My name is Marissa Stalvey. Born and raised in a rural town at the foothills of the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, I moved to South Carolina and then Louisville, Kentucky, before returning to the DC area in January 2015. Along the way, I gained a Master’s Degree with a concentration in Disability Studies from the University of Toledo, and worked several years for the American Printing House for the Blind, managing their social media.
I use communications, public relations, marketing, and social media as tools for disability advocacy. I believe that one of the best ways to advocate is by talking to the public in a nonthreatening, casual way. I also think that social media has the power not only to bring the disability community together as a whole, but also to help spread our message and bring about change.
You may be wondering why this blog is called Curlability. I have extremely thick, naturally curly hair. I used to hate it–my hair made me look so different from everyone else, and I was already different because of my eyesight. But now, I embrace my hair as something that sets me apart from the crowd, just as I embrace my disability as part–though not all–of who I am.
I created this blog to advocate for acceptance of and equal rights for people with disabilities, and also to shed light on what it’s like to live with some functional vision, but still be blind.
A Few More Things About Me
- I’m a huge history nerd, especially disability history. In fact, my Master’s thesis focused on the eugenics movement and the marriageability of people who were blind in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.
- I’m the mom to 3 furry babies: two cats, Layla and Jasmine, and a beagle, Butters.
- Bacon and cheese are yummy. I probably love those two things WAY too much for my own good.