Hi Everyone! my name Stephanie Olarte I am an advocate for Disability Rights, Reproductive Justice, Women’s Rights, Racial Justice, Immigrant Rights amongst so many other issues that our country and the world go through. I am also an organizer, event and workshop planner and a woman with a disability that loves to take risks! I am aware of my limits and I embrace my disability as an asset because despite what people think, my disability has made me strong and resilient. I have a Master’s in Political Science and a Bachelors in Global Tourism. Going to school and beginning a career in something I love was a goal that I made sure I could achieve. I am grateful for the support and motivation given to me by family (Mother and Sister) and my friends. I am not done though I see a PhD in the future!
I decided to start CaneIwalk because I was getting tired of being the ONLY Latina with a disability in spaces like boards, coalitions, and organizations that were committed to doing progressive work in our communities without doing a good job on intersectional work with communities of color or people with disabilities.
CaneIwalk wants to invest, encourage, and empower our youth with disabilities. The disability community continues to be one of the most vulnerable, and fastest growing in the country and the worldwide. Youth with disabilities will have the opportunity to become leaders in our communities, to be given tools and resources that they can use to grow as an individual and professional. CaneIwalk was created because we saw the need to build these spaces where youth with disabilities can participate and feel included. The thought of someone with a disability comes with injustices, stereotype, discrimination; Our youth suffer the most feeling maybe discouraged and unable to find a path to creating goals, working on them and achieving success. CaneIwalk seeks to dismantle that by building leaders, allies that will help center these issues, and find solutions that they themselves can advocate on.
CaneIWalk envisions an inclusive society where our youth with disabilities have access, support and confidence to reach their full potential. Education, Mentorship, and Community Engagement is key our vision for youth with disabilities to be empowered and inspired to succeed.
“I do not have a disability, I have a gift! Others may see it as a disability, but I see it as a challenge. This challenge is a gift because I have to become stronger to get around it, and smarter to figure out how to use it; others should be so lucky.” ― Shane E. Bryan
Empowering and amplifying the voices of youth with disabilities to reach their full potential by providing Innovative mentoring programs, youth leadership and development programs, Social Justice/Civic and community engagement programs. We want to motivate our disabled youth to reach their personal, educational and professional goals while guiding our public and private sectors to be more inclusive.
We welcome and include people of all abilities, identities and background, being inclusive is essential to help the voices of disabled youth and adults be amplified. That ally ship is how our movement and progress continues.