Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau

Disability rights activist, communications consultant, and writer

Biography

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights activist and communications consultant whose career began at the age of 10, when she appeared on several episodes of Sesame Street to educate children about her life with a physical disability. In the years since, Emily has worked to harness the powers of communication and social media as tools for people of all abilities to become informed and engaged about disability and other social justice issues. She has a blog, Words I Wheel By, and has written for websites including The New York Times, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post. Alongside her work as a writer, Emily has spoken before numerous 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. All of Emily’s activism is driven by her firm 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.