"Just because you have physical proximity to an individual or a community; it doesn't mean that you have actually positioned yourself to be receptive, discerning, and appropriately responsive to their needs. It takes active learning, loving, and listening. Individuals and communities are not projects."
- Mayia Warren, 2021
Embracing Built Different and Advocating with Intent to Impact
Mayia Warren is an extraordinary individual who has dedicated her life to advocating for invisible disabilities, albinism, and chronic illnesses. Her passion for creating positive change and her unique approach to raising awareness has earned her numerous accolades in the field. Mayia employs various mediums such as creative communication, traditional artistry, media, music, writing, and digital content to establish effective initiatives within the disability arena.
As someone who personally navigates multiple invisible chronic conditions, Mayia draws upon her life experiences as a powerful tool for impact.
Over the past 11 years, she has skillfully showcased her artistic abilities as a means of education and entertainment, shedding light on different aspects of her personal journey and the broader experiences of her community.
One of Mayia's notable contributions is The Better Not Bitter Podcast, a platform she created to give individuals living with various medical conditions, disabilities, and chronic illnesses a voice. Initially designed for advocacy and educational purposes, the podcast has evolved into a valuable resource for disability and advocacy organizations, parents of children with disabilities, fellow advocates, and anyone seeking a better understanding of their loved ones' journeys.
Mayia's creative endeavors extend to her online presence on YouTube, and LinkedIn, where she shares her experiences with multiple chronic health conditions and highlights the issues faced by the disability and chronic illness communities. She meticulously plans, designs, and implements advocacy and awareness campaigns through social media and organizational partnerships, utilizing these platforms as tools for creation, research, and engagement.
Recognized as a leading figure in her community, Mayia actively collaborates with several local, state and global organizations as a resource, ambassador, mentor, speaker, and consultant. Her insights into the exclusion of people with disabilities in pursuit of ineffectual quotas, hypocritical practices within the D.E.I space, mental health as an integral aspect of navigating the world differently, impactful youth/young adult programming, racial disparities, technological access, and skills gaps, creating advocacy content, and combating ableism have proven invaluable to these organizations.
Currently residing in Greensboro, NC, Mayia dedicates herself full-time to advocacy work and community service. Her impact extends beyond local borders, as she continues to serve statewide, nationally, and internationally. Throughout her journey, Mayia has discovered that God's hand has been instrumental in shaping her story. Every day, she witnesses new pages unfolding as God uses her experiences with pain as opportunities to advocate, create art, and serve others. Mayia Warren exemplifies the power of embracing the concept of being Built Different(ly) and turning personal challenges into a catalyst for positive change.
Memberships, Ambassadorships, and Organizational Partners
To collaborate with Mayia, donate to Invisible Disabilities Association, the Better Not Bitter Podcast, and more.
Check out Mayia Warren's story and perspective featured on the Nurse Loves Essentials Blog.
Read as Mayia chronicles the experience of living with chronic illness in this featured blog post with Chronic Joy Ministries.
Mayia is the graphic designer, co host, editor and consultant for the The Exceptional Experience Podcast sponsored and attributed to the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center. The Exceptional Experience Podcast serves to empower the voices of youth and young adults with disabilities.
The goal of my brand is to serve and produce content that encourages, and advocates for the communities that I serve. These communities include those with disability. I aspire to achieve this goal by utilizing social media, podcasting platforms, and collaborations with organizations and fellow creatives.
Empower, encourage and inspire others through the power digital creativity, authenticity and service.