It is finally here: Handikapphajk!

Tonight it is finally time for the first webinar of Handikapphajk! We have sent out Zoom links to all of you who have signed up. If you have not received an e-mail from us, you will find the link to the webinar here below. If you are disabled and have signed up for the follow-up discussion, taking place at 8 pm CET, but have not yet received an e-mail, we kindly ask you to check your trash bin, since your spam filter may have sorted us as spam. If you still cannot find it, please contact us at guide@handikapphajk.se 

See you tonight! 

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89311515651… 
Password: 075016

Handikapphajk [Handicap Hike]?! Are you even allowed to say that? There is a reason.

Just as the Netflix documentary Crip Camp, our source of inspiration, the title Handikapphajk is a pun that deals with prejudice. The name is there to make you think. In Crip Camp you follow a couple of disability rights activists and their fight for independence in the 70’s ableist US. If you have not yet watched it; do it!

But have things actually gotten better in 50 years? We say no.

That is why STIL (The Founders of Independent Living in Sweden) is launching Handikapphajk – a Swedish version of Crip Camp: The Virtual Experience, the webinar series which followed the documentary. It aired for 15 weeks on Zoom this summer. Close to 10 000 people from all over the world participated!

Handikapphajk is the space where we will discuss ability, ableism, and disability rights – that is: human rights! You do not want to miss out on this!

The project starts with Handikapphajk: Holiday Edition; an exclusive webinar series in five sessions. Each session focus on an important topic that, sadly, is seldom discussed from a disability perspective. We are happy to include several renowned hot shots on disability rights on our list of keynotes: Judy Heumann on disability rights, Patricia Moore on universal design, and Bengt Westerberg on disability laws and civil rights – to name a few.

The webinars take place at 7 pm CET. We will, of course, have sign language interpreters and there will be captions in both Swedish and English.

Each webinar lasts one hour and involves presentations as well as interviews with our keynote speakers. These are open to all and take place on Zoom. You will not be visible on camera.

After every webinar we will offer follow-up discussions for one hour. These discussions are aimed at people with disabilities only. The discussions will be conducted in two groups – one in Swedish and one in English – and it is up to you how active you want to be when participating.

Disability is still forgotten as an aspect when speaking of minorities and the importance of representation. With your help this is now going to change!

A warm welcome! (Participation is, of course, free of charge!)

More on us, our guides, below!

Sign up!

You must sign up to attend Handikapphajk. You will then receive an e-mail containing all the sufficient information, as well as a link to the actual webinar. We promise, we will not use your contacts for any other purpose, nor will we hand them out to a secondary part. Do you have difficulties signing up? Or did you not received a confirmation mail? E-mail us at registrering@handikapphajk.se.


Your guides at Handikapphajk

What would hiking ever be without professional guides? Probably rather confusing. So let us introduce ourselves, the excellent guides of Handikapphajk. To keep on track, we will help you navigate.

We love questions! Ask us anything by mail: guide@handikapphajk.se.

Woman with short, dark blonde hair wearing glasses, pink earrings, nude lipstick and a colorful, patterned jacket. She is looking straight at you and she is in an electric wheelchair.

Jessica Smaaland

When I am not helping people navigate the dense jungle of Crip, I work as a political secretary at STIL. Hence I usually spend my days keeping track of extensive investigations, looking over propositions, and talking to the big shots. As well as contemplating solutions to the many issues surrounding The Swedish Act concerning Support and Service for Person with Certain Functional Impairments (LSS). For some unexplainable reason, the solutions always boil down to one thing: Independent Living.

But LSS is just one issue. There are so many areas which are in need of improvement. Since I have always been interested in design I am quite passionate about inclusive and universal design. Why does accessibility always equal hospital equipment? And when will Swedish shops and brands launch a line of nice-looking, and wearable, clothes for wheelchair users?

Woman with red braided hair in a bun wearing heart shaped glasses, glass chains with pearls, green lipstick, and a green, snakeskin patterned blouse. She is looking straight at you and she is in an electric wheelchair.

Emma Åstrand

I work as an editor at STIL. Most of my work focus on text, but I am also involved in several political projects in order to educate and, in the end, eliminate ableist structures. To point out ableism is actually a bit of a party trick of mine!

Representation and inclusion are of utmost importance if you ask me, and I am always looking for a fellow crip in the movies, in books, on TV – you name it! The list is unfortunately short when it comes to characters I find suitable, since the characters have to be there in their own right in order to qualify.

You can also hear me talk in the disability rights podcast Full rulle [Loaded Wheels].