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Advocate Profile: Kim Stumbo

Kim Stumbo smiling wide, dressed in pink, with sparkly purple curtains, holding her comic and a flag that says "Hooray" with a tiny star at the end

D: What is your favorite way to pass time? K: Listen to music, books on tape and playing with my kids.

D: What is something people generally don’t know about you? K: I was 6th in the state (NC) for debate back in high school. I was good at arguing my point, I still am, LOL.

D: Who is Kim? K: Kim Stumbo, "The One Arm Wondermom" is your average with and mom. She is also so much more, an author, speaker and part superhero.

D: What gets your fired up about the disability movement? K: I love seeing all the new/recent representation in advertising, tv and movies! My ideal world would have disability normalized.

D: What is your advocacy platform? K: 1. Educating about limb differences and disabilities. I connect with students and kids in elementary, middle and high school to give them insight on what limb differences are and how to interact with someone who has a disability. I remind them that we are people first, before the disability or difference.

2. I also help people find their own superpowers whether it's looking at disability as a positive, or overcoming obstacles/tragedies in ones life separate from disability.

D: What barriers or challenges do you face in this movement? K: Balancing life! I know most moms know what that's like with work, kids and trying to find time for yourself. Now throw in advocacy and everything else... There are definitely days when the scales tip one way or the other but we readjust as needed. If anyone knows the secret to the perfect balance please share it!

D: What do you want those who do not identify with disability to know? K: That those with disabilities strive to be seen as equals and normal.

D: What areas are you still growing/hope to grow? Personally? Professionally? K: Professionally, I'm growing my engagements beyond schools to larger groups who need to hear my/our story about being a differently-abled mom, and growing up with a limb difference, while learning how to harness the power I was bestowed to help better not only myself but others by sharing my story. I hope to grow the bridge between the limb different and disabled community with those who would be considered the "typical" community.

D: Who was the person/role model who inspired you to look into disability advocacy? Why/how did they inspire you? K: My mom, I have always been able to speak up for myself, that's because of her. She instilled many things in me, one being that I was capable of anything I chose to do or be, and that I was here to help others, especially those like myself.

D: When people look at you/up to you, what do you hope they see? K: I hope they see a normal mom. If they hear my story, I hope they learn perseverance is in everyone no matter the challenges.

D: What are your next steps? K: I'm currently working on the second issue of my comic styled children's series "The Adventures of The One Arm Wondermom." I'm also working with a great group of other limb different authors and artists on an anthology of limb different superheroes to be released this summer!!

D: How do we follow you?! IG- @theonearmwondermom

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