Disability Stories Is My Gift To Those Adversely Affected By #CrippingTheMighty
… a safe space FOR us and BY us to showcase and share OUR writing.
Dear Fellow Crips,
My name is Liz Jackson and I am an active and passionate writer and blogger in the disability sphere. I write about the incredibly small intersection of disability and fashion on my blog called The Girl with the Purple Cane. A little over a year ago, my best friend suggested I try out Medium, she thought it might help me find new audiences. And it has. A few of my posts have received over 25,000 views and I have begun a wonderful friendship with Medium Staff. I can assure you they are eager to help make Medium a safe and open community for disability writers.
During the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, I reached out to Medium, asking if I could borrow their Twitter account. I saw that Hillary Clinton had given her Twitter account to the mother of a disabled child and I felt that she was onto something. Through the medium of Medium’s Twitter account, I wanted to share many disability stories from many different people living with and around disability. To my absolute amazement, Medium gave me the password to their Twitter account and for a full 24 hours, I had full (and I mean absolute) control. And again, to my absolute amazement, Hillary Tweeted about it:
The next day, I decided that Medium needed its very own Disability Stories collection, so I created one. A Medium collection is an incredible thing, it’s a curation of posts, often on a particular topic or theme, all found on Medium. But I never invested the time in it that I should have. I now see how important the Disability Stories collection is. I would like to give the Disability Stories collection to those writers who have been adversely affected by the actions of The Mighty. I will not be the sole editor, in fact, I seek many editors with many different fields of interest, with one rule:
NO INSPIRATION PORN!
In order to have your work featured on the Disability Stories collection, you will need to post it on Medium. I personally cross-post my work on my blog and on Medium. The majority writing is now located on both The Girl with the Purple Cane and Medium. If this is something you are comfortable with, your writing is welcome on Disability Stories.
Furthermore, this collection won’t work unless many active writers have full editorial access to the Disability Stories collection. I am thinking a dozen editors might make a great number to start out with. Every editor will be allowed to accept, decline and prioritize the pieces submitted to Disability Stories.
If you are interested, will you please reach out to me at thegirlwiththepurplecane [at] gmail.com.
I believe ‘Disability Stories’ is the perfect answer to the the failings of The Mighty and I hope we, as a community, can figure out how to make this work for us.
Are you interested? Please let me know.