Monday, November 26, 2012

Exciting news: One more new contributor!

Remember when I introduced Caitlin as a new So About What I Said contributor a few weeks ago? Well, I'm so excited to welcome one more amazing woman to the lineup today, friends. You might recognize Shelly from when I featured her photograhy exhibit last summer. She's a mover and a shaker from Miami who's doing wonderful things for the disability community. She'll be sharing snapshots of your life as a woman with a disability -- the ups, the downs, the frustrations, the triumphs...even how her life is surprisingly normal despite her disability. Look for her biweekly column, Disability Dish, to debut on Thursday, but in the meantime, I'll let Shelly introduce herself...
I’m Shelly, and I work as a clinical social worker in Miami at University of Miami School of Medicine. I wear many hats at my day job, but the main thing I do is manage leadership programs/curriculums for professionals who want to make a difference in the disability community. I have a coaching and counseling business helping individuals find love and have healthy relationships. I am a sought after speaker at colleges and medical schools, where I openup dialogues and shed light on the ins and outs of dating, relationships and having sex with a disability. There are still many myths and stereotypes regarding people with disabilities and sexuality; I’m on a mission to break those! To that end, I co-created a photography exhibit called Uncensored Life: Raw Beauty showcasing disabled women’s beauty and sensuality, and last year, I gave a TEDxMIA talk called The Beauty of Disability. Recently married, I sleep little, read voraciously, love our black girl cat, Harry, and still use a Filofax (I like pen on page) I’m working on a memoir about my dating dramas with a disability and another writing project with my new husband. I am thrilled to be a guest columnist on Melissa’s fabulous blog!

Aren't you excited for her column, friends? Welcome aboard, Shelly!! xoxo


  1. wow shelly sounds AMAZING. cant wait for her column!

    your blog is great i rediscovered it today after being away from blogger for a while.

    feel free to pop by and leave a comment or have a look:

    great post, ellie xxxx

  2. Hi Eleanor!! Welcome back...I'm off to check out your blog right now! xoxo

  3. Ohh super excited for the new column, sounds really good! xx

  4. I'm so glad you are adding this new feature. I just checked out the Raw Beauty Project and read each individual's profile. So incredibly inspiring.

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