Resources on Disability Etiquette, Accessible Meetings, Demos, Events, Disability History, Disability Justice & Culture
Disability Justice & Accessible Facilitation, 1/8/2014, DC Trainers’ Network, Matt Borus & Carol Tyson
Disability Etiquette, Accessible Meetings, Events & Demos
Note that not every person with a disability agrees on every point in all of these resources. If you’re not sure what someone prefers, ask them (respectfully)!
School of the America’s Watch Anti-Oppression Resources
Great Examples of Inclusion in Radical Demos and Events
Allied Media Conference & beyond
Creating Collective Access (a mutual aid model started at the Allied Media Conference)
From their blog: “What is collective access? Collective Access is access that we intentionally create collectively, instead of individually. Most of the time, access is placed on the individual who needs it. It is up to you to figure out your own access, or sometimes, up to you and your care giver, personal attendant (PA) or random friend. Access is rarely weaved into a collective commitment and way of being; it is isolated and relegated to an afterthought (much like disabled people). Access is complex. It is more than just having a ramp or getting disabled folks/crips into the meeting. Access is a constant process that doesn’t stop. It is hard and even when you have help, it can be impossible to figure out alone. We are working to create mutual aid between crips and beyond!”
Disability History & Rights Timelines
Grassroots, Dance & Culture
ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom.
A national cross-disability coalition that represents the authentic voice of people with disabilities. NDLA is led by 14 national organizations run by people with disabilities with identifiable grassroots constituencies around the country. The NDLA steering committee includes: ADAPT, the American Association of People with Disabilities, the American Council of the Blind, the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, the Hearing Loss Association of America, Little People of America, the National Association of the Deaf, the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Federation of the Blind, Not Dead Yet, Self Advocates Becoming Empowered, and the United Spinal Association.
NYLN is dedicated to breaking isolation and building community through supporting youth with disabilities to reach their full potential.
Sins Invalid is a performance project on disability and sexuality that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized from social discourse.
(DACP) aims to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities.
A.J. Withers is a longtime radical disability and anti-poverty activist. They are also the author of Disability Politics and Theory (Frenwood) and the If I Can't Dance is it Still My Revolution zine series and blog (still.my.revolution.tao.ca). As a disabled and trans organizer, A.J. thinks a lot about access, barriers and privilege and how to transform social movements to be inclusive.
Reading List & Additional Blogs & Writings
Clare, E. (1999). Exile and pride: Disability, queerness, and liberation. Cambridge, MA: South End Press.
Baynton, D. “Disability and the Justification of Inequality in America.” In The New Disability History: American Perspectives, ed. by Paul K. Longmore and Lauri Umansky (New York: New York University Press, 2001).
Zames, F. and DZ Fleischer. (2001). The disability rights movement: from charity to confrontation, Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press.
Shapiro, J. P. (1994). No pity: People with disabilities forging a new civil rights movement. New York: Times Books.
Bartlett, J., Black, S., & Northen, M. (2011). Beauty is a verb: The new poetry of disability. El Paso, TX: Cinco Puntos Press.
McRuer, R. (2006). Crip theory: Cultural signs of queerness and disability. New York: New York University Press.