Disability and the Internet
We are now accepting submissions!

Dear followers, fellow Tumblr users, and anyone in the world who might be reading this: 

Thank you all for your amazing help and support with this blog. When we initially begun this blog, we could not have imagined how much we could learn from doing a project like this. For those of you who may not know, this was our final project for a course we were in during the Fall of 2011 (“Pathology to Power: Disability, Health, and Community”), and although the project has been presented and submitted to our professors (who are amazing by the way! shout out to Sarah and Dr. Becker if you’re reading this!), we would love to be able to continue this blog for however long there is interest.

Therefore, from now on we will be accepting submissions at disabilityandtheinternet@gmail.com. Email us to submit your post ideas! (This includes interesting pictures, videos, links, quotes…you name it!)

Some things we think might be interesting to explore/post about:
-is Facebook accessible?
-is Myspace accessible?
-is Gmail accessible?
-What are some examples of online dating in the disability community?
+whatever else you might find interesting!

The Internet can be such a valuable resource for us all to learn more about disability, so we should definitely continue to keep the conversation on disability and the Internet going. 

We hope to hear from you all!

Thanks again for everything,
-Aida, Emma, and Trevor

This song was created by Alison Dempsey and Wylie Luo (students in our class) in order to change perceptions of disability among teenagers and young adults. What better way to do this than through rap?! The rap encourages youth to eliminate negative stereotypes of disability, and seeks to introduce disability in a positive light to modern media. They hope with this rap that teenagers and young adults will begin viewing those with disabilities as “normal,” and gradually step away from the disability construction. It’s called “This Ability”, NOT “Disability.”


Who to Follow: Twitter and Disabilities

The Internet used to be a place where Ken Harrenstien could do anything.

The Google engineer, who has been deaf since childhood, loved the Web because he could e-mail and chat without the aid of a sign language translator.

But as the Web evolved and got faster, online video started to flood in. And all of a sudden, this place that once allowed for limitless communication started to feel walled off to Harrenstien.”

"Blogging Against Disablism Day" is hosted every year by Diary of a Goldfish as a blogswarm about ableism. (“Disablism” is synonymous with “ableism.” Disablisim is the preferred term in the U.K.)


Spread the word to end the word.

Check out the R-word Campaign here: http://www.r-word.org/

These posts, edited to protect the poster’s identities, showed up on our dashboard. We’ve chosen to post them because, more than anything we can post, these conversations give insight into the disability community on the Internet. People are able to look to others for support and discuss shared experiences—regardless of the distance between them. 

We asked: Is Tumblr Accessible???

We asked this blogger if Tumblr is an accessible website. The Tumblr blog (fuckyeahaccessibility.tumblr.com) is dedicated to reviewing “all things accessibility-related and anti-ableism.” Thanks for your help, Devyn!

Sadly, the answer is no. Some of the key features of Tumblr are not accessible for people with disabilities. It would be interesting to research how this could be changed. Also, some questions for further research: Is Facebook accessible? Myspace? Gmail?

"You begin to forget what it means to live. You forget things. You forget that you used to feel all right. You forget what it means to feel all right because you feel like shit all of the time, and you can’t remember what it was like before."

-Marya Hornbacher, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia (via larrylikesmeth)

(We read this book in class!)

(Source: numeroclaire, via theladyandwarriorsif-deactivate)

Online podcast: “Disability Culture, Disability Pride” on Disabled Radio

Disabled Radio is an online talk radio show for people with disabilities “who have reached their road to independence as well as those who are looking for support for their disabled loved ones.” The show, hosted by Rob Pritts, focuses on disabled issues such as discussing where to go for help after support has run out, learning how to get away from government support and planning toward their own retirement, events in the disabled community, guest speakers from the disabled community talking about their work, and more. Furthermore, the aim of Disabled Radio is “to bridge all disabled citizens together to create a larger lobby to further Disabled Rights.”

This episode, aired online on May 25, 2011, is called “Disability Culture, Disability Pride,” and discusses disability culture with Valerie Brew-Parrish, as well as the preparations for the upcoming Disability Pride Parade (which happened in Chicago on July 23, 2011). 

Currently, Disabled Radio has not posted the transcript texts of their podcast episodes for Deaf users but hopes to do so soon. 

Check out more Disabled Radio podcast episodes here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/disabledradio

"Interestingly, from an identity standpoint, what does it mean to have a disability? Pamela Anderson has more prosthetic in her body than I do and nobody calls her disabled."
— Aimee Mullins (actress, model, and athlete), Ted Talk: Aimee Mullins and Her 12 Pairs of Legs, February 2009
List of Disability Advocacy Websites

Disability Advocacy Websites:

The following websites, listed on disabilityresources.org, provide support and information about how to advocate, advocacy issues and advocacy services, as well as information about the organizations that sponsor them.  

ADAwatch New in 2001, “the ADA WATCH campaign is a nonprofit informational online network designed to activate the disability community’s grassroots in response to threats to civil rights protections for people with disabilities.” The site features “see this” and “do this” sections that highlight current events in need or watching or action, a link to a great tool for finding local and national media, and an opportunity to receive e-mail Action Alerts about the ADA or IDEA. 

ADAPT ADAPT is a national grass-roots community that organizes disability rights activists to engage in nonviolent direct action, including civil disobedience, to assure the civil and human rights of people with disabilities to live in freedom. 

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit legal advocacy organization for people with mental illness and mental retardation. Its web site includes current advocacy “alerts” as well as a wealth of advocacy resources relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act, child welfare, children’s mental health services, choices in mental health treatment (advance directive), community services for older people, custody relinquishment to access mental health care, fair housing for people with disabilities, managed behavioral health care, Medicaid, mental health care, outpatient commitment, palliative care advocacy, and SSI for children. 

A Capital Idea! Successful Strategies for Getting What You Want from Government An online guide from the American Foundation for the Blind Governmental Relations staff which takes you step-by-step through defining your issue, identifying the players, planning your strategy, forming alliances, meeting and communicating with legislators or regulators, and following up on your contacts. Must reading for serious advocates. 

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) CCD is “a coalition of approximately 100 national disability organizations working together to advocate for national public policy that ensures the self determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.” Its web pages highlight legislative issues that concern its members and tasks forces, with related announcements and links. 

The Council for Disability Rights This straightforward website includes an A.D.A. FAQ (for non-lawyers), “The CDR Guide to Disability Rights (and dealing with the system),” “A Parent’s Guide to Special Ed / Special Needs,” how to take action against structural barriers, voting resources & election information, and more. 

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) DREDF is “a national law and policy center dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities through legislation, litigation, advocacy, technical assistance, and education and training of attorneys, advocates, persons with disabilities, and parents of children with disabilities.” Its web site includes legislative alerts and news bulletins as well as information about the organization. 

Electric Edge This “online” edition of Ragged Edge, a hard-hitting print magazine for disability advocates, features selections from current and past issues. 

The New Civil Rights This article by the noted disability writer Joseph P. Shapiro describes the birth and development of the disability advocacy movement. It originally appeared in Modern Maturity and is reproduced on the Polio Survivors’ Page. [Editor’s note: see our web page on the History of Disability for related resources.] 

Protection & Advocacy The home page of the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems (NAPAS), an association of federally mandated programs (“P&As” and “CAPs”) that protect the rights of persons with disabilities. The site provides a current listing of state programs as well as information about the organization.

Security Administration Protection and Advocacy Program The goal is to assist beneficiaries with disabilities in obtaining information and advice about receiving vocational rehabilitation and employment services. The program provides advocacy or other related services that beneficiaries with disabilities may need to secure, regain, or maintain gainful employment. 

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) Founded by five leaders in the disability rights movement, AAPD is “a non-profit, non-partisan, cross-disability organization whose goals are unity, leadership and impact.” AAPD currently seems to focus on helping people with disabilities “move toward a consumer and economic power base” through financial services to its members. The web site provides information about the organization. 

Disability Awareness in Action (DAA) DAA “has been providing information and resources to disabled people, particularly those in developing countries, since 1992.” The organization focuses on disability as a human rights issue, rather than a medical or welfare issue. It is currently supporting a grassroots campaign to persuade the United Nations to pass a Convention on the Rights of Disabled People. Its web site contains information about the organization, the campaign, and related resources. 

Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) The Disabled People’s Direct Action Network (DAN) is an activist civil rights group for people with disabilities in Great Britain. 

National Disability Party Information about a newly formed political party. 

TASH TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) is “is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates, and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm.” TASH’s web site focuses on information about the organization and its chapters, although disability news, government briefs, and related material are also included. 

Check out disabilityresources.org for more information on disability advocacy and more.

Happy International Day of Persons with Disabilities!


Congrats to Barack Obama for passing this. It shows that persons with disabilities are making a difference, not only locally but also nationally.  

Pass this on. Make it known! Throw a party, do something :D

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Themed by: Hunson