Examples of My Recent Work
Creating justice through storytelling, legal advocacy, and policy development.
I have published over 30 articles in over 10 publications. Below are just a few examples of my work:
"Ariella Barker, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, says people often assume that disability civil rights laws provide an advantage they do not."
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"Barker has changed many aspects of her life to protect herself from being attacked again, because it hasn’t happened to her once – it has happened twice. And there have been other near misses."
"Barker said one of the most powerful exercises at the summit was to write her obituary. 'Writing my obituary was powerful for me,' she said. 'I came close to death many times, so it was not theoretical for me. It made me think about the future in a way that was positive and real now that I’m healthy again.'”
"To mark Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, Jewish advocates share their thoughts on how the community is doing in terms of including them."
"Ariella Barker of Massachusetts has Spinal Muscular Atrophy. Due to her globe-trotting lifestyle, Barker lives in constant concern about her wheelchair becoming damaged or lost during her travels. The TOM make-a-thon students prototyped their 'Power Wheelchair Brace + Carrying Case,' custom for Ariella’s Permobil C400 wheelchair to protecting it as she travels through airports."
“'Chairs are not made for a woman’s butt and hips,' attorney, former Miss Wheelchair North Carolina and current MPA Candidate at Harvard Kennedy Business School, Ariella Barker, offered."
"The 37-year-old Emory Law grad says she was shocked when the insurers stuck her with a roughly $260,000 bill for medical expenses tied to four hospitalizations between February 2012 and November 2013."
"We always think our interview guest is going to give us a strong interview but there is no way to predict when an interview is going to be breathtaking. Ariella Barker, advocate and activist for persons with disabilities (PwDs) gave us a truly stunning, erudite and heartfelt interview."
"We wanted you to hear the inspirational story of [Ariella's] life because we can all learn from her experience. You’ll be empowered to be your own advocate, and learn how to succeed in trying times when you barely have the strength to fight."
"Former Mooresville resident  Ariella Barker, a 33-year-old  lawyer, author and professor of law, was crowned 2014 Ms. Wheelchair North Carolina on April 5 in Asheville."