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Blogging Against Disablism Day 2010

May 1, 2010

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2010Blogging Against Disablism Day is an online effort that has been going on for the past few years, in which “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.”

It’s also an event for which many, many people other than me are much more qualified to speak on the subject. I’ve been reading more about disability-related topics in the past year or so, and have really appreciated those who take the time and effort to put out really informative content on language, media, ableism, accessibility, discrimination, and other issues. I’ve been inspired to consider my words, and also to watch for small actions I can take (and take them!), thanks to a vibrant online community.

So, in true librarian fashion, I’m going to point you to some resources I’ve found valuable in my own learning about disability. This is in no way a comprehensive list, but merely a few starting places if you’re new to thinking about disability and ableism.

FWD/Forward – feminists with disabilities for a way forward: amazing blog on many, many disability-related topics that I highly recommend.

Womanist Musings – not all about disability, but posts like this are a great reminder to *see things, and do something.*

Everybody who has written about transcripts and web accessibility, including this guide (and this response), and this guide and template letter for asking for transcripts and subtitles.

See also the WebAIM Web Captioning Overview, W3 Schools’s How People with Disabilities Use the Web, and the Skills for Access page, Provide text equivalents for audio – general advice on transcripts.

@disabilitygov on Twitter, from the U.S. government.

See also the massive list of BADD 2010 posts at Diary of a Goldfish, and the blogroll at FWD/Forward for people writing about these topics on a regular basis.

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