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Sam Dylan Finch: If it's not accessible, who it is for?

We’re told it has something to do with budget, but I can’t help but hear it as, “Your voice does not matter enough for us to accommodate you.”
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Hollywood's Disability 'Inspiration Porn' is Terrible, but Here's how We can Fix It

AV club: American Horror Story's Mat Fraser won't star in your 'Inspiration Porn'

We’re not used to people with “radically outsider” bodies like myself, so visibility is the number one thing.

Number two: We know we’re not allowed to play ourselves in contemporary dramas, because apparently those are reserved for able-bodied actors who want to get Oscars. Statistically, and we know this is a fact, the quickest way to an Oscar is to play a disabled person. So all the choice roles are earmarked for fading actors who want one last stab at the possibility of getting an Oscar. Of course, that comes across as sour and bitter—I am being ironic and sardonic!
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Corinne Duyvis at Sf Signal: On Minding Your Metaphors

Note that the title and tag system at SF signal uses "Special Needs in Strange Worlds" which is language I personally am not a fan of; your mileage may vary.
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Hey everyone. I wanted to let you know that my interview about life with a visual impairment is now up on the DiversifYA website. For some reason I can't get the direct link to copy to the clipboard. I must be using a wrong command, but whatever. Anyway, it's up for the world to see and it was fun being interviewed by them! It is the most recent interview posted. Happy reading and I'm looking forward to your comments!
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Liz Henry at Model View Culture: Unlocking the Invisible Elevator: Accessibility at Tech Conferences.

I’ve been speaking at tech conferences for the last ten years. I’m usually the only wheelchair user at the conference. Every time, I tell conference organizers how to improve access. It takes years to make minor improvements. The culture is hard to shift.
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Accessing the Future anthology is accepting short fiction submissions, and is paying pro rates (6 cents a word). Deadline November 30.

Details at The Future Fire.

We want stories that place emphasis on intersectional narratives (rejection of, undoing, and speaking against ableist, heteronormative, racist, cissexist, and classist constructions) and that are informed by an understanding of disability issues and politics at individual and institutional levels. We want to read stories from writers that think critically about how prosthetic technologies, new virtual and physical environments, and genetic modifications will impact human bodies, our communities, and planet.
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DiversifYA's interview with me on living with Hypermobility Syndrome, being disabled, and writing diverse and specifically disabled characters is now up here.

DiversifYA promotes greater diversity in Young Adult literature and is doing a bunch of interviews with people with diverse backgrounds in the hope of encouraging authors to be more diverse in their writing (and readers in their reading). This particular interview spun out of meeting up with Marieke Nijkamp, one of DiversifYA's founders, and a Vice President of We Need Diverse Books, at LonCon. Ironically we didn't work out we both have HMS until a week later, at which point she grabbed me for an interview.

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Check out this cool comic book art by disabled creator Larime Taylor. He draws with his mouth.

Larime Taylor's website
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I thought this Whirling Nerdish blog post about the portrayal of disability in Kameron Hurley's latest fantasy novel might be interesting to some people here:

Asthma and THE MIRROR EMPIRE

As I write this, my hands are shaking. Not because I'm distressed. Not because I'm tired or hungry or my blood sugar is low. They're shaking because I took my inhaler. I woke up this morning, and for some reason, I couldn't take in a full breath.

...

Kameron Hurley's The Mirror Empire features a main character that has asthma. I'm only about 100 pages into the book, but so far, this girl is my favorite character. Because she's got a strong spirit, she's brave as fuck, and she gets shit done. But when things get real, when she has to physically exert herself--climbing stairs, fleeing bad guys, etc., she gets wheezy; she gets short of breath.
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Today I'm running a Poetry Fishbowl in the series P.I.E., which you can explore via that link.  This is urban fantasy about a mobility-impaired private investigator who handles paranormal cases and her accident-prone cop boyfriend. 

You may also want to browse recent discussions about disability in F&SF and the vocabulary of disability on my blogs.

Please drop by my Dreamwidth or LiveJournal to leave prompts for what you'd like to see me writing along the themes of urban fantasy, life with disabilities, or romance.  You can watch those posts for thumbnails of poems available for sponsorship, and at least one will get posted for free as thanks for the prompts.


Helva's Scream

Wed, Sep. 10th, 2014 03:55 pm
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 Where were you when they sacrificed my disabled brothers and sisters on the hillside

Where were you when they stripped my infant self of my womanhood-to-be

Where were you when they stunted me and sealed me in a box (no glass coffin for unsightly me)

Where were you when they taught me to deride those who saw the trap I was in

Where were you when they wrapped my coffin in a ship and made me one of their slaves

Where were you when they sent me into danger and made me hunt my kin

Where were you when they made my love an impossible dream

Where were you when they proclaimed my song 'a positive image of disability in SF'

*****

Seething over Ship Who Sang being put forward as a positive representation of disability in SFSignal's Mind-Meld
 

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New article on disability in specfic at SF Signal:

MIND MELD: Disabilities in Speculative Fiction


To summarize: Aaaargh! *Headdesk* *Headdesk* *Headdesk*

The Ship Who Sang suggested as an example of positive depictions of disabled characters - just shoot me now....

Disability overwhelmingly presented as a struggle, people coping with disability dismissed as non-representative, not a mention of the Social Model or the disability rights struggle, a panel that's clearly overwhelmingly non-disabled. There are one or two who have a clue, but overall, just no.

I have committed (possibly harsh) commentary.



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Based on an audience poll, there will be a bonus fishbowl session in my series P.I.E. on Tuesday, September 16. 

This series is urban fantasy about a wheelchair-riding private detective who handles the really weird cases, and her able-bodied but kind of accident-prone policeman boyfriend.  When the fishbowl theme is something that doesn't get much attention, I try to spread the word to relevant audiences.  So please tell any of your friends who are mobility-impaired or otherwise interested in this topic that it will be featured in a prompt call where they can come suggest things to be written.  If you're new to P.I.E. then you can find links to all its published poems via the series page; several these were prompted by folks with limited mobility.
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Paper Knife: Accessing the Future Guest Post: How Not to do Disability SF

I invited Kathryn and Djibril over to Paper Knife, to talk about a few of the stories that they feel get portrayals of disability spectacularly wrong.

content note: discussion of eugenics; apologism in comments.

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