Heather Watkins

Bio:

Heather Watkins is a disability advocate, author, blogger, mother, and graduate of Emerson College with a B.S. in Mass Communications. Born with muscular dystrophy, she loves reading, daydreaming, and chocolate. She serves on a few disability-related boards and is a former chair of the Boston Disability Commission Advisory Board. She is a co-founder of “Divas with Disabilities Project,” a supportive sisterhood network representing women of color with disabilities. Heather is also a member of Harriet Tubman Collective, composed of Black Deaf & Disabled activists and organizers. Her publishing experience includes articles in MDA’s Quest magazine and Mass Rehab Commission’s Consumer Voice newsletter, and she has blogged for OurAbility.com, Artoflivingguide.org, Disabledparenting.com, Grubstreet.org, and Thankgodi.com. Heather’s short story, “Thank God I Have Muscular Dystrophy,” was published in 2013 as part of a compilation in the Thank God I…Am an Empowered Woman ® book series. Her blog, Slow Walkers See More, includes reflections and insight from her life with disability.