Anne Finger is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, who has taught disability studies and creative writing at both the university level and in community writing workshops. Her short story collection, Call Me Ahab, won the Prairie Schooner Prize and was nominated for the Northern California Book Award. Her next novel, A Woman, in Bed was published by Cinco Puntos Press in the Fall of 2017.
Alice Sheppard earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Cornell University and was granted tenure and promotion to Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. She is now a professional disabled dancer.
Milton Reynolds is a senior program associate with Facing History and Ourselves. Before joining Facing History he spent over ten years as a middle school teacher, a diversity/communications consultant and as a curriculum design specialist and has over 30 years of counseling experience. Dedicated to improving dialogue and implementing innovative solutions to address difficult social issues such as race relations and juvenile justice and delinquency concerns, Milton sustains a high level of engagement in his home community.
Bryan Bashin has been active in the blind community of Northern California for over 25 years.
Following graduation from UC Berkeley with a degree in journalism, he worked as a science writer for Bay Area newspapers. He has served as Regional commissioner at the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services. From 1998-2004, he was Executive Director at the Society for the Blind in Sacramento, California. From 2005-2010, he worked as a consultant, assisting blind professionals entering the job market.
Anita Silvers is professor and former chair of the Philosophy Department at SF State and a nationally recognized advocate for disability rights. Disabled by polio as a child, Silvers is a leading advocate for equality for persons with disabilities. Her papers and books have contributed to the legal interpretation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, enacted in 1990. Her groundbreaking and acclaimed monograph, “Disability. Difference. Discrimination: Formal Justice” (1998) is widely cited in legal affairs.
Steve Harris is a consultant providing legal, strategy and corporate affairs management services to organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and nationally. Steve was retained to help create Cometa Networks, a joint-venture of Intel, ATT and IBM. He has served as senior vice-president—Corporate Affairs and General Counsel for SoftNet Systems, Inc., a public company and leading provider of high-speed internet access and related services over cable, satellite and wireless technologies. He was responsible for legal, communications, human resources and other corporate matters.