Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014 will be on Thursday, 1st May

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2014 is now underway. Please Click Here to see this year's contributions or share your own.



Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2014
The ninth annual Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Thursday, 1st May. This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination (known as disablism or ableism). 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 on blogs, newsgroups, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and so on (we are using the hashtag #badd2014). The entire success of Blogging Against Disablism Day depends entirely on bloggers and readers 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, videos and on-line art are also welcome. You can cover any subject, specific or general, personal, social or political. In the previous eight 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, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Every year I have been asked, so it's worth saying; the discrimination experienced by people with mental ill health is disablism, so naturally posts about that are welcome too.

You can see the archives for previous years here: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Blogging Against Disablism Day is not a carnival of previously published material. The point about doing this around one day (or there abouts) 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 in the past 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 (slowly) 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.

We have both a Twitter account @BADDtweets and a Facebook Page where there will be notifications of new posts and updates to the archive during the day.


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 Thursday is going to be left out of the archive.

If anyone has any questions about web accessibility, I recommend 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. 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.

I've written 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 and 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 2014This 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 2014This 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.

49 comments:

Stephen said...

I will be blogging at Diary of Mister Goldfish. The URL is http://mister-goldfish.blogspot.co.uk/

keth said...

Not entirely sure I can do it. Dissertation is due in on 6th, but I will try. much depends on how well it writes after Easter! I'll let you know nearer the date. I want to, as I've got stuff to write about for it! argh!

Funky Mango said...

I'm in. Though heaven knows what I'll write about...

emsyblog said...

Hullo, I shall be writing for it here http://emsyblog.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

Hi. I will post on www.lowvisionary.com

bloggingastrid.com said...

Yay, BADD is coming again. I started a new blog last summer (I participated for several years at an old blog) and would love to blog against disablism again. I'm at http://bloggingastrid.com/ now.

Tsana Dolichva said...

I'd like to try to participate. Probably talking about representations in fiction (since mine is a book blog). http://tsanasreads.blogspot.com

Dark Angel said...

I will be taking part at herebeprose.wordpress.com

Emma said...

I'll be blogging. Also: this is the 9th BADD?! Wow.

NakedVeganCooks said...

nakedvegancooking.com will be taking part!

Elsa Sjunneson-Henry said...

feministsonar.com is doing it again!

eskimogremlin said...

Im planning to write something here http://theegremlin.blogspot.co.uk/

Jo Thomas said...

I'll come up with something for May 1st. See you all then! (http://www.journeymouse.net/)

Disabled World said...

We will certainly try to have an article online for the date.

Criquaer said...

http://crippledqueeranglo-europeanranter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/badd2014-1st-may-blogging-against.html

thenoteswhichdonotfit said...

I will be blogging for BADD. I might not have internet access on that day, but the post is scheduled and the permalink will be http://thenoteswhichdonotfit.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/that-is-such-an-obscure/ and will probably best fit under 'general thoughts'.

A M Baggs said...

I'm blogging at Ballastexistenz. Not sure if it'll be one post or two.

http://ballastexistenz.wordpress.com/

Mary said...

I've scared up half a draft, which means I'm in!

http://batsgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

Cara Liebowitz said...

I'm in. I'm just. Swamped with work. Sadly, BADD is ALWAYS right around the end of the semester.

MurderOfGoths said...

I'll be blogging at murderofgoths.wordpress.com

Jo Thomas said...

Permalink to the Journeymouse.net post is: http://journeymouse.net/wp/?p=3258

Anonymous said...

World of Accessible Toilets will be blogging on: http://toiletaccess.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/dignity-down-the-pan-does-it-have-to-be-this-way/

Thanks, Louise Watch

Anonymous said...

I (heart symbol) the Phylum Chordata chordatesrock.dreamwidth.org and chordatesrock.livejournal.com

Chronic Chronicles said...

I will be joining in please.

www.chronicchronicles.co.uk

Thanks very much! :)

Andrea said...

I will be blogging against disablism in sport - www.athletesfirst.ca

I'll also be encouraging some para-athletes to write posts of their own and if they don't already have a blog going I'll post it on my site.

Thanks for all your work organizing!

Anonymous said...

I'm in :) http://theeternalpursuitofloveandlaughter.wordpress.com/

Mandy Garcia said...

I would like to participate. My blog is celticlatinabookworm.blogspot.com

Mel said...

I'm going to join in for the first time this year at http://thesocialworkerwhobecamedisabled.blogspot.co.uk/

Cyndy Otty said...

I intend to participate at http://gentlewit.com

Life In Deep Water said...

Hi to you & the mister in your life. :)

I'll be there - if I can get this bloody life of mine together for just a couple of hours that is...

Life In Deep Water

http://www.lifeindeepwater.me/

Sarah Lewthwaite said...

hi Goldfish! My post might be a slightly late one (as ever!) but I'm going to be blogging against disablism. Most likely around changes to Disabled Students Allowances.

Sarah Lewthwaite said...

… and my blog is http://www.slewth.co.uk (Slewth Press)

Matthew Smith said...

I'm in! Writing my entry now. My blog is Indigo Jo Blogs.

Matthew Smith said...

Specifically mine will be filed under "language of disability" and about the fad for calling people with learning disabilities "dudes".

michael watson said...

I'm in!
http://www.michaelwatsonvt.com/

Jennifer Fitz said...

Planning to join in. Love this event.

Lucy Britton said...

If my health allows I will: bottomface.com

Chloe said...

I'm hoping to join in! I blog at ahotbath.co.uk and tweet at @chloemiriam

Penny L. Richards said...

Disability Studies, Temple U. plans to have something up for BADD2014, for the ninth year running!
http://disstud.blogspot.com

Never That Easy said...

I intend to blog (I always INTEND to blog: but this time I actually might do it); I'll be blogging at Never That Easy, but I'll probably also mention it on Tumblr, if that's alright? BC there are activists and spoonies galore over there, and they should know about it. See you tomorrow!

myplanat said...

Hello. planat Community Blog will join in for this event! Our blog's URL is http://www.planat.com/community/blog

We will be writing about accessibility, and invite everyone to try out our site -- we're a site where people can view and rate the accessibility of businesses and venues.

kwillblog said...

Post is written and ready to go. Fairly generic and unoriginal, but water on a stone and all that.

https://kwillblog.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/the-fundamental-interconnectedness-of-all-things/

(Edit: Grrr... hate captcha...)

Anne Booth said...

Bridgeanneartandwriting.wordpress.com I'm hoping to blog about this.

Spoonydoc said...

I will post at Rolling with the Punches. http://loopys-rollingwiththepunches.blogspot.co.uk/

Spoonydoc said...

I will post at Rolling with the Punches. http://loopys-rollingwiththepunches.blogspot.co.uk/

Krys said...

My entry will be at http://grumblecore.tumblr.com/

Coffee Zombie said...

Here's my short post: http://more-than-disorganised.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/internalised-disablism-blogging-against.html

Sam said...

http://endocrinegremlin.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/blogging-against-disablism-day-2014/ << Decided late to take part but did so!

Scrappy Jane said...

I'm a bit late for May 1st but I plan to do it every day (or whenever possible) on my blog. Great to get turned on to a list of cool blogs here though :)