Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau is a passionate disability rights and body positivity advocate 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 hanging out with Big Bird and Elmo, Emily has continued to develop her career through working for and volunteering with multiple organizations to foster opportunities and develop resources for the disability community. Her goal is to encourage people with all types of disabilities to develop their inner voice for advocacy.
Emily blogs at Words I Wheel By, keeping it real about her experiences as a disabled twenty-something and challenging people to consider all aspects of the disability experience in new ways. You can also find her work featured on sites including The New York Times and The Huffington Post.
When she’s not writing and advocating, you’ll probably find Emily painting the town turquoise, buying peacock-themed everything, and drinking far too many chai lattes. You should totally say hi to her on Facebook or on Twitter.