On Sunday night I was alerted to Blogging Against Disablism Day via a tweet. Disables is discrimination against people with disability. The event is being run by Diaryof a Goldfish. You can get involved by blogging, on Twitter (theTwitter account is @BADDtweetsand the hashtag is #BADD2012) and sharing the posts about Blogging Against Disablism.
“The seventh annual Blogging Against Disablism day will be on Tuesday, 1st May. This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people 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.”
The internet can be used for evil. Especially toward minority groups – there is a lot of online bullying by anonymous trolls.
The other day I saw a news article online about a young girl with Downs syndrome whose photo had been used in a cruel internet meme making fun of people with disabilities. While the news article covered this in a compassionate way, some of the comments didn’t, and were equally as offensive as the original meme.
I have also seen pictures of children with disabilities circulated on Facebook with the caption “like if you feel sorry for this baby” or “like if you think she is beautiful”. Again, the majority of the comments are discriminatory and offensive.
Pretty disgusting. And these meme and photo taunts spread virally. I am not going to link to the articles and pictures, I am sure you've seen them or similar.
However, the internet can be used for so much good. Blogging is a brilliant way to stamp out disablism.
Sometimes I feel like a bit of a fraud when people call me an activist or advocate. I am merely sharing my own experiences, and sometimes I feel I don't feel I know enough about disability or am not disabled enough to be an activist or advocate. So for this blogging event, I want to share some other fabulous bloggers who are doing their bit to raise awareness and change attitudes about disabilities.
Here are a few websites that I would love you to visit. These are every day people doing extraordinary things.
Avery's Bucket List – Baby Avery was born in November 2011 and at the beginning of April was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). It is not expected for her to live past 18 months old. Avery has a blog where “she tells” her story of ticking things off her bucket list. Her blog – written from the perspective of a baby, is very funny, and very uplifting. So far Avery has been kissed by an older boy, been to a sporting match at a stadium, eaten a cupcake, been recognised by a fan AND received her first tattoo of a Hello Kitty. Her blog raises awareness about SMA and asks for donations to help her achieve her bucket list and raise money for SMA research. Avery’s Bucket List is a beautiful read.
Living with Bob – Michelle writes about the challenges she faces living with Dysautonomia. One of the powerful posts Michelle wrote recently was to draw attention to a disablist Facebook group that was discriminating against people with disabilities using disabled parking spaces. Because Hate Is Not Hilarious. With the help of this post, she and her readers reported the Facebook group and had it closed down.
AutismOur Words – a site created by a number of mums, sharing their stories of having children with autism, and inviting others to do the same. The site is brand spanking, and I think they've done a great job to raise awareness and help others tell their stories.
And lastly there's this beautiful post by Magneto Bold Too. She writes about it being ok not to know what to say. It really moved me, and that is a sign of great writing. (Sorry I can't do a proper link - I'm updating on my phone.) http://magnetoboldtoo.com/2012/04/30/its-ok/
Please stop by to look at the blogsI've mentioned. And remember, disability is about all of us – it's about changing the way society treats people with disabilities, and changing attitudes towards them. Make a difference, blog against disablism.