Alycia Anderson Blog

Disabling Ableism at MTSA Conference 2024


Published: Monday March 4, 2024
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On February 21, 2024, I delivered the opening keynote at the Michigan Transition Services Association’s annual conference, addressing disability inclusion. MTSA supports educators, agencies, parents, and individuals with disabilities. Grateful for the opportunity to share “The Heart of Inclusion” and “Disabling Ableism” with over 2,000 attendees, I commend MTSA’s impactful work.

Distinguished Alumna, Motivational Speaker, and CEO Alycia Anderson


Published: Monday March 4, 2024
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Alycia Anderson hasn’t always had a stage, but she’s always had her voice. From a young age, Anderson (Physical Education, ’05), has asserted herself by speaking up and living her core belief: she deserves to be included, just like everyone else. Now she is included and is a distinguished alumna, motivational speaker, and CEO living out her dreams.

Episode 36 – From Stunt Performer to Spinal Injury Ambassador | Jonathan Goodwin


Published: Thursday February 29, 2024
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Jonathan Goodwin, once a daredevil stunt performer turned spinal injury ambassador, shares his journey from a life-changing accident on AGT Extreme to his new roles as a hypnotherapist and keynote speaker. He emphasizes embracing challenges and transforming fear into knowledge. Goodwin’s advice to “say yes” before worrying encapsulates his resilient mindset and encourages listeners to push forward despite uncertainty.

Episode 36 Transcript


Published: Thursday February 29, 2024
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In Episode 36 of Pushing Forward with Alycia, retired stunt performer Jonathan Goodwin shares his journey from near-fatal accident on America’s Got Talent Extreme to becoming a Spinal Injury Ambassador. From his origins in magic to navigating a complete spinal injury, Goodwin’s story is one of resilience and reinvention. He discusses his work as a hypnotherapist, advocacy for spinal injury support, and his creative pursuits in screenwriting, inspiring listeners to embrace new opportunities with a “say yes” attitude.

Schewel lecture series welcomes disability advocate Alycia Anderson


Published: Wednesday February 28, 2024
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Disability advocate Alycia Anderson, known for her TEDx talks, will speak at the University of Lynchburg as part of the Rosel Schewel Lecture series on March 20. Despite being born with sacral agenesis, she pursued education and became a motivational speaker, podcast host, and CEO. Anderson’s focus is on disability inclusion and workplace diversity, aiming to inspire others with her personal story. The lecture, funded by an endowment, aims to address biases and promote diversity.

What is inclusive hiring? 8 best practices for high-volume hiring.


Published: Tuesday February 27, 2024
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Inclusive hiring, crucial for high-volume recruitment, aims to attract diverse candidates. Strategies include reviewing biases, inclusive job postings, accommodation provision, accessible processes, diverse sourcing, bias training, and fostering an inclusive workplace. Alycia Anderson emphasizes the need for intentional inclusivity and ongoing evaluation of hiring success.

Episode 35 – How a Vitiligo Diagnosis Changed Aiesha Robinson’s Life


Published: Thursday February 22, 2024
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Aiesha Robinson’s life transformed after a vitiligo diagnosis, leading her to advocate self-love and resilience. She founded Born to Rise, empowering others through storytelling. Despite struggles with identity and bullying, she now spreads positivity and educates on self-acceptance. Through her nonprofit, Aiesha provides a platform for diverse voices. Her message: “You were born to rise,” encourages resilience and self-belief, inspiring others to embrace their uniqueness and push forward.

Episode 35 Transcript


Published: Thursday February 22, 2024
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In a heartfelt episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Aiesha Robinson shares her journey from a vitiligo diagnosis at 18 to founding Born To Rise. Aiesha champions self-love and resilience, highlighting the transformative power of storytelling. Her global mission aims to inspire unity through vulnerability, emphasizing the strength found in embracing one’s true self. Aiesha reflects, urging others to embrace their uniqueness as their true source of power.

Episode 34 – Special Valentine’s Episode | Rolling in Love with Alycia & Marty


Published: Wednesday February 14, 2024
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Episode 34 of ‘Pushing Forward with Alycia’ celebrates Valentine’s Day with Alycia and Marty sharing their unique love journey. From youthful mischief to heartfelt proposals, they recount pivotal moments, reflecting on challenges that strengthened their bond. Candid discussions challenge stereotypes around disability and intimacy. The episode includes a poignant reading of Lily Grossman’s poem, resonating with their shared experiences.

Episode 34 Transcript


Published: Wednesday February 14, 2024
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In this Valentine’s Day episode of Alycia Anderson’s podcast, ‘Pushing Forward with Alycia,’ she highlights disability empowerment. With her husband, Marty, she explores love, resilience, and success against odds, challenging misconceptions about disabled relationships. They share their journey from young love to marriage, emphasizing mutual support and overcoming obstacles. The podcast advocates for inclusive love and perseverance.