Help kickstart RampUp 2.0

News story iconNew Matilda has a story about disability activists crowdfunding a website to replace the ABC-axed RampUp website.

The crowdfunding page is at the startsomegood.com website and has so far raised $7000 out of a minimum target of $20,000. You can make a pledge of anywhere between $10 to $3000. The ideal target is for $80,000 which would give the site financial security for two years.

Tipping Point: $20,000

This amount will allow us to build the website and commission writers with disabilities to provide regular content for six months. During this time we will pursue commercial sponsors to sustain the project for the longer term.

Tipping Point budget breakdown for the first 6 months: Website design, development and photography ($5000), commission 50 pieces of original content  by people with disability ($10,400), editorial staff 3 hours per week for 6 months ($4,600).

Total Goal: $80,000

This amount will allow us to commission writers for 2 years and during this time we can continue to improve the website and increase our commercial sponsorship base that will provide a strong financial base for long-term sustainability.

Total Goal Budget Breakdown for the 1st 2 years:

Website design, development and photography ($5000), commission 200 pieces of original content  by people with disability ($41,600) over 2 years, editorial staff 5.5 hours per week for 2 years ($33,400).

– See more at: http://startsomegood.com/disabilityvoice#sthash.l3URh5xC.dpuf

Here’s some snippets from the New Matilda article:

Disgruntled members of Australia’s disability community are channelling their outrage at the closure of ABC’s Ramp Up website in July into a crowdfunding campaign to create a new and independent media outlet aimed at providing news and views about and by Australians with disabilities.

Dr George Taleporos, co-producer of the crowdfunding campaign wanted to bring attention to the silencing of the disability community that had resulted from the axing of ABC Ramp Up, after the Commonwealth ended special funding to the site, and the ABC decided to axe the site.

The former contributor to ABC Ramp Up, recently led a protest at the ABC studios that ended with protesters being escorted off the premises by police.

“Commentators such as Crikey writer Shakira Hussein have said that the of scrapping of Ramp Up looks like an attempt to suppress disability dissent at a crucial moment for the sector, as the nation embarks on the building of a National Disability Insurance Scheme, and following the abolition of the position of Disability Discrimination Commissioner,” Dr Taleporos wrote.

“The former commissioner, Graeme Innes has publicly lent his support to the campaign.”

Banking on a successful crowdfunding campaign, the new site will provide paid employment opportunities for people with disabilities by commissioning content and engaging members of the disability community as expert commentators on issues that matter most to them.

The crowdfunding page describes what the “tipping point” funding goal and and total funding goal will achieve:

Tipping Point: $20,000
This amount will allow us to build the website and commission writers with disabilities to provide regular content for six months. During this time we will pursue commercial sponsors to sustain the project for the longer term.
Tipping Point budget breakdown for the first 6 months: Website design, development and photography ($5000), commission 50 pieces of original content  by people with disability ($10,400), editorial staff 3 hours per week for 6 months ($4,600).
Total Goal: $80,000
This amount will allow us to commission writers for 2 years and during this time we can continue to improve the website and increase our commercial sponsorship base that will provide a strong financial base for long-term sustainability.
Total Goal Budget Breakdown for the 1st 2 years:
Website design, development and photography ($5000), commission 200 pieces of original content  by people with disability ($41,600) over 2 years, editorial staff 5.5 hours per week for 2 years ($33,400).

There’s also a short movie (flash required) at the fundraising page, which we’ve re-posted  below:

Original articles:

https://newmatilda.com/2014/08/19/disability-activists-join-forces-replace-abc-axed-ramp

http://startsomegood.com/disabilityvoice