Andi Joko Prasetyo
Andi started writing news in 2015, out of his personal concerns towards the lack of exposures of disabled people by Indonesian media -- printed or online, as well as the lack of villagers' awareness towards what is happening in their village because most media only covers news from the city. Because of his two concerns, he started to write a personal blog covering things happening in his village, and with an intention to fight for disabled rights through the news, by also complying to ethical journalistic codes. Upon receiving positive responses from fellow readers, Andi and his colleagues started Warto Deso in 2017.
Annisa is a Deaf teacher who teaches at SLB BCD Nusantara Depok, Jawa Barat. She enjoys writing, reading books, painting, cooking, gardening, and photography as her hobbies.
Junita Setiawati Herlambang
Junita is a Deaf Motivator and Trainer for Beauty & Spa. She wrote a book about her lived experience, titled, "The Journey of Grace, Menaklukkan Dunia Tanpa Suara (translated: Conquering the World without A Sound)". She has received several awards, such as, "Woman Hero" given by BEM Universitas Airlangga and Kementerian Pemberdayaan Wanita (the Ministry of Women Empowerment), as well as "Perempuan Inspiratif 2019" given by Anne Avantie Foundation.
Karina Eka Dewi Salim
Karina Lin is a writer, blogger, and a person with SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus) or Lupus. She started and organised a blog called Semangatkarin.com that focuses on topics related to lupus and autoimun.
Nabila May Sweetha
Nabila May Sweetha or Lala was born on 22 May 2003 in Pangkep Regency, South Sulawesi. This year, Lala has just graduated from SMA Negeri 11 Makassar, and regularly writes about disabilitas issues in several online media, such as ekspedisidifabel and solider.id. She became blind in 2017 because of tourch plasma virus from her rabbit, and she still loves rabbits until now. The firstborn child is obsessed in Harry Potter and chocolates. She also wrote several literature pieces such as Warisan Kematian (novel), Ubur-ubur Di Matamu (novel), and Kenangan Mengajari Kenangan Lainnya (anthology of short stories).
Suryandaru has experience of more than 20 years in the empowerment of people with sensoric disability -- blindness, through activities at Pertuni Daerah Jawa Tengah. His advocacy works at private colleges opens opportunies for disabled people with blindness to have fully covered tuition at Universitas Dian Nuswantoro (Udinus), to improve the quality of people with blindness, and build partnerships with disabled organisations outside of Pertuni. Suryandaru strengthened the participation of Pertuni in Central Java in their fight for disability rights in the national and international scale, maintained partnerships with government and non-governement entities, as well as being a consultant in the blind disability sector, as well as doing social campaigns and advocacies for people with blindness.
Tommy Hari Firmanda
Tommy is a person with low vision, who works as a counselor and a Disability Advisor in the Pusat Studi dan Layanan Disabilitas Universitas Brawijaya (PSLD UB), Malang. He's also and advocate and researcher in Australia-Indonesia Disability and Advocacy Network (AIDRAN). With an educational background in Psychology and Special Education, Tommy is interested in inclusive educations and learning support for students with special needs, especially for people with blindness. With that in mind, he often writes articles and embarks on research on issues related to inclusion and disability in Indonesia.
Yeni Endah Kusumaningtyas
Yeni Endah is a person with Friedreich's Ataxia and became disabled at 19 years old. She wants to keep creating works and achieve things in the literary sector, one of them through her blog https://yeniendah.blogspot.com