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Welcome to Australian Disapedia

Australian Disapedia is a disability encyclopedia that is publicly editable which aims to be a community resource to inform, educate and act as a community knowledge base of information, on disability history, culture, arts and media from the social model of disability.

The Australian Disability Community is wide and diverse, each person is different and we have different perspectives about living in a society that is not designed to be inclusive of people with disabilities so this project will give people the knowledge to disrupt discrimination from the start. About Australian Disability

Australian Disability exists to create a more equitable Australian society for people with disabilities through the production of online media and platforms to increase the visibility of issues facing the disability community. Aims and Purpose:

   To support the development of new technologies that improve the quality of life and the independence of persons living with a disability
   To provide persons with a disability with a forum through which they can express their views on government policies and other matters of relevance to their disability
   To support and enable fair and unbiased media representation of disability-related issues, through the development of news and original content
   To provide community-wide education on disability-related issues so as to reduce the instances of discrimination suffered by persons with a disability
   To establish an online community that encourages greater interaction between disabled and able-bodied people
   To promote the concept of ‘disability’ as a strong, healthy form of identity.

Encyclopedia Community Code of Conduct 1 – Introduction

The Universal Code of Conduct provides a baseline of behaviour for collaboration on Australian Disability projects worldwide. Communities may add to this to develop policies that take account of local and cultural context, while maintaining the criteria listed here as a minimum standard.

The Universal Code of Conduct applies equally to all Disapedians without any exceptions. Actions that contradict the Universal Code of Conduct can result in sanctions. These may be imposed by designated functionaries (as appropriate in their local context) and/or by Australian Disability Ltd as the legal owner of the platforms. 2 – Expected behaviour

Every Disapedian, whether they are a new or experienced editor, a community functionary, an affiliate or Australian Disability Ltd’s board member or employee, is responsible for their own behaviour.

In all Australian Disability projects, spaces and events, behaviour will be founded in respect, civility, collegiality, solidarity and good citizenship.

This applies to all contributors and participants in their interaction with all contributors and participants, without expectations based on age, mental or physical disabilities, physical appearance, national, religious, ethnic and cultural background, caste, social class, language fluency, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or career field.

Nor will we make exceptions based on standing, skills or accomplishments in the Australian Disability Ltd projects or movement. 2.1 – Mutual respect

We expect all Disapedians to show respect for others. In communicating with people, whether in online or offline Australian Disability Ltd environments, we will treat each other with mutual respect.

This includes but is not limited to:

   Practice empathy. Listen and try to understand what Australian Disability Ltd of different backgrounds want to tell you. Be ready to challenge and adapt your own understanding, expectations and behaviour as a Disapedian.
   Assume good faith, and engage in constructive edits; your contributions should improve the quality of the project or work. Provide and receive feedback kindly and in good faith. Criticism should be delivered in a sensitive and constructive manner. All Diapedians should assume unless evidence otherwise exists that others are here to collaboratively improve the projects, but this should not be used to justify statements with a harmful impact.
   Respect the way that contributors name and describe themselves. People may use specific terms to describe themselves. As a sign of respect, use these terms when communicating with or about these people, where linguistically or technically feasible. Examples include:
       Ethnic groups may use a specific name to describe themselves, rather than the name historically used by others;
       People may have names that use letters, sounds, or words from their language which may be unfamiliar to you;
       People who identify with a certain sexual orientation or gender identity using distinct names or pronouns;
       People having a particular physical or mental disability may use particular terms to describe themselves
   During in-person meetings, we will be welcoming to everyone and we will be mindful and respectful of each others’ preferences, boundaries, sensibilities, traditions and requirements.

2.2 – Civility, collegiality, mutual support and good citizenship

We strive towards the following behaviours:

   Civility is politeness in behaviour and speech amongst people, including strangers.
   Collegiality is the friendly support that people engaged in a common effort extend to each other.
   Mutual support and good citizenship means taking active responsibility for ensuring that the Australian Disability projects are productive, pleasant and safe spaces, and contribute to the Australian Disability mission.

This includes but is not limited to:

   Mentorship and coaching: Helping newcomers to find their way and acquire essential skills.
   Looking out for fellow contributors: Lend them a hand when they need support, and speak up for them when they are treated in a way that falls short of expected behaviour as per the Universal Code of Conduct.
   Recognize and credit the work done by contributors: Thank them for their help and work. Appreciate their efforts and give credit where it is due.

3 – Unacceptable behaviour

The Universal Code of Conduct aims to help community members identify situations of bad behaviour. The following behaviours are considered unacceptable within the Wikimedia movement: 3.1 – Harassment

This includes any behaviour intended primarily to intimidate, outrage or upset a person, or any behaviour where this would reasonably be considered the most likely main outcome. Behaviour can be considered harassment if it is beyond what a reasonable person would be expected to tolerate in a global, intercultural environment. Harassment often takes the form of emotional abuse, especially towards people who are in a vulnerable position, and may include contacting workplaces or friends and family members in an effort to intimidate or embarrass. In some cases, behaviour that would not rise to the level of harassment in a single case can become harassment through repetition. Harassment includes but is not limited to:

   Insults: This includes name calling, using slurs or stereotypes, and any attacks based on personal characteristics. Insults may refer to perceived characteristics like intelligence, appearance, ethnicity, race, religion (or lack thereof), culture, caste, sexual orientation, gender, sex, disability, age, nationality, political affiliation, or other characteristics. In some cases, repeated mockery, sarcasm, or aggression constitute insults collectively, even if individual statements would not. (Note: The Wikimedia movement does not endorse "race" and "ethnicity" as meaningful distinctions among people. Their inclusion here is to mark that they are prohibited in use against others as the basis for personal attacks.)
   Sexual harassment: Sexual attention or advances of any kind towards others where the person knows or reasonably should know that the attention is unwelcome or in situations where consent cannot be communicated.
   Threats: Explicitly or implicitly suggesting the possibility of physical violence, unfair embarrassment, unfair and unjustified reputational harm, or intimidation by suggesting gratuitous legal action to win an argument or force someone to behave the way you want.
   Encouraging harm to others: This includes encouraging someone else to commit self-harm or suicide as well as encouraging someone to conduct violent attacks on a third party.
   Disclosure of personal data (Doxing): sharing other contributors' private information, such as name, place of employment, physical or email address without their explicit consent either on the Australian Disability projects or elsewhere, or sharing information concerning their Wikimedia activity outside the projects.
   Hounding: following a person across the project(s) and repeatedly critiquing their work mainly with the intent to upset or discourage them. If problems are continuing after efforts to communicate and educate, communities may need to address them through established
   community processes.
   Trolling: Deliberately disrupting conversations or posting in bad-faith to intentionally provoke.

3.2 – Abuse of power, privilege, or influence

Abuse occurs when someone in a real or perceived position of power, privilege, or influence engages in disrespectful, cruel, and/or violent behaviour towards other people. In Australian Disability environments, it may take the form of verbal or psychological abuse and may overlap with harassment.

   Abuse of office by functionaries, officials and staff: use of authority, knowledge, or resources at the disposal of designated functionaries, as well as officials and staff of the Australian Disability Ltd or Disapedia affiliates, to intimidate or threaten others.
   Abuse of seniority and connections: Using one's position and reputation to intimidate others. We expect people with significant experience and connections in the movement to behave with special care because hostile comments from them may carry an unintended backlash.
   People with community authority have a particular privilege to be viewed as reliable and should not abuse this to attack others who disagree with them.
   Psychological manipulation: Maliciously causing someone to doubt their own perceptions, senses, or understanding with the objective to win an argument or force someone to behave the way you want.

3.3 – Content vandalism and abuse of the projects

Deliberately introducing biased, false, inaccurate or inappropriate content, or hindering, impeding or otherwise hampering the creation (and/or maintenance) of content. This includes but is not limited to:

   The repeated arbitrary or unmotivated removal of any content without appropriate discussion or providing explanation
   Systematically manipulating content to favor specific interpretations of facts or points of view (also by means of unfaithful or deliberately false rendering of sources and altering the correct way of composing editorial content)
   Hate speech in any form, or discriminatory language aimed at vilifying, humiliating, inciting hatred against individuals or groups on the basis of who they are or their personal beliefs
   The use of symbols, images, categories, tags or other kinds of content that are intimidating or harmful to others outside of the context of encyclopedic, informational use. This includes imposing schemes on content intended to marginalize or ostracize.

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