Virtual march makes Women’s March more accessible to people with disabilities

By January 20, 2017Blog, Politics

Activism isn’t always accessible — and the Women’s March on Washington is no exception. For people who might not have the physical ability or stamina to join Saturday’s massive public protest, disability activists created the Disability March — an online movement that allows people with disabilities and chronic illnesses to participate virtually in the event.SEE ALSO: How to get involved with the Women’s March on Washington if you’re not in D.C.The Disability March organizers invite people living with disabilities to submit their names, photos and a statement on why they want to “march.” The images and text will be uploaded to the website in time for the Women’s March on Jan. 21, creating a virtual archive of people showing solidarity with the main event in Washington, D.C.”I began to wonder about other ways to be visible, especially for our community, besides marching”Sonya Huber, one of the organizers, was inspired to create the online movement after she realized attending the Women’s March wouldn’t be the best idea for her health. A disability rights activist and professor at Fairfield University in Connecticut, Huber lives with a few autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid disease and Hashimoto’s disease. She also experiences some mobility problems.”The march, combined with the drive, would have done a number on my immune system at the beginning of a busy semester,” she told Mashable. But Huber knew she wasn’t alone, and she wanted to do something to help broaden access to the march for her community. “I began to wonder about other ways to be visible, especially for our community, besides marching — even though the march will of course include many disabled people,” she said. “Since the disabled community is going to be so impacted by the Republican agenda, it seemed that giving people a platform to tell their individual stories was most appropriate.”

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I thought I would share this! I’m not able to march due to a lot of issues (no child care for one) and that I’m agoraphobic. I was willing to brave having a panic attack to go if I could afford it, but since I can’t this is a nice alternative.  Please signal boost if you can!

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