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Know the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is an important guide. Article 27 deals with Work and employment, and Article 6 acknowledges that “women and girls with disabilities are subject to multiple discrimination, and in this regard (States Parties) shall take measures to ensure the full and equal enjoyment by them of all human rights and fundamental freedoms” and “take all appropriate measures to ensure the full development, advancement and empowerment of women…”
Composing Access Project is a website of resources for making conferences more accessible to people with disabilities. Resources are divided into three sections: For Conference Organizers, Preparing Your Presentation, and During the Conference. The project is hosted by the Committee on Disability Issues in College Composition (CDICC) and the Computers & Composition Digital Press (CCDP).
An example of the resources on their site is the comic below, called Six Mentors of Microphone Avoidance. The comic challenges the reader to consider their conference practices that restrict the ability of people with hearing loss to fully access conference presentations. “Six Methods of Microphone Avoidance: Or, What Not to Say When Someone Asks You to Use a Mic" is a comic collaboratively conceived, designed, and illustrated by Margaret Price and Amanda J. Hedrick. The comic comes along with a text description (below) to make the image accessible to people who are blind or partially sighted.
How to be a better disability allyDaphne Frias is a 22 year-old youth activist who has cerebral palsy, and uses a wheelchair to ambulate. She is a proud champion to the disabled community. Watch this video to hear Daphne giver her five biggest tips to being the best ally you can be.
Disability is not just about accessibility & accommodations: Ableism in language
Have you ever said something like, “she turned a blind eye to the situation”? The inference is that blind and visually impaired people choose to ignore… Say “she ignored instead” which is clear and avoids microaggressions and microincivilities. “we need to be very intentional about not using ableist language – especially when talking about social justice.” Check your vocabulary: do you use these words to mean what they actually mean – lame, nuts, crazy, OCD, ADD, are you blind? Are you deaf?
Not all disabilities are visible. One common thing individuals living with invisible disabilities hear is “But you don’t look disabled” or “You don’t look sick.” Having to constantly validate one’s disability is tiring and frustrating. This article 4 Ways to Be an Ally to People with Invisible Disabilities is a great place to start doing our part in combating ableism.