Today, writer, advocate, and speaker Lucia Rios is launching her new website and an Indiegogo campaign for her upcoming book project. Black Lake has been helping Lucia with the project through coaching, design, and more. We encourage you to check out luciarios.com and consider supporting her on Indiegogo!
A Book by Lucia Rios
Lucia Rios uses her personal and professional experience with disability to increase awareness of the disability experience. Lucia is currently writing a book that will tell her story through the lens of several critical themes, including identity, disability, and maximizing your opportunities no matter what abilities you have. The book will run approximately 140 pages and be available on Amazon in print and Kindle formats.
Lucia has already built a website, luciarios.com, to help promote her book and create opportunities for her to speak to groups. In her speaking, Lucia shares her experiences with people with disabilities and their friends and family. She shares her perspective on how to shift attitudes and maximize the contributions people with disabilities make in the world. Lucia’s goal is to raise $5,000 to cover the costs of creating her book, as well as initial efforts to build speaking opportunities.
More About Lucia’s Book
The book will tell Lucia’s personal story through the lens of several critical themes:
- Disability Is Not Identity. Lucia and other people with disabilities don’t want to be primarily defined by or known for their disabilities. It is not the most interesting aspect of their lives. She and they want to be recognized for their abilities first—what they can do, not what they cannot.
- Success Is Not About Where You Start, but How You Finish. Everyone is born with a portfolio of assets and liabilities. Some, like extraordinary physical abilities or disabilities, are obvious. Some, like family systems or circumstances, are less obvious to others. But success is not looking backwards and cataloging your limitations; it’s about doing well with your life, performing the tasks given you, and maximizing your opportunities.
- I Am Not a Representative of a Category. Lucia and others don’t want to be known as a racial minority or disabled person. That is dehumanizing. They want to be known as a complete and regular person, a mix of strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and disappointments.
- I Am Not Your Inspiration. Not everything I do is amazing, and I don’t need applause or admiration for living my life. Don’t reduce me to to a symbol or theme.
- I Am Not Angry, and I Don’t Feel Sorry for Myself. Don’t assume that I’m bitter and want to change your organization or values. I’m happy to live the life I’ve been given, and I can and do choose to be a happy person. And don’t pity me or overcompensate your behavior to make me overly special.