I am replacing the May 1st post with this one as this space has already got so many links to it and will the place folks are most likely to come back to.
Thank you very much to everyone for your contributions and comments on Blogging Against Disablism Day.
Some people to thank in particular. Lady Bracknell has been an absolute rock through this, she advised me about revisions to my original idea, helped spread the word to BBC Ouch, wrote the inspiring One In Seven and took on half the work in the last few days, reading and catergorising blogs.
Both BBC Ouch and Ragged Edge have given us loads of support and exposure. Several bloggers helped spread the word through the blogosphere, on forums and through other contacts.
Writing on a set subject on a specified day isn't always easy for people with restrictive impairments and/ or work schedules so I realise that many people had to juggle things around or push themselves especially hard to contribute. So thanks very much to them.
I also realised that having this event on a single day meant that some people, such as Bookgirl were not able to contribute as they would have liked. That is certainly something which must be thought about in the future.
Lady Bracknell and I intended to do a summing-up exercise, where we discussed the various subjects raised. However, given the vast quantity and high quality of posts, it would take us an amount of time and energy which we simply don't have in order to do justice to such a task.
It would also be immensely difficult to talk about highlights. A number of bloggers have reflected on their own favourite posts. I gave a short list to Crippled Monkey which I hoped emphasised the wide variety of topics covered. However, there were so many excellent posts, some funny or fascinating, others inspiring and some deeply moving, each powerful for very different reasons. It doesn't seem fair, as hosts of the event, to discuss favourites at the risk of missing anyone out.
Everybody who participated will have made a difference. In fact, could it be a coincidence that it was on May 1st that Blogger installed Audio Verification alongside the Word Verification on the commenting facility? Well, you never know.
However, instead of a lengthy write-up, we have attempted to roughly catergorise the posts and used permanent links so that folks can refer back to this in the future.
It was quite a task to categorise everybody. Obviously, some people touched on more than one subject, so these categories are approximate. I shall almost certainly do some shuffling around as I read over some of these posts a second time, so do bear with me if it doesn't make perfect sense just yet.
However if anybody spots an obvious mistake or an omission, don't hestitate to speak up.
Thanks very much to everyone.
Blogging Against Disablism Day 2006
List of Participating Blogs