September was busy at Stimpunks. We made progress on setting up the foundation and the philanthropic LLC. We got a new logo. We helped launch Josephmooon’s website and their rock album about autistic life. And we did the usual blogging, reading, and giving. Our Blogging Inclusive Meetings, Classes, and Presentations with Access Notes, Bodymind Affirmations,Continue reading “September at Stimpunks: Our Blogging, Our Reading, Our Giving”
Tag Archives: inclusion
FAQ: What does our umbrella logo mean?
It started with my electric wheelchair. The accessory kit for the wheelchair included an umbrella holder. I like shade. I spend a lot of time outside in my chair, and an umbrella is very helpful to sensory regulation. When shopping for an umbrella to go with the chair, I came upon this rainbow one andContinue reading “FAQ: What does our umbrella logo mean?”
Inclusive Meetings, Classes, and Presentations with Access Notes, Bodymind Affirmations, and Small Changes
I’ve noticed a trend among neurodivergent and disabled speakers, notably Lydia X. Z. Brown and Jonathan Mooney, of prefacing their presentations with an access note and a bodymind affirmation. They encourage people, be it in an auditorium or a group video chat, to move around and get comfortable. I believe we should all move inContinue reading “Inclusive Meetings, Classes, and Presentations with Access Notes, Bodymind Affirmations, and Small Changes”
Additions to Our Philosophy on Equity, Learning, and Psychological Safety
Our Philosophy page lists acquired phrases that we steer by. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission. I added several phrases on equity, learning, and psychological safety from Human Restoration Project, Equity Literacy Institute, and Timothy R. Clark. Learning is rooted in purpose finding and community relevance. Social justice is theContinue reading “Additions to Our Philosophy on Equity, Learning, and Psychological Safety”
Try Again: Mercy is Necessary to Learner Safety
“Retesting clearly works, so I give endless chances. If you’re willing to work, there’s always mercy. You can try again.” — Craig B. Smith Craig invites students to learn without adding fear to a subject that already creates its own. He recognizes that students who are emotionally distressed—anxious, angry, or depressed—are cognitively impaired and don’tContinue reading “Try Again: Mercy is Necessary to Learner Safety”
Contemporary Progressive Education with the Human Restoration Project
Students and teachers are human beings. Schools must bring this to light. The HUMAN RESTORATION PROJECT supports progressive educators in building systematic change within schools. By providing free resources, professional development, and materials, we can form a coalition of like-minded educators who can revolutionize the education system from the ground up. This work doesn’t provideContinue reading “Contemporary Progressive Education with the Human Restoration Project”
Inclusion Through Options: There is no one size fits all when it comes to accessibility.
While you can read an in-detail breakdown of all accessibility settings in the game, what The Last of Us 2 creators did extremely well was not succumbing to the idea of ‘accessibility modes’. “‘We want to be able to dig into the menus, fine-tune things, adjust things, really get into the nitty-gritty of what theseContinue reading “Inclusion Through Options: There is no one size fits all when it comes to accessibility.”
Intersectionality and Professionalism
The Center for Intersectional Justice explains that one key aspect of recognizing intersectionality is “fighting discrimination within discrimination, tackling inequalities within inequalities, and protecting minorities within minorities.” If conversations about equity are not considering the intersecting identities of those involved in the planning and decision making individually and as a collective, then the question comesContinue reading “Intersectionality and Professionalism”
Politically and Culturally-engaged Collaborators, Not Just Users and Testers
Clinical, charitable, and institutional channels serve to weed out isolated, multiply marginalized, independent activists, scholars, and artists—those who may be suspicious of large-scale, centralized approaches to advocacy and the ways they tend to concentrate power. By relying primarily on charities as recruitment channels, Unilever effectively ensured that politically and culturally engaged disabled people were excludedContinue reading “Politically and Culturally-engaged Collaborators, Not Just Users and Testers”
Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion.
Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion. Source: Disabled People Have WFH For Years. Companies Catch Up The competition to hire the best will increase in the years ahead. Companies that give extra flexibility to their employees will have the edge. Source: Bill Gates Says You Must Provide This Perk if You Want to HireContinue reading “Flexibility makes a big difference in inclusion.”