Two years ago yesterday (May 3rd), I graduated with my MSW (Master’s of Social Work) degree. Grad school was a welcomed challenge, & it allowed me to blossom in ways I never did in undergrad. I took full advantage of everything my program had to offer, & everything I did (from the research assistantship to being president of the MSW student group & being in the academic specialization program) provided me with the confidence, skills, & knowledge I needed for the work I’m doing now - disability rights & advocacy.
I posted this photo to say this: Black, disabled women are EDUCATED, we do GRADUATE, & we WILL CONQUER the world. To my rolling divas of all shades… get your education so that we can fight for our rights as women & as those who are disabled.
I plan to apply for my last degree (law school, JD) around 2016. This will allow me to build on my business (Ramp Your Voice!), & write the books about the disability experience. So… I’m a busy woman on 4 wheels, & I love it. No one expected the poor, disabled girl born with OI from a small town in SC to excel, but I’ve proven them wrong in my 28 years on this planet… & I will continue to do so. ~ Vilissa, proud HS Valedictorian (C/O 2004), licensed MSW, disabled womanist & advocate