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GGC SLCC 2010 Presentation


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GGC SLCC 2010 Presentation

  1. 1. GimpGirl Community: Women With Disabilities Rethinking, Redefining, and Reclaiming Community
  2. 2. GimpGirl: A Tech Timeline <ul><li>Started in 1998 on SerenityMOO, a text-based virtual world </li></ul><ul><li>Had four email lists to start, serving niche subcommunities within the women with disabilities community </li></ul><ul><li>Transitioned to LiveJournal in 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Opened on Second Life, IRC, Facebook and Twitter in 2008 </li></ul>
  3. 4. GimpGirl: Our Website Moodle
  4. 5. GimpGirl: Facebook
  5. 6. GimpGirl: Twitter
  6. 7. GimpGirl: Flickr
  7. 8. Second Life
  8. 9. Second Life <ul><li>Provides opportunity to network with other disability, women and nonprofit groups </li></ul><ul><li>Allows easier collaboration within our community </li></ul><ul><li>We have weekly support group meetings for women with disabilities only </li></ul><ul><li>We have events that are open to the general public for fundraising and discussion or presentation of issues relevant to women with disabilities </li></ul><ul><li>Needed adaptations for further accessibility </li></ul>
  9. 10. Interdependent Models of Access to Virtual Worlds <ul><li>Accommodation for individuals as requested </li></ul><ul><li>Architectural access to community space </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look accessible in virtual spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Universal Design for use of community tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Put forethought into basic accessibility on website, virtual space, and any online tools or physical space used </li></ul></ul>
  10. 13. Conclusion <ul><li>We come together to share our lives, in a safe space that centers more on the strengths we have as a collective </li></ul><ul><li>Radically inclusive of all disabilities and a broad definition of &quot;woman&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Over the years it has developed into a growing and evolving collective dedicated to peer counseling and advocacy with a DIY, sexy, geeky spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1500 members, mostly English-speaking and in a range of different countries </li></ul>
  11. 14. GimpGirl Staff <ul><li>Katherine Mancuso / Muse Carmona </li></ul><ul><li>Jennifer Cole / JennyLin Arashi </li></ul><ul><li>Lucy MacDonald / Ofelia Pevensey </li></ul><ul><li>Alejandra Ospina / Aleja Asturias </li></ul>
  12. 15. GimpGirl Board <ul><li>Liz Henry </li></ul><ul><li>Len Burns </li></ul><ul><li>Jason Nolan </li></ul><ul><li>Ricky Buchanan </li></ul>08/27/09