Kestrell Verlager is an independent scholar and disability advocate, a Co-Lead of the Boston Accessibility Group, and holds a master's degree in media studies from MIT. While an undergraduate at UMass Boston, Kestrell began integrating trickster and hacker tactics into her advocacy work as a way of infiltrating the spaces and technologies that people with disabilities are often prevented from accessing. Her advocacy work led to an interest in examining the long history of characters with disabilities present in science fiction, which became her thesis subject: Images of Disability and Technology in Science Fiction Media. You can read it and other writings at her web page at

In recent years, Kestrell's advocacy work has focused on health care equity and the technologies people use to access health care.

Kestrell's interests range from people with disabilities as early adopters and adapters of technology to the use of common materials such as 3D printing and Lego to create affordable prosthetics. She is also an advocate for accessible books; if you have questions, please ask!

Kestrell blogs about disability, technology, and books at Notable posts include the three-part series "What Good Writers Still Get Wrong About Blind People" (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3), which she presented as a talk at Readercon in 2010.