Since its rather low-key launch on 13th September 2010, the Disability Research Forum (DRF) has seen its profile and readership rise month on month. The DRF is quickly becoming an international network keeping disability researchers up-to-date with the latest developments in research, policy, legislation and activism. Recent additions to the blog include a Where else? page full of useful and interesting disability-related links, a re-vamped Events section and a UK Activism page where we intend to disseminate information on the impact of the ‘cuts’ on disabled people in the UK.
With well over 3000 hits in just over 3 months and with more than 50 people signed up to its posts, the DRF can now boasts members from UK, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, Kenya, Bulgaria and Botswana – to name a few! It is the diversity of its members which makes the DRF such a vibrant and interesting space.
In this spirit of comradeship and camaraderie, may we wish you a happy and prosperous 2011 and leave you with some ideas of ways to get even more involved over the coming 12 months.
- add comments by using the ‘Leave a Comment’ function at the bottom of most posts – for instance, you could share a relevant journal article related to the topic
- submit brief biographical and contact details to be listed in the People section and/or update us on your recent published work to be listed in the Publications section** – these are great ways to promote you and your work
- if geographically possible, offer to present your work at an upcoming DRF seminar in Sheffield** – although, most slots for for the first half of 2011 are taken we will be drawing up the schedule for the 2011-2012 academic year shortly so get in touch
- there is nothing better than getting together with others to talk ‘disability’, so wherever you call home, use the Events section to plan your conference attendance for 2011-2012
- if you have not already done so, click on the Sign me up! button to the right. You will receive email alerts of new postings, which will include reminders of upcoming events and the details of ‘Call for Papers’ as new conferences are announced.
- spread the word – using the buttons at the bottom of posts you can use facebook and twitter to tell others about the DRF. Alternatively, good old email or word of mouth work equally well – the more the merrier!
[** Please contact Rebecca Mallett: firstname.lastname@example.org]
Best wishes from everyone involved in the DRF!