Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship 2017 for Media Professionals with a Diadbility.

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The Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship managed by Rooted in Rights and AAPD provides the opportunity for an individual with a disability to learn and apply skills in digital media storytelling, and to connect with media professionals to prepare participants for advanced careers in media production, journalism, online advocacy, or digital design. The project combines hands-on training on cutting edge technologies with a strong foundation in developing the individual’s voice and using story-driven videos in advocacy.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Hold a strong interest in disability rights advocacy and pursuing that work through digital media storytelling.
    NOTE: Applicants are not required to have prior experience in producing digital media.
  • Be able to commit to fully participate in the fellowship and meet all deadlines. Time commitments include orientation sessions.
  • Identify as a person with a disability. You will not be required to disclose your specific disability; however, your application for this program will signify that you consider yourself a person with a disability.
    NOTE: This is a program run specifically for people with disabilities by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Rooted in Rights. Those selected for this program will be involved in various disability-focused activities and associated with AAPD and Rooted in Rights as a Disability Rights Storytellers Fellow.
  • College students with disabilities are encouraged to apply. However, this fellowship is not restricted to college students. All individuals with disabilities who hold a strong interest in disability rights advocacy and who can commit to the time requirements are eligible to apply. This can serve as a professional development opportunity for individuals who are already employed.


This Fellowship is conducted remotely using video conferencing and other means of communication. As such, Fellows can be located anywhere within the United States, but must have access to a reliable internet connection.

  • The Fellow must participate in orientation sessions (held June 5-9, 2017).
  • The Fellow must participate in recurring sessions and digital meetings with media professionals.
  • The Fellow must commit to completing two 3-4 minute videos.
  • The $600 stipend is disbursed in two (2) installments throughout the fellowship, one after each of the videos is completed.

Application Procedure:

Candidates for the Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship must submit the following materials:

  • Applicant Information (Section 1)
  • Resume (Section 2)
  • Responses to the three (3) essay questions (Section 3)
  • Letter of reference (Section 4)
  • Demographic information, optional but encouraged (Section 5)

For More Information:
Visit the Official Webpage of the  Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship 2017

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