Welcome to DisabilityWiki! Whether you're someone living with a disability, an M.D., a caregiver or simply someone interested in the topic, your contributions can help shape this knowledge base.
This guide will walk you through the process of editing and creating pages on DisabilityWiki.
Don't be nervous about making mistakes... you can't break anything. The wiki format is very forgiving, and if anything does look broken, someone will come along and fix it.
Clicking the Edit Button
The very first step to start editing a page is to click the "Edit" button located at the top right of a topic page. Clicking this button will launch the Visual Editor, which will display across the top of the page.
The Visual Editor is designed to look and feel like a word processor, like Word or Google Docs, making it accessible and easy to use.
The Visual Editor has an array of tools that allow you to format text, insert headings and subheadings, link to other sites, add images, and more. Here's how they work.
- Paragraph Button: This button is located at the top of the Visual Editor and lets you insert headings and subheadings. Headings help structure your content, making it easier for readers to navigate the page. To use this feature, highlight the text you want to turn into a heading and click the "Paragraph" dropdown. A list will appear, allowing you to choose a heading level, from largest to smallest.
- "A" Button: The "A" button, located next to the Paragraph button, lets you format text. Clicking it allows you to make your text bold, italicized, underlined or formatted in other ways.
- Link Icon: Use the link icon (it looks like a short chain) to add a link to your text to take users to another page. You can link to other pages on DisabilityWiki or to external sites.
- Insert Button: Clicking the Insert button allows you to add images, tables, and more. This feature is perfect for when you want to visualize your information or make your content more engaging.
Optional: Switching to Source Editing
If you're comfortable with editing and simple code, and want more control over your edits, you can switch to Source Editing by clicking the Pencil icon in the Visual Editor. This allows you to directly edit the wiki "markup" (the language used to format content on DisabilityWiki). This might seem daunting at first, but it's pretty simple once you get used to it.
Saving Your Changes
After you're done editing, don't forget to click 'Save Changes.' You can add a short explanation describing your edit. This helps others keep track of what's been done. You'll then be able to see your contributions live on the page. Congratulations!
Starting New Topics
Once you feel comfortable editing existing pages, you might want to create a new topic that doesn't exist yet.
1. To begin, look at the current URL for this page. It should look something like disabilitywiki.com/wiki/DisabilityWiki:Start_Editing
2. Delete everything after the "disabilitywiki.com/wiki/" (but don't press enter yet)
3. Enter your own topic after the "disabilitywiki.com/wiki/"
(Note that titles should have the first letter of all important words capitalized - see the examples below)
4. Your URL should now look something like disabilitywiki.com/wiki/Your Page Title Click 'Enter' on your keyboard.
5. You should now see an empty page all set up for you with the editor ready to go. Click the word 'Create' on the top of the text editor and you can start typing and editing your new page!
6. Click 'Save Changes' to save your work. (Be sure all your content is original, or give references to your sources.)
Some topic examples that don't have pages yet (or need more content) are:
- Wheelchair Accessible Travel
- Disability Rights and Advocacy
- Accessible Home Design
- Adaptive Sports and Recreation
On these pages, we've done the first four steps for you. Just click the links and then click 'Create.'
Feel free to add your own disability topics!
Practice Makes Perfect
If you'd like to practice before editing live pages, you can use this Practice Editing page. This is a safe space for you to experiment and get comfortable with the editing tools.
We encourage you to enjoy yourself while editing on DisabilityWiki. Your contributions will benefit a broad community of users who rely on this resource for information and support. Each new piece of information and each fresh perspective helps us to create a more comprehensive and inclusive understanding of disabilities. Every bit helps, whether it's correcting a typo or writing an entire article.
Engaging with the Community
DisabilityWiki isn't just about adding and editing content. It's also about being part of a collaborative community. We have discussion pages where you can engage with other contributors, ask questions, share ideas or ask for help if you're unsure about something. These pages are located on tabs towards the top of all of the individual disability topic pages.
The buttons called "Community Forum" are for general discussions related to their page topic. They function similarly to a chat room or message board.
The buttons called "Discuss Edits" are for asking technical questions or talking about what content might be appropriate for that specific page.
Remember, the goal of DisabilityWiki is to facilitate a community where everyone feels valued and heard. We hope that this guide has helped you feel more confident about starting your journey with DisabilityWiki.
We ask all our contributors to maintain a respectful, supportive and inclusive atmosphere. This helps ensure that DisabilityWiki remains a welcoming space for everyone, regardless of their backgrounds or levels of expertise.
Keep in mind that some editors will be dealing with disabilities that affect their vision, motor skills, or processing, among others. Be cognizant and kind.