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30. Embracing Disability Identity with Qudsiya Naqui

In This Episode

Qudsiya Naqui Bio

Diana interviews Qudsiya Naqui, lawyer, disability justice activist, and podcast host of Down to the Struts. In this episode, Qudsiya shares about her journey to embracing her blind identity, her disability identity, and the disability community that brought her into the fold. She speaks to the isolation felt when in her younger years, she was excluded from participation in school activities simply because people did see her need for access, nor her right to access. Finally, Qudsiya shares about many great leaders and authors who have provided a sense of community, support, and mentorship in her podcast, as well as in her personal growth and enrichment. 

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Links Mentioned or Related

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Alice Wong - Disability Visibility Project Podcast, Disability Visibility book, Year of the Tiger book

Down to the Struts Interview with Alice Wong

Thomas Reid - Reid My Mind Radio Podcast

Cheryl Green - Pigeonhole Podcast

Down to the Struts Interview with Thomas Reid and Cheryl Green

Down to the Struts Interview with Sean Collins, Vox Editor

Arielle Silverman - Just Human: The Quest for Disability Wisdom, Respect, and Inclusion

Down to the Struts Podcast Interview with Dr. Arielle Silverman

Down to the Struts Podcast Interview with Dr. Sara Acevedo

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna Samarasinha - The Future is Disabled, & Care Work

Jennifer Natalia Fink - All Our Families

Intersectional Insights Podcast

The Heumann Perspective Podcast

Bhavna Mehta Down to the Struts Podcast episode

Conchita Hernandez Legoretta

Melissa Lomax

Justice Shorter

Children's Book We Move Together


Stay Connected with Diana

Diana's Website, including blog

Free Resource - 5 Keys to Going Beyond Awareness 

Beyond Awareness: Bringing Disability into Diversity in K-12 Schools & Communities - Diana's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights - Diana's Children's Book

Ed Roberts: Champion of Disability Rights Thematic Unit/ Disability History Lesson Plans

"Beyond Awareness" Digital Course

Diana's TEDx Talk

Beyond Awareness Facebook Page

Diana on Instagram

Beyond Awareness Tote Bag 

Beyond Awareness Pullover Hoodie

Beyond Awareness Raglan Baseball T-Shirt

Beyond Awareness Journal/Notebook

Diana's Teachers Pay Teachers Store - Disability as Diversity

Diana's Brand New Resource! Beyond Disability Awareness: An Educator's Guide, Published by National Professional Resources, Inc. (NPR, Inc.)


Credits and Image Description

Intro and outro music courtesy of Emmanuel Castro.

Podcast cover photo by Rachel Schlesinger Photography.

Podcast cover image description: Black and white photograph of Diana, a Spanish-American woman with long, wavy, brown hair. She is wearing a flowy, white blouse and smiles at camera as she leans against wooden building. Photo is colorfully framed with gold and orange rays of seeming sunshine on top half, and with solid sage green color on bottom half. Text reads "Beyond Awareness: Disability Awareness That Matters, Diana Pastora Carson, M.Ed."