Emily Ladau

Founder, writer
Words I Wheel By

Emily Ladau is a disability activist, writer, speaker, and communications consultant whose career began at age of 10 when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about physical disability. A native of Long Island, New York, Emily graduated with a B.A. in English from Adelphi University in 2013.

Emily’s writing has been published on websites including The New York Times, SELF, Salon, and Vice. Alongside her work as a writer, she has spoken before many audiences, ranging from a panel about the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act at the U.S. Department of Education, to the occupational therapy program at New York University. More about Emily’s work can be found on her website, Words I Wheel By.

All of Emily’s activism is driven by her belief that if we want the world to be accessible to people with all types of disabilities, we must make ideas and concepts surrounding disability accessible to the world.

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