Disability and Deaf Decolonize/Occupy Groups

Here is a list of groups and pages with a disability or Deaf focus that support the 99 percent/#ows movement.

Some are cross-disability, and some are for specific types of disabilities. Please spread the word. A lot of solidarity and good ideas and activism are taking place within these groups. If you know of pages or groups not included here, please post in the comments, and I’ll add them.

Occupy Disability/Decolonize Disability For people with disabilities to share experiences, news, information, and resources on being a part of — and making more accessible — the Occupy/Decolonize Wall Street movement and those in solidarity.

Hand-made sign says #Occupy at Home. It is held in front of the person's face with just their hands and arms visible holding it. It looks as if the person is propped in bed with a red pillow behind them.

#Occupy at Home: (#oah) Articles, News, Suggestions, Brainstorming, Resources, Information for those supporting the #Occupy movement from home (due to illness, disability, or any other reason).

Text in black says, "Occupy on Wheels," on a bright yellow background with two wheelchair symbols below it. To the left is a bright red fist raised in "power" salute with "Awareness, Inclusion, Solidarity" listed on the wrist, below the fist, and another wheelchair symbol.

Occupy on Wheels: Awareness, Inclusion, Solidarity: OOW (Occupy On Wheels) is dedicated to providing tips to organizers & activists on how the occupy movement (and protest events in general) can be more inclusive and accessible, and why this is important (and easy!).

Making the Occupy/Decolonize Actions and Spaces More Safe & Accessible for the not-so-obviously-Differently-Abled: Call for actions to make protests and encampments more accessible/safe for those with hidden disabilities.

Image of CART text on a large screen at Occupy Wall Street. Mostly not legible from the picture, but something about "next Monday would like to be up front," is visible.

CART at #ows

Occupy Deaf Way: The Occupy Wall Street movement began on September 17, 2011. On October 10, fifteen Deaf people gathered at the General Assembly. They declared Monday evenings: Occupy Wall Street: The Deaf Way. JOIN US MONDAYS AT 7PM. ASL Interpreter and CART provided.

Large white letters on black background, square badge, says Occupy Autism Speaks

Occupy Autism Speaks: Opposing the corporate and other interests around the organization “Autism Speaks.” According to one OAS member: “Autism Speaks certainly doesn’t speak for the interests of Autistic people or at least not the Autistic people I know! Occupy Autism Speaks!”

Sign that says, "Every Human Has Rights" in black, red, and white

Occupy Deaf: This is a place where we can communicate about language accessibility in regards to Occupy Wall Street encampments that are located in our cities.

Update! Two new groups!

Photo of many people holding a variety of signs in a crowded urban setting. Some are in wheelchairs, others are standing.

Krip Occupy Wall Street (KOWS): “Krips Occupy Wall Street is a group aimed at connecting people with disabilities and allies in the NYC area who are invested in the #Occupy/#OWS movement (locally and beyond). Support, resources, networking, and solidarity with similar groups in other areas is desired and welcome.”

Occupy NAD (National Association of the Deaf): A YouTube channel with many terrific, informative videos about who are the 1%, who are the 99%, the Occupy movement, and Occupy NAD — all are in American Sign Language (ASL). Example below.

If you know of other disability, chronic illness, or Deaf organizations supporting the decolonization/occupy movement, please post them in the comments, and I’ll add them. Thank you!

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About Sharon Wachsler

Sharon Wachsler divides her time between writing, activism, and dog training — passions that overlap. Sharon has been a freelance writer and editor of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for two decades, focusing primarily on lesbian erotica, disability rights and culture, humor, and service dogs and their training.
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5 Responses to Disability and Deaf Decolonize/Occupy Groups

  1. Krips Occupy Wall Street is a group aimed at connecting people with disabilities and allies in the NYC area who are invested in the #Occupy/#OWS movement (locally and beyond). Support, resources, networking, and solidarity with similar groups in other areas is desired and welcome…

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/kripsoccupywallstreet/

  2. m says:

    Jerome, can you conact me at the email address as occupydeafillinois@yahoo.com

    I saw your youtube.com and I have already begun the occupy in deaf clubs around the state of Illinois but it had became a standstill due to fear of retailiation.

    Regards,
    Occupydeafillinois@yahoo.com

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