Making Your Organizing and Campaigning Accessible to Disabled Folks

Making Your Organizing and Campaigning Accessible to Disabled Folks

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Operations

Starts: Friday, Aug. 19 1:30 PM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 19 2:30 PM (Eastern)

It is estimated that 13% of Americans have a disability. The importance of the disabled community in elections and organizing can be seen through successful campaigns such as #CripTheVote. Making your organizing or your campaign accessible to disabled people is essential, and it’s also easy to do. First, we will start with a brief history of disabled activism. We’ll discuss lessons learned, talk about inclusive language, and give examples on how you can use that language to make your social media, events, and volunteer opportunities accessible for disabled folks. We will wrap up with a look at resources you can use to make your organizing more accessible.


Jessica Olson

Jessica Olson is a Managing Partner at Erehwon Atlas, a small political start-up that merges our passions for supporting progressive political change with data and analytical tools. For the last six years, we’ve been helping new candidates challenge existing power structures and secure their place on the ballot. Our flagship product, Petition Atlas, allows candidates and organizers to check and organize petition sheets online.

This year, Jessica is a fellow with Disability Lead. As someone who works in politics, Jessica has been interested in how to make politics and volunteering in campaigns more inclusive for disabled folks. This includes coaching campaigns and organizations on how to be more accessible in their social media, volunteer opportunities, and event planning.

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