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Disability Book Series

Join a conversation with Emily Ladau, author of the soon-to-be-released book Demystifying Disability

About this event

The Disability Book Series is back! They’re kicking things off with Emily Ladau, Editor-in-Chief of Rooted in Rights and author of the soon-to-be-released book Demystifying Disability: What to Know, What to Say, and How to be an Ally.

How to Join

This event is free and will be on Zoom. they will send the Zoom access link to everyone who registers in advance for this program. Registration closes on 10/7 at 4 pm.

About Emily Ladau

Emily Ladau is an internationally known disability rights activist, writer, and speaker. She is the editor in chief of the Rooted in Rights blog, a platform dedicated to amplifying authentic narratives of the intersectional disability experience. She also co-hosts The Accessible Stall, a podcast about disability issues. Ladau’s writing has been published in outlets including the New York Times, HuffPost, CNN, Self, Salon, Vice, The Daily Beast, Variety, and Marie Claire Australia. Her work is also included in the Criptiques Anthology and About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of the New York Times. She has served as an expert source on disability issues for outlets including NPR, Vox, Washington Post, and Teen Vogue, and has been featured in a range of press outlets including Newsday, BuzzFeed, CBS news, and US News & World Report. Her book, Demystifying Disability, can be pre-ordered here: https://bookshop.org/books/demystifying-disability-what-to-know-what-to-say-and-how-to-be-an-ally/9781984858979

More about Demystifying Disability

The book is an approachable guide to being a thoughtful, informed ally to disabled people, with actionable steps for what to say and do (and what not to do) and how you can help make the world a more accessible, inclusive place.

People with disabilities are the world’s largest minority, an estimated 15 percent of the global population. But many of us–disabled and nondisabled alike–don’t know how to act, what to say, or how to be an ally to the disability community. Demystifying Disability is a friendly handbook on the important disability issues you need to know about, including:

  • How to appropriately think, talk, and ask about disability
  • Recognizing and avoiding ableism (discrimination toward disabled people)
  • Practicing good disability etiquette
  • Ensuring accessibility becomes your standard practice, from everyday communication to planning special events
  • Appreciating disability history and identity
  • Identifying and speaking up about disability stereotypes in media

Authored by celebrated disability rights advocate, speaker, and writer Emily Ladau, this practical, intersectional guide offers all readers a welcoming place to understand disability as part of the human experience.


This event will have both ASL interpreters and live CART captioning services.

For any additional accessibility needs, please contact them at DisabilityBookSeries@gmail.com or call (415) 546-1333 and leave a message for Peter at extension *309.

About the Disability Book Series

The intent of this book reading series is to highlight authors with disabilities, disabled writers, and to interrogate ableism and societal conceptions of disability. They welcome any and all suggestions for future authors, free venues in the Bay Area, and feedback as to how our events can be more accessible, inclusive, or generally better.

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, October 7, 2021, 8:00 - 9:30 pm