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Q & A with Emily Ladau

Blog site:  WordsIWheelBy.com

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve been blogging for just over a year and it’s been such an adventure! (Blog post: 5 Lessons I Learned From My 1st Year of Blogging)

Describe yourself in 3 words.

Passionate, persistent, dedicated

Your favorite blog to visit?

I absolutely love reading about the Smith family and their adorable son Simeon, who has spina bifida, at What Do You Do, Dear?

Last book you read?

Don’t Call Me Inspirational by Harilyn Rousso. I related to it so much and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Gadget/“trick” you use that makes life in a wheelchair a little easier?

I learned from my mom to use kitchen tongs when I need a quick, easy way to pick things up from the floor. (Blog post: Amazing Adaptive Uses of Kitchen Tongs and Ottomans)

Favorite topic to write about?

It’s extremely important to me to write openly and honestly about my identity and body image issues, because I believe we all need to work to overcome negative perceptions and love ourselves exactly as we are.

(Blog post: Reflecting on College and My Commitment to My Disabled Identity)

Emily, finish these sentences:

If no one read my blog I would… continue writing and work even harder to share my advocacy work. Never give up on a passion! (Blog post: 4 Lessons Peacocks Can Teach Us About Advocacy)

Visit my blog if you… are disabled and are hoping to find someone you can relate to, if you are working on finding your voice for advocacy, or if you don’t identify as disabled but want to understand the experience of having a disability in more positive, accepting, and supportive ways.

I would be very rich if I had a dime for every time someone asked me… if I have a license for my driving my wheelchair, or any other wheelchair jokes. I’ve heard them all before, and they just aren’t amusing.

I get happy when I… have opportunities to connect with amazing advocates in the disability community. The work that others do is what motivates me to keep going each day.

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