Friday, May 02, 2008

Blogging Against Disablism Day 2008

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2008

Ableism, Homelessness, Jail, the Church, & Privilege
I feel like I could say a lot about my observations of ableism in the last month of working with long-term homeless and hungry people who all experience ableism, corresponding with a friend who is serving a federal sentence in an IL jail for her actions protesting the SOA (interesting link in even the sentencing and ableism), sharing our work and space with organizations that haven't thought much about disability beyond the elevator that you need a key to enter, and even more having recently been to a large conference and church assembly with a lot of glaring ableism. Currently I'm working on some resources to share with a senior center about the connections between ableism and ageism, much of which I've gleaned from conversations observing the center and church, which I hope to post when finished. Hmm, maybe I can try to make this a BAD Year with all of this ableism material.

Expanding on last year's post, here are a few new signs of hope...
Mia Mingus accepting Creating Change award video, and the text of her whole speech including the parts where she calls out the ableism we were experiencing

Eli Clare's new website

Ballasexistenz returned after restoring the blog from back-up, and posted for BADD.

At the Autistic Spectrum Flickr group, we've been collecting Autism Pride photos...slowly, but there are some fun ones.

On the disability culture front, Ouch! podcast continues to entertain us while washing dishes or driving from Minnesota to San Francisco.

Yet to unpack
Sorry to all that this post is really just a few links, and that I haven't posted since last Blogging Against Disablism Day. I'm excited about my new job and move to San Francisco, and am just trying to tame the chaos to not-so-overwhelming levels for our aspie-addy household.
Hopefully that means I'll post again before Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009!