Alice Wong (activist)

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Alice Wong
Alice Wong participated at the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act via robot in the White House
Wong at the White House via robot in 2015
OccupationActivist, journalist
Home townSan Francisco, California

Alice Wong (born 1974) is a disability rights activist based in San Francisco, CA.


Alice Wong is known as disability activist, media producer, and a consultant. She is the founder and Project Coordinator of the Disability Visibility Project,[1] a project collecting oral histories of people with disabilities in the United States that is being run in coordination with StoryCorps. The Disability Visibility Project was created on the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.[2] As of 2018, the project had collected approximately 140 oral histories.[3]

Wong works on other projects such as; as known as "DVP". It is known to be a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit, a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers with novelist Nicola Griffith, and #CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people.[4]

Wong also serves as an advisory board member for APIDC, Asians and Pacific Islanders with Disabilities of California. She is also a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability an independent federal agency which advises the President, Congress, and other federal agencies on disability policies, programs, and practices.[5]

In 2015, Wong attended the reception at the White House for the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act via telepresence robot. She was the first person to visit the White House and the President by robot presence.[6]

Wong has spinal muscular atrophy, a neuromuscular disorder.[7]


For her leadership on behalf of the disability community, Wong received the Mayor’s Disability Council Beacon Award in 2010, the first-ever Chancellor’s Disability Service Award in 2010, and the 2007 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award at UCSF. In 2016, Wong received the 2016 AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, an award for emerging leaders with disabilities who exemplify leadership, advocacy, and dedication to the broader cross-disability community.[4]  


Online articles[edit]

"A Mutant from Planet Cripton, An Origin". Nerds of Color. Retrieved 9 March 2019.

"Finding Dory, Disability Culture, and Collective Access". Disability Visibility Project. Retrieved 9 March 2019.


Disability Visibility podcast


Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People


  1. ^ "Alice Wong Sets Out to Chronicle Disability History - NBC News". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Telling Our Stories: Why I Launched the Disability Visibility Project". 30 July 2015. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  3. ^ "The visibility of disability: an interview with activist Alice Wong". Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  4. ^ a b "About". Disability Visibility Project. 2014-06-03. Retrieved 2019-03-09.
  5. ^ "President Obama Appoints Alice Wong to National Council on Disability". Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  6. ^ " San Francisco’s Alice Wong’s historical White House visit". SFGate, July 22, 2015.
  7. ^ Mitzi Baker (2016-03-22). "Alice Wong Wins National Disabilities Organization Award". University of California San Francisco. Retrieved 2017-02-28.