As a woman with a facial disfigurement, this Wonder Woman villain pisses me off
This post contains spoilers for the film, and a looping gif. Contains references to WWI and suicide of veterans.
Linked in the above article is this older piece about Bond films:
Why are so many Bond villains disabled or disfigured? I ask the producers
There is an autoplay video ad at the top of this page.
by Alex Lu, at the Establishment
Creation Entertainment’s refusal to provide access comes at a time when the inclusion of people with disabilities at fan conventions is increasingly recognized as an issue.
How Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Manage That 'Big Sick' Illness in Real Life
by Ashley Lee, at the Hollywood Reporter
It’s not ideal to fall in love with someone who’s in a coma, but that’s what happens to Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick — and in real life. The Silicon Valley actor co-wrote the romantic dramedy with wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual courtship (Zoe Kazan portrays her onscreen, and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents).
The titular sickness remains unnamed throughout most of the movie, as it was to Gordon for much of her life.
Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will be an issue of Uncanny Magazine 100% written and edited by disabled creators– an official continuation of Lightspeed Magazine’s immensely popular and award-winning Destroy series of special issues. The Kickstarter will launch July 24 and run through August 23.
Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017
Summary: Amends the
Copyright Act 1968
to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries.
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Passed At Last
Following introduction to Parliament in late March, and debate in May, the Senate has today finally passed the Copyright Amendment Disability & Other Measures Act 2017. The Act streamlines the copyright regime for people with a disability, educational institutions and libraries. The reform was made possible by constructive collaboration between copyright stakeholders as s Senator Fifield acknowledged.
“The Government thanks all those who worked collaboratively to provide constructive feedback on the measures contained in this important legislation.”
We have published an information sheet on the Act and will be updating our materials accordingly.
Our new education titles will cover the amendments in detail
We will also be addressing the amendments in our national seminar series
The Act is accessible here
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It turns out that what I wanted wasn’t the story of a young woman coming to terms with her brace or her body (seriously it’s a fine story, but it didn’t fit me at all—or, rather, it fit me like a brace, constraining and awkward). What I wanted was something to love. I was listening for that familiar thunk on the hull; I just didn’t know it. That recognition that there was a mind inside a cage of muscle, bone, pain, fiberglass, and metal. The acknowledgement that a mind could do things—heroic things! Cool things!—even if the body rebelled.
read the whole essay here: http://jimhines.dreamwidth.org/437695.
Disabilityfest is a celebration of disabled characters across all media, we encourage everyone to make any contribution to it; art, videos, fics, gifs, meta, fanmixes, anything that you do!
Original characters and content are absolutely allowed as well as fanworks!
"Across America, convenings of civil rights and community development organizations help to set the economic opportunity agenda. Unless the conferences fully integrate disability access issues into their content—and people with disabilities are present—the needs and perspectives of the disability community will be largely left out of the discussion."
They supported folks attending ten conventions last year, including the NAACP, La Raza, and the National Housing Coalition, and nine cons this year so far!
Apply to be an ambassador here
Journal of Fandom Studies: Disability, Pedagogy, and Identity in Fan Studies Classrooms
Disability stands as a unique category of identity and experience, as it has multiple entry points, and its duration varies from person to person. In the classroom, these disabilities, as well as the other gender, sexual, and racial identities with which they intersect become “identities-in-process” (Gray-Rosendale and Birnley 2011, pp 218). The popular culture, and by implication Fan Studies, classrooms in which these students learn become places to grapple with the questions born from the multiple, complex identities of students with disabilities.
As Fan Studies classrooms develop emerging pedagogies and consider how students’ identities impact their engagements with media texts, the question arises of how teaching fandom impacts the lived realities of students and instructors. For students and instructors with disabilities, this different representation and engagement may be particularly fraught.
- How does a consideration of disability as a category of identity play out when teaching fan studies?
- How can we interrogate the assumed “safety” of fan spaces?
- How does such an interrogation impact our understanding of Fan Studies classrooms as “safe spaces” as well?
- How do we as Fan Studies scholars and teachers resist the medical model of disability by avoiding diagnostic labels?
- How do we explore and incorporate a pedagogy that critically examines disability and its intersecting identities in the classroom?
- How do we study disability in fandom and in the media texts themselves and open our classrooms to that exploration?
- How does fandom reveal the politicized nature of identity and disability in ways larger cultural readings do not?
This special issue of the Journal of Fandom Studies aims to investigate the intersection of disability studies and fan studies. We welcome all explorations of this intersection, but are especially excited about discussions of how the pedagogy we employ, as well as the texts we teach and identities we embody, impact our students and our teaching.
We encourage you to define disability broadly as you examine your chosen text. Analysis of texts of all media are accepted and encouraged.
Submit proposals of 500–600 words by May 12, 2017 to issue guest editor
Katherine Anderson Howell
for July 2018 publication.
But I didn’t anticipate how much my vision disorder would eventually affect my own view of myself, my work, and my life in fandom.
In pop culture, disability is a trope, especially visual impairment.
by Elsa S. Henry
So, You wanna write a blind character?
content note: brief description of eye trauma
I have not read the comments
The Atlantic is currently calling for reader notes from people who have spent time in psychiatric hospitals either as patients or as staff. E-mail to contribute is email@example.com
Here's the discussion thus far: https://www.theatlantic.com/notes/2016/
While I can't guarantee that this particular conversation will be productive, I will say that in general, I tend to like the discussions that come out of reader notes posted on The Atlantic. The combination of curating the reader notes and publishing notes from a wide range of readers means that the discussions are often nuanced and thought-provoking. Plus, in this case, I'm really grateful to them for posting the original note from Eva even though it wasn't prompted by a specific article or news event.
[Mods: wasn't sure how to tag this -- let me know if I should change anything!]
This blog cogently summarizes the damaging ableist assumptions in the latest J K Rowling movie. She sees the death of a disabled character treated without any true concern.
I'm sharing this absolutely everywhere I think is appropriate, because it is game changing for me.
How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: "Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception – not necessarily the reality – that a person has been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD may also be triggered by a sense of failure, or falling short – failing to meet either their own high standards or others’ expectations. [...] RSD can make people with ADHD anticipate rejection — even when it anything but certain. This can make them vigilant about avoiding it, which can be misdiagnosed as social phobia. Social phobia is an intense anticipatory fear that you will embarrass or humiliate yourself in public, or that you will be scrutinized harshly by the outside world."
[Image description for the link: Cartoon man paddling through the ocean using an umbrella as a boat]
Hahaha (sob), I even have to deal with RSD when posting this. "But what if it's not fandom applicable enough?" Hush, brain, it's definitely fandom applicable!
Ahem. For anyone who's ever been absolutely terrified to post something fannish because "what if no one likes it," this might just be the answer you're looking for.