Alice Wong

Close-up of Alice Wong, an Asian American woman in a power chair. She is wearing a bright blue jacket and red lipstick. There is a mask over her nose attached to a gray tube.

Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, writer, editor, media maker, and consultant. Alice is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project, an online community dedicated to creating, sharing, and amplifying disability media and culture.

Alice is a co-partner in four projects: DisabledWriters.com, a resource to help editors connect with disabled writers and journalists, #CripLit (no longer active), a series of Twitter chats for disabled writers with novelist Nicola Griffith#CripTheVote, a nonpartisan online movement encouraging the political participation of disabled people with co-partners Andrew Pulrang and Gregg Beratan, and Access Is Love with co-partners Mia Mingus and Sandy Ho, a campaign that aims to help build a world where accessibility is understood as an act of love instead of a burden or an afterthought.

Alice’s areas of interest are popular culture, media, politics, disability representation, Medicaid policies and programs, storytelling, social media, and activism.

She has been published in the New York TimesVoxRadiolabPEN AmericaCatalystSyndicate NetworkUncanny MagazineCurbed SFEaterBitch MediaTeen VogueTransomMaking Contact Radio, and Rooted in Rights.

Her activism and work have been featured in the CNN original series United Shades of America (Season 3, Episode 4)Huffington Post, WNYC’s Death, Sex, and Money podcast, KQED’s Truth Be Told podcastWired, The HillAutostraddle, WNYC’s Werk It: The PodcastThe GuardianRoll CallWBUR radioTeen VogueBitch MediaRewireViceEsquireCNET, and Buzzfeed.

In 1997 she graduated with degrees in English and sociology from Indiana University at Indianapolis. She has an MS in medical sociology and worked at the University of California, San Francisco as a Staff Research Associate for over ten years. During that time, she worked on various qualitative research projects and co-authored online curricula for the Community Living Policy Center, a Rehabilitation Research and Training Center funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research.

Recognized for her service to the community and activism at the local and national level, Alice received the Beacon Award by the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council in 2010 and the Disability Service Award by the University of California, San Francisco in 2011. From 2013 to 2015, Alice served as a member of the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency charged with advising the President, Congress, and other federal agencies regarding policies, programs, practices, and procedures that affect people with disabilities, appointed by President Barack Obama. Alice was the recipient of 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.

Alice launched the Disability Visibility podcast in September 2017 as host, co-audio producer, and writer. She edited and self-published Resistance and Hope: Essays by Disabled People in October 2018.

In 2018 Alice was featured in the Bitch 50, a list recognizing the most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture by Bitch Media and Colorline’s 20 X 20, a group of transformative leaders reimagining what it means to advance racial justice.

In 2020 Alice was named by Time magazine as one of 16 people fighting for equality in America. Alice self-published and edited #ADA30InColor, a series of essays by disabled people of color, in July. Alice was featured with activists such as Angela Davis and Dr. Bernice A. King on the cover of British Vogue’s September issue. For the Pop Culture Collaborative, she guest-edited Break The Story Volume IV: Disability Visibility, a snapshot of disability. Along with 19 other disabled artists, Alice was named a Disability Futures fellow, a grant by the Ford Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered by United States Artists. Alice also received the Indiana University Bicentennial Medal for her contributions to disability justice and broadening the reach of IU around the world. 

In 2021, she was named a changemaker by Marie Claire magazine

Alice is the editor of Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century (Vintage Books, 2020), an anthology of essays by disabled people. In 2021 Delacorte Press adapted the anthology for young readers, Disability Visibility: 17 First-Person Stories for Today.

She is currently working on her memoir, Year of the Tiger (Vintage Books, 2022). 

She also works as an independent research consultant as part of her side hustle with clients such as Netflix, Twitter, and other disability rights organizations.

For more about her work, you can go to her website and check out the In the News page.

You can find her on Twitter: @SFdirewolf.