When was the last time you saw a person with a disability featured in mainstream media talking about their business or life?
When I interviewed Maayan Ziv, an activist, photographer and founder of AccessNow, I realized I could barely think of an answer to the question.
Maayan Ziv is on a mission to change this. As a photographer, activist and founder of AccessNow, she is on a mission to make the world more accessible and she’s breaking through in mainstream media to share her story.
Question: 2:27 – What is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal?
Question: 3:53 – Tell us about the show you worked on?
Question: 5:43 – Can you share a little bit about yourself, what it is that you do and how you got started?
Quote: 8:39 – “If I’m not faced with some kind of challenge eventually I go out and seek one.”
Question: 10:38 – Could you share why you’re in a wheelchair and the challenges you’re facing?
Question: 12:23 – How can we help make things more accessible?
Question: 14:15 – When you first launched AccessNow what was the first media interview that you did?
Question: 17:29 – Did you find getting interviewed help you at that time or was it too much too soon?
Question: 18:46 – What did you do in that time to get yourself mentally prepared?
Quote: 19:46 – “[…] Everything happened so fast that I just relied on my personal experience, my passion for the project and knowing that this is something I wanted people to know about […]”
Question: 20:23 – What was your reaction to actually seeing yourself talking about something you’re so passionate about?
Question: 22:07 – When did you really start to own that you are the voice, you are the one to bring the message to the masses?
Question: 25:48 – What do you say to people who ask how you are doing this?
Question: 28:58 – What are your thoughts on how the media is representing what you like to talk about in your mission and what could media people do to help create a more positive perception?
Question: 33:06 – Who are some of these people who just really helped you in some of those more challenging and darker moments?
Question: 35:04 – What is your best tip for killer confidence?
Question: 37:00 – What is your dream media interview?
Question: 38:24 – What is your best tip to combat the imposter complex?
Question: 40:26 – What is one book that has changed your life?
Question: 41:47 – What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Question: 45:07 – Where can people go to connect with you?
Luke Anderson – Stop Gap: http://stopgap.ca/about-us/
Book Recommendation: Wherever You Go, There You Are – http://www.amazon.ca/Wherever-You-There-Are-Mindfulness/dp/1401307787
Also, if you want to help Maayan share her story on the Ellen show, write in here!