are so many ways to support girls and young women with disabilities and the Thrive program and social media can play a role in that."