Disability Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: Disability & Occupy!

**UPDATE: Disability Blog Carnival #79 is now up! Lots of great links and blurbs on Occupy/#ows and disability. Please check it out!**

I’m very excited to be hosting the Disability Blog Carnival for December. This will be my first time hosting this carnival, though I have participated in it many times. It is one of my favorites!

Disability Blog Carnival logo by Ryn, featuring a black-and-white photograph of a man and a boy. The man is in uniform and holding crutches; he is apparently an amputee; the boy is holding onto one of the crutches as a child might hold an adult's hand; the two are photographed from behind, and we see beyond them a seashore and a suspension.bridge

Disability Blog Carnival Badge

Since there is so much going on in the world of Occupy and disability, the theme for this edition will be “Occupy.” You’re invited to write a new post based on this call for contributions or to send a link to a post you’ve already published that relates to this theme.

Here are some potential questions to get your mind whirring on this topic. These are just ideas; however, anything you want to write about Occupy that relates to disability is welcome!

  • Are you involved in any way in Occupy? What draws you to the movement or repels/alienates you (or both)?
  • Do your disabilities interfere with your ability to participate?
  • Have you been involved, or attempted to be involved, in Occupy but been thwarted by inaccessibility, ableism, or audism?
  • Do you think Occupy has a place for Deaf people and people with disabilities in general or you in particular?
  • What do you think of media representations of people with disabilities and/or Deaf people in the Occupy movement?
  • Do you think Deaf- or disability-related issues are being addressed by those in Occupy?
  • What disability-related issue or issues do you think (or hope) the Occupy movement could get behind?
  • How do you feel about the term “Occupy”? Do you use “Decolonize,” or another term?
  • How do you feel the movement is doing with issues of intersectionality, such as race, disability, gender, and other members of the marginalized 99 percent? Where do people with disabilities rank among the 99 percent?
  • Have you started or joined a disability-specific Occupy organization or group? Why? What are your goals?
  • Are you a nondisabled Occupy activist or ally dealing with disability or access in some way?

Or anything else relating to the Occupy movement and disability. I’m wide open!

I’m happy to accept vlogs, as well as text blogs, as long as a captioned version and a transcript are also provided. If you want information on how to caption or transcribe your video, please contact me.

It would be great to see some new bloggers join in. The Disability Blog Carnival has a long and groovy history with many thought-provoking, moving, and/or galvanizing editions. I hope those of you who have participated before will do so again, and I hope those who have not taken part will be moved to do so this time.

As always, I encourage — but do not require! — those who submit links to make their blogs as accessible as possible to people with a wide range of disabilities. I just posted yesterday about how to remove Captcha from your blog if you are using “new Blogger.” You can also find links and info on blog accessibility at the bottom of the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival homepage.

The deadline for submissions is the night of Monday, December 26, midnight-ish of whatever time zone you’re in some time in the near future. It depends when I get the carnival up, but if you want to submit something and it’s not done yet, please do! You can also please contact me to let me know what you’re working on and when you think it might be done.

To submit your link, please comment on this post and include the following:

  • Your name (as you want it to appear)
  • Your blog’s name
  • The title of your post
  • The link (URL) for your post

I hope to post the carnival on Wednesday, December 28.

I look forward to reading your posts! Please spread the word!

– Sharon, the muse of Gadget, and Barnum, SDiT

11 Responses to “Disability Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: Disability & Occupy!”

  1. 2 Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone December 13, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    I have two occupy relevent posts:

    Decolonizing Our Voices
    Compares Occupy/Decolonize Wall Street to the way that Autism Advocacy has been handled. (I’ve had it described in a Autistics Speaking Day round up that I am saying parents are THE problem- I find this ironic. I am one of the more parent friendly Autistic Advocates I know!)


    Rocking (and Flapping) at 1000 Revolutions a Minute
    Has been reposted at Persephone Magazine
    About my visit to Occupy DC when I was in DC last month, and about revolutionary acts of reclamation- aka, Stimming in public.

  2. 3 Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone December 13, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    oh! And I’m Savannah Logsdon-Breakstone, my blog is called “Cracked Mirror in Shalott”

  3. 4 Sharon December 14, 2011 at 12:52 am

    Excellent, Savannah! THank you! Have read the first and look forward to reading the second!

  4. 5 Sharon December 21, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Reminder to myself that I got notes requesting including Who Are My Brothers and Sisters…. and the speech by Denise Romano at WashSqPark GA.

  5. 6 Lynette December 23, 2011 at 9:17 am

    My name is Lynette, and my blog’s name is The World As I See It, My Life As It Happens.

    Here is the link to my post for the carnival:

  6. 7 Sharon December 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Thank you, Neil and Lynnette –
    I look forward to reading your posts! It’s exciting to see some new “faces.”

  7. 8 noah December 27, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    The blog is Our American Generation- a group out of the Seattle

    This is a open letter I posted in the Occupy Seattle Facebook. It has since been removed from the group page because of the controversy it started. The comments it received were very harsh and offensive to many people.

    The letter was a response to the way I along with my friends were being treated. The harsh language was used on purpose to show that people with disabilities are not submissive and to question how people view myself.


  1. 1 Occupy your Heart, Occupy Your mind, Occupy Your World « The World As I See It, My Life As It Happens Trackback on December 23, 2011 at 9:05 am
  2. 2 Corporate Control of People with Disabilities | #Occupy at Home Trackback on December 27, 2011 at 1:18 am
  3. 3 Corporate Control of People with Disabilities | #OccupyOakland Media Trackback on December 29, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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