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DAWN Ontario
Women with disAbilities
VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES
Electronic Communication Network

 

Page Contents

DAWN Ontario - Women with DisAbilities (WWD) ISSUES Discussion E-List
DAWN Ontario - Women with DisAbilities (WWD) Support E-List
DAWN Ontario - Women with DisAbilities (WWD) Sharing Our Stories (SOS) E-List
DAWN Ontario - Women with DisAbilties (WWD) Technology E-List
DAWN Ontario - Women with DisAbilties (WWD) Employment E-List
DAWN Ontario - Women with DisAbilties (WWD) Consultation Forum E-List


FAQs, Norms & Guidelines

FAQs

About the Women with disAbilities ISSUES Discussion Lists
How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?
What may I post to the list?
What is the preferred format for posting messages to the list?
What is the difference between individual vs. digest format?
How may I stop receiving messages temporarily?
How do I find archived messages?


Norms & Guidelines:

List Culture
Privacy
Subject Line
Text Format
Introduction
Replying to the list
Forwarding articles or emails
Volume of postings
Virus hoaxes and petitions

 

Here are our various DAWN Ontario listservs (electronic mailing lists):


1. DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities (WWD)
ISSUES Discussion E-List

- an online forum for discussion of ISSUES, information sharing and discussion
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAWN-Ontario/


Current membership: 411 members
(as at Feb. 6, 2006)

The ISSUES discussion e-list averages a volume of monthly posts ranging from 200 to 300 posts (10 a day). Members utilize this listserv as a mechanism for sharing information on social and economic justice issues, current news items, as well as issues of common interest and concern to our sector. We also have members participating from the USA, England, Scotland, India, Israel, Nepal, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Australia. Listserv members must agree to adhere to User Agreement.

To Join DAWN Ontario WWD ISSUES Discussion List: Follow this link to JOIN
E-List web interface (web board)


2. DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities (WWD)
SUPPORT E-List

- an online forum for peer support;
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wwd-support/

Current membership: 93 members (as at Feb. 6, 2006)

Recently we created a support e-list for Women with disAbilities who communicated an interest in the development of a more personal and less overwhelming e-list where members could support and empower one another.

To Join DAWN Ontario's WWD Support List: Follow this link to JOIN
E-List: web interface
(web board)

 

3. DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities (WWD)
Sharing Our Stories (SOS) E-List

- an online forum for sharing our stories
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sharingourstories/

Current membership: 102 members (as at Feb. 6, 2006)

In July 2002 we created an e-list entitled "Sharing Our Stories". The "SOS" e-list provides a forum where Women with disAbilities meet to share our stories in recognition that we learn and grow from each others' experiences. Here is the description:

Sharing Our Stories: A Place in the Sun: where audacious Women with disAbilities meet to share our stories. What it was like, what happened, and what it's like today: that's what we aim to share. Being a Woman with disAbility makes us neither a saint nor a martyr, but it does necessarily challenge us to be adaptable. Society was not initially constructed to include those of us who are not flawlessly able. It has been our duty to ourselves to find the back doors and shaded windows of opportunity, scaling walls of resistance, all just to reach or build a barrier-free place where the sun shines equally on us all.

We are here to tell our stories of the grand expedition from exclusion to inclusion: to shine a light on those doors, open those windows wider, and disassemble those walls. Since the most primitive campfires and throughout history, stories have helped teach, influence, and bind people together. Stories have fostered the understanding -- of self, of others, and of life -- which is vital to progress. Such understanding is sorely needed today, as we, Women with disAbilities, struggle to live and work and progress toward common goals.

URL: http://dawn.thot.net/sos (website)

To Join DAWN Ontario's Sharing Our Stories (SOS) E-List: Follow this link to JOIN
E-List
web interface (web board)



4.
DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities (WWD)
Technology E-List
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an online forum that provides technical assistance & information
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAWN-Tech4/

Current membership: 119 members (as at Feb. 6, 2006)

An online community of, for and by Women with DisAbilities interested in Technology.
This forum is intended in part, as a tool to facilitate technical discussion among Women with disAbilities and Women allies. We intend this to be a supportive, informative and educational opportunity where we can share technology tips, best practices, information about adaptive technology, and strategize collaboratively on how best to build technical capacity of Women with disAbilities.

To Join DAWN Technology E-List: Follow this link to JOIN
E-List
web interface
(web board)

 

5. DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities (WWD)
Bridges to Employment Opportunities E-List

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an online forum that provides employment & human resource information including job postings
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dawn-employment/

Current membership: 70 members (as at Feb. 6, 2006)

DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities: Bridges to Employment Opportunities project team and participants. The listserv has been expanded to accept members from across Canada interested in exchanging employment related information and resources.

To Join DAWN Employment E-List: Follow this linkto JOIN
E-List
web interface
(web board)

 

6. DAWN Ontario Women with DisAbilities (WWD)
Consultation E-List

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an online Consultation forum for Women with DisAbilities
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dawn-consult/

Current membership: 78 members (as at Feb. 6, 2006)

This is a forum to facilitate online consultation with Women with disAbilities.

To Join DAWN Online Consultation Forum E-List: Follow this link to JOIN
E-List
web interface
(web board)


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Discussion E-Lists
FAQs, Norms & Guidelines


Frequently Asked Questions:
About the Women with disAbilities Discussion List
How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?
What may I post to the list?
What is the preferred format for posting messages to the list?
What is the difference between individual vs. digest format?
How may I stop receiving messages temporarily?
How do I find archived messages?


Norms & Guidelines:
List Culture
Privacy
Subject Line
Text Format
Introduction
Replying to the list
Forwarding articles or emails
Volume of postings
Virus hoaxes and petitions

 

 

About the DAWN Ontario Women with disAbilities (WWD) Electronic Discussion E-Lists

The Women with disAbilities Discussion E-Lists exist as forums where Women with disAbilities and Allies may find common ground in shared experience, to overcome differences and work together, using our strengths, to be persistent in the face of barriers ... by the sharing of information, the exchange of dialogue and the development and strengthening of our networks.

Our ISSUES listserv, our primary discussion forum, is comprised of 411 participants (as of February 6, 2006) with members representing a diversity of disAbilities and backgrounds from different regions, provinces and countries.

We ask that you RESPECT each other... When you give respect you gain respect

Please, No Spam and No Advertisements... No vulgar and no obscene language, No deliberate slander toward other members... Simply put, attempt to do no harm and assume GOODWILL.

The Listservs were created as an initiative of DAWN Ontario (DisAbled Women's Network Ontario), a progressive, feminist, pro-choice, cross-disability organization working towards access, equity, and full participation of Women with disAbilities through public education, coalition-building, self-advocacy, resource development and information and communication technology.

DAWN Ontario maintains a website at http://dawn.thot.net to provide information to Women with disAbilities on issues pertaining to social, economic and environmental justice.

Website resources include tools, news, actions, events, campaigns, reviews, discussion forum and an extensive of collection of links.

Recognizing the value of online communities, DAWN Ontario is seeking to help build an effective online community of, for and by Women with disAbilities & Allies, including activists, advocates, and self-advocates.

Part of our Action Plan for 2001 was to use the Internet to assist in building communities for self-advocates as well as to help develop the technical capacity of women with disAbilities, along with re-developing our website to provide accurate and accessible information that will benefit the diversity of Women with disAbilities that we serve.

All our e-lists have restricted membership meaning that members are pre-screened by phone call and email before membership to the list is processed, in an effort to protect the privacy of our members, and as much as possible, screen out potential email harvesters, and people who do not support the values and principles of our network and/or the framework from which we work.

Interested members are asked to respond to a series of 5 questions, provide contact information (held in confidence) and agree to adhere to a User Agreement before membership will be processed.

The website is published by Barbara Anello. Both the website and the electronic discussion list are maintained by Barbara, as a volunteer and are operated without funding or sponsorship.

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How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?

To the ISSUES DISCUSSION E-LIST


To the SUPPORT E-LIST

To the SHARING OUR STORIES E-LIST

 

To the TECHNOLOGY E-LIST


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What may I post to the discussion list?

Topics that are relevant to the Women with disAbilities Discussion List and pertain to issues of concern to Women with disAbilities.

This is fairly broad in scope to allow for an open arena for Women with disabilities, to come together, communicate, share, and disseminate information in a supportive environment.

There are some materials that are discouraged for posting to the Women with disAbilities Discussion List. These include:

  • material that does not directly pertain to or affect Women or social justice;
  • jokes of any kind;
  • messages about computer viruses.

If in doubt, please contact the Women with disAbilities Discussion listserv manager

Messages will be NOT be reviewed prior to posting to the list so please ensure that they follow the parameters of the
Women with disAbilities Discussion List. New Members' messages will be moderated.


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What is the preferred format for posting messages to the list?

Please post to the list in plain text format only. That means no HTML and no rich text format, no fancy text and no backgrounds.

It is helpful to all participants if your name and email address is included at the bottom of your posted message. That way, people can reply directly to you if desired. Please do not use a long signature file.

Please make sure to indicate the discussion topic in the subject line to your email message. It helps everyone keep track of the original thread of conversation.

Avoid copying the entire original message to which you are responding to ensure that posts are not unnecessarily long. If you use the Reply to Sender function to post to the list, please delete the original message, leaving only the section that is relevant to your post. This is in consideration of members who subscribe to the list with digest delivery mode, for members who use voice output software and for those who need to print each email.

Please note that attachment files will be rejected by the listserv.

To upload a file that will be available to participants, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAWN-Ontario -- follow the link from the left navigation menu called FILES -- from here, you may upload a file(s).

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What is the difference between individual vs. digest format?

Your messages from the Women with disAbilities Discussion List will be delivered individually, as they re posted, when you first subscribe to the discussion group. Each message posted to the discussion list will be sent to you as a single e-mail. If you are content with this, don't change anything :)

If you would like to receive all of the messages in one long e-mail at the end of the day, change your subscription to digest delivery format.

How to do this: Go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAWN-Ontario
-- follow the link from the right hand side of the page below Membership entitled Delivery Options... and change your settings from individual emails to daily digest.


You may also visit the Yahoo! Groups web site to modify your subscriptions: http://groups.yahoo.com/mygroups

Alternatively, you may email a request to the Women with disAbilities Discussion
list manager to change your delivery mode. Please specify your email address and what delivery mode you would like to be changed to and please be certain to mention which of our e-lists you are writing in reference to.

 

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How may I stop receiving messages temporarily?

You may at some point wish to put a hold on your account temporarily from receiving messages from the Women with disAbilities Discussion List (example: You are going on vacation and don't want to receive messages but do not want to unsubscribe from the list).

To change your delivery options, go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAWN-Ontario -- follow the link from the right hand side of the page below Membership entitled Delivery Options... and change your settings to no email.

When you are ready to receive emails again, follow the above step again, and choose the daily email or the digest mode.

Alternatively, you may email a request to the Women with disAbilities Discussion list manager to temporarily suspend delivery... Please be certain to mention which of our e-lists you are writing in reference to.

 

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How do I find archived messages?

All posted messages to the Women with disAbilities Discussion List are kept in archived files and are available only to list members directly from our list's web-interface located at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DAWN-Ontario under the heading "Most Recent Messages" just below the Description.

List Culture:

We suggest becoming familiar with the culture and interests of the group and what kind of messages are regarded as appropriate. Individuals posting to the list speak for themselves, not an organization, unless stated explicitly.

Personal criticism or attacks in response to any posting are not welcome on our discussion group.


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Privacy:

We encourage open expression, kindness and compassion. Since we enjoy having a safe forum where women can feel free to discuss somewhat personal issues, it is very important to note that messages posted to the list may not be posted elsewhere, whether via email, message boards, websites, or any other form of communication. Should you see something you feel would benefit others outside of the list, please contact the author of the message privately and ask permission before sharing it.


Subject Line:


You must be as specific as possible in your subject line whether writing an original message or responding to a previous one. This is particularly important to keep in mind when you are receiving the digest form of our list. Some of our members may need to be extremely selective of the messages they read and it is essential to have a general idea of what the message is in reference to.

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Text Format:

Set your outgoing email preferences to keep lines fewer than 60 characters long. This avoids the annoyance of messages with difficult-to-read broken lines.

Do not type in all caps unless you intend to SHOUT.

Put a space between paragraphs to make your message easier to read. Posts made with text in one huge long block with no white space for the eyes to rest, rarely get read!


Introduction to the list:

If your return email address does not identify readily who you are, please sign messages you post to the list. This is a courtesy to other list members who may wish to respond to you personally. It is also nice to let people know what part of the country or world you are from.

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Replying to the list:

When responding to an earlier message posted to the list, do not incorporate the whole preceding message in the body of your response. This is especially important for those of us with cognitive difficulties as well as members who receive digest delivery. Excerpt or summarize in a sentence or two the specific points of preceding messages you are responding to. Please consider whether what you want to say may be more appropriately sent to the individual poster.


Forwarding articles or emails:

Instead of forwarding an article or another email you have received, the preferred practice is to copy and paste it (IF possible!) into the body of a new message. This avoids annoying chicken scratch markings on every line >, sometimes double >> or triple >>>.

However you send a forward, always fill in your subject line and take the time to say in your message why what you are sending seems relevant. Please identify what publication or source it is from and when possible provide the website address (URL) if the material is published online..

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Volume of postings:

Many email users are overburdened with a high volume of messages. Kindly screen and be selective of what you pass on from other sources.


Virus hoaxes and petitions:

Please check out any virus warnings you receive before posting information about them to the list. The Computer Incident Advisory Capability (CIAC) of the US Department of Energy keeps a record of known hoaxes at http://hoaxbusters.ciac.org.

Genuine viruses can be verified by consulting antivirus software websites such as Norton Antivirus at http://www.symantec.com/avcenter or McAfee ViruScan at http://vil.mcafee.com/default.asp.

Please do not post chain-letter-type petitions. Their source is often difficult to ascertain or may have disavowed the effort and their intended recipients are unlikely to get the message or a reliable signature count. However, petitions to print out and circulate for signatures and petitions giving website URLs to sign via email may be legitimate and effective, so use your best judgment in passing them on to the list.

 

Feedback is always welcome!

 

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