First, if you have anything to say on the subject of “Reactions” in relation to assistance dogs (guide dogs, hearing dogs, and all types of service dogs for people with physical, psychiatric, or cognitive disabilities), please consider including your post in the upcoming Assistance Dog Blog Carnival, hosted by The Trouble Is… You can find details about the theme and the deadline on her website. I’ve already read some of the early entries, and it looks to be a fun and thought-provoking one!
Secondly, May First is annual Blogging Against Disableism Day, hosted by Diary of a Goldfish. This is an amazing blogswarm that happens every year; it started in 2006. Bloggers from around the world write a post in some way striking a blow against ableism/disableism.
Here’s what Diary of a Goldfish said last year:
This is the day where all around the world, disabled and non-disabled people will blog about their experiences, observations and thoughts about disability discrimination. In this way, we hope to raise awareness of inequality, promote equality and celebrate the progress we’ve made.
Goldfish has archives of all the past BADDs. Amazing stuff!
My post last year was Q&A on Being an AD Partner. You can write on any topic you want — employment, housing, relationships, discrimination, assistive technology, family, education, medical care — the list is endless. It only has to be something that will bring to light or discuss some aspect of ableism.
Note that for both the carnival and the blogswarm, you do not have to be disabled, nor does your blog normally have to address disability issues, to be involved. You just have to write on the theme. Allies are a very important part of the disability rights movement, so allies’ contributions to BADD are very welcome, too.
There’s been a post I’ve wanted to write for a year, and that’s what I’ll be working on between now and May 1, so if I don’t post much, that’s part of the reason.
Another reason is something I will post about soon. I’m grappling with a big decision, and I’ll share that with you.
– Sharon, the muse of Gadget, and Barnum