i have never lived in an intentional community before, but i have lived, and i invite my fellow disabled folk, esp. queer, Black, Indigenous disabled folk, who have lived in communities/villages before to answer these questions; which community did you and/or do you live in? did you and/or do you feel safe/respected? for wheelchair users, was the physical organization/layout and architecture accessible? for neurodivergent folk, did you find that your way of thinking/feeling was valued?
When I have more time to elaborate I would love to discuss this because I’m openly gay disabled and on the Spectrum and have recently endured a lot of trauma as a result of communities who claim to be affirming and accommodating
if some things are private and/or you aren’t up for calling anyone out, you can also message me.
ableism is definitely widespread in the ic movement, which is one of the downsides to it right now unfortunately. I have personally faced that as a disabled person struggling with houselessness. I was always pushed back in the queue because I couldn’t offer as much labor… which is ultimately why I opted to create my own, which instead uses a leftist model that doesn’t measure someone’s value by their production. Sometimes we have to make solutions so our future generations don’t suffer as we do.
that sounds entirely ridiculous but it’s also tragically familiar. have you ever thought of leading a discussion about this on your Discord? i’d attend
Yes let’s! Put it in the discord chat and I will
Thank you for raising this important & neglected topic. I am currently disabled by a chronic illness. I have a young adult son who has down syndrome. I have observed ableism from many individuals & communities who claimed to “embrace diversity.” It’s long passed time to change our collective consciousness around ubiquitous & pervasive ableism.
I am currently in the design phase of building a small accessable community on my land in Vermont. I welcome any & all input.
I would love to hear more about your member’s vision for your new community.