Three of our favorite SB social influencers are tireless women who make the world a little smarter, kinder, and accessible for people 'differently abled.' Tatiana, Andrea, and Laurita are intelligent, passionate, and proudly enthusiastic about living an active engaged life.
Describing herself as "just a girl on a mission for inclusion in beauty, fashion, pop culture and the arts," Tatiana Lee blogs and produces lifestyle and beauty videos. She was recently cast in an accessibility video for Apple (see her at the :34 second mark in the video below) featuring the technology company's tools for people with disabilities.
Tatiana grew up in rural Pennsylvania, 45 miles from Philadelphia, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in modeling and commercial acting.
Tatiana describes her childhood as ‘amazing.’ “My mom never made me feel like I was different. I grew up loving beauty and fashion and being in front of the camera. I wanted to see myself in magazines because I wanted the future generations to have someone to look up to and aspire to be because I didn't have that growing up. I feel it's important for a young person’s confidence especially for someone disabled.”
Besides networking in Los Angeles, her goal is to make sure Hollywood is accessible everywhere and, of course, have fun along the way!
Actor, video producer, educator
#Spina Bifida on YouTube, Andrea Lausell, runs her own YouTube channel where she creates quick informative videos about living with disability (primarily Spina Bifida) from a disabled Latina perspective. With more than 3,321 followers on social media, Andrea's platform is rapidly growing and after a 30 second video, it's easy to see why.
Describing herself as "Latina, disabled, actor," Andrea quickly pulls viewers into her world with a charming and relaxed conversational style. She treats every viewer with utter respect, often explaining to physically abled people why they shouldn't police people 'walking' into the handicapped bathroom stall (watch below), OR, how to be truly inclusive when when fighting for disabled rights. To her fans with spina bifida or a similar condition, her instructional videos range from alternative bladder control options to being disabled in high school.
A recent graduate of Florida State University, Andrea recently relocated to California to grow her channel and further her acting career. Andrea describes herself as ‘CubaRican’ (Cuban and Puerto Rican), speaks four languages, and is available as a workshop leader and public speaker.
Laura “Laurita” Tellado was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. An only child, she was three years old when her parents decided to move the family to Orlando, Florida, where she has resided ever since.
In 2009, Laurita Tellado, began chronicling her search for a spokesperson for spina bifida. “Holdin’ Out for a Hero” was initially a year-long project to find a national spokesperson for the spina bifida community and generate public interest and awareness. She believes people should care because "SB is the number one cause of paralysis in children in America and that while taking folic acid helps prevent spina bifida, there is no known cure."
As a trilingual freelance writer and blogger, Laurita was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, moving to Orlando, Florida at age three. She holds a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.
Although a single hero did not emerge from the Holdin' project, in 2014 Laurita established The Laurita Spina Bifida Project, a non profit whose mission is to "promote positive awareness of spina bifida and unite spina bifida communities across the globe."
Last month, she travelled to Ghent, Belgium to attend the International Federation of Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IFSBH) 27th annual conference, Turning Points, focused on "secured, prolonged and improved life for human beings who live with spina bifida and hydrocephalus."
Laurita turns 30 on November 16th. She is a close friend of the magazine and present at its birth. Happy Birthday!