EYFA Study Visits

EYFA Study Visits

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

We are double booked!

Leipzig and Geneva, here we come!

We are happy to announce that we are gonna be part of 2 info events where we can talk a bit more about this year’s projects and introduce our publication Autonomous Passage. The events are to happen simultaneously in both Leipzig and Geneva with local youth initiatives. The info sessions are a continuation of topics discussed on our youth gathering and also a chance to present our publication to all of you.

Due to the ongoing pandemic the events have reduced in-person participation, write us for registration. But heeey we are also gonna be streaming it live!

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Let’s improve the course together

Dear Participants of (Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups! Below you can fill our feedback form – we do care about your opinions – a LOT actually! Contact us anytime if you have any ideas on how we can improve our tool, adjust to your local or specific context or what should be the next part. Share your videos, texts or podcasts with us- any recommendations are very welcome. Let’s learn together!

The feedback form is waiting for you HERE.

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(Dis?)Ability 5: Let’s organize an accessible event

Welcome to the fifth lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will learn how to organize an accessible event. Accessibility and intersectionality are about considering various needs of recipients in advance, not about making projects and then thinking how to adapt them, because accessibility is also about an interesting and attractive form (for instance when it comes to culture, educational projects, film festivals etc.)

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(Dis?)Ability 3: Let’s talk about the language

Welcome to the third lesson of the online course (Dis?)Ability, in which we will explore ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. This time we will take a closer look on the topic of language – how discriminatory or emancipatory it can be, how to speak without harm and, instead, show our solidarity and support on the level of communicating.

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(Dis?)Ability

(Dis?)Ability: An Online Course Fostering Accessibility in Youth Grassroots Groups

Introduction

What?

(Dis?)Ability is an online course that explores ways to increase accessibility in activism and event organising. The course is divided in 5 lessons that tackle topics such as accessibility, inclusivity, disability justice, privilege and oppression in youth activist movements. It also aims to create a space to reflect about self-organized events and spaces in terms of access and inclusivity. These lessons will provide tools to challenge existing barriers in these spaces and to incentivise a move towards dismantling them.

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