Team

The Squeaky Wheel is fully operated by a talented group of creative disabled people. If you’re interested in joining our team, please reach out to us through our contact form.

Steven Verdile
Editor-in-Chief

Steven is a multidisciplinary creative with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. He lives in New York City with his girlfriend, spending his mornings drinking iced coffee and his evenings binging television. An advocate for authentic representation in media, he created The Squeaky Wheel to amplify disabled voices and bring humor to the nuances of living with a disability.

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Nimmy Dumm
Chief Copy Editor

Nimmy is a copyeditor in Colorado living with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited retinal disease that causes low vision. She loves animals (all of them), words, and comedy.

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Woonie
Staff Writer

Lover of salty licorice, gummy bears and the outdoors. Originally from Malaysia, college in Iowa and currently living in California. Writer, runner, traveler, volunteer who happens to have Retinitis Pigmentosa. A human being hoping to change the world through words, stories and laughter.

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Leslie Moon
Staff Writer

Leslie Moon runs The Writer's Bloc on YouTube, is a Script Editor and a Video Producer. He lives with Chronic Pain Syndrome & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and is based in the U.K.

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Alexia Kemerling
Staff Writer

Alexia is a Hard of Hearing writer from Ohio. She pretends to be good at lip reading, but is actually just an expert at bullsh*tting. She is a strong advocate for disability rights and for eating breakfast foods at all hours of the day.

Kathleen Downes
Staff Writer

Kathleen Downes (she/her) is a licensed social worker, board certified patient advocate, blogger, and disability activist from suburban New York. Her work is scheduled to appear in the forthcoming anthology The Ending Hasn’t Happened Yet, a collection focusing on the intersection of disability and trauma from Sable Books.

Miranda
Staff Writer

Miranda is a rock climber, goldsmith, and nature enthusiast in the process of figuring out her new life as an incomplete paraplegic with a spinal cord injury. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

Nate Woogen
Staff Writer

Nate is standup comedian and improviser from Chicago. He lives with mild ataxic cerebral palsy and completed the Second City Writing Program. He loves wordplay, horror movies, musicals and operas.

Kevin Schaefer
Staff Writer

Kevin (he/him) is a writer, podcaster, and lifelong lover of all things pop culture. He's seen Hamilton on Broadway and has been to Disney World too many times to count. He has SMA Type 2 and is currently co-writing a graphic novel.

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Emeline Lakrout
Staff Writer

I am a blind person, young professional, recent college graduate, and guide dog handler. I am fascinated by the intersection of disability and business but also dedicated to understanding the wholistic disabled identity and following the general disability pride and justice movements.

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We also would like to express thanks to our contributing writers, as well as our illustrator Frutilily