The Covid Disability Archive needs submissions from the public to show the realities of how the Coronavirus Pandemic has uniquely affected the disabled community. Ensure our stories are remembered. The dead, the isolated, the ignored.
The Covid Disability Archive is an archive to preserve the lives and experiences of people who are disabled, sick, chronically ill, experiencing mental distress, neurodiverse, D/deaf or have any other form of impairment or long term condition, including Long Covid. It is run by disability history researcher, Daisy Holder.
Anything can be submitted, memorials, art, screenshots, texts, letters, videos, writing, memes, news stories, social media posts. Anything that illustrates your experience as a Disabled/chronically ill person during this time. Even if it seems mundane. Especially if it seems mundane.
These will be part of an online, easily accessible archive that can be referenced by historians and researchers in the future, or present, to fully understand and appreciate the impact the decisions made had on Disabled people and to ensure we are not forgotten.
“Disabled people have been the hardest hit by Covid-19.
50% of deaths have been amongst disabled people.
Many haven’t left their homes since March.
Our lives have not been considered when reopening society.
‘Just lock away the vulnerable’.
And every day we hear that those we have lost being justified
because ‘they had pre-existing conditions’.”
What can you do?
Take some time to go through your social media from the last year, or photos, or important mail, or screenshots, or news websites, or hashtags you know lots of people have used, or sketchbooks, or texts, or emails, or things you bought online. Find the ones that have a clear memory behind them of this time. Get a digital version (photo is great, or scan, or word document, or pdf, or mp4, or a url, any file format). Then submit them to the archive via email to CovidDisabilityArchive@gmail.com
Alternatively, if you see something on social media you can comment using the hashtag #CovidDisabilityArchive and Daisy will pick it up.
There are NO LIMITS on submissions.
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