Author, screenwriter, performer, disability rights advocate, and most recently, subject of the Emmy winning documentary, The Full Nelson.
Often referred to as ‘inspirational’, Adiba Nelson wrote and self-published her first children’s book in 2013, after not being able to find a children’s book that adequately and appropriately represented her daughter (African American, with special needs). Since then she has led numerous workshops/given keynote addresses around the country for parents, educators and education professionals/paraprofessionals, focusing on disability inclusion and empowerment.
Adiba has also penned several articles for Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Lily, Ravishly, and Everyday Feminism, focusing on issues around race, parenting, disability and womanhood. In 2017she gave her first TEDx talk (Skating Downhill: The Art of Claiming Your Life), and joined the NPR affiliate Arizona Public Media as a regular contributor on Arizona Spotlight.