The revolution must be accessible. As we continue revolutionary actions, access should be the norm. The future we are building needs to ensure all of us are at the table. Access should not be a “special” accommodation someone has to go out of their way to ask for.
A large portion of the folks we want fighting by our side are disabled people. If disabled people must ask for accommodations, then they’re an afterthought; they are not being centered. How is your event and movement staying true to its mission if it’s not centering those most marginalized within it? For example, 1 in 4 adults in the U.K. have a disability. It is essential for inclusive activism to center and follow the lead of all disabled activists.
Resist the pull of capitalist urgency. Disabled people prove time and again that moving at the rate of the most impacted ensures that nobody gets left behind. Slowing down ensures that we resist pushing ourselves past our limits, allows us to view and solve problems from new angles, and helps create sustainable movements. Disabled people have been organizing for forever and we know what it’s like to constantly negotiate barriers. We have so much wisdom to offer and most of us are waiting to be asked for insight.
While making activism accessible, remember that not all disabilities are visible. Disabled people are likely already attending your events. How can you accommodate people with hidden disabilities and make everyone feel comfortable asking for and using accommodations?