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Advocate Profile: Diana Elizabeth Jordan

Diana and her two nephews Jordan (8) and James (11), hugging and smiling wide at the camera

D: What is your favorite way to pass time? D: Spending Time with my adorable nephews James (11) and Jordan (8)

D: Who is Diana? D: I am Diana Elizabeth Jordan actor, producer, director, founder of The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe and Dreaming Big On A Swing Films, artist educator and activist

D: What gets your fired up about the disability movement? D: Advocating for equity of people with disabilities

D: What is your advocacy platform? D: The importance of the intersectionality of disability in multicultural diversity and inclusion. You can't separate disability, it intersects with all other communities and identities culturally, generationally, gender, sexual orientation, religion etc.

D: What barriers or challenges do you face in this movement? D: Continuing to deal with attitudinal barriers. I do think there has been progress ( especially this year) in terms of more visibility of disabled actors but it also can still feel like two steps forward , one step back.

D: What do you want those who do not identify with disability to know? D: My disability is one of my identities but does not singularly define who I am. I see my disability as one of my cultural identities.

D: What areas are you still growing/hope to grow? Personally? Professionally? D: I still hope to grow as an artist whether I am acting, directing or producing, Personally and professionally I want to live my best life.

D: Who was the person/role model who inspired you to look into disability advocacy? Why/how did they inspire you? D: There have been so many but Marca Bristo and Jim Charelton were the first people to teach me about The Independent Living Movement when I worked at Access Living in Chicago, Illinois

D: When people look at you/up to you, what do you hope they see? D: A confident person who loves and accepts herself for she is warts and all.

D: What are your next steps? D: I just finished directing my first short film I Can ( written by J Aaron Sanders) and produced by Cory Reeder for The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge ( a 56 hour film challenge were team has 56 hours to write shoot and produce a film that features disabled talent behind and in front of the camera) I am continuing to develop performance projects , disability inclusion and cultivating resiliency workshops through my EduTainment Production Company The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe

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