Disability Justice Study Group 2015

“Access intimacy is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabled self feels with someone on a purely access level.” – Mia Mingus in Access Intimacy, a favorite reading of our group

This material list was created for a 8 week study and supportive group that met during the fall of 2015. We got together to learn about disability justice, to unlearn ableism, to make connections between movements and to support each other and grow. The people who were present were all impacted quite personally by disability * – themselves or a close family member. Although it does not have to be that way – conversations and groups and events that are made to unlearn and relearn are very much needed for mixed ability settings and people who are in solidarity, who are more removed from disability on a more personal level for the time being.

To be in solidarity with the disabled community is to recognize: “Ableism works as a mechanism of white supremacy, capitalism and colonization by devaluing disabled bodies and minds as unnatural, invalid and unworthy across the lines of race, gender, poverty and citizenship.” And to “embrace disability justice in action and direction nurtures our capacity to reach a strong and vibrant base, teeming with the brilliant imperfection disability community brings to the table, bringing us all fabulously closer to a racial justice movement emboldened to leave no one behind in our struggle for collective liberation.” (Disability and Access Toolkit, SURJ).

This list is organized by topic. It is not exhaustive by any means, it’s just a beginning.

If anyone wants to know more about this group, how to organize your own, including more materials for leading groups and agendas, please email lizzie at em.and.sequins@gmail.com.

* when we speak of disability we are celebrating the brilliance and vitality of a vast community of peoples with imperfect bodies and minds whether a disability is visible or not. This includes, though is not limited to, folks who identify as disabled, chronically ill, Deaf, mad, sick and more. (Disability and Access Toolkit, SURJ)

Broad introduction to dis/ability, ableism, DJ, language and identity:

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Video with ASL Interpretation:

History of Disability

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Movements for justice and the American With Disabilities Act (ADA)

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Intersectionality! And pan disability, functioning

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Policing and criminalization and abuse

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Love, Gender, Sexuality & Desire

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