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Hello! I'm Amanda

 

I'm a Disability Justice and Queer Activist from the Midwest. I am a Social Worker by profession. I believe that social change and social justice have to go along with healing and resilience. My work is rooted in the understanding that we must strive to realize how we are all interconnected in order to change our little piece of the world. 

Amanda Stahl

Disability Justice & Queer Activist

 

Email:

stahlamanda3@gmail.com

amanda.activist@gmail.com

 

Location:

Louisville, KY

Date of Birth:

June 29th

Photograph by Lauren W Smith Photography
EXPERIENCE
 
October 2018-Present

Lead Organizer/Counselor

THE INDEPENDENCE SEEKER'S PROJECT

  • Developed and implemented counseling protocols

  • Directs and supervises all programming for project

  • Performed clinical counseling for adults with developmental disabilities and people with severe mental illness.

  • Specializing in trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and suicide first-aid.

  • Supervising experience with employees and student interns.

2015-February 2018

Counselor & Civic Engagement Coordinator

MATTINGLY EDGE

  • Developed and implemented counseling protocols.

  • Developed and coordinated a self- advocacy initiative for adults with developmental disabilities.

  • Performed clinical counseling for adults with developmental disabilities and people with severe mental illness.

  • Specializing in trauma, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and suicide first-aid.

  • Supervising experience with employees and student interns.

2014-2015

Case Manager

BARROWMAN

  • In charge of case load, led Plan of Care meetings where client's services were discussed and used Bio-Psycho Social Assessments to determine needs of the client.

  • Communicated clearly with medical personnel about client's needs.

  • Monitored the health, safety, and welfare of the client.

  • Assisted clients with redirecting negative behaviors into positive ones.

2011-2012

Student Intern

BRIDGEHAVEN

  • Worked with adults who have severe mental illness, experience chemical dependency and partner abuse.

  • Facilitated groups using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, narrative therapy, and emotional interviewing.

  • Responsibilities were to facilitate clinical groups with women who are coping with abuse issues and substance abuse groups, one-on-one counseling, and developed clinical curriculum to help the clients connect with their families.

EDUCATION
 
2011-2012

Master's Degree

UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ​

Masters of Science of Social Work 

2006-2009

Bachelor's Degree

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Bachelor's of Social Work 

2004-2006

Undergraduate Studies

BRESCIA UNIVERSITY

Social Work 

PARTNERS
 
SKILLS
 

Certified Social Worker

Currently under supervision for LCSW

Trained in Multiple Therapeutic Modalities

Specializes in Working with Trans Individuals and People with Disabilities

MEDIA APPEARANCES
 
BODY POLITICS DECONSTRUCTED: Amanda Stahl, Defining Fairness by Laura Ellis

I was interviewed in June of 2012 as part of the Defining Fairness Series on Louisville's Local NPR station. To listen, please click below.

STRANGE FRUIT (Radio Show) - WFPL

I was interviewed in April of 2014 at the Unconference, discussing developmental disability and sexuality. I am featured beginning at the 10 minute mark. To listen, please click below.

PRIVILEGE CHECK: A Conversation About Invisible Advantages

I was interviewed in April 2016 by Kaila Story. This series examines the concept of privilege, looking at all different kinds of privilege that people experience. To listen to the whole show please follow the link below. To listen to the excerpt containing only my segment, please scroll down. It can be found under the Section "Ability Privilege."

 
NEWS AND UPDATES
CONTACT ME

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Amanda Stahl

Disability Justice & Queer Activist

Email:

amanda.activist@gmail.com

stahlamanda3@gmail.com

NEW MEDIA APPEARANCE ON WFPL's 5 THINGS PODCAST

5 Things Podcast Interviews interesting and unique individuals and invites them to bring 5 objects to discuss, like an adult show and tell for the ears, not the eyes.  This episode was recorded on November 15th. Click here to listen to the interview.  

THE INDEPENDENCE SEEKERS PROJECT

The Independence Seekers Project is an organization led by and for individuals with developmental disabilities. ISP is a return to the heart of the Disability Rights Movement and a revolutionary model for disability advocacy organizations. Our aim is to flip the script o how Disability Justice work is done. Our model of Disability Justice, based on Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, focuses first on ensuring our participants' basic needs (self-care, love, a sense of belonging, a sense of value, etc.) are met before we explore advocacy and activism. Always secure your own oxygen mask before helping others, right?

Visit our website HERE

MEDICAID FOCUS GROUP MEETINGS

I attended the Louisville meeting on 10/10/17 with the Kentucky Department of Medicaid Services to talk about home and community based services provided through the waiver programs.

I also attended Protection & Advocacy Advisory Council Meeting 11/30/17 to discuss potential Medicaid Waiver Changes.


I was unable to attend the meeting on 12/1/17 with the Directors of Medicaid due to prior commitments, but I submitted the following statement that was read:

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