What is Disability Justice? Some Resources to Get You Started

by Adrian Ballou

As we put the finishing touches on conference materials and workshops, one piece of conference attendance is at the forefront of our minds — ensuring everyone is able to access the conference.

Mia Mingus, past CLPP conference speaker, coined the term access intimacy: the ease in relationships that happens when disabled people don’t have to continually push for basic needs. We strive to make that a reality in our movement spaces.

[Image description: The photograph shows black disabled activist and artist Leroy Moore. He has short cropped hair, a mustache and a beard. He is standing bare-chested, with his hands together out in front of him. The text above him reads: “All bodies are unique and essential. All bodies are whole. All bodies have strengths and needs that must be met. We are powerful not despite the complexities of our bodies, but because of them. We move together, with no body left behind. This is disability justice.” Photograph ©Richard Downing; text ©Patty Berne; courtesy of Sins Invalid]

A Primer on Disability Justice:

“Disability justice challenges the idea that our worth as individuals has to do with our ability to perform as productive members of society. It insists that our worth is inherent and tied to the liberation of all beings.” – Nomy Lamm

Allyship and Solidarity:

“Recognize that disabled people are inherently worthwhile.”

Disability Justice and Reproductive Justice:

“Among disabled people… there is a very real risk that the right to have and keep children without interference will be restricted.” - S.E. Smith

[Image description - Red letters printed in all caps on a tan background read: "Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." Underneath, it says, "Audre Lorde." A black and white portrait of Audre Lorde is in the bottom right corner of the image. Image source: http://thebodynarratives.tumblr.com/post/64381212305/self-care-tips-ari-burtons-recommended-reading]

Healing Justice and Ableism in Wider Social Movements:

“If it isn’t healing, it isn’t justice.” - Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

We hope that these resources are helpful in gaining a perspective on disability justice, and we look forward to continuing the conversation at the conference. Register now!

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