Sunday, May 01, 2011

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2011

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2011Welcome to Blogging Against Disablism Day 2011!

Thanks very much to everyone who helped to spread the word and to everyone who posted about disability discrimination today. This year there was a very good turn out (especially considering it was a Sunday) and some truly excellent writing.

If you happen to write a "round-up" of your favourite BADD posts, give me a link and I shall include it here. So far I know Lisa has done one at Where's the Benefit?

Blogging Against Disablism 2011

(Disability discrimination in the workplace, recruitment issues and unemployment).

Cheaper than Therapy: The Road to Hell...
Everyone Else Has a Blog: A Definition of Irony
Stickman Communications: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
This Ain't Livin': Disability and Work

(Attitudes and practical issues effecting disabled people and the discussion of disability in education, from preschool to university and workplace training.)

32 Days Remaining: In Memoriam: On the closure of SKILL, the UKs National Bureau for Students with Disabilities
Believe in Who You Are: Unsent Thank yous, getting it right
Education on the Plate: Opening Minds for More than One Day
HelenBowesCatton: Structure, agency, discrimination and privilege
Radical Neurodivergence Speaking: The fights we fight
SpEdChange: Whose Identity is it?
Urbania to Stoneheads: Researching disability in Ancient Greece

Technology and Web Accessibility

Crippie's Corner: Internet Disability
Gilbert and Me: Raising Awareness about an Inaccessible Information Age
Ubuntu Accessibility Team Blog: The Invisible Exhibition at UDS
Ubuntu Linux Tips & Tricks: ASL (cross-posted at Maco)

Other Access Issues
(Posts about any kind of access issue in the built environment, shops, services and various organisations. By "access issues" I mean anything which enables or disenables a person from doing what everyone else is able to do.)

Accessible Insights Blog: It’s On Aisle 5
Cripple Extraordinaire: On Being Able
Elf: Disability and Jury Duty
Footpath-Hogging Menace: A Few Days In My Seat
Memo to Self: Accessibility Fail
Moose J. Finklestein: Pittsburgh: The Most Liveable City - for the able-bodied or seniors
Normal Is Overrated: A Guide For Discouraging Self-Advocacy
Savette Gazette: My Daydream
To Gyre & Gambol: Desperately Seeking Parking
Trabasack: Choosing your battles
Working at Perfect: Steps

Definition and Analysis of Disablism/ Ableism

Crimsoncrip's Blog: Invalids no more, but are we still invalid?
Fatfu: (In)(di)visability
Me Despite M.E.: Blogging Against Disablism Day 2011
Ruth Madison: Spying on Disablism

The Language of Disablism
(Posts about the language which surrounds disability and the way that it may empower or disempower us.)

Indigo Jo Blogs: No more Yuppie Flu!
Marian ilmestyskirja: Päivitä sanavarastosi / Update your vocabulary

Disablism Interacting with Other 'Isms'
(Posts about the way in which various discriminations interact; the way that the prejudice experienced as a disabled person may be compounded by race, gender, age, sexuality etc..)

Fat Heffalump: Fat and Disablism
The Files of Mason Dixon, Autistic: Case #3 Mortal Combat
Gilded Cage: Come talk to me
Incredible Hippy: Let us in! (Cross posted to The F Word)
Huimin Magdala Writes: More Deserving of Annihilation
Oi With the Poodles Already: The Body (In)Visable

Disablism in Literature, Culture and the Media

After Gadget: Please Don’t Send Me This Video
Cripz the Comic: A fitting celebration for 1 year on-line
Funky Mango's Musings: Gleeless
Geoff Holt MBE: Letter to the Press
Plato's Nightmare/ Aessop's Dream: The Lame Smith God and Two Sides of "Myth"
Urbania to Stoneheads: Demonisation of the disabled
Where's Lulu: Ten Disabled People with Regular TV Roles Right Now


Disability Studies, Temple U.: Disability History

Relationships, Love and Sex

L'Azile: A few thoughts about sex and disability
Diary of a Goldfish: The political and the deeply personal
Lisybabe: Somebody tell me why I'm on my own, if there's a soulmate for everyone...
This is my blog: It is possible

Non-English Language Blogs


Embracing Chaos: A Glimpse of Success

Poetry against Disablism

Same Difference: Hello, I'm A Wheelchair
General Thoughts on Disablism

Anglers Rest: Blogging Against Disablism Day
Artyeggs: Crafting Against Disablism
Believe In Who You Are: Selecting my spoons
Composite: How I bought a bike
The CRPS Girl: What You Say
Dismantling Disabilities: Blogging Against Disablism Day
Dreamwidth: You're doing it wrong
Exploring the World Through the Web: Invisible Illness - Just because you can't see it, doesn't mean it's not there.
Fausterella: Being Vincible
Genderqueer in Your Closet: Appearances & Functioning
Just Stimming…: This is why
The Language of Respect: Impairment and Disablism: A World of Difference
Life Decanted: Somewhere...
Mimi Cummins: There's no shame in identifying yourself with the disabled community
Monastic Musings Too: Empathy: the antidote to -ism
Nightengale of Samarkand: Independence
Riparians at the Gate: The vast middle
Some Assembly Required: This divisive world we live in
Sunny Dreamer: This and that
TAL9000: Belated BADD post
Thoughts from the bear's den: Why does disablism exist?
Touched with Fire: Taking Up the Flaming Sword
The Trick Is To Keep Reading: A wee rant
UCP of the Golden Gate: Apathy could be the root of most disablism
Warped Woman's Wonderings: Blogging Against Disablism Day
Wheelchair Dancer: Closing Fissures
Wheelie Catholic: Being Youer Than You

Parenting Issues
(whether disabled parents or the parents of a disabled child.)

All our lives: Adoption, Special Needs & Choice
I won't wear gray: Blogging Against Disablism Day

Healthcare Issues
(For example, the provision of healthcare, institutionalistaion of disabled people, reproductive ethics and euthanasia)

Accessibility NZ: The Ultimate Disability Discrimination
All our lives: Reproductive Violence and Injustice Against Disabled People
RoseRodent: Blogging Against Disablism Day

Impairment-Specific Prejudice

The Alternate Lexicon: So this is it
Chronically Crafted: Mobility Scooters and the Posts I didn't Write
Diary of a Benefit Scrounger: Blogging Against Disablism Day Reopening Old Wounds
Life and Times of a Teenager With Disabilities: My name is AZ not az White Stick Pride
Multi-faceted Abnormal /blog: Fighting the stigma of Mental Illness
A Multitude of Musings: “You Are Fake.”: DID and Ableism from Within
Paws for Thought: Independent living
A Quaker Witch: Why I'm tired
Transabled: Discrimination, Transsexual and BIID

Personal Journeys

Posts about learning experiences and realisations authors have had about the nature of disability discrimination and the impact on their lives.

A Little Something For Me: 15.32
Butterfly Dreams: My little ableist friend
Care in the UK: “I’m not disabled – I’m just not able to walk”
E. is for Epilepsy: The Bell
Life in a So-called Strap of Steel: Enjoying Life's Ride and Disabilities
Midlife And Treachery: Resurrection Day/ A Room of One’s Own
Painting: The Unexpected Positive Sides of Injury & Disability Discrimination
People Aren't Broken: Disability from the Inside Out: Forget Kindness, Try Fairness
People with Disabilities: Learners blog against Disablism
Perpetually Myself: Figuring out a not-quite-normal childhood
Strangely Blogged: Disablism - it's really about any of us, isn't it?
Views from the Reading Room: Blogging Against Disablism Day
Witticisms: Be aware of My Best Buddy
A Writer in a Wheelchair: The Fight Never Ends

Disablism and Politics

(For example, the political currency of disability, anti-discrimination legislation, etc.)

Benefit Scrounging Scum: "The Ministry of Magic has fallen. He is coming. HE is coming"
A Blog about a Bloke-living with WHS: Exclusion and Government Funding
branchingouttrees: Mental Health and Care in the Community
The Crimson Crip: Disablism is no longer random its systemic
DWgism: What’s Wrong With Our Society?
Fighting Monsters: Disability, Language and Respect
The Meanderings of a Politically Incorrect Crip: "They're coming to get you, Barbara!"
Psychosis & Soyabeans: Little Brown Envelopes
Single Lens Reflections: Oh Boris, Where Art Thou?
Where's the benefit?: Integrity, Honesty, Objectivity, Impartiality
Where's the benefit?: People like me
Where's the benefit?: Vulnerability


Carl Thompson said...

Here is mine:

Please put it in the 'Other Access Issues' section.

Wheelchair Dancer said...

Here I am. THANK YOU!!! So, so proud.

Please put it in the disablism section...


kethry said...

Yup, am here, as promised... - may do another one. tomorrow. well, today. I mean when I've had some sleep, anyway!

kethry said...

duh. forgot to say. education section please!

Claire said...

General comments on Disabilism

Ashley and her canine and feline accomplices said...

Mine is here for the general section:

TherExtras said...

Category: Education

This is a book review of: Stuck in Neutral.

Selene said...

Here's my post on Accessibility FAIL - thanks! There's a bit where people can link up and play along if you're so inclined! :D

Pop in Access issues, thanks.

Thanks for your work hosting this great day! I'm looking forward to reading all the entries this year.

Meowser said...

Thanks for continuing to host this! I'm glad I could be part of it.

The Definition and Analysis category would probably be the best one for this.

Funky Mango said...


Mine is

Disablism in culture, literature and media


staticnonsense said...

i'm unsure of which category mine would fit in, so go ahead and put it under 'general thoughts on disablism'

Neurodivergent K said...

It might be education, it might be other.

Martha said...

Mine is for the education section please.

Troy Wittren said...

category: Awareness of person

Anna said...

Here is mine:

Not entirely sure where it fits?
Probably Disabilism and Politics

Magda Anne said...

Thank you so much for this carnival! I've been refreshing this page and clicking through all day. :)

Just a small note: is it possible for my post to be linked under Intersections rather than R/L/S? Thanks!

Magda Anne

codeman38 said...

Fits into both Other Access Issues and Impairment-Specific Prejudice, but probably better in the former.

The Goldfish said...

@Magda Anne - your wish is our command!

If I've made any mistakes with any of your links, please let me know. I'm covering the process while the Goldfish catches up on some sleep.


The Goldfish's understudy

incurable hippie said...

For "Disablism Interacting with Other 'Isms'" I think...

Let Us In!, at the F Word and at incurable hippie blog.

lauredhel said...

Other Access Issues category

A Few Days In My Seat

fightingmonsters said...

I've added a bit of a rambly post that I think should probably go under 'politics' bit. Thanks for sharing all these posts!

fightingmonsters said...

I forgot to add the link - too early!

Indigo Jo said...

Here is mine:

No more Yuppie Flu!

Indigo Jo said...

Oh, and Claire Wade (of Holidays from Home) has a post here:

Blogging Against Disablism Day. Invisible Illness – Just Because You Can’t See It, Doesn’t Mean It’s Not There.

Matthew Smith said...

Here is my contribution (file under "the language of disablism"):

No more Yuppie Flu!

RosieB said...

I have no blog but can I please make a plea for the deaf and hard of hearing. There's so much content coming out on video now but there are rarely any captions or notes to allow me to follow the video.

Please think of this when you're posting a video on your blog or setting up a workshop etc.

Thanks for reading :)

Jen said...

Hi. Well done for all the hard work. my post is here:

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Well done for all the hard work and brave post. My contribution is up here
to go in the disability and politics section please. BG Xx

Sue Marsh said...

Hi! Here's mine

Don't care what you post it as, but it's about disability hate agai hidden disabilities.

slewth said...

Here's my contribution! 'In Memoriam: On the closure of SKILL, the UKs National Bureau for Students with Disabilities'

One for the Education section?

Evamaria said...

Here's mine:

It should probably go into impairment-specific disablism, as it deals with depression/mental illness.

Thank you!

Duncan Edwards said...

"Choosing your battles"

Access please!

The Goldfish said...

@RosieB - thank you for raising this issue. I knew nothing about the process of captioning videos on youtube until yesterday! In making my vlog I used the free service from and recommend it to anyone thinking of doing their own vlog.

Thanks everyone for your contributions so far - keep them coming!

DavidG said...

My two pieces: and

DavidG said...

Whoops, forgot category. The first is already under politics, the second could go there or maybe under Disablism in culture, literature and media

Deven Black (@devenkblack) said...

Please put my post in the Education category. Thank you.

Ruth Madison said...

Um, I guess it goes under Definition and Analysis of Disablism...

Kristen said...

My entry is about how people used my son's genetic makeup to determine his "Quality of Life." My son is more than a number. It is called 15.32
It should probably go under personal journey. Thanks! Kristen

starrlife said...

Here it is:
Please put in general issues category I guess.
Thanks for doing this Goldie. It is a wonderful thing and I am honored to participate.
I know that you are busy but I'm including a fabulous artist and person for you (in your spare time) to check out. Her name is Candee Basford and she is here

Lisa said...


jenniferfitz said...

Goes into "general thoughts".

Thanks for hosting -- great event. Enjoy it every year!

susanreads said...

Mine is at and I think it fits in Personal Journeys.

narrator said...

Here is mine: Identity and/or Universal Design

Thanks so much for once again coordinating this.

Oya's Daughter said...

Great idea - Here is Mine:

Please put under "Disablism and other 'isms" Thanks kindly!

kethry said... ok another one for you... i think best in the disabilism in the media section, perhaps?

Sleepydumpling said...

I had a go, the link is:

I think it probably comes under:

Disablism Interacting with Other 'Isms'

astridetal said...

I almost forgot about BADD this year. I have however posted an entry on my new blog, A Multitude of Musings. The post is here: It belongs in the disability-specific category.

wendy said...

Hello thanks for all your hard work .

Please could you add my post

In the other issues section , we have 3 children with special needs it is not easy finding a holiday for the family



Diversejustice said...
Not sure if this will help but here goes. Hidden illness

Mimi said...

Here's mine! Can go in General section.

Mary said...

From This Is My Blog.
Title is It is possible.
URL is
Please put it in the Love, Sex, Relationships section.

Sorry I'm all wedding-fixated.

Sponge said...

Hi again, here is a link to a post I have just made on my blog for BADD:

I would like it go under the section called Disablism - Analysis and Defintions section.

Thank you.

AZ Chapman said...

here mine

post it under prejuces

the title is My name is AZ not az

astridetal said...

Hi everyone,
May I take this opportunity to remind Blogger users that the comment mode with the drop-down menu is not accessible to some screen readers (eg. older versions of JAWS), and to some mobile devices? Someone already reported this to Blogger, but it is still not resolved.

Emma said...

It's called The Fight Never Ends and I think it probably fits best in Personal Journeys. Thanks for doing this!

Anglers Rest said...

Here is my offering.

s.e. smith said...

My contribution is up, and should go in the employment section:

Care in the UK said...

Sorry, am a latecomer to this so here's my support!

Family connection to the world!

imfunnytoo said...

Goldfish, I'm so sorry for the late entry! I moved and completely spaced it...

for anyone who wants to read after the's

juststimming said...

First time participating, here is mine:

Please put it in the "General Thoughts On Disablism" section.

Thank you so much for doing this--I've been reading the posts from BADD for years.

Hannah Ensor said...

First time I've done this!

Employment related

Mackenzie said... /

(I cross-posted)

I don't know what section. It's on ASL, hearing accommodations at conferences, technology, and intro-to-disablism all at once.

Jeffrey said...

Better late than never :) The Cripz Blog (slash anniversary celebration) is now online at:

Please put it under Culture/Media section :)

Awesome work everyone!

Special McSpecial said...

Here's my entry...

Please post under Technology and Web Accessibility

Penny L. Richards said...

We're ready! Put it under history.

Charlesdawson said...

Better late than never, I hope; I've just caught up with events; find me at - and please put it in Disablism and Politics.

Jen said...

Please put my offering in personal journies. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Relationships, Love and Sex

CapriUni said...

Mine is now up:

Post under "Disablism in Literature, Culture, and the Media"

Terri Mauro said...

Mine belongs in Parenting Issues:

Katie said...

Evening. Good work. Again. I would like this to go in 'Employment' please.

Mason Dixon, Autistic said...

I'm not sure which category this should go into. It's me rambling about the basis of discrimination in general so possibly disablism in relation to other isms.

big pawed bear said...

my post is called i'd like it added under a general disccussion topic

bigpawedbear said...

my badd2011 contribution is at: and is called why does disabilism exist.

bigpawedbear said...

oops i posted twice, sorry! paws down for me!

Jaded said...

Hello. I wrote a post here

I'd like to be listed under 'disabilism and other isms'

Thank you.

Paula Apodaca said...

Dearest Goldfish,
Rest a little, rest well. You have done much to bring us together. All of us feel a larger sense of community because of your enduring efforts. Just to say a simple "Thank-you" doesn't seem adequate... But,
Yours ever,
Paula Apodaca
E. Is for Epilepsy by Paula Apodaca said...

Here's mine:

Anonymous said...

I guess this is one for the technology area, encouraging attendees at a conference to go to an evening event to learn a practical lesson about blindness

Allison said...

Title: Blogging Against Disableism Day: On Being Able.

Please put it in the "Other Access Issues" section. Thank you!

SJ said...

Here's mine:

General Thoughts on Disablism, I think? It's pretty much just a rant really XD

Shiloh said...

Hi, here's my post:

It is just a composite of past entries and experiences, so it will fall under general thoughts on disablism.

Stephanie said...

Here's my link:

Please put it in "Other."

Martha said...

My blog is believe in who you are, and my post is called selecting my spoons. It probably goes in the general category.

Ali said...

I think I'd put this under impairment specific.

Touched with fire said...

I commented on the wrong post first. Go me. But here's mine:

I think it belongs in the General Comments on Disablism section?

Penny L. Richards said...

Not sure why the link to mine isn't working--here it is again:

Sr Edith said...

Mine is posted on a nascent blog designed for a class:

Please put it in the Personal Journeys category. Thank you!

Sarah said...

Please put this in the Personal Journeys category, thank you!

Sister Edith Bogue said...

I also posted on my main personal blog, linking to Sam Richards' TED talk on empathy.

It's at

DavidG said...

Mentioned earlier, but my second piece, seems to have slipped through the net, probably best in politics.

Spaz Girl said...

Here's mine, sorry that it's on the later side, I actually finished it last night but didn't have time to post it here. Um, I guess it can go in Personal Journeys.

Riki said...

here is mine

Please put it in the General Thoughts on Disablism section, thanks!

Rose said... Healthcare issues is probably the best fit for it, thanks.

Rose said...
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Anonymous said...

Apathy Could Be the Root of Most Disablism

Goes under: General Thoughts


Damon Lord said...

My article "White Stick Pride" is here

Attila The Mom said...

Gah! I did my entry on time, but didn't send in an url!

This would probably go under parenting or employment.


NAIZA said...

Hi Goldie,
My entry is overdue.. Anyway, here it is though its a day late.. I'm sorry..
Life in a so-called Strap of Steel

helenbowescatton said...

Here's one from me for the 'Education' category, hope it's not too late!

Thanks in anticipation!

Thom Brown said...

I was a day late because I didn't know about it! Better late than never.


Anna said...

Very late, but here's mine:

It should probably go under Impairment Specific Prejudice

psychosisandsoyabeans said...

This is about benefits - not sure where it would best fit! Probably thoughts about disability :) xxx

Liz said...

Oh, wait, surely it is "General Thoughts". 8-) Sorry I didn't see that category before.

Hilton said...

Lisa said...

If you're making a list of round-up posts again this year, I wrote one here.

staśa said...

Here's mine!

I think this goes in healthcare, other access, impairment-specific, and maybe in general thoughts.

Thanks sooo much for doing this!

- Stasa

Marko said...

Just curious about activities/plans/opportunities for BADD 2012. Please post/spread the word. Check my blog:

Ramblings of a Fibro Fogged Mind said...

Here's today's Post... Holding the Media to Account... Dxxx

Ramblings of a Fibro Filled Mind said...

Rambilings of a Fibro Filled Mind... Guest Post by Helen Sims... Spartacus and Me.