Welcome to the INCLUDAS community, here we empower one another with respect and commitment! We aim to bring inclusiveness and diversity into the book world by serving authors and illustrators with a vast range of abilities, and fictional characters with disabilities–from children’s books to romance novels to mystery stories. This publishing platform gives access to diversity books that readers can indulge in, gives tools to aspiring writers to help achieve dreams, and gives opportunities to partners who want to support inclusion. #diversityauthors #diversitybooks #includas
The background: Luda holds a BS in Recreation and a MA in Communication Studies from California State University of Northridge (CSUN), where she conducted an auto ethnographical study entitled, “Negotiating Space: An Autoethnography on Wheels.” The study found that: the chair is accommodated, but the person is segregated; the world is designed for the able-bodied population by the able-bodied; spaces and places hold nonverbal signs that either hold messages of exclusion or messages of inclusion; language and signs that are used to label someone as ‘disabled’ are inaccurate. From May 2013-2016, Luda served on the EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Commission for the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), which included inclusion audits at national conferences. In 2012, Luda was part of the inaugural team for the grand opening of the Student Recreation Center at CSUN. In addition to numerous inclusion projects, she interned for AEG at The GRAMMY Museum under Development, as well as Universal Studios Hollywood under Special Events & Group Sales.
The diversity: Born with muscular dystrophy, Luda Gogolushko has lived her entire life with limited mobility. Losing the full ability to walk at age nine, due to gradual weakness of the muscles, she has never stopped dreaming big. There is nothing easy about living life for someone who uses a wheelchair in a world run by the fully mobile-bodied population, but she is determined to present a different way of living, understanding, and interacting with the world.
The quote: “My goal is not to reshape perspective, my goal is to restructure thinking because that is when a new sense of culture begins to emerge.”