GGC SLCC 2010 Presentation

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  • GimpGirl Community:Women With Disabilities Rethinking, Redefining, and Reclaiming Community

  • GimpGirl: A Tech Timeline Started in 1998 on SerenityMOO, a text-based virtual world Had four email lists to start, serving niche subcommunities within the women with disabilities community Transitioned to LiveJournal in 2003 Opened on Second Life, IRC, Facebook and Twitter in 2008

  • GimpGirl: Our WebsiteMoodle

  • GimpGirl: Facebook

  • GimpGirl: Twitter

  • GimpGirl: Flickr

  • Second Life

  • Second Life Provides opportunity to network with other disability, women and nonprofit groups Allows easier collaboration within our community We have weekly support group meetings for women with disabilities only We have events that are open to the general public for fundraising and discussion or presentation of issues relevant to women with disabilities Needed adaptations for further accessibility

  • Interdependent Models of Access to Virtual Worlds

    Accommodation for individuals as requested Architectural access to community space Look accessible in virtual spaces Universal Design for use of community tools Put forethought into basic accessibility on website, virtual space, and any online tools or physical space used

  • Conclusion We come together to share our lives, in a safe space that centers more on the strengths we have as a collective

    Radically inclusive of all disabilities and a broad definition of "woman"

    Over the years it has developed into a growing and evolving collective dedicated to peer counseling and advocacy with a DIY, sexy, geeky spirit

    Over 1500 members, mostly English-speaking and in a range of different countries

  • GimpGirl StaffKatherine Mancuso / Muse CarmonaJennifer Cole / JennyLin ArashiLucy MacDonald / Ofelia PevenseyAlejandra Ospina / Aleja Asturias

  • GimpGirl BoardLiz HenryLen BurnsJason NolanRicky Buchanan

    08/27/09