Growing up on on both coasts, in Oregon and upstate New York, I have witnessed many differing ideologies and treatment of disabled people, and have experienced them personally. When I was 15, I spent 5 months traveling in the South Pacific with my father, and I have lived in Eugene, Oregon; Brooklyn, New York and Syracuse and Utica, New York. My background is in antiques, fine arts, historic and genealogical research, archival research, historic preservation and disability studies. I have a BA in History from Hunter College, where I focused on the Middle Ages (400 AD – 1500 AD) and minored in archeology/anthropology, and am currently in a graduate program at Syracuse University at the School of Education, majoring in Cultural Foundations of Education and working towards a CAS in Disability Studies. I identify as Deaf and speak American Sign Language.