Blogging Against Disablism Day 2015 is now underway. Please click here to see this year's blogs.
The tenth annual Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Friday, 1st May 2015. 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 (http://tinyurl.com/BADD2015), displaying our banner and/ or telling everyone about it on blogs, newsgroups, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and so on (we are using the hashtag #badd2015). 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 nine 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.
You can see the archives for previous years here: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
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.
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, 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.
This 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):
This 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.
I will be taking part at Diary of Mister Goldfish - http://mister-goldfish.blogspot.co.uk/
I will be taking part again too - The Social Worker Who Became Disabled - http://thesocialworkerwhobecamedisabled.blogspot.co.uk/
I'm in :) Just have to work out what to write about! (http://journeymouse.net/wp/?cat=308)
I will be taking part for the first time this year! http://www.academiceditingcanada.ca/blog
I will be participating again at http://bloggingastrid.com/.
Plan to take part, but not sure just where yet... will update you when I've decided. keth xx
I will be blogging for BADD 2015 at Square 8
I'm in again - http://murderofgoths.wordpress.com
Thanks for running this!
I'm in at Yes, That Too (yesthattoo.blogspot.com)- Alyssa Hillary
Second attempt at leaving a comment, apology for duplicates.
I'll be participating, most likely at https://eliorasmith.wordpress.com/
I'll be in again from http://fulltiltwheelie.blogspot.com.
Life At Fulltilt
I would like to take part
Sorry, I somewhat foolishly posted for this year in last years section by mistake. Painkillers haven't kicked in yet.
have written a piece here
Count me in please :)
I will try my best to participate, as per usual. thatcrazycrippledchick.com
I've got a post written and scheduled to go.
I will be taking part and love the idea. EmbraceDifferent
Very much hoping to take part at Through Myself and Back Again: http://throughmyself.wordpress.com Thanks so much for hosting this for another year, Goldfish!
I plan on taking part at turtleisaverb.blogspot.com
Sounds like a good thing to run. Just a bad thing to need to run :(
I intend to participate again, at Rolling with the Punches, http://loopys-rollingwiththepunches.blogspot.co.uk
Good luck organising it all!
I'll definitely try and get something posted - I actually know what I'm going to say, it's the minor op on the 29th that's getting in the way. The post should go up on http://davidg-flatout.blogspot.co.uk/, though it may go up on WTB too as it's politically themed.
Of course we're in. ;) Disability Studies, Temple U.
I plan to participate at autisticvegan.blogspot.com. New at this, but want to give it a go. :)
I'm in! sociologistnovelist.wordpress.com
I'm in: Thankfully figured out something to write. http://neverthateasy.blogspot.com
This is my photo-documentary on good/bad access on the streets of a Spanish tourist town on the Costa del Sol: http://crippledqueeranglo-europeanranter.blogspot.com.es/2015/04/disablism-in-benalmadena-photo-doc-for.html
My artwork post is scheduled to be published later in the day, but note is NSFW.
Cheers & Good luck to all contributers and readers.
Me too! https://cosimhappy.wordpress.com/
My Blog post for BADD
from World of Accessible Toilets
I intend to join in. It will either be at Ballastexistenz or Amelia Evelyn Voicy Baggs: Poetry and Creative Writing, or maybe even both, but I don't know which yet because I haven't decided what to write. I'll get back to you as soon as I've posted my submissions.
I'll be taking part at http://aftertherainsite.wordpress.com
I shall be taking part again this year. Wow, time is flying fast! My first BADD post was in 2011...
I'm now at: http://incl.ca
I will take part at the notes which do not fit
Just posted my post about interalized ableism at http://turtleisaverb.blogspot.com/2015/04/internalized-ableism.html
People Aren't Broken will be participating. Or I should say is, but...
Second one is live: http://crippledqueeranglo-europeanranter.blogspot.com.es/2015/05/we-live-art-for-badd2015-nb-nsfw.html
The image is NSFW
Art & Poetry
Check out my post on how we deal with suffering :) http://bit.ly/1DOxenp
my posts are up and going up under:
HI, My post is now published. It is here:
And the topic is "invisible disabilities- not 'disabled enough' for some!"
I will be joining the fun this year, now that I have a blog! My post will go up in a few hours at http://www.deescribesblog.wordpress.com
I will be joining in, even if I am a bit late! http://www.biteyzebra.wordpress.com
Completely accidental that I blogged on my disabilities today. But please share my post, someone might be able to help me!
So here is my modest entry: Disability's Biggest Challenge
Here's my first post, on my writing blog:
And one on my representation blog:
Wrote a short thing about thesis research and ableism in the field (and university)... http://theautisticanthropologist.tumblr.com/post/117882849085/blogging-against-disablism-day-2015
I know I'm late arthritis has not played ball this year and its not my best but better late than never.
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