33: Episode 33 - Wheelchair Barbie Talks Advocacy & Inclusion

MDA Quest Podcast

Sep 13 2023 • 1 hr 1 min

In this Quest Podcast episode, we chat with a renowned journalist, model and disability rights activist, who lives with physical disabilities. Madison Lawson, who has been featured in publications including Vogue, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Allure and brands like Sephora, PrettyLittle Thing, and Olay, joins us to share her experiences, expertise, and advice when it comes to navigating life.

Transcript

Guests:

Madison Lawson is a journalist, model and disability rights activist. Her written works have been featured in publications including Vogue, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Allure and more. Lawson’s advocacy work has gotten her featured in campaigns with brands like Sephora, PrettyLittle Thing, and Olay. Her greatest inspiration is the work and legacy of her late friend and the mother of the disability rights movement Judy Heumann who laid the groundwork for disabled people around the world to be better integrated into society. Heumann’s work included organizing and carrying out the longest non-violent occupation of a federal building to get legislation like 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act passed, igniting the disability pride movement that has empowered generations of disabled people around the world. Lawson hopes to give representation to her younger self who never saw people who looked like her shown in a positive light in media, and to be one of the many voices pushing the needle of inclusion forward for people with disabilities.

Mindy Henderson is the Senior Director & Editor-in-Chief of Quest Media, and the host of this podcast. She was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, type 2 when she was 15 months old and has been a life-long partner to MDA. Mindy is also a motivational speaker and a writer, and author of the book, The Truth About Things That Suck.

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