The being a disability ally campaign update

A summary of the Ally Campaign so far

We are over halfway through our Disability Ally campaign. Over the last few months, we’ve pulled together a combination of guest blogs, panel discussions, and web-based resources.  Thanks go to all the contributors for helping us to think differently about the practicalities, politics, and power involved in being a disability ally.

 

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At this point, we thought it would be a good idea to offer a brief recap of the campaign so far. We have covered:

  • Being an Ally
  • Non-disabled privilege
  • Parents as allies.

We have identified some key issues that have run across each theme. These are summarised below:

Ableism

Ableism affects everything and everyone.  It operates at an individual level as well at a systems and structures level. Ableism leads to poor and inequitable outcomes for disabled people. Disability allies understand ableism and the important role they play in dismantling it at all levels.

Critical self-reflection and using privilege

Disability allies recognise when something is outside their personal experience. They know their space, and don’t invade disabled people’s space. Disability allies remain curious and open to learning and theyhey are ready to have their assumptions challenged. They recognise their privilege and use it constructively to challenge ableism and disability discrimination.

Disabled leadership

Disability allies recognise that disabled people are experts of their own experiences. They make sure there is space for disabled leaders and experts to be seen and heard. Disability allies listen to disabled people and amplify their voices. Parents who are also disability allies centre the lived experiences of disabled people and learn from their perspectives.

Networks

Disability allies intentionally build networks. They seek out relationships and coalitions with people who share a commitment to challenging injustices and inequities. Disability allies cultivate relationships to help them learn new strategies for change. Parents of disabled children/adults build and maintain relationships with disabled advocates and try to build a community around their disabled child/adult.

The remainder of the campaign will be dedicated to looking at the emotional work of being an ally, and exploring the links with allies in other movements.

I hope you can join us!

Kia pai tō rā    

Dr Carey-Ann Morrison

Senior Researcher – Imagine Better Ltd