Thanks very much to everybody signing up to Blogging Against Disablism Day so far.
Yesterday the event got a mention on BBC Ouch thanks to Lady Bracknell and on Ragged Edge thanks to Mary over at Edge-Centric. Natasha from Audacity Magazine has also said she’ll give us a mention. Other sites linking to us include Breakthrough UK, Pam’s House Blend and H2CM. If anybody can think of anybody else who might be interested in increasing the exposure of this event, do chirp up.
Four points I should make clear, having received a few questions about these things:
1. Blogging Against Disablism Day is open to everybody, disabled and non-disabled. We already have a good number of non-disabled participating bloggers. Non-disabled people who wish to take part may have disabled family or friends, or they may work closely with disabled people. Then again, they may simply be interested in the principles of fairness and equality, and recognise eliminating disablism as part of that.
2. Blogging Against Disablism Day is obviously about blogging, but I think we can be fairly loose with our definition of this to include things like Do You Speak English? and podcasting as mentioned by Kerri, which may be far easier and more accessible for some of us. So long as it is something which is published on May 1st, and is against disablism.
3. Disablism and Ableism are exactly the same thing as far as I can work out – I have always heard it described as the former, but as Becky pointed out it is more often described as the latter in different parts of the world. I am sure there must be arguments for using one rather than the other, I don’t know.
4. Disablism effects people with all sorts of impairments; this is by no means a phenomenon restricted to those of us with physical conditions. My own condition involves a mixture of cognitive and physical effects, and I have experienced mental ill health. Varying symptoms provoke quite different prejudices and obstacles, but the same mechanism is involved. In many ways, people with mental ill health, conditions like Autism and learning difficulties face more prejudice than the wheelchair-using archetype of a disabled person.
Do shout if you have any other questions or if you notice any mistakes, or anything at all.
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Update 21/ 04/ 06: Please read the One in Seven post over at the Perorations of Lady Bracknell