Emily Ladau, who has served as the SLN’s Digital Communications Manager since 2015, has recently been recognized for her disability-focused advocacy work. In early January, the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) announced that Emily is a recipient of the 2018 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community. With the award, Emily plans to establish a Disabled Writers Fellowship through Rooted in Rights to provide mentorship opportunities for emerging writers with disabilities that will empower them to hone their writing skills and contribute their work to the disability rights movement.
Additionally, Emily was recently featured in Newsday, sharing insights about her disability activism work and highlighting her stint on Sesame Street to educate kids about experiencing a disability when she was just 10 years old.
The SLN congratulates Emily for her achievements, and is proud to have her as part of our team!