(Dis?)Ability Lesson 1: Let’s start from the basics

Welcome to the first lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. In this first lesson you will work together with your group to create your own definitions of the following terms:

  • Disability
  • Ableism
  • Disability movements

You can compare your definitions with the ones provided by our experts. The following questions will help you in furthering the knowledge you learned in this lesson. They should be a good starting point for a discussion about the themes we have learned so far.

  • Why is it important to acknowledge some flexibility to the definition of disability?
  • Can you think of any example of how a particular definition of disability can change the actual situation/behavior or influence accessibility?

Further reading recommendations:
Sunaura Taylor: “Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation”
Sins Invalids:”Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People – Disability Justice Primer” – https://www.sinsinvalid.org/disability-justice-primer
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha: “Care work: Dreaming Disability Justice”
Video with Talila Lewis on racial and disability justice (in the prison system in the US): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z-36OiQ1OA
Funny video about the social model of disability pointed at in the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s3NZaLhcc4

Auf Deutsch:
https://archiv-behindertenbewegung.org/
Mika Murstein: “I’m a queerfeminist cyborg, that’s okay”
SchwarzRund und Simo Tier: “Rampe? Reicht!” Podcast: https://rampereicht.de/

Credits:
SchwarzRund – https://schwarzrund.de/
Lian – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Film Edit: Radical Resilience – https://radicalresilience.noblogs.org/
Graphics: Carolina Arciniegas – https://carolina.arciniegas.de/
Additional Images: @pikisuperstar and @freepik
Music: Delila – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgPJsCNzTAhdDdU3Ye0ZVmw

And here comes the first update! Our speaker sent this short video with an additional aspect of ableism.

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