Emily is a Projects Intern at AUCD under the auspices of the American Association of People with Disabilities Internship Program. She recently graduated summa cum laude with a BA in English from Adelphi University on Long Island, New York, where she was born and raised.
During her undergraduate career, Emily was actively involved in disability advocacy initiatives. Prior to beginning her internship at AUCD, Emily did a part-time outreach internship at the Suffolk Independent Living Organization and worked as a mentor for a student with Asperger's syndrome. Emily's areas of interest include encouraging all people with disabilities to become self-advocates and researching portrayals of disability in the media, a subject on which she just completed an honors thesis entitled "A Study of the Influence of Popular Television on Perceptions of Nondisabled People Regarding Physical Disability and Romantic Relationships."
Read more about the AAPD internship program and Emily's position on AAPD here.