Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Blogging Against Disablism Day

From the Diary of a Goldfish blog:
Blogging Against Disablism day will be Friday, May 1st. 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. Comment to the Diary of a Goldfish post if you'd like to participate. You will then be added to the list of participants. Everyone is welcome.

2. Spread the word by linking to the Diary of a Goldfish site, displaying the provided banner and/ or telling everyone about it via twitter/plurk. 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 BADDs, folks wrote 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 the Goldfish has been asked, so it's worth stating; 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. Return 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. The Goldfish shall post links to everyone's posts throughout the day, creating an archive. However, the Goldfish needs you to comment and leave the URL of your post or else she shan't find your post and won't be able to link to it.

From the Diary of a Goldfish blog:

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.

Please e-mail the Goldfish at diaryofagoldfish at googlemail.com if you have an questions or concerns.

From the Diary of a Goldfish blog:

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.

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