Allison Norlian

About Allison Norlian

Allison Norlian is a three-time Emmy-nominated journalist, writer, and co-founder of BirdMine, a production company focused on amplifying the voices and stories of people with disabilities and other groups underrepresented within society. With BirdMine, Allison films, edits, reports, and produces, creating short and long-form documentaries. Allison became a journalist and filmmaker to speak for those who are often voiceless, like her severely disabled sister. She won a Catalyst for Change award from the ARC of Virginia for the impact of her reporting and an Emmy nomination for an investigation exposing neglect and abuse at an assisted living facility. 

Terrifying and Uncomfortable: The Struggles People with Disabilities Face while Flying

Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), people with disabilities can travel on public transit including trains, buses, ride shares, and taxis. However, a large barrier remains when it comes to air travel – which is exempted from the ADA.

Participants Create ‘Our Voices Matter’ Advocacy Group

Easterseals Southern California participants have created a monumental advocacy group called Our Voices Matter (OVM) to advocate for their rights and the rights of their peers.