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Welcome to the Festibility prompts post!

Festibility is a fandom festival accepting all kinds of fanworks (fic, meta, art, icons, podfic, vids, recs, picspams, drabble sets etc) about disabled characters. Works can focus on canonically disabled characters or canonically able-bodied characters that you reimagine as disabled. Pieces can be as long or short as you like. You can find out more at the Festibility announcement post on access_fandom!

Here’s how the prompts will work:

Prompts can be general or fandom- or character-specific. You can also choose to specify a type of disability. Be creative and have fun. Post prompts now through September 15th!

Fills can be posted starting Thursday, July 15th and the posting period goes until September 15th. We encourage you to post disability-centric fanworks to [community profile] access_fandom after the close of the fest. After September 15th, please post to the community instead of commenting here, and link back to the prompt (if any) that inspired you.

Nest Your Responses. Respond directly to a prompt with the text of your story in the comment or a link to the story if it is posted elsewhere.

Anonymous commenting is allowed. To post anonymously when logged in, click on 'More Options' and pick 'Anonymous'. Do not ask anyone to reveal themselves if they choose to post anonymously.

Warnings:
We want warnings to be a community standard for this festival. If you need help putting warnings on your fan work, please ask your beta or contact a moderator. We accept “Choose Not To Warn” as a warning, but in the interest of making this fest as accessible as possible we prefer to have works be labeled with specific trigger warnings.

ETA: Please state one of the following on your work: "No warnings apply", "Choose Not to Warn" or include warnings/content notes mentioning any triggering material that does apply to your work. Marking your work in this way helps people with triggers to navigate the Festibility responses. Thank you! /ETA

Warn for common triggers even if the prompt implies some. You must warn for common violent or sexual triggers. Unwarned stories/art are subject to immediate screening at the mods' discretion.

o Triggers to warn for:
o non-con, dub-con, and rape
o character death
o suicide
o self-injury
o child abuse
o graphic torture
o incest
o underage (under the age of 18)
o extremely ableist language
o mind control
o If you are uncertain if you should include a warning, better safe than sorry.

The above list is not all-inclusive or meant to be limiting: people can and should warn for other things. You can gray out warnings or spoilers using this code that amadi posted, which also works for screenreaders.

If you have a policy of not warning, you must put "Author does not warn" in the subject line. Failure to do so will result in immediate screening/deletion.

Post links to NSFW images or images that require warnings. Do not embed them.

Single prompts can be answered as many times as you wish.

Anonymous posting and commenting is allowed.

Language reminder: Please say “has diabetes”, don’t say “suffers from diabetes” or “suffers hearing loss” when describing someone’s disability. Please say “uses a wheelchair” or similarly neutral language, do not say “wheelchair bound” or “confined to a wheelchair”. Please do not use ableist or other oppressive pejoratives such as “lame”. For more about inclusive language, click on the language tag of this community. Also, please do not include disabilities in your content warnings--It is disrespectful to cast a piece of someone's identity as a warning.

ETA: There have been some concerns raised about this language policy. For clarification, this language reminder is meant more for prompt suggestion than for actual fic. You are allowed to use whatever language you like in your fan fic. If there is a lot of ableist language in your fic, we would prefer that you warn for it in your fic headers. You are also welcome to address the negative as well as the positive aspects of living with a disability.

Thank you for participating! Let the prompts begin!

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Date: 2010-07-13 11:24 am (UTC)
ambyr: pebbles arranged in a spiral on sand (nature sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy) (Pebbles)
From: [personal profile] ambyr
Avatar: TLA: Toph realizes Teo has earthbending potential. She wants him to meet the badgermoles, whom she's convinced can help him learn a way to earthbend despite his disability. Teo's not so sure he's willing to give up flying and go underground to train.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-15 09:19 pm (UTC)
sqbr: pretty purple pi (I like pi!)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
Why would his disability get in the way of his earthbending? (I'm probably missing something obvious)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 03:33 am (UTC)
ambyr: pebbles arranged in a spiral on sand (nature sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy) (Pebbles)
From: [personal profile] ambyr
Well, my opinion, which others are certainly free to contradict: earthbending is based on stances that root one in the earth. Many earthbenders are shown as needing to physically touch the earth with bare feet to make it work; even injuries to the feet cause problems, like when Zuko burns Toph. On the rare occasions when we see someone earthbend while not in a standing position, they're an expert with decades of experience (King Bumi, for one). And even for them, it's unusual.

Since Teo can't stand (and may not be able to feel through his feet?), it seems like he'd need help developing an entirely different set of forms/stances. I don't think the badgermoles are the only ones who could teach him that, but I also don't think the commercial earthbending teachers we're shown, like Master Yu, would have the patience or creativity. Does that make sense?

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 04:24 am (UTC)
sqbr: (existentialism)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
That makes some sense, hmm. It shouldn't be too hard for him to have a chair which lets his feet touch the ground, I imagine, but he wouldn't be able to do the stances.

Though the reason Toph's feet being burned was an issue was because it stooped her from being to see, as I recall she earthbended herself through the ground with no trouble apart from not being able to really see where she was going and being in pain. OPf course she was already an accomplished earth bender at this point.

And now I'm wondering how people with physical disabilities do bending in general. What if you're missing a limb?

This is...not your prompt, sorry. But it is interesting to ponder :)

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 07:00 am (UTC)
jadelennox: Senora Sabasa Garcia, by Goya (Default)
From: [personal profile] jadelennox
As a mobility-impaired person who does tai chi (water bending FTW!), I'll say it's probably tricky, and involves working with a teacher who is willing to figure out what adaptations work with the spirit and practice of your form.

But not impossible. I did tai chi for 6 weeks with a broken foot in a walking cast. It was...imperfect. But doable.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 07:48 am (UTC)
sqbr: (existentialism)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
*nods*

And bending is (as I recall) all about the spirit, with the movements of the body simply being the way you focus that spirit, so doing an altered version of the techniques that suited your body but mightn't be much good for physically hitting someone wouldn't necessarily make them less effective.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-16 11:03 am (UTC)
ambyr: a penguin riding a camel through the desert, captioned, "life is an adventure" (digital painting by Ursula Vernon) (Adventure)
From: [personal profile] ambyr
It may not be my prompt, but I'd still read it if you wrote it! The war has to have left a lot of people with injuries.

(no subject)

Date: 2010-07-18 06:46 am (UTC)
sqbr: zuko with a fish on his head (avatar)
From: [personal profile] sqbr
If inspiration strikes I will post it to the comm! (The odds of me getting around to it during this fest are pretty low :))

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