The Disability Blog Carnival is a blog event. A Blog Carnival is similar to a magazine, in that it is dedicated to a particular topic, in this case – “Disability Studies, Disability Rights, Disability Culture” and is published on a regular schedule, often weekly or monthly. Upon learning about a carnival, bloggers can choose to write an article on the topic and post it to their own blog. They then submit a link or send an email or message to the blog carnival host for that edition to formally participate. Each edition of a blog carnival is “published” in the form of a blog article that contains permalinks to the other blogger’s sites and their articles on the particular topic.
Day in Washington is proud to host the upcoming October 9, Disability Blog Carnival #47. (Submissions due October 6). The topic for this carnival is – Policy.
Perhaps obviously, as a lobbyist whose job involves working with disability policy issues on a regular basis this would seem like an easy choice, and perhaps a limited one, but I would have to disagree. For many minority groups, whether it is race, gender or sexual orientation, policy has had a significant impact on changing the way the world responds to these classes of people. Sometimes, it has been positive such as the Civil Rights Act of 1963 and the Americans with Disabilities Act; and other times it has supported inequality, discrimination, eugenics practices and murder.
This year was the 18th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act which means that this is the first year that we have a generation of children who have grown up with the protection of the ADA.
This year has been marked by action alerts from many disability groups about changes to Medicaid that would limit access to desperately needed health care services.
This year has been marked by a community’s refusal to accept the “R” word and a massive boycott of a mainstream Hollywood movie.
This year has been marked by activism, advocacy and fierce determination to ensure that the Community Choice Act is moved forward in Congress.
This year has been marked by changes in education policy that encourage children with disabilities to excel in advanced programs within school systems.
This year has been marked by a unique collaboration between disability and business groups to aid in passing disability-friendly legislation (ADA Amendments Act of 2008)
This year has been marked by the United Nations passage of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities acknowledging the global need for equality and independence.
This year has been marked by Presidential campaigns that have both put “Disability” forward as an issue of interest and have, perhaps for the first time actively sought support from the disability community.
There is not one part of our lives that is not touched by policy and law. It is our greatest ally and our greatest opponent. The disability community, in many ways has acknowledged this, understands it and embraces it. We have some of the most fiery advocates and the emphasis is on what each and every one of us can do individually and together. We live in exciting times.
I would like to take this opportunity to urge all of you to submit to Disability Blog Carnival #47. Deadline for submissions is 6 October, and edition #47 should post on 9 October (probably very late). Please submit posts in comments here, via my contact page, at the blogcarnival.com site (not screen-reader accessible), or you can reach me via email at: DayAlMohamed@gmail.com just put “Disability Blog Carnival” in the text of your post. I can also be reached via fax/voicemail at: 206-888-6009 for submissions. Thank you!