Further Reading

Readers who are new to disability rights activism and/or feminism may find the following reading material helpful. This list is far from complete.

Check My What? On privilege and what we can do about it. By tekanji.

Disability 101: an ongoing series at Faces of Fibro. By annaham.

Disability Terminology: A Starter Kit for non-disabled people and the Media: For when you know there’s a better word, but you can’t think of what it is.

Finally, A Feminism 101 Blog: frequently asked and answered questions about feminism. A group blog.

The Spoon Theory [PDF] : “but, you don’t look sick.” By Christine Miserandino.

FRIDA: Action Ideas for You

Guide for Mental Health Reporting: The purpose of this website is to provide tools and information for news organizations, journalists, journalism educators, and a broad coalition of news story informants on ways to improve reporting on mental health issues.

The Inclusion Principle: It is crucial that the designer can identify with the accessibility requirements of a project. Where this is not the case, there is no enthusiasm, and without enthusiasm we are back at our old ways—marginalizing accessibility tasks.

Global Partnership for Disability and Development: “Promoting An Inclusive Society For All People”

Cornucopia of Disability Information: serves as a community resource for consumers and professionals by providing disability information in a wide variety of areas. It consists of both an Internet Directory of Disability Information and a repository of electronic disability documents, dating back to the early 1990s. Many of the documents on CODI are publicly available nowhere else on the Internet.

Ready for something more advanced?

Lazyweb Book request: Disability activism: a disability activism/rights reading list, infused with feminism.

Even more books!

Blogging Against Disablism Day: BADD 2010, BADD 2009, BADD 2008, BADD 2007 and BADD 2006. Collections of disability blog posts made every year on 1 May.

I want to develop a more accessible website. What do I do?

How to fight Ableism: Some Easy Steps

I was trying to figure out why every post lately about ableism was aggravating me, and I finally realized. Recognizing able-bodied privilege and fighting ableism is the new big thing in our little corner of the Internet, and that’s great. I mean, seriously, great. But for the most part, that fight seems to take two forms right now in the hands of able-bodied bloggers:

Fighting ableist language.

Pointing out ableism in the media and the blogosphere.

Now don’t get me wrong, those are both important tasks. But I keep thinking of all the really concrete ways able-bodied allies could help people with disabilities in the world, acting locally and immediately.

Media & Pop Culture

Disability in Media (lesson plan)

This unit plan introduces students to the various stereotypes and misconceptions related to the disability community in the media. Introductory lessons provide a firm background concerning the history of how disability has been viewed and treated, as well as the stereotypes typically associated with this marginalized group. Subsequent lessons than focus on specific stereotypes and demonstrate how they are perpetuated in the media, as well as its social implications. Critical media literacy is highlighted throughout the unit, and students gain an understanding of how the media shapes our perceptions about others and the world around us.

The consensus: should we blame TV for the ‘disability problem’?

We asked 11 prominent peple with a stakehold in disability what their thoughts were and, as you’ll see below, there is a general consensus that the television industry needs to buck up its act. We gave each of them the same question: “To what extent is TV to blame for the inequality of disabled people in the UK today?” Here are their responses.