Resources on Disability Etiquette, Accessible Meetings, Demos, Events, Disability History, Disability Justice & Culture

Disability Justice & Accessible Facilitation, 1/8/2020, 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)!

Be an Ally to Disabled People, created by disability rights activists


School of the America’s Watch Anti-Oppression Resources

Disability Etiquette

Accessibility (Meetings, Demos)

Ableism, Accessibility & Inclusion

The Social Movement Left Out


Independent Interpreters, American Sign Language Interpreters for the DC Metro Area

American sign Language Interpreters through Gallaudet University 


Great Examples of Inclusion in Radical Demos and Events

Toronto G20

Toronto G20 Mobilization Accessibility Guidelines & Commitment

DAMN: Disability Action Movement Now— Toronto disability coalition, participated in (and opened up) G-20 mobilization


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

Disability History Timeline, Temple University, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Independent Living Management

Timeline, National Consortium on Leadership and Disability

Lives Worth Living PBS Timeline


Disability Justice

Changing the Framework: Disability Justice, How our communities can move beyond access to wholeness by Mia Mingus

Time has Come to Embrace Disability Justice Movement, Article by Janine Bertram Kemp 


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.

National Disability Leadership Alliance

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.

National Youth Leadership Network

NYLN is dedicated to breaking isolation and building community through supporting youth with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Sins Invalid

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.

Disability Arts and Culture Project (Portland)

(DACP) aims to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities.

If I Can’t Dance, is it still my revolution?

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 ( 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).

– Full text:

– Abridged:

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. 

Leaving Evidence, Mia Mingus

Ouch! Blog and Podcast

Ragged Edge Online