Vilissa Thompson, LMSW

Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!; Social Worker; Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Advocate; Womanist

Location icon South Carolina, USA

Vilissa Thompson is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) from Winnsboro, SC. Vilissa is the Founder & CEO of Ramp Your Voice!, an organization focused on promoting self-advocacy and strengthening empowerment among people with disabilities.

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Being a Disability Rights Consultant, Writer, & Advocate affords Vilissa the opportunity to become a prominent leader and expert in addressing and educating the public and political figures about the plight of people with disabilities, especially women of color with disabilities.

Her advocacy niches are: Intersectionality, Disabled Black Women/WoC, Racism/White Supremacy, Sexuality, Education, & Social Work's Problematic View of Disability

She has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, NY Times, Buzzfeed, Bitch Media, Upworthy, Black Girl Nerds Podcast, Daily Beast, Daily Dot, and The Atlantic.

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She created the #DisabilityTooWhite viral hashtag that addressed the lack of diversity within the disability community, and how a lack of representation impacts disabled people of color and their ability to feel fully included and accepted within the community. Demanding that diverse disabled experiences be seen within media and the collective community is a mission for Vilissa’s advocacy focus, and she seeks to make this a permanent reality.

For Vilissa, being an advocate has afforded her the opportunity to share her life experiences as a disabled woman of color, as well as the tales from women she has encountered in her advocacy work. This ability led her to establish the Black Disabled Woman Syllabus, a resource that has garnered much attention and praise from those within academia and the disabled community about its focus on the experiences of a very underrepresented group.

Portfolio
Ramp Your Voice!
05/05/2016
Black Disabled Woman Syllabus: A Compilation - Ramp Your Voice!

Over the past few weeks, I have been approached by individuals who wanted to understand the Black disabled experience, particularly the plight of Black disabled women and why our struggles matter. (The inquiries picked up when I published my "Lemonade" post last week.) I noticed a pattern from those who asked of my knowledge and ...

Wakelet
05/19/2016
#DisabilityTooWhite: Complex Conversations (with images, tweets) · SFdirewolf

Vilissa Thompson, Founder of @RampYourVoice, Writer, Consultant, Advocate, and Proud Woman of Color, tweeted #DisabilityTooWhite on 5/18/16 in response to the default whiteness of the disability community & media representation of disability in general. Disabled people of color spoke their truths.

Rewire.News
The Overlooked History of Black Disabled People - Rewire.News

What do Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Mary Davidson have in common? They were all important Black historical figures who made incredible strides in our nation's ongoing struggle for human and civil rights, and they were all disabled. If you were surprised to learn that these women were disabled, you are not alone.

Spreaker
BGN #103 | Bookworms, Womanism, and Sundance with Curtiss Cook

Segment 1: Book Riot Comics contributor Preeti Chhibber chats with us about her work in publishing and how women of color in comics and books provide a lot more value than you think. Host: Jamie Co-hosts: Caron and Tora Segment 2: Womanist Villissa Thompson is a disability advocate and consultant fighting for the rights of Black women with all disabilities.

Nototally
12/06/2016
Ramp Your Voice! with Vilissa Thompson

Disability activist Vilissa Thompson talks with Shaun about intersectionality, representation, and the intense labor of trying not to fulfill stereotypes.

Easterseals Blog
01/26/2017
An Expert Shares Her Tips on Dating with a Disability

Easterseals has supported mentorship programs for decades; this year, we're celebrating our fifth year with Thrive, a community for young women with disabilities. Thrive focuses on different aspects of disability throughout the year, and this month, Thrive is talking with women about dating and disability etiquette.

Disability Visibility Project
02/28/2017
More Than A Villain: Ivar the Boneless and Disability

More Than A Villain: Ivar the Boneless and Disability By Alice Wong I watch a LOT of television--the good, the bad, the ugly, the ableist, the superficial, and everything in between. I discovered the History Channel's original series Vikings through a friend on Twitter, @CaperWheelLady. We first connected as disabled people and fans of the...

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