This crowdsourced list of disability justice resources came together on the second day of Virtual Progress 2020. This list includes resources mentioned by presenters in the Lessons from the Disability Justice Movement plenary and Deconstructing Ableism in Progressive Movements workshop. Many other resources were suggested by participants in the event chat stream and in a Google Doc started by the Commons librarians. If you have additions or updates to this list please contact the Commons.
The Lessons From The Disability Justice Movement panel included Imani Barbarin (US), Damian Griffis and Kera Sherwood-O’Regan (Aotearoa/NZ). The Deconstructing Ableism In Progressive Movements workshop was presented by Kera Sherwood-O’Regan (Aotearoa/NZ) and Jason Boberg (Aotearoa/NZ).
Please note that many of the organisations listed here are Australian. If you are based in other parts of the world check for relevant services and organisations locally.
Understanding Disability Justice
A disability justice framework understands that: All bodies are unique and essential; All bodies have strengths and needs that must be met; We are powerful, not despite the complexities of our bodies, but because of them; All bodies are confined by ability, race, gender, sexuality, class, nation state, religion, and more, and we cannot separate them. – Patty Berne
People with Disability Australia – Social Model of Disability
Patty Berne – What is Disability Justice?
Sins Invalid – Skin, Tooth, and Bone: The Basis of Movement is Our People
Sins Invalid – 10 Principles of Disability Justice (pdf)
Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha – Care Work: Dreaming Disability Justice book
Chronic Illness Inclusion Project (UK) – Reclaiming Chronic Illness (pdf)
Chronic Illness Inclusion Project (UK) – Towards an Advocacy Movement for Energy Limiting Chronic Illness
Jesuit Social Services – Recognition respect and support: Enabling justice for people with acquired brain injuries
First Peoples Disability Justice
We have a vision of a just and inclusive society, in which the First Peoples with disability of the Australian nation are respected and valued for their culture, history and contribution to contemporary life, and in which the human rights of First Peoples with disability are recognised, respected, protected and fulfilled. – First Peoples Disability Network Australia
Where People With Disability Can Access Support
Follow Disabled People’s Organisations
Disabled People’s Organisations Australia (DPO Australia) is an alliance of four national Disabled Peoples Organisations (DPOs) in Australia. DPOs are organisations that are led by and made up of people with disability. These four peak bodies have been funded by the Australia Government to represent the views of people with disability, to advocate for systemic change to improve the lives of people with disability and to provide advice to Government/s and other stakeholders.
- National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA)
- First Peoples Disability Network (FPDN)
- Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA)
- People With Disability Australia (PWDA)
The Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) is a cross-disability representative organisation, and the national voice representing people with disability in Australia. Members are national and state disability advocacy organisations run by and for people with disability and their families, representing Australians with disability.
- Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia.
- Blind Citizens Australia
- Brain Injury Australia
- Deaf Australia
- Deafblind Australia
- Deafness Forum of Australia
- Disability Advocacy Network Australia
- Disability Justice Australia
- Disability Resources Centre
- Down Syndrome Australia
- Enhanced Lifestyles
- Inclusion Australia
- National Mental Health Consumer & Carer Forum
- People With Disabilities ACT
- People With Disabilities WA
- Physical Disabilities Australia
- Women with Disabilities ACT
- Women with Disabilities Victoria
Also see this longer list of disability advocacy organisations.
Listen to People With Disabilities
I’m a proud disabled woman and I will speak about it… The personal is political… You will not silence this part of my identity. – Carly Findlay
Carly Findlay – Centre the voices of people with disability (Video: Progress 2017)
Stella Young – I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much (Video: TEDTalk)
Judith Heumann – Our Fight for Disability Rights (Video: TEDTalk)
Judith Heumann – Being Heumann (Book)
Crip Camp (Film)
Imani Barbarin – Crutches and Spice (Blog)
Follow on Twitter
- El Gibbs
- Kera O’Regan
- Jason Boberg
- Damian Griffis
- Judith Heumann
- Carly Findlay
- Ellen Fraser-Barbour
- Kim Sauder
- Senator Jordon Steele-John
- Alice Wong
- Scott Avery
- Geoff Trappett OAM
- Rosemary Kayess
- Vanamali Hermans
- Robin M Eames
- CB Mako
- Ricky Buchanan
- Activate Agency
- Youth Disability Advocacy Service
- Disability Leadership Institute
- #SuckItAbleism #AbledsAreWeird #NothingAboutUsWithoutUs #DisabilityVisibility #DisabilityJustice #DisabilityRC #CripTheVote #DisabledAndSaltyAF
People with disability are often described in ways that are disempowering, discriminatory, degrading and offensive… People with disability want our lives to be respected and affirmed. Many people with disability are proud of being disabled, and want that identity respected. – People with Disability Australia
Carly Findlay – Stop Using Disability Slurs
People with Disability Australia – Language Guide
Lydia XZ Brown – Ableism/Language (Ableist Words and Terms to Avoid)
Kim Sauder – When is Language Ableist of Offensive
UN Review & Royal Commissions
Report of the Royal Commission and Board of Inquiry into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory (includes discussion of disability)
Agents of our own destiny: Activism and the road to the Disability Royal Commission – A history of activism by people with disability in Australia from the 1970s to the present.
If you have additions or updates to this list please contact the Commons.