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We in the disability community are the champions of our own history and the architects of our future. To reach that future the disability community must continue to fight together and resist the stripping of our independence. YO! Disabled & Proud has developed an updated list of resources representing the diverse perspectives of our community that celebrates the victories of the past, the progress of the present, and the need for tomorrow.
The disability community will not be broken… Not then. Not now. Not ever. #disabilityResist
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2017 List of Blogs and Resources
Disability Rights Golden Age
The Unsung Heroes that Helped Pass the 504 and ADA
- Anita Cameron View Blog This piece highlights the contributions made by black people during the fight for disability rights as well as discusses the issues that prevent black people for being recognized as leaders in the disability community. It also names several activists of that time.
- Major Robert Odell Owen View Page Major Robert Odell Owen a major backer of the ADA as well as the starter of a task force that highlighted the needs of disabled people in America.
Psychiatric Survivors and the Mental Health Community
How Multiply Marginalized Peoples Fought Institutionalization and Forced Treatment
- African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems Download PDF African-American Stories of Oppression, Survival and Recovery in Mental Health Systems by Vanessa Jackson: this PDF presentation posted the history of how mental health system have abused black people since their inception. It provides history and context about the types of mistreatment and fall out of these atrocities.
- Sam Dylan Finch View Blog A blog section dedicated to the perspectives of a disabled queer person.
- An Open Letter by Nick Walker Read Letter Highlights how those in the psychology fields often erase people with multiple identities. In this case it shows how autistic people when given the chance often identify as not binary. This lack of options to express gender identity that starts at the academic level translates into subpar treatment after graduation.
- Mad in America View Page Mad in America: an information and resource for psychiatric survivors and professionals with lived experiences. They have several resources and articles specifically for people of color/and LGBTQ people that highlighted the fight for deinstitutionalization and forced treatment.
Employment and a Fair Day's Pay
LGBTQ Trailblazers and Peoples of Color who Have Helped People with Disabilities Gain Access to Employment
- Michon Neal on the Importance of Pay for the Opressed View Page Michon Neal: a person with multiply marginalized identities shares the importance of paying oppressed people on educating others about their identities for the sake of intersectionality; this information needs to be recognized as having a monetary value. And should not be taken for granted. (Contains material that may be deemed offensive.)
- Your Rights in Regards to Employment Accommodation View Toolkit this toolkit created by the job accommodation network is a great starting point on learning what your rights are in regards to employment accommodation. It is easy to understand, accessible, and it’s free to use.
- Supporting Youth and Their Inidividual Identities Watch Video A webinar hosted by the national disability mentorship coalition presented by Dr. Torie Weiston-Serdan, founder of the Youth Mentoring Action Network. It focuses on how to effectively support disabled youth with multiply marginalized identities whether that means they are clear trans or people of color. It shifts the paradigm to supporting youth and their individual identities instead of trying to force them into the mold of what an “ideal” youth would be.
The Not so Distant Past
Activists and Advocates from 2000 to 2017 Who are Changing the Disability Community for the Better!
- Latinx Disability Coalition View Page A coalition created for Disabled Latinx. It brings together diverse perspectives on being part of these two specific communities. It also provides insight and resources in both English and Spanish.
- DiversAbility View Page An organization that increases the visibility of disabled people. Created and ran by people with disabilities from various backgrounds. It strives to create a space for all disabilities to foster a sense of community with one another.
- Stacy Milbern on Medicaid Cuts View Page A queer Korean disabled activists shares their experiences on why access to support services is about more than just living in the community.
- Women Disability Activists Front and Center in Resistance View Page Heather Watkins: in the modern age activism takes on new look. The author of this article explains why new age activism is just as valid as taking to the streets.
- Black Disabled Woman Syllabus: A Compilation View Page Vilissa Thompson has lovingly compiled a compilation that explores the intersections of being black, disabled, and a woman. While her whole site is definitely worth checking out this is a great place to start.
Participate in Disability History Week 2017
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- Youth organizer's toolbox.
- Resources for Educators.
- Register your school here and receive a poster from last year.
- Links to online Disability History Videos.