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Advocate Profile: Liz Davis

Liz Davis on stage and fiercely raising her fist and yelling to the crowd at CLLAW, held up in the air by her brother, Alex, who is dressed as Princess Leia. Photo Credit: Trainman Photography

D: What is your favorite way to pass time? L: Petting Dogs

D: What is something people generally don’t know about you? L: I used to skateboard (yes it works) and there is proof on youtube. I've been to Africa, I was arm wrestling crowd favorite in Chicago league of lady arm wrestlers. I play sled hockey. I'd be okay with robots taking over.

D: Who is Liz Davis? L: Techie, Designer, Problem Solver, Nerd. Can befriend any person or dog. A bit extra. Wheels are better than legs. My Disability empowers me. #disabledandproud

D: What gets your fired up about the disability movement? L: Assumptions that disabled people are weak or children. When the experience isn't designed for everyone. No captions on TVs in Bars. High healthcare prices. Mitch McConnell. People not viewing me how I view myself.

D: What is your advocacy platform? L: Social Media. Conferences in my career space. Everyday interactions. Soon a podcast!

D: What barriers or challenges do you face in this movement? (or in life) L: Communicating the difference between sympathy and empathy. People often go to sympathy first.

D: What do you want those who do not identify with disability to know? L: We don't need your help cause of charity or morality, we need help because you designed the system wrong. Disability isn't a bad word. I'm a disabled person and that's awesome.

D: What areas are you still growing/hope to grow? Personally? Professionally? L: I would like to grow my podcast! Also speak at more design or corporate events on how to include people with disabilities in product development process.

D: Who was the person/role model who inspired you to look into disability advocacy? Why/how did they inspire you? L: I just sorta fell into it after moving to Chicago. I've always been a self advocate as a survival coping method thanks to my parents. Once I grew up and realized I had a knack for it, it felt like a natural transition.

D: When people look at you/up to you, what do you hope they see? L: A strong, motivated, but nice, fun person.

D: What are your next steps? (Fun projects you are working on that you want to promote?) L: PODCAST! Simply Different. It's gonna be big.

D: How do we follow you?!

Instagram: @handstandliz

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