Disability Justice: Resources for Educators & Organizers

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I share the following links and resources as an introduction to contemporary writings and analyses by influential voices within the Disability Justice movement & Critical Disability Studies.

See also: Disability Justice: Further Readings. – KMR


Disability Justice 101

Disability Justice.” POC Online Classroom. Includes articles and resources on ableism, disability justice, access & inclusion, state violence, and intersectionality.

 “Leaving Evidence,” a blog by Disability Justice activist, Mia Mingus.

What Disability Justice Has To Offer Social Justice.” by Theo Yang Copley. Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training. (Nov 1 2011)

Disability Justice – a working draft” by Patty Berne. (Jun 10 2015)

10 Principles of Disability Justice” by Sins Invalid, “a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized.”

The principles of #DisabilityJustice include: intersectionality; interdependence; collective access; leadership of the most impacted; commitment to cross-movement organizing; recognizing wholeness; sustainability; commitment to cross-disability solidarity; collective liberation.


Movement-Building Resources

26 Ways To Be In The Struggle Beyond The StreetsTikkun Magazine (Dec 18 2014)

‘A list of concrete ways our sick & disabled communities are [already] in the movement, and how we continue to support liberation every day. Created by fellow sick and disabled queer writers, artists, and activists of color, including Piper Andeson, Kay Ulanday Barrett, Ejeris Dixon, Ro Garrido, Emi Kane, Bhavana Nancherla, Deesha Narichania, Sabelo Narasimhan, Amir Rabiyah, and Meejin Richart.

9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible.” by Kai Cheng Thom. Everyday Feminism. (Sep 27 2015)

Access Suggestions for Mobilizations” by Sins Invalid.

Suggestions for making actions & marches more accessible and intersectional, while also centering disability justice. (Jan 24 2017)

How to Make Your Social Justice Events Accessible to the Disability Community: A Checklist.” by s.e. smith. Rooted in Rights (Feb

Ableist Language” by autistic activist Lydia Brown. Includes a glossary of ableist terms—and non-ableist phrases that could be used instead.

How to an Ally to Disabled & Neurodiverse Folks in Activist & Academic Communities”. Access Culture (Jul 6 2012).

In the same blog, you can also find: “Disability & the Constant Threat of Isolation – How you may Knowingly & Unknowingly be Contributing to the Exclusion & Isolation of Disabled People.”

Some of Us Cannot Wait & See: 5 Thoughts on Undoing Ableism & Isolation In Your Community Spaces.” by Kay Ulanday Barrett. The Body Is Not An Apology (Apr 23 2018)

Be the Change: Six Disabled Activists on Why the Resistance Must be Accessible.” Autostraddle (Feb 13 2017) Includes interviews with Kay Ulanday Barrett, Sandy Ho, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Angel Powell, s.e. smith, and Maria Town.

List of Readings on Disability Rights & Feminist Activism by FWD/(feminists with disabilities) for a way forward.


Blogs & Personal Sites on Disability Justice

Please consider supporting these incredible disabled writers of color with a Patreon donation!

Brown Star Girl, the website of Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, a “queer disabled femme writer, organizer, performance artist and educator.”

Leah is also the author of the recently released Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice (2018).


Crutches & Spice by Imani Barbarin, a Black woman & blogger with Cerebral Palsy.


Krip-Hop Nation, led by Black disabled writer & artist Leroy Moore.


Power Not Pity, a podcast moderated by Bri, a “Black, Jamaican-American, queer, non-binary, disabled alien-prince from The Bronx.”

Power Not Pity is a space where one “explore[s] the lives of disabled people of color everywhere. Through storytelling, commentary and analysis, the podcast aims to amplify the lived experiences and perspectives of disabled people.”

Bri is a fellow #MSWarrior and a good friend of mine, now living in Brooklyn.


Ramp Your Voice!, founded & led by Vilissa Thompson.

Ramp Your Voice! is “a self-advocacy and empowerment movement for people with disabilities”

Also check out the Black Disabled Woman Syllabus to up your intersectionality game! #BDWSyllabus


The Body Is Not An Apology, founded & led by Sonya Renee Taylor.

The Body Is Not An Apology is “an international movement committed to cultivating global Radical Self Love and Body Empowerment. We believe that discrimination, social inequality, and injustice are manifestations of our inability to make peace with the body, our own and others. Through information dissemination, personal and social transformation projects and community building, The Body is Not An Apology fosters global, radical, unapologetic self love which translates to radical human love and action in service toward a more just, equitable and compassionate world.”


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