“What’s the point having rights if we can’t access them?” my friend asked me at lunch today. It’s a question that Disabled campaigners often ask.
It’s a simple question that exposes how we campaign for our rights and for changes in the world, but forget about the disabling barriers that are in the way of many of us accessing them.
As a disability campaigner, I’m pleased to see Campaign Bootcamp teaming up with a graduate of our first Bootcamp, Susan Cook, and the John Ellerman Foundation to expand and relaunch the Susan Cook Scholarship for Disabled Activists. This scholarship covers all the fees for the residential training and any accessibility support needed.
Scholarships like this are a critical tool for addressing barriers in the path of Disabled activists. I spend my time discussing and educating people on the experience of being disabled and fighting for progressive movements to prioritise Disabled people’s activism more readily.
Bootcamp understands that being truly accessible is not about a checklist of provisions that we wear as a kitemark of honour, but rather, accessibility means speaking to people about their requirements and responding to them quickly. Our operations team always take the time to talk with Disabled attendees and give them the autonomy to find the solutions to overcoming the barriers that they face.
Below are a few of the amazing Disabled activists who have attended Bootcamp.
I hope you’ll apply for this important scholarship. All the info you need to apply is here: