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A New Chapter in Advocacy: Joining RCIL as an Accessibility Specialist

Updated: Sep 16, 2023


Hello, friends, allies, and fellow advocates,


I’m excited to share some uplifting news with you all. As many of you know, my journey in disability advocacy has taken me through various avenues—from social media conversations to board meetings, from panel discussions to articles that challenge the status quo. Today, I’m delighted to announce that I’ve accepted a full-time position as an Accessibility Specialist at the Regional Center for Independent Living (RCIL) in Rochester, New York.


Why RCIL?


RCIL is an organization deeply rooted in promoting independent living and advocating for the rights of people with disabilities. This aligns perfectly with the principles I've been advocating for years—principles that insist that disability rights are human rights. RCIL is also attuned to the diverse needs of the disabled community, maintaining inclusive policies such as a fragrance-free environment to accommodate individuals with Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.


What Does This Mean for My Advocacy Work?


In this new role, I’ll be able to dive deeper into systemic changes that need to happen for disabled individuals to truly lead lives of dignity and freedom. I’ll be working on ensuring that public and private spaces are not just compliant with legal standards but are genuinely accessible and inclusive. But rest assured, my commitment to activism and advocacy remains as strong as ever.


Looking Ahead


My work on the Board of Directors of the SPM Disability Justice Fund, the Consumer Directed Action of New York, and my involvement with the IDD Advocate Corps at the Institute for Exceptional Care will continue. I believe that these experiences will complement my new role at RCIL, creating a synergy that amplifies the voices crying out for change.


I want to take this opportunity to say that this milestone wasn't reached alone. The love, support, and constructive conversations I’ve had with all of you have been instrumental in shaping my path. We’ve celebrated successes and learned from setbacks, but through it all, we’ve been united in our goal: to advance disability justice and to uphold the dignity and rights of disabled individuals everywhere.


As always, I will continue to engage with you all on social media platforms, including Twitter, where we talk about everything from disability to kink and wrestling. Let's keep these conversations going and work collectively to effect meaningful change.


Here’s to new beginnings, more unyielding advocacy, and the dismantling of systemic barriers. Thank you for being a part of this journey with me.


Sincerely,

Jensen Caraballo

Jensen Caraballo written in cursive.

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