Template for Posts

This template is meant as a guide for how to organize your informational posts. You won't get in trouble for not following it strictly, but it's meant as a guideline and to give you an idea of what we're looking for.

Definition

This is where you're nice to anyone who found your page and doesn't know anything at all about the condition. If you're happy with the standard definition of your condition, it can be copy/pasted from a dictionary if you want.

Problematic Representation

This is where you might put some current stereotypes or tropes that are inaccurate, offensive or overused. You might like to explain what's wrong with them, if they're not transparent.

Articles

Links to articles that will help people understand your disability, preferably written by people with firsthand experience and freely available online.

Blogs

If there are any blogs written by people with your disability, about your disability (or partly about it), this is where to link to them.

Books

Are there any really good books that you think explain your condition really well? For instance, have people with this disability written any autobiographies?

Forums

If you know of any good discussion forums where people with your condition congregate, you might consider linking to them here, if having curious writers eavesdrop on your conversations sounds like a good idea to you.

Ask A [fill-in-the-blank]

If you're willing to field questions, or if you know someone who's explicitly told you they're willing to field questions, or to read things over for accuracy or sensitivity of portrayal, or to discuss ideas with, then this would be the place to put that information. You might not have anyone who's willing, and that's okay, too.

Further Information

Anything important that doesn't fit into any of the other categories? Put it here! Or anywhere, really; the template's more like a suggestion than a hard-and-fast rule.

Pop Quiz!

Totally optional (like everything else). Actually, if you opt to use this category, it would be better if you made it its own post. The reasoning behind having a quiz isn't that a standardized test determines your ability to write sensitively about a given topic. It's that a pop quiz could serve as reassurance for a nervous but clued-in writer, or as a wake-up call to someone who knows less than they think they do. Either way, it helps you objectively assess how much you know, instead of having to go by a vague feeling of "hmmm... I think I know enough, but I'm not sure..."