Sunday, April 25, 2010

Mark your calendars -

Next Saturday is the 5th Annual Blogging Against Disablism Day, hosted by Diary of a Goldfish. You can head over there to sign up, should you wish to participate... it's an all access blog event, so as long as you can think of something to write about abelism (which is the US preferred term, as opposed to disablism), you are more than welcome. Allies: all aboard!

I've participated since for the past 3 years (here are my 2007, 2008, & 2009 posts, if you're interested), and am always impressed by the quantity and quality of posts that get included. (Don't worry if it takes you a week to get through them all... trust me: they're worth it.)

The best news is that since BADD also happens to be falling on Free Comic Book Day, I've decided to finish my damn Oracle post from waaaaaaaaaaaay back in October! Because, honestly, it's been sitting in the draft file long enough, and I hope it says some pretty interesting things about ableism, sexism and how ingrained they are in our popular culture. (Of course, it may also suck, and many people will read it and say "huh?" but I'm hoping not.) Either way, I'm motivated to finish editing it and put it out there.

If you can think of something to say about abelism ... People using the word "retarded" really starting to piss you off? Notice someone totally disregarding an individual because of their disability and wish you had known what to say? Wonder if there even are any people with disabilities in your community (Spoiler Alert: There are), because you hardly ever see any? All of these things would be appropriate to talk about next Saturday! The more perspectives we get, the better off we all are.

Blogging Against Disablism Day, May 1st 2010

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