"I gained a sense of leadership and the impact one person has
or can have on a community."
- Mattie Hogan, 2015 Alumni
Youth receive first-hand experience working in an office setting and often work on youth-driven advocacy campaigns, such as the Disability History Week Campaign and Taking Action for Accommodations. The YO! Volunteer Corps create connections for youth with adults with disabilities, as well as other youth volunteers. YO! Volunteer Corps members earn a stipend every month.
Meet a YO! Volunteer…
I am a queer and self-identified disabled performer working to bring greater accessibility to the performing arts and challenging society's perceptions of persons with disabilities. I have worked with numerous disability awareness groups such as the P.R.I.D.E (Promoting Rights of Individuals with Disabilities Everywhere) group on my college campus where I served two years as President as well as serving as the Social Media and Advocacy and Legislative Chairs for Blind LGBT Pride International for three years. I currently advise on the creation and implementation of audio description, touch tours, captions, sign language interpretation, wheelchair access and attention to a wide range of access considerations for live performance. This is not only necessary to make performances accessible to people with disabilities, but also beneficial for everyone involved. As a performer who is blind, I hope to challenge questions of perception, identity, possibility and the creative process. I hold a BA in Theatre with a minor in Psychology from Adrian College in Adrian Michigan and have studied Shakespeare at the University of Oxford. I attend many events at the Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco and am a recent graduate of the Hatlen Center for the Blind. I am a passionate, outgoing and dedicated person. I am ready to educate others, be a positive and encouraging face and to advocate. I want to connect with and empower others in the disability movement to strive to make positive change in the wider community. I am new to California, so I hope to connect to the larger disability community and learn from those with differing stories from myself. I love to challenge myself and those around me through learning and trying new things. I enjoy public speaking, volunteering and being a part of something bigger than myself. As a member of the YAC, I hope to gain valuable hands-on experience in helping the disability community in California and beyond. I love to take what I have learned and question my ideals to deeply examine my choices and relationship to ableism and many other systemic social issues in order to help become the most well-rounded person possible.
Youth Advisory Council (YO! YAC) Tiffany California Foundation for Independent Living Centers – Sacramento, CA
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