As part of Princeton’s 2022 Wintersession offerings, actress/comedian, disability advocate, and Princeton Arts Fellow Maysoon Zayid shares her wisdom and experience to teach participants who identify as disabled how to advocate for themselves.

Maysoon has spent the past two decades fighting for her right to equal access. In this workshop, she shares her wisdom with the disability community at Princeton, so that they can avoid the same obstacles she faced. The goal of this workshop will be to teach participants who identify as disabled how to advocate for themselves. For many University students, this might be their first time having to advocate for themselves; for them, this workshop will be Disability Rights 101. Maysoon will arm participants with the knowledge necessary to destigmatize asking for accommodations. They will also be empowered to live their best lives and demand equal access not as a favor, but because it is the law.

All abilities are also welcome at this virtual workshop.

Presented by the Office of Wintersession.

Tickets + Details

The virtual workshop is free and open to Princeton University students, faculty and staff. Registration required; Register on MyPrincetonU. Zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to event date. Members of the Princeton University community can also log in with netID to our Virtual Events Page to view Zoom link and passcode.

COVID-19 Guidance + Updates

Per Princeton University policy, all guests are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to wear a mask when indoors.


Attendees in need of access accommodations are invited to contact the Lewis Center at 609-258-5262 or email


maysoon seated and smiling in long purple dress

Maysoon Zayid, actress, comedian, writer, and disability advocate. Photo credit: Michelle Kinney

Maysoon Zayid is a comedian, actress, writer, and disability advocate. She is a graduate of Arizona State University and a Princeton Arts Fellow. Maysoon is the co-founder/co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival and The Muslim Funny Fest. She was a full-time on-air contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann and a columnist for The Daily Beast. She has appeared on 60 Minutes, CNN, ABC News, and Oprah Winfrey Networks. Maysoon had the most-viewed TED Talk of 2014 and was named “1 of 100 Women of 2015” by the BBC.

As a professional comedian, Maysoon has sold out top New York clubs and has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Together Live Tour. Maysoon appeared alongside Adam Sandler in You Don’t Mess with the Zohan and has written for Glamour Magazine. She limped in New York Fashion Week and is a recurring character on General Hospital. She is the author of the best-selling memoir Find Another Dream and is collaborating with the legendary Scholastic on a comic book series.

Presented By

  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Office of Wintersession