Tribute Award for Advocacy
How do we tell the disability story?
with disabilities rarely see themselves reflected in mainstream media.
When they do appear, it is often in stories that present them as either
tragic or saintly.
Except when the story is told by Louise Kinross. Louise tells
compelling stories that go beyond the headlines while giving people the
opportunity to rethink their perceptions of disability and ability.
Motivated by experience in caring for her son (she has four children and
one grandchild), who has a rare genetic disorder, Louise has become
known worldwide as a champion for promoting awareness and providing
encouragement for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.
Louise is special projects manager at Holland Bloorview Kids
Rehabilitation Hospital. In that capacity she has distinguished herself
as an influential voice in the organization and a valued colleague. But
she is best known for her brilliant work as the managing editor of
BLOOM, an internationally celebrated blog and multi-media platform that
explores news and issues surrounding childhood disability. BLOOM is read
in 160 countries around the world.
Through her thoughtful leadership and courageous journalism, Louise
has propelled BLOOM to become a powerful awareness-building platform.
Over the years, Louise has deepened her bold commitment to producing
articles, videos and live interviews that advance disability justice and
Admirers of her work are many. Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the
Tree, says BLOOM “is…an invaluable addition to the literature of
disability and difficulty.” And Ian Brown, Globe & Mail reporter and
author of The Boy in the Moon, describes BLOOM as “the single best
magazine and website about disabilities that I have read. It always
addresses practical issues, but it always does so in the widest and
deepest way, describing people and perspectives and telling stories that
stay with me for months after reading them.”
Accolades aside, Louise remains authentic in her engagement with
others, and she is consistently curious to learn more from anyone
willing to share their experiences and accomplishments in the disability
world. She is driven by an unwavering commitment to ethical journalism,
bold storytelling, and anti-ableism that pushes the boundaries of
equity, diversity, and inclusion in society. We are lucky to have her
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