Kathleen Downes is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois, where she earned her MSW in May 2018 and her bachelor’s in community health in 2015. She enjoys being with friends, reading, writing, and looking at photos of adorable dogs and cats, especially those of her dog Dolly. Kathleen has cerebral palsy and an anxiety disorder, disabilities that do, in fact, define her because they have shaped her view of the world. She is active in the disability community and loves to use social media to expand her circle of “disabled and proud” comrades! She blogs at The Squeaky Wheelchair and hopes to make the world a better place through her work. She lives in a suburb of New York City with her family and a charmingly squeaky purple wheelchair.