We kicked off our 2021 activities on a high note while adjusting to the continuing pandemic restrictions. The set of study visits gave us the opportunity to interview and have informal chats with groups and individuals doing disability justice work who are themselves people living with disabilities and/or visible & invisible illnesses.
The groups included Radical Resilience – an environmental justice collective doing critical work around chronic illness / activism & caring movements; Misery – a collective organizing sober gatherings, advocating for mental health and harm reduction practices within the QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black,Indigenous People of Colour) community; WinVisible – a multi-racial support group by and for women with visible and invisible disabilities; SAG – Sickness Affinity Group – a network of disabled artists that are activists, advocating for disability justice and challenging ableism and lack of access in the art world.
The conversations gave us insight into ableist structures and the multiple forms of discrimination that affected the participation of those with illness and dsabilities . Together we explored concrete ideas of inclusion that can be adopted by various movements that ensure access for all. Our in depth talks, recommendations and research were documented in the publication Autonomous Passage which is available for download, and you can dive further into the topic with collection of online resources to be found here