Headed by Alice Wong SFdirewolf
The Disability Visibility Project (DVP)® is an online community dedicated to recording, amplifying, and sharing disability stories and culture.
The DVP is also a community partnership with StoryCorps, a national oral history organization. Our aim is to create disabled media that is intersectional, multi-modal, and accessible.
Their podcast explores a variety of topics, from nitty-gritty politics to philosophy. Episode 5 addresses: “Orphan Black,” Reproductive Justice, and Disabled Women
The DVP lives its disability-positive guiding principles: all their work is available in multiple formats (in this case, Google docs & PDF transcripts). More unusually, the podcast participants have atypical speech patterns – it’s exciting to hear our voices in public.
In the show, Maelee Johnson highlighted one reason I found the Orphan Black so compelling.
I remember moments or seasons where the characters were so spread out. You felt like you knew they had to come back together because there’s that connection between them all being sort of the same person, at least at their root and core, who they are created to be. That also is reflected in the disability community. The thing I first love about the disability community is something you don’t commonly find in the able community, which is the ability to disappear and then come back. You may be back eventually. That connection can’t be destroyed just because you’re too sick to be around for a little bit. And everyone’s still like, “We knew you were coming back. We left your seat right here. It’s fine.”