In a world where the politics and practices of large scale disability charities are either questionable or outright problematic, it is important to look at ways to help disabled people without falling into the paternalistic saviour narratives. There are of course organizations run by disabled people for disabled people such as.
Rooted in Rights is a cross-disability organization committed to telling authentic stories and fighting for disability rights.
Autistic Self-Advocacy Network (ASAN)
ASAN is an organization run by and for autistic people.
Disability Visibility Project (DVP)
Run by the incomparable Alice Wong, DVP is committed to sharing and promoting disability media and culture.
I absolutely would not have the audience that I do without Alice, so please go give her all your money.
ADAPT is a direct action organization focusing on legislation and policy, whether it is lying in front of buses to demand that transit be made accessible or occupying Mitch McConnell’s office to protest attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
You can, however, help disabled people more directly on an individual level. Disabled people disproportionately live in poverty and I do not know a single disabled creator who makes a living off of their work and they all absolutely deserve to do so. So I am going to leave a list of disabled creators whose work you can support in a myriad of ways. Consume their content. Share their content. Buy their products. Give them money.
Without further ado, disabled people you can support right now: a list
Kim Sauder (yours truly)
Hi, you’re here reading my blog right now. Supporting me financially means that I can continue to blog. It also on a personal level means that I can eat food, pay my rent, afford tuition (so I can continue to live up to my role as a crippled scholar).
There are a number of ways to support me.
Give to my patreon. I really want to be able to make this blog more accessible. If I make my minimum patreon goal I will absolutely invest in the blog upgrades necessary to make that possible. If I get more than my monthly minimum goal, I can also buy food…and maybe bring your content from other awesome people (and pay them for it).
You can also make a one-time donation to my Ko-fi account
I am also currently fundraising to attend the International Disability Law School in Ireland, so you can support that goal specifically on GoFundMe until May 2018
Dominick is a disabled filmmaker and all around bad ass activist. Like Alice, I don’t think I would be where I am now without Dominick. Participating in his #FilmDis Twitter chats were my first introduction to online disability communities and activism. You can help him finish funding his film on here or support him on patreon.
Mike is a graphic designer. He is best known for reimagining superheroes as disabled. You can buy the design above and others here.
Amythest Schaber is an artist and Youtuber. You can watch their video on YouTube or buy their designs here. They also have a Patreon. Amythest is a good example of why it is important to buy disability content from disabled creators as many of their designs have been stolen and used elsewhere without payment or attribution.
Annie Elainey is a Youtuber who makes awesome disability-related content. Watch her videos and buy her iconic The Future Is Accessible T-shirts (I have 2). Annie also has a patreon.
Vilissa has a Master of Social Work and blogs about issues relating to disability, particularly as they intersect with race. You can donate to her directly or hire her as a consultant and speaker.
Alex designed this lovely logo for my blog and is available for hire. You can follow their design work on Instagram. You can also donate to their GoFundMe.
Sara is the editor of NOS magazine which is focused on uplifting neurodiverse voices. You can donate to NOS Magazine via the link above or support Sara on Patreon here.
Who are your favourite disabled creators and how can they be supported? Let me know in the comments.
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This sort of post is much-needed! Here’s a list of some disabled creatives I know who deserve support:
First of all, there’s me! I’m Olivia M., and I’m an autistic and chronically ill (multiple sclerosis and chronic depression and anxiety) creative who makes zines and queer narrative video games.
Zines are like handmade magazines, and most of mine are personal writing, with some fiction, comics, and photos. I’ve made over 25 zines, trade and collect zines, table/vend at zine fests, and I work hard to introduce other people to zines and facilitate zine community. I teach workshops on how to make zines, organize Connecticut’s first zine fest almost entirely on my own, run several online zine community spaces (two Facebook groups and a Discord server), run a zine review blog and Tumblr, help run the Ace Zine Archive project (which documents the existence of zines that talk about asexuality), edit the zine Asexual Content, and am in the process of building an Android app social network to facilitate zine trading (it’s 90% done and mostly works, but is currently on the back burner due to working on other projects.)
As for my work with queer game dev, I’ve released one completed short game and one 40,000 word demo of a major project, hosted the successful game jam called Ace Jam in January (about making games with asexual characters), and founded and admin the Queer Game Dev Discord server. You can see my games here: http://metaparadox.itch.io/
I do almost all of this with very little monetary support, and am currently unemployed.
You can support me here: http://patreon.com/oliviaszines
Buy my stuff here: http://etsy.com/shop/ParadoxNowCreations
I also need to raise $300 still for the zine fest I’m organizing as a required funding match for a state grant I received. You can donate to that project here: http://litchfieldcountyzinefest.wordpress.com/
Next, consider supporting my friend in the zine community Kayla Rosen, who makes zines and writes about disability, gender, sexuality, and more, and also facilitates workshops, does performance art, and organizes events. They can be found here: http://kaylarosenzines.com/
Support Kayla here: http://patreon.com/kaylarosenzines
Buy Kayla’s zines here: http://etsy.com/shop/kaylarosenzines
Kat a.k.a. DisabledFemme makes zines about disability, fatness, queerness, and also makes patches and more!
Buy Kat’s stuff here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/disabledfemme
Support Kat here: https://www.patreon.com/disabledfemme
There’s also M. Sabine Rear, who does comic zines and art about disability, women artists, and wrestling. http://www.michaelsabine.com/
Her work can be bought here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/msabinerear
Sam of Glitterwurst Zines writes personal zines, makes queer coloring books, and edits compilation zines on the intersection of disability, neurodiversity and queerness, as well as fatness and other topics.
Glitterwurst Zines can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GlitterWurst
And here: https://www.facebook.com/GlitterWurstZines/
Nik Moreno of Knotty Boy Crochet makes crocheted jewelry and accessories, patches, and zines about disability, chicanx identity, and queerness.
Buy stuff here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/KnottyBoyCrochet
Keep up with Knotty Boy Crochet here: http://facebook.com/knottyboycrochet
Charlie of Love, Charlie Zines makes zines about disability, queerness, and more. Check out the zines here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/charliemakeszines
AIWS creates zines about neurodiversity, disability, gender, and animal liberation, as well as art prints, patches, and more. http://www.aiws.lt/
Support AIWS here: https://www.patreon.com/AIWS
Buy stuff here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/6AIWS
Great list! There is also Corbett OToole’s Reclamation Press https://www.reclapress.com