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UWIB Explorer: Tiffany Gets People Talking Disability & Diversity

I’ve known about UWIB since May 2015 after seeing a UWIB event I was interested in attending, but joined as a member in July.
I grew up in Bethesda, Maryland with my mom, three siblings, and our dog Robby. I moved to NYC almost 6 years ago and I am currently the Director of Business Development at REVOLT Media & TV. I am also the founder of Diversability, an award-winning social movement to rebrand disability.

Diversability fosters community online and off (curated events) to connect, showcase, and empower people of all abilities doing amazing things. We want to get more people talking and thinking about disability as a core part of the diversity conversation. I started Diversability based on my own personal experiences. I got into a car accident when I was younger that left me unable to use one of my arms. Growing up, I felt like disability was the “elephant in the room” and no one really talked about it for fear of getting something wrong or saying something offensive. Disability is very much an aspect of diversity so I wanted to create welcoming and inclusive spaces to bring people of all abilities together to share stories, celebrate intersectionality, and learn more about disability.

Today, we host events here in New York, Los Angeles, Montgomery, Ala., and Washington, DC. You can learn more about us at http://mydiversability.com.

I’ve come this far on the advice I live by: “If you don’t ask, the answer is always no.” This can be applied to a lot of different scenarios, like negotiating your salary, reaching out to a potential partner, asking for help, etc. In reality the worst outcome from asking is a simple “no.” That’s not so bad, right? This is a great reminder for me to continue to put myself out there and stretch my comfort zone.

The other piece of advice I would share is, “Be kind.” It’s self-explanatory but another powerful reminder that we need to stop being so hard on ourselves and support each other.

Happy to continue the conversation on Twitter at @ImTiffanyYu.