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School of Social Work, 23rd Annual Social Justice Conference: Resources


#Cripping Social Work: Why Disability is a Social Work Issue

To my fellow disabled social workers: what does #CrippingSocialWork mean to you? Nondisabled social work allies–I challenge you to ask the disabled social worker(s) in your life what #CrippingSocialWork means to them. What will you do to make the profession more accessible to disabled social workers? 

Disability Visibility Project

Alice Wong (she/her) is a disabled activist, media maker, and consultant. She is the Founder and Director of the Disability Visibility Project, a community partnership with StoryCorps and an online community dedicated to creating, sharing and amplifying disability media and culture created in 2014.

What does the DVP do?

  • Believes that disabled narratives matter and that they belong to us
  • Encourages people with disabilities to go to StoryCorps or use the StoryCorps app and record their oral histories with the option of having them archived at the Library of Congress
  • Creates disabled media from collected oral histories in the form of tweets, podcast episodes, radio stories, audio clips, images, blog posts, etc.
  • Publishes original essays, reports, and blog posts about ableism, intersectionality, culture, media, and politics from the perspective of disabled people
  • Provides online spaces for people to share and connect
  • Hosts and organizes Twitter chats about disability issues
  • Champions disability culture and history
  • Organizes and facilitates events, gives presentations, participates on panels
  • Supports and amplifies the work of other disabled people and organizations in the community using social media
  • Partners and collaborates with other activists and organizations in various campaigns such as #CripTheVote, #CripLit, Access Is Love, and
  • Consults and provides professional services through Disability Visibility LLC
American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities.

As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the over 60 million Americans with disabilities by promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation.

Disability Rights Advocates

DRA represents people with disabilities whose civil rights have been violated. It identifies and dismantles barriers in partnership with a broad network of local and national client organizations, representing people with the full spectrum of disabilities, including mobility, sensory, cognitive, and psychiatric. DRA represents these organizations in complex, system-changing class-action cases. DRA never charges its clients for representation.



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Biss, D. C. (2019). Getting “Woke” on Intersectionality: Illuminating the Rhetorical Significance of Disability Discourse in Feminist Activist SpacesKaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication Research18(1), 6.

Hamraie, A., & Fritsch, K. (2019). Crip technoscience manifestoCatalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience5(1), 1-33.

Stapleton, L., & James, L. (2020). Not Another All White Study: Challenging Color-Evasiveness Ideology in Disability Scholarship (Practice Brief). Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 33(3), 215-222.