About Erin Kelly

Erin M. Kelly is the Social Justice Editor at The Good Men Project. She is also a columnist and writer with Cerebral Palsy who wants to be recognized for her work rather than her disability. She’s a 2009 graduate of Penn State Altoona, where she majored in Letters, Arts and Sciences. During her senior year, she was hired as a columnist for The Altoona Mirror, the daily newspaper in Altoona, PA. Her column entitled, “The View From Here,” runs monthly and addresses in a light-hearted, humorous manner the challenges she faces daily. She is also the editor of "To Cope and to Prevail", memoir of Penn State Altoona professor Dr. Ilse-Rose Warg. Find Erin on Twitter @WriterWheels.

Call for Submissions: What Doesn’t Define You?

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GMP invites you to take a stand for yourself and the things that don’t define you.

Quiet Survival: A Story of Detainment

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Erin Kelly recounts the story of Jeffrey Fowle and two other Americans who were recently detained in North Korea.

Beyond Politics: Privacy, Disability and The Public Eye

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Erin Kelly examines Chris Hayden’s recent decision to publicly reveal the fact he has a disability, despite being US Senator Kay Hagan’s press secretary.

The Moment My Hands Followed My Shadow

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Erin Kelly reflects on the power of opportunity in celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Why Didn’t I Try to Make the World a Better Place?

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Recent milestones in Saudi Arabia for disabled youth, and how those milestones have the potential to make the world a better place.

I Am Vulnerable Because I’m Disabled, Not Because I’m a Woman

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Erin Kelly reveals the detrimental impact of gender stereotyping on both men and women with disabilities.

Code Blue Handicap Parking Sign

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Erin Kelly takes a look at the path of action in New York’s changes to the handicap parking sign.

The Warrior Poet and the Apprentice

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Erin Kelly reflects on her unexpected arrival at The Good Men Project, and how Cameron Conaway changed her life with one e-mail.

The Golden Loop in The Golden Circle

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Erin Kelly examines how author Simon Sinek’s “Golden Circle” model for success and leadership can be applied to individuals with disabilities.

Winds of Change: Are You Being Rude to People With Disabilities Without Knowing It?

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Erin Kelly looks at a series of ads intended to help people learn to be more comfortable interacting with folks with disabilities, and to help nurture empathy.

Step By Step: A Brother’s Lesson in Love, Empathy and Giving Back

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Hunter Grandee recently completed a 40-mile walk in his hometown with his brother in an attempt to raise awareness about cerebral palsy. Erin Kelly examines the lesson we can all learn from his efforts.

Weighing the Scales: When Crime Collides With Humanity

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When is disability fraud okay? Evidence suggests David Disney’s actions were justified. Erin Kelly weighs in and offers a fresh perspective.

Shaping the New Face of Fear

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We live in a world where crimes of injustice occur every day, whether we’re aware of them or not. However, I think we need to make an honest effort to educate ourselves about certain things, such as bullying and the hidden depth of violence that it brings, in order to truly be moved by them enough to take action.

One Mile at a Time: Connor and Cayden Long

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These true champions redefine brotherhood.

Beyond Recess: When Disability Plays a Role in the Decline of Education for Students in the US

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, reflects on her experience as a disabled student, and the striking increase of young people who aren’t getting the education they deserve.

Cody Mulligan: Behind the Eyes

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Erin Kelly, a writer with cerebral palsy, explores the fundamental lessons that can be learned from Cody Mulligan, the first blind amateur wrestler.