Carrie Wade, Programs Manager
Carrie Wade is the Programs Manager at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). She coordinates and implements all of AAPD’s national programs, including the Summer Internship Program, REV UP Campaign, Disability Mentoring Day, AAPD Paul G. Hearne Leadership Awards, Disability Rights Storytellers Fellowship, and NBCUniversal Tony Coelho Media Scholarship.
Carrie arrived at AAPD as the inaugural Disability Rights Storytellers Fellow, working with AAPD and Rooted in Rights to create digital videos focused on disability justice. Her projects discussed the intersections of the disability and LGBTQ communities, particularly around marriage rights and political engagement. She is a staff writer at the queer feminist website Autostraddle, where she covers disability, pop culture, and politics. Her writing has been featured on Everyday Feminism, Upworthy, and other outlets across the internet, and she is a frequent guest on podcasts and radio.
A California native, Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Occidental College, where she studied the interpretation of art song through a disability studies lens. Prior to her time at AAPD, she was on staff at the Colburn School, a performing arts institution in Los Angeles.