As part of National Inclusion Week, our enABLE Network is taking the opportunity to highlight what it looks like to be a good ally to those within the Network. We’re also making some recommendations about where to find out more about what it is like to have a physical or learning disability, to be a carer, or to be neurodivergent.
Some of the key ways to be a good ally are:
- Educate yourself: learn about different models of disability and become more aware
- Respect individual experiences: every person is different and there are a variety of ways to experience disability, neurodiversity and identity
- Consider accessibility in everything you do: as a consumer, highlight it to a business if you see that accessibility such as a ramp, lift or braille menus are missing
- Diversify your feed: follow disability advocates and influencers on social media
- Advocate proactively: be part of the movement even if you don’t have lived experience
- Show up imperfectly: it’s a process and a journey, you will make mistakes but that’s okay
With so many topics covered by this network, we wanted to highlight a few cultural references and positive allies that are a great springboard to learn more and to start thinking differently about the diverse bodies, minds and voices that make up our society and how we can do more to learn about their stories.
Ted Talk - Stella Young, I’m not your inspiration funny, short talk about society’s relationship with disability.
Series - Atypical is the story of a teen on the autism spectrum decides to get a girlfriend; his bid for more independence puts his whole family on a path of self-discovery.
Film - The Fundamentals of Caring is about a man suffering a family loss enrols in a class about care-giving that changes his perspective on life.
Non-fiction - The Reason I Jump, Naoki Higashida gives a rare insight into the mind of an autistic thirteen year old.
Essays – Disability Visibility First-Person Stories from the Twenty-First Century, collection of stories, blog posts and manifestos, celebrates and documents disability culture in the now.
Follow @glasgow.pam for an incredible insight into the working life of pam Duncan-Clancy, recently elected as a member of Scottish parliament.
Follow @damesarahstorey for athletic achievement and the details of her life as a mum.
Follow @habengirma an American disability rights activist and the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law.
These recommendations are intended to spark discussion and raise awareness. If you have more recommendations, we would love to hear from you as we build our library of resources.