Yesterday I posted this as a facebook note, inviting activists to participate in a dialogue on establishing awareness on dis-ability inclusion in the human rights social justice movements. I invite readers to likewise, join the discussion. Here is the facebook link. It’s easy to join facebook, and it is an excellent vehicle for this type of dialogue building.
Pwds have little opportunity to inform the movement. Many of the groups who claim to be vanguard revolutionary groups are by the nature of their infrastructure, exclusive of pwds, implying that there is no place for pwds in the vanguard of the movement.
I would like to start a dialogue (is that too much to ask) on this issue. Please indulge this gimp gurl, who has for the most part, like many gimps before me, given up on going to progressive events because more often than not, the experience is humiliating, dangerous, isolating and insulting.
Can we create a language and an ethic of inclusion and stop the practice of treating pwds as the invisible or absent other?
Can we include it in our canon of isms that are part of the course of study any movement cadre would be familiar with?
Can we determine a protocol for event planning, notification, accommodation, safety and inclusion?
Can we look, collectively for creative ways to solve the financial issues that impede (and yet can NEVER be an excuse) full inclusion?
Can we train our own cadre in accessibility facilitation, sign language interpretation, etc. to deter costs?
Can we find ways to make inaccessible venues fully accessible? (We’ll carry you up the stairs isn’t it– and what will you do to assist in an inaccessible bathroom?)
Can we familiarize ourselves with the language, protocol and etiquette of inclusion?
Can we take responsibility for inclusion, including pwd informed advocacy?
Can we all start to demand that events and locals be fully accessible and inclusive? (When was the last time you complained that a restaurant or event required stair climbing?)
IDEAS? QUESTIONS? PROBLEMS? CONCERNS?
(BUT NO EXCUSES!)