------------ ---------- Diary of a Goldfish: Blogging Against Disablism Day will be May 1st, 2011

Diary of a Goldfish

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blogging Against Disablism Day will be May 1st, 2011

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2011Blogging Against Disablism Day is now Under Way! Please click here to see this year's contributions.

Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Sunday, 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, disablism or ableism. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we've made.

This will be the fifth anniversary of our first Blogging Against Disablism Day in 2006 and this year promises to be a particularly good one. The disability blogosophere continues to grow from strength to strength and more people are motivated to speak out about disability issues than ever before.

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 and everybody's experience matters.

2. Spread the word by linking back to this post, 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, on your blogs, on forums, wherever you can get the word out.

The abbreviated URL for this page is http://tinyurl.com/badd2011 and our twitter hashtag is #badd2011

3. Write a post on the subject of disability discrimination, disablism or ableism and publish it on Sunday May 1st - or as close as you are able. Podcasts, videocasts, art and photography are also welcome. You can cover any subject, specific or general, personal, social or political. In the previous five BADDs, 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 other "isms", the history of disability discrimination and much more. You can browse through the archives for previous years here: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010.

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 as welcome as the rest.

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 May 1st 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 (slowly) throughout the day, creating an archive. However, I will 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.


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, photography 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 Saturday is going to be left out of the archive.

If anyone has any questions about web accessibility,Irecommend 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 use, 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. Sometimes people use language to describe themselves which you may find offensive or upsetting. 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.

In 2008 I wrote a very 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 am yet to 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 and mess with 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 2011This 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 2011This 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.

If you have any questions, please ask here or e-mail at diaryofagoldfish at googlemail.com

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Comments on "Blogging Against Disablism Day will be May 1st, 2011"


Blogger Stephen said ... (9:49 AM) : 

Very much looking forward to the day. I'll be there.



Blogger Funky Mango said ... (9:51 AM) : 

I'm in!



Blogger BenefitScroungingScum said ... (10:41 AM) : 

I'm in! Probably late as usual, but definitely in! Want us to put the word out on BoB etc? Hope you're doing ok Xx


Anonymous Maija Haavisto said ... (11:06 AM) : 

I participated in 2009 (I think) with my low dose naltrexone blog. This year I plan to participate in Finnish with my disability/author blog, http://www.ilmestykset.net (I will provide an English translation or at least a summary).


OpenID kethry said ... (11:08 AM) : 

I'm actually writing an essay for college at the moment on lot of disabled people in Ancient Greece, doing a lot of reading around (and having my eyes well and truly opened in the process). So yes, this will fit in very well with May 1st - will do something on my experiences of education as well. Count me in!!

[lets try this again, linked to the right bloomin' profile this time...]


OpenID samedifference1.com said ... (11:40 AM) : 

I'm in1 www.samedifference1.com


OpenID samedifference1.com said ... (12:08 PM) : 

Just scheduled my contribution for midnight on May 1st!


OpenID starrlife said ... (12:16 PM) : 

Wouldn't miss it for the world!


Blogger The Goldfish said ... (1:17 PM) : 

Thanks everyone,

BenenfitScroungingScum - yes please! BADD attracts a lot of diverse traffic, so it's worth using it to get the word out about benefits and public service cuts to folks who perhaps aren't so politicised.


Blogger Spaz Girl said ... (1:31 PM) : 

I'll be there, wouldn't miss it for the world, even though that's the start of Finals Week for me and I'll be rolling/crutching around like a chicken with it's head cut off! Trying to remember if this is my fourth or fifth BADD......I think fourth.



Anonymous Terri Mauro said ... (3:08 PM) : 

I participated in 2008 and would like to do so again this year. http://specialchildren.about.com


Blogger Lisa said ... (3:17 PM) : 




Blogger Allison said ... (3:28 PM) : 

Count me in as well:



Anonymous Cripz: A Webcomic said ... (4:16 PM) : 

We'll be there! Got something real special planned too :) http://www.cripzthecomic.com


Blogger CapriUni said ... (12:14 AM) : 

I'll be there! I'm already working on my post!

Here where I'll be posting it (a new blog since last year)*:

*Last year (and the year before) I posted at "Notes, Notings and common refrains"


Anonymous s.e. smith said ... (1:37 AM) : 

I'll be participating with a post on disability and labour rights at this ain't livin'!


Blogger Attila The Mom said ... (1:39 AM) : 

Can't wait to read all the submissions! I'm in.


Anonymous monica said ... (3:02 AM) : 

I'm in. http://pastthestorm.tumblr.com


Blogger Wheelchair Dancer said ... (3:48 AM) : 

me, me, meeeeeeeeeee. I want to participate


OpenID automaticdoor said ... (4:54 AM) : 

I'll be there!

my blog: Things Fall Apart


OpenID Magda Anne said ... (9:02 AM) : 

I’ll definitely try to write for the event itself, and will be signal-boosting for sure! :)

Thanks for organising this! ♥


Blogger Ruth said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Count me in! Thanks.



Anonymous Liz Henry said ... (7:14 PM) : 

I'm in ! Yay!


Blogger Richard McTaggart said ... (7:40 PM) : 

I was disabled back in 1990*
following a brain heamorrhage*
I can use the computer*
thank god*
today I found,
same difference*
nice work*
for my own research*
I checked on!
Conservative policy on disability*
a very interesting statement by,
Mark Harper* appered!
must read. V
now I know how student's feel*


Anonymous Ruth Madison said ... (8:00 PM) : 

I would like to participate!



Blogger Nic said ... (11:03 PM) : 

This comment has been removed by the author.


Anonymous vavroom said ... (11:04 PM) : 

I'm in, for another year!

Glad to see there's a twitter hashtag this year :)



Blogger Catherine Roy said ... (11:41 PM) : 

I will be happy to contribute :)


Blogger Neurodivergent K said ... (4:39 AM) : 

I'm in! And oh do i have a lot to write about this year.



Blogger Neurodivergent K said ... (4:41 AM) : 

I'm in. And i have a lot to say this year.

Radical Neurodivergence


Anonymous James said ... (1:35 PM) : 

Hoping to contribute again this year http://www.prettysimple.co.uk/blog


Anonymous niemaodpowiedzi said ... (1:47 PM) : 

I'm in.


Anonymous Denis Boudreau said ... (1:50 PM) : 

I'm in as well!


OpenID staticnonsense said ... (6:21 PM) : 

i'm in!



Anonymous Shiloh said ... (8:34 PM) : 

I plan on participating again this year.




Blogger codeman38 said ... (1:48 AM) : 

"Everyone is welcome"...

...except for deaf-blind people who can't see or hear the CAPTCHA. Please offer alternative methods of submitting links?


Anonymous Nick Dupree said ... (1:55 AM) : 

I will be back for BADD this year!


Blogger codeman38 said ... (1:56 AM) : 

Ah, never mind; just noticed your e-mail address at the end of the blog post. Still might be worth mentioning in the post that people who can't decipher the CAPTCHA can submit posts there instead, though-- there are a number of disabilities, not just deaf-blindness, that can cause difficulty with that.


Blogger molechaps said ... (2:32 PM) : 

i'm in, what a great day this'll be!!!!!


Blogger molechaps said ... (2:34 PM) : 

I'm in and very much looking forward to the day. I'll be there.


Blogger Jen said ... (8:04 PM) : 

Looking forward to this. I know I must speak for many people when I say your work on this is appreciated.


Blogger swachsler said ... (4:35 AM) : 

I'm planning on posting at After Gadget (http://aftergadget.wordpress.com)


Blogger The Goldfish said ... (11:33 AM) : 

Thanks everyone so far - keep spreading the word!

Codeman38 - I will edit the post to make it clearer that I can be e-mailed. Captcha is not ideal for me either, but managing full moderation or having to go through and manually delete spam comments would be impossible for me.


Anonymous incurable hippie said ... (2:15 PM) : 

Sign me up! I'm at incurable hippie blog.


Blogger Richard McTaggart said ... (7:47 PM) : 

this will bring cheer to the dismal new's! we are all* hearing,
check this out. V


Anonymous good* news* perhaps! said ... (8:03 PM) : 

sorry about the broken link*
this is the important bit*
L@@K here. V


Blogger Penny L. Richards said ... (2:58 PM) : 

We'll play, probably closer to Monday the 2nd, but we're in for our sixth(!!)!)!) year...


Blogger Liz said ... (3:24 PM) : 

I don't have a blog, but I'll tweet!


Blogger Liz said ... (3:25 PM) : 

not sure if it worked first time. I don't have a blog, but will tweet and spread the word in other ways.


Blogger Special McSpecial said ... (10:24 PM) : 

I will most definitely be doing this,


Blogger Holidays From Home said ... (11:17 PM) : 

Fantastic, so pleased to be blogging so I can take part - will be through my wordpress blog here http://clairewade.wordpress.com/ about my life and disability and I will also be blogging about business and disability here http://holidaysfromhome.co.uk/blog/


Blogger Ashley and her canine and feline accomplices said ... (1:57 AM) : 

I'm in!



Blogger Charlesdawson said ... (9:12 PM) : 

Goldfish, long time no see, but please add me to the list this year.


Anonymous Indigo Jo said ... (10:18 PM) : 

I'm in. (I'm a friend of Claire at Holidays from Home.)



Anonymous Where's Lulu said ... (1:30 AM) : 



Blogger Bishop Laura said ... (10:20 AM) : 

Proud to participate for the third time at http://stjuniatheapostle.blogspot.com!


Anonymous Jen R said ... (10:36 PM) : 

My co-blogger will be writing a post, and we may also have a guest blogger.



Blogger tulpen said ... (11:50 PM) : 

Starrlife sent me over. Have a Deaf son. I'm gonna try real hard to get a post done.


Blogger Sean said ... (12:45 AM) : 

There will be something on http://transabled.org :)


Blogger Carl said ... (1:50 AM) : 

I'm in.



Blogger Anna said ... (4:01 AM) : 

I will also be joining in this year.


Blogger Selene said ... (9:03 AM) : 

I'm in!



Blogger Sleepydumpling said ... (11:58 AM) : 

I'd like to have a go too.



Blogger Dendrodoa said ... (12:46 PM) : 

Sign me up! As someone with an invisible illness, living in ounty that doesn't believe in such things, it's a real comfort to know that this is out there.



Blogger Gary Miller said ... (4:06 PM) : 

Hi Goldfish.

It's been a while but I hope you are as well as possible.

I missed BADD 2010 due to ill health but, despite the fact that I'm keeping a low profile at the moment, I'll be contributing this year.

As ever, many thanks for organising such an important event.


Gary Miller


Blogger Gary Miller said ... (4:14 PM) : 


Me again...I forgot to include my site URL!

AWTS (Accessible Web & Training Solutions).

Gary Miller


Blogger Never That Easy said ... (2:53 PM) : 

I can't believe this is number 6, but I am definitely in. (I am trying to corral my thoughts as we speak!)



Blogger DavidG said ... (3:51 PM) : 

I'll be writing something for Where's the Benefit, at the minimum I'll echo that on my personal blog: http://dwgism.livejournal.com/ but I may write an entirely separate entry there.


OpenID emsyblog said ... (11:09 PM) : 

Hello, I'll be in!! I'm going to post a public post at http://emsyblog.wordpress.com/ :)


Anonymous Ron said ... (12:07 AM) : 

I'm in. Been writing about discrimination for a while, so may be pushed for something new to say - we'll see.


Blogger Kristen said ... (12:59 AM) : 

I'm in. http://kristen-alittlesomethingforme.blogspot.com


Anonymous Evamaria said ... (9:02 AM) : 

I only just realized this, but I'll do my best to write something tomorrow!



Anonymous Crimson Crip said ... (10:26 AM) : 

First time I will have taken part, but I intend to e there this time. http://www.crimsoncrip.com


Anonymous Claire Baber said ... (1:33 PM) : 

I have a blog that promotes disability access and awareness in London - I will do my best to post something tomorrow and dedicate it to the day.


Anonymous Deven Black (@devenkblack) said ... (4:19 PM) : 

Education On the Plate wishes there weren't still the need for this event, but since it is still necessary I will participate.


Blogger codeman38 said ... (5:36 PM) : 

I'm going to be posting *something* on my autism blog, "Normal is Overrated":


Blogger anne said ... (5:41 PM) : 

I hope to do something - http://thetrickistokeepreading.blogspot.com/. My first BADD


Blogger Rose said ... (5:43 PM) : 

I'm 99% going to be late but I'm in.



OpenID Magda Anne said ... (5:46 PM) : 

This may or may not be a little early, but it is 12.30AM where I live, so – here’s my post, More Deserving of Annihilation (http://wp.me/p1rIuc-2j).


Blogger Hilary said ... (7:09 PM) : 

We will post!



Blogger Damon Lord said ... (8:40 PM) : 

Count me in

http://saiminu.blogspot.com is my site, exact URL of the blogpost (to be written) to follow tomorrow.


Anonymous Lisa Harney said ... (9:04 PM) : 

I'll try to post something, although it will probably be late:



OpenID susanreads said ... (9:07 PM) : 

I just realised this is tomorrow! Now thinking about what I can do for it. I'll signal-boost if I don't get it together to write anything more substantive, at susanreads.dreamwidth.org


Anonymous vavroom said ... (9:38 PM) : 

Well, May 1 in New Zealand, ahead of everyone else :D

Here's my BADD post - http://accessibility.net.nz/blog/the-ultimate-disability-discrimination/


Blogger Ole Ferme l'Oeil said ... (10:03 PM) : 

I'll try to post a little something, I love blogging against disablism day and I feel more than ever how much It is important.
happy to see that there are already so many people who want to participate (including some people whom writing I know and appreciate very much like S.E.Smith, Neurodivergent K. and Codeman38 and some other...)
I'll try to do something in english and french, but it will more be an account of my current feelings than a well thought and documented text.


Blogger va said ... (10:35 PM) : 

I will blog and will post to facebook and twitter too


Blogger Beowulf said ... (11:08 PM) : 

I'll have a bash at writing something :-)



Blogger Carers blog.Simone said ... (12:05 AM) : 

It will be my first year but I will join you and I am sure to come up with something.



Blogger Marysia said ... (12:16 AM) : 

All Our Lives has two posts for Blogging Against Disablism-up a little early though:

Adoption, Special Needs, & Choice--By Meghan


Reproductive Violence and Injustice Against Disabled Adults--By Marysia



Blogger Sean said ... (12:49 AM) : 

As promised, I wrote a little something. Controversial, as usual :)



Blogger Ruth said ... (2:12 AM) : 

My post is up over at Wheelie catholic


thanks so much Goldfish!


Blogger AZ Chapman said ... (3:08 AM) : 

I am in this is my first time contributing

life and times of a teenager with disablities


Blogger AZ Chapman said ... (3:10 AM) : 

the Category I want it to go under is personal journeys


Anonymous Meowser said ... (4:17 AM) : 

I wasn't sure I'd be able to do it this year because I'm in the middle of moving, but it turns out I can squeeze something in.



Blogger Martha said ... (4:26 AM) : 

I am going to join in tomorrow.


Blogger Paula Apodaca said ... (5:56 AM) : 

I would like my post to be in Personal Journeys.
My URL for this post, called The Bell, is available at

Hope you enjoy this one!
Paula Apodaca


Anonymous Where's Lulu said ... (8:44 AM) : 

Our post is up at http://whereslulu.com/2011/05/01/ten-disabled-people-with-regular-tv-roles-right-now/


Anonymous Crimson Crip said ... (9:13 AM) : 

My contribution to BADD2011 Disablism is no longer random its systemic: http://t.co/Q0yxvUV #BADD2011


Blogger anne said ... (10:12 AM) : 

My post is up: BADD 2011 post - a wee rant


Blogger PPP said ... (10:46 AM) : 

My post (Being Vincible, from the viewpoint of a non-disabled person) is here: http://loveandzombies.co.uk/2011/05/being-vincible/


Blogger Michael De Rosa said ... (11:53 AM) : 

I will be writing a blog entry for BADD. I should finish today, or tomorrow at the latest. (http:/www.passion-4-life.org)


OpenID musingsfromtheden said ... (12:30 PM) : 

I'm writing my post now and will uploaded asap.



Blogger Wetwheels said ... (1:28 PM) : 

Please check out my Blogging Against Disablism letter to the Press.


Geoff Holt MBE


OpenID julianyon said ... (2:05 PM) : 

My blog is enlighten.me.uk, and this is my contribution:

Reopening Old Wounds http://wp.me/pLzqY-2t


Blogger Sponge said ... (4:35 PM) : 

I would like to join in, only just found out about this today though I am afraid.

Here is my blog:


I will link a post when I can. Thank you.


OpenID boopetta said ... (4:38 PM) : 

Hiya! I will be participating, hopefully later today if able. My blog is http://boopetta.wordpress.com


Blogger Beatrice said ... (6:05 PM) : 

I'll say my piece. Catch up wioth yous later.


Blogger Moose said ... (8:34 PM) : 

i would like to join in if i still can :/



Anonymous Warpedwoman said ... (9:30 PM) : 

A few ideas from me www.warped woman.blogspot.com

I hope you enjoy....


Blogger DeeAnna Merz Nagel said ... (9:56 PM) : 

My post is at http://www.onlinetherapyinstituteblog.com/?p=1179

This is a great effort!


Anonymous Stephanie said ... (10:24 PM) : 

I'm late, but I do want to participate.

I'll have a post up as soon as I can.


OpenID Momo said ... (11:03 PM) : 

Whoops. Just found out about this! Working on a blog post as we speak!



Blogger Michael De Rosa said ... (1:42 AM) : 

I have just completed my article. The link to my site is http://www.passion-4-life.org, and the subject heading would be "General Thoughts on Disablism"


Anonymous Laura Legendary said ... (2:26 AM) : 

You can read my own entry here: http://accessibleinsights.info/blog/ entitled, "It's On Aisle Five."


Blogger Vixen Strangely said ... (4:06 AM) : 

My contribution is here:

It's about how disablism can be silent and even effect otherwise privileged people, from observing my own dad. The body is what is it and can do what it does--and reality is what anyone makes of it.


Blogger Catherine Roy said ... (5:02 AM) : 

Hi again, here is my post for BADD 2011.


Blogger Hilary said ... (5:04 AM) : 

Here is my post:



OpenID elf said ... (6:00 AM) : 

Disability and Jury Duty: http://elf.dreamwidth.org/413746.html

I think it fits best in "Other Access Issues."


Blogger gretchen said ... (11:33 AM) : 

Thank you for hosting this day!

This is for the General Thought on Disablism section.



Anonymous Crimsoncrip said ... (12:59 PM) : 

If two BADD posts are allowed, here is another Invalids no more, but are we still invalid?: http://t.co/5yLsir8

Please put it in Disablism


Blogger Mole Chapman said ... (8:11 PM) : 

Impairment and disabilism: a world of difference.


OpenID nightengalesknd said ... (2:26 AM) : 

Not sure if you are still taking entries (completely understand if you aren't) but I posted this today and would love it to be considered.

It's called Independence and is on my LJ : http://nightengalesknd.livejournal.com/79346.html


OpenID Sweet Entertainment said ... (4:47 PM) : 

Thank you for this campaign. I did not know about it, but I will add a blog post in my blog Letters of Courage, where I share more about my experience with RSD/CPRS. www.lettersofcourage.com.



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