Monday, April 13, 2009

Blogging Against Disablism Day will be on 1st May, 2009

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2008 is now underway. Please click here to read the contributions or register your own.


Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Friday, 1st May. This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people will blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we've made.

How to take part.

1. Post a comment below to say you intend to join in. I will then add you to the list of participants on the sidebar of this blog. Everyone is welcome.

2. Spread the word by linking to this site, displaying our banner and/ or telling everyone about it. The entire success of Blogging Against Disablism Day depends entirely on bloggers telling other bloggers and readers in advance.

3. Write a post on the subject of disability discrimination, disablism or ableism and publish it on May 1st - or as close as you are able. Podcasts, videocasts and on-line art are also welcome. You can cover any subject, specific or general, personal, social or political. In the previous three BADD, folks have written about all manner of subjects, from discrimination in education and employment, through health care, parenting, family life and relationships, as well as the interaction of disablism with racism and sexism. Every year I have been asked, so it's worth saying; the discrimination experienced by people with mental ill health is disablism, so naturally such posts are welcome too.

You can see the archives for previous years here: 2006, 2007, 2008.

Blogging Against Disablism Day is not a carnival of previously published material. The point about doing this around one day is that it is a communal effort and all the posts connect to one another. You can of course use your own post to promote other things you've written as you wish.

4. Come back here to Diary of a Goldfish on the day to let everyone know that you've posted and to check out what other people have written. I shall post links to everyone's posts throughout the day, creating an archive. However, I do need you to comment and leave the URL of your post or else I shan't find your post and won't be able to link to it.


Accessibility

Naturally, Blogging Against Disablism Day invites contributions from people with all variety of impairments and none at all. You are welcome to contribute with podcasts, video-blogging or anything else that allows you to take part. And whilst May 1st is when this all takes place, nobody who happens to have a bad day that Friday is going to be left out of the archive.

If anyone has any questions about web accessibility, JackP has suggested checking out the Accessify Forum.

I am not an expert on web accessibility myself, so if there are any suggestions about how I can make this day more accessible, please e-mail me at diaryofagoldfish at googlemail.com


The Linguistic Amnesty

Whilst discussions about language and the way it can be used to oppress or empower us are more than welcome, please respect the language that people, particularly to describe themselves in their own contributions. We all have personal preferences, there are cultural variations and different political positions which affect the language we use. Meanwhile, non-disabled contributors can become nervous about using the most appropriate language to use, so please cut everyone as much slack as possible on the day.

At the same time, do not feel you have to use the same language that I do, even to talk about "disablism". If you prefer to blog against disability discrimination, ableism or blog for disability equality, then feel free to do so.

Last year I wrote a basic guide to the Language of Disability which I hope might explain some of the thinking behind the different language disabled people prefer to use about themselves.


Links & Banners


To link back to this post, simply copy and paste the following code:


These banners have seemed popular over the last couple of years and I can't think of anything better. If anyone fancies editing these images or coming up with something new, then please do so. You are free to use these as you like, so long as you use them in support of Blogging Against Disablism Day. If you already have the banner, you just need to change the URL that it links to from last year's BADD. Otherwise, you simply need to copy the contents of one of these boxes and paste it on your blog, in a post or on the sidebar as you like. The banners come in two colour combinations and two sizes. The sizes are a 206 pixels square or 150 x 200 pixels.

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009This is the black and white banner which reads "Blogging Against Disablism". Here's the code for the square one:



And here's the code for the narrower one (which can be seen here):




Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2009This is the colourful banner which reads "Blogging Against Disablism". This is the code for the square one:



And here's the code for the narrower one (which can be seen here):




Please leave a (comment including the URL of your blog) to let everyone know you are joining in and I shall add a link to you on the sidebar. Also, if you have any questions, please ask.

272 comments:

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homepaddock said...

I'm with you too - http://homepaddock.wordpress.com/

liberalandproud said...

I intend to post, although I'm still not sure what I'm going to write about.
blueinredsville.blogspot.com

homepaddock said...

My post is here: http://homepaddock.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/losing-fear-and-ignorance-of-disability/

Jo Tamar said...

Thanks again for co-ordinating BADD!

I have now posted:
http://jotamar.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/accessibility-choice-accommodation-and-equalit/

Smiffy said...

Post not yet written, but will appear under http://www.smiffysplace.com/against-disablism (What's there now is from previous years.) Yay! Year 4!

starrlife said...

I did It! Here it is:http://starrlife.wordpress.com/2009/04/30/abled-vs-disabled/
Thanks so much for sponsoring this Goldfish!

Damon Lord said...

I have now posted: http://saiminu.blogspot.com/2009/05/blinkered-life-blogging-against.html

Michelle said...

I'm in!

Nic said...

Ok, job done :)

Something funny happened at the grocery store.

Public's Attitudes (http://accessibility.net.nz/blog/publics-attitudes-blogging-against-disablism-day-2009/)

Linda Radfem said...

Here is my contribution. I wrote this in a state of grief so if it's a little incoherent, I apologise.

Linda Radfem said...

Here is my contribution...

melloncollieclo said...

http://anothernobody.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/blogging-against-disablism-invisible-disabilities/

Posted!

hoping to get another one up sometime too. So much i want to say but my brain does not seem to want to cooperate.

jenniferfitz said...

Planning to post. Will probably be one of the late writers. Will let you know when posts are published.

Jen.

Full Tilt said...

My first BADD. Fulltiltwheelie.blogspot.com.

PS: Had trouble posting BADD banner. Any suggestions?

Full Tilt

whirlwitch said...

I'm putting up a post on my Livejournal, hopefully will be up in my timezone tomorrow.

Smiffy said...

OK, yer tiz: http://www.smiffysplace.com/badd-headline-dress-as-a-disabled-person

Will do more if not overcome by my 'flu jab!

hollykearl said...

I'll be posting a story on my blog: http://streetharassment.wordpress.com. It's not May 1 yet where I am so I'll post it in the morning :) Thanks for doing this!

SkylersDad said...

Hi everyone, I have a post up about my son and our school experience.

http://skylersdad.blogspot.com/

Sean said...

http://transabled.org/thoughts/sean-thoughts/who-has-to-pay-for-surgery-for-biid-badd.htmDone :)

Joseph Karr O'Connor said...

Wrote Disablism blog article at:

http://www.blacktelephone.com/siobhan-the-soundbeam-and-disablism/

It should go in the Education section.

http://twitter.com/csunwebmaster

Lisa said...

I intend to take part, but probably won't find the spoons to until Sunday.

Gordon said...

Freshly published:
http://gd-zone.blogspot.com/2009/05/life-apart.html

metalsunflower said...

I've posted here:
http://metalsunflower.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/opening-my-shortsighted-eyes/
thanks for doing this.
Rachel

Michelle said...

mine's up! http://genocide.change.org/blog/view/blogging_against_disablism_denial_of_the_right_to_exist

Complicity Theory said...

I'm posting at http://jasonnolan.net (which gets reposted to LJ and VOX.

Joey said...

Will be posting something here, too. :) Good initiative! I'm glad a friend told me about it yesterday. http://greenie-breizh.livejournal.com

Greg said...

Here is my post for today!

http://pittrehab.blogspot.com/2009/05/4th-blogging-against-disablism-day.html

beckie weinheimer said...

http://bweinheimerdisabilitesdiscrimination.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disablism-day-will-be.html

My blog is Disabilities the invisible discrimination.

I am a parent of a child with disabilities and my comments are the pros and cons of funding special ed in public schools. Are there really any cons? I guess my blog post is the pros of funding special ed in public schools! :)

Mona said...

I'm late to comment, but I would like to participate.

beckie weinheimer said...

http://bweinheimerdisabilitesdiscrimination.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disablism-day-will-be.html

I am a parent of a child with disabilities. I have written a blog on the pros of special ed funding and how it made my daughters life so rich and complete

Ashley's Mom said...

My post is up at The Illusion of Inclusion.

Deborah

jadelennox said...

I've posted today: http://jadelennox.dreamwidth.org/346894.html

intralimina said...

I have posted!

http://autism.change.org/blog/view/just_because_im_quiet_doesnt_mean_i_dont_understand

-Dora

bitch queen emily, PhD said...

here is my post, about being the partner of a PWD.

http://sexualambiguities.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disablism-day.html

Outside the Circle said...

I'd like to participate if it's not too late for me to sign up.

Laura said...

My post is at:
http://touchedbyanalien.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disablism-2009.html

-Laura

Chris said...

Just published my first BADD post. Thanks for Ira Socal for bringing this BADD event to my attention.

vocal minority said...

http://vocalminority.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/blogging-against-disablism/

I'm up! Thanks for linking.

Chris said...

Here is my BADD post url: http://rantingharetek.blogspot.com
Thanks for doing this!

Flash Bristow said...

I've posted: http://techiebabe.livejournal.com/795260.html

spectrumbeach said...

I am late to the game, my head is still in April. But I've posted your link at my blog and think this is just a wonderful event. Thank you!

Full Tilt said...

I'm in! fulltiltwheelie.blogspot.com/BADD 2009 reflections on language/

First timer and my first link to this seems to have been eaten by blogger???

Alyssa said...

My blog is at: http://kiriamaya.deninet.com/

I'm working on my post right now, and will comment on your other post when it's up. :)

Erin said...

Will be blogging on my Facebook and will post the link when finished. Thanks!

Cmdr Foley said...

Hello!

I blogged about Disablism and Medicare here:
http://healthcare.change.org/blog/view/medicare_and_disablism

stargazer said...

um, yeah, i'm a bit new to all this, but put up my post last night (and have corrected it per your instructions this afternoon - sorry 'bout that). i hope it's ok now.

anyway, it's here:

http://kiwistargazer.blogspot.com/2009/05/against-disablism.html

thanx for starting this initiative.

Alan said...

Today I posted a critique of a recent article about Autism culture in Salon.

Gonzo said...

Just finished my post for BADD, I'm a bit late, because my apartment got flooded. (No joke!)
It's also the first time I'm participating.

My blog:
http://gonzogalore.blogspot.com/

My post is here:
http://gonzogalore.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-supremacist-attitudes.html

Mona said...

I've posted. sigmabond.blogspot.com

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Laura said...

I have posted
http://touchedbyanalien.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disablism-2009.html

-Laura

Jay said...

Just posted:
http://simuljustis.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disableism-day-2009.html
Probably fits best into Individual Journeys, or Interacting with Other Oppressions.

grace said...

Would this count as a BADD post? I'm not sure, because I have such mixed thoughts/views/ideas on disability/disablism. But my post is here at http://yetanothergodblogaboutbabies.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/trust-or-lack-thereof/ anyway. It's just a personal journey, I think...

Knitting Clio said...

Once again, I'm a day late:
http://hmprescott.wordpress.com/2009/05/02/blogging-against-disabilism-one-day-late/

Shamiraash said...

A. My BADD post URL is:

http://aspitude.blogspot.com/2009/05/blogging-against-disablism-day-2009.html

The title is: Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009

B. Suggested category:

Disablism in Literature, Culture and the Media

C. My blog site is titled:

Aspitude!

Trinity said...

Here's mineL http://trinityva.livejournal.com/1023191.html

Lindsay said...

Hi, it's late, but I have a post up here.

My blog: Autist's Corner
http://autistscorner.blogspot.com

Maddy said...

How quickly a year goes by. I wonder what has changed? Looking forward to reading some positive energy posts.
Cheers

Maddy said...

Done. Only a small contribution I'm afraid. I shall be back later [probably over the weekend if some time allows] to read other people's.

Thanks so much for organizing this once again.
Cheers

Stuff could always be worse said...

I just found this sign, I know it is too late but I like the disablism sign.
My blog is about MS Multiple Sclerosis
Kim

Kellie said...

Hello I just added you to my blog
http://kelliespsychoward.blogspot.com/
Thank you for all that you are doing to bring awareness.
Kellie

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Really this blog will contains the message for the BADD to work very well like a normal man. You don't find any difference between the other human beings. Thanks for your posting about the disabling people. After reading this, the tears are coming out of my eyes.
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Victor said...

hallo from victor

cinner said...

Hi I just found your site and I have a disability. I would love to do this next year, I am going to put on of the blogging against disablism on my blog. I think this is just a brilliant idea.

http://whowhatwhenwhereandwhy.blogspot.com

Thankyou for awareness!

Barbara said...

In behalf of my disabled son include me! I can not make a physical appearance, but I will certainly be there in spirit. Thanks so much for sharing this information.

Editor said...

Hi

Its now 2010 ....

Is there going to be a Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010?

If so ... Is too early to start requesting information ? Because I'm in if its happening!

George
www.disabilitydirect.org

Jonathon Moxon said...

I feel sad that I just stumbled across this now that May 1st is nearly over. I write about my experiences with my disability, bipolar disorder, and am looking for any like minded blogging individuals out there. http://jonathonmoxon.blogspot.com

Beppie said...

I've done a post about fictional heroes with diabilities here:
http://hoydenabouttown.com/20100502.7487/belated-badd-fictional-heroes-with-disabilities/

Lateef McLeod said...

I would like to participate in the next BADD. Is it still happening this May. My blog is at: bit.ly/lateefsview.

forum widget said...

Thank you for this post. for more than 3 years this post has helped me blogging against disablism, and I shared it with a lot of my friends. Thank you!

C. G. Browning said...

As someone with Autistic Spectrum Issues that grew up in the Suburbs and the public schools, that the Situation for Ableism/Disableism for any one with learning disabilities (called "Educationally Handicapped" at the time) was a given, if not considered a "Right" for the so called "Normal" kids. Any one wath a learning disability was "Retarded."

This is the first time I have heard this term, and it should be up there wath Racism & Sexism, Etc.

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