JdM author, blogger and appearance activist Carly Findlay will edit the forthcoming anthology Growing Up Disabled in Australia, to be published by Black Inc. in 2020.
Black Inc. is seeking first-person submissions that ‘deal with any aspect of growing up disabled, deaf, Deaf or chronically ill’, and says that submissions will be accepted based on the social model of disability—a model that LGBTQIA+ and disability rights activist Jax Jacki Brown says ‘reframes disability not as a “problem” located in the body or mind of an individual, but as a problem of access and inclusion’.
Editor Carly Findlay says: ‘I want young disabled people to read this anthology and know what’s possible for them, to see that other disabled people have had similar experiences, and to feel the impact of visibility and positive representation. While I have had a life-long chronic illness, I first identified as chronically ill and disabled when I heard other chronically ill and disabled people’s stories.’
A donation from proceeds of the anthology will be given to Children and Young People with Disability Australia.
Submissions should be between 1000 and 4000 words, and must be received by 5pm on Friday, 31 May 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.