Cross-Disability Community on Facebook
“Cross disability” means all disability.
It means inclusive of all disability communities.
There are a lot of disability-specific groups on Facebook, and very interest-specific-disability groups (- like Deaf Entrepreneurs, for example), but this post is focusing on groups that are specifically set to include ALL disabilities. It is also only focusing on private and active groups. If I saw that a given cross-disability group has not been active in a year, I did not include it.
Why Disability Community on Facebook?
While disability community has always been crucial for us in our need to connect, it seems more important than ever to have it right here and now.
The reason for that is that as we reach towards each other, we find strength and gain ideas. Like the campers did in Crip Camp, our connections with each other can provide the steam to fuel a revolution. And we need a revolution!
The cross-disability groups listed below are FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
If you do not have a disability, they are not the spaces for you!
While all of the groups listed below are private groups, and as such, are safer than public, please still read my tips for staying safe in Facebook groups at the end of this post.
Cross Disability Groups
- Crip Camp (for people with disabilities) – All disabilities, emerged from the documentary, Crip Camp https://www.facebook.com/groups/cripcampvirtual/
- Disability Wisdom – emphasis on blind issues, but all disabilities welcome and all disability perspectives and issues welcome – https://www.facebook.com/groups/DisabilityWisdom/
- Ask Disabled Folk – For Disabled Folk – a space to ask practical questions related to disability – https://www.facebook.com/groups/718414795027075/
- Disability Power for Community Integration: https://www.facebook.com/groups/disabilitypower4communityintegration/
- Gimp Girl Community – All disabilities, for people identifying as female
Cross-Disability Interest-Specific Groups
- Disabled Parenting Project: cross disability, for parents with disabilities (NOT non-disabled parents of kids with disabilities!) https://www.facebook.com/groups/disabledparenting/
- Disabled Gamers, Geeks & Nerds – cross disability, focus is on gaming 🙂
- Lit League Disability Book & Movie Club – cross disability, on books and movies with disability intersections
- Federation of Disabled Bloggers – cross disability group focusing on bloggers/writers with disabilities
Safety in Facebook Groups
3 Things to Remember When Engaging in a Facebook Group!
- Privacy settings
While enjoying a group, it’s always a good idea to triple-check the group privacy settings.
If a group is public, it means that everything you post can be seen by all of your friends and all of the world.
2. Remember that people can take screenshots of what you post
Not to to get paranoid about what you post, but it’s a good idea to keep that kernel of truth in the back of your head.
People take screenshots. In some groups they ask that you not, or have members promise to not take screenshots, but promises can be broken. Think before you post!
3. All the Common Sense Stuff
- Be careful with who you message or become friends with from groups.
- Report things that look suspicious.
- Be wary of anything that involves money.
MORE on Safety: linked here.
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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor. Solo mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E). Deaf, with C-PTSD and TBI, she’s also a gardening nerd who loves cats, Star Trek, and takes her coffee hot and black.