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Cory Silverberg

UN Day of Persons with Disabilities

By December 3, 2010

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Today is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a day of recognition that the UN began back in 1981 when they celebrated the International Year for Disabled Persons. I don't feel like it's my place to say much about the day itself. I'm aware that the way it's presented represents some people, but certainly not all people, and as with other "days of recognition" I'm conflicted about the best way to acknowledge it while holding in mind and heart all the complicated issues that it raises. As a currently non-disabled ally, it feels like one of those many times when the thing to do is shut up and listen to others.

So without saying "hooray" or "boo" I thought I'd share a few ways you can dig into the day if you haven't yet realized how disability makes life more.

Look, Watch, Listen:

Talk, short film from the Disability Rights Commission

Eli Clare on WBEZ Radio, Gawking, Gaping, Staring: Living in Marked Bodies

Jes Sachse, Envisioning New Meanings of Disability and Difference

Sins Invalid:An Unshamed Claim to Beauty in the Face of Invisibility

Loree Erickson, Smutty Pics & Porn

Read:

Revealing Femmegimp, from Loree Erickson (amazing porn star academic)

Crip Confessions Blog

Laura Hershey, How to Respond to Hate Violence?

Lynn Manning, The Magic Wand

CripChick's Blog

Get Connected: More Disability and Sex Resources from About.com

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