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Imani Barbarin

Crutches & Spice

Imani Barbarin is a disability rights and inclusion activist and speaker who uses her voice and social media platforms to create conversations engaging the disability community. Born with cerebral palsy, Imani often writes and uses her platform to speak from the perspective of a disabled black woman.


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Crutches & Spice

In the last few years she has created over a dozen trending hashtags that allow disabled folk the opportunity to have their perspectives heard while forcing the world to take notice. #PatientsAreNotFaking, #ThingsDisabledPeopleKnow, #AbledsAreWeird and others each provide a window into disabled life while forming community.

Imani is from the Philadelphia area and holds a Masters in Global Communications from the American University of Paris, her published works include those in Forbes, Rewire, Healthline, BitchMedia and more. She runs the blog and a podcast of the same name. She currently serves as the Communications Director for a nonprofit in Pennsylvania.


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  • Disabled and worthy with Imani Barbarin
    Hear from advocates on the front lines of seeking racial justice, disability inclusion and to be seen as their whole selves.
  • People with disabilities are sharing their uncomfortable experiences with able-bodied people on Twitter
    Imani Barbarin is a vocal advocate for getting disabled people more visible in the media.
  • Imani writes about disabled people for Forbes Magazine
    As a communications professional, public speaker, writer and blogger, I explore disability culture as well as society and business’s perceptions of disabled people from the perspective of...
  • All My Life, People Have Told Me I’m “An Inspiration.” Here’s Why It’s So Harmful.
    Imani Barbarin explains why ‘being an inspiration’ is actually harmful.

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