2 links 28 Jan 2016

[personal profile] silmarian: Lines at Events

Regardless, line management isn't a security issue, it's a customer service issue.

Dr. Kathryn Allan: Categories of Disability in Science Fiction

This is an academic article.
[personal profile] jazzyjj2016-01-21 10:30 am

All You Sports Fans Take Note

Hi everybody. I just received the following link earlier this morning in Dean Martineau's "Top Tech Tidbits for Thursday" newsletter. I'm wondering if anyone has seen this before and if so, have you participated? I've never been much of a sports fan myself with a few exceptions, but I think I'm going to try and participate in this this year. I had a wooden frame symbolizing a football field, with a metal spinner labeled in Braille several years back but I think that actually belonged to someone else. But I'm truly excited about this accessible bracket and can't wait for March Madness. For some reason the URL shorteners I'm using won't cooperate today, so I'm editing this entry to include the original link. http://blog.kellyford.org/appreciate-terrill-thompsons-work-on-accessible-ncaa-brackets/#respond The survey itself is closed, but you can still view the results.
jesse_the_k: sign reads "torture chamber unsuitable for wheelchair users" (even more access fail)

"How To Suppress Disabled Fans"

SF author and poet Rose Lemberg made a wonderful post late last year:
http://roselemberg.net/?p=1395

Borrowing the striking cover of the awesome Joanna Russ non-fiction book, "How to Suppress Women's Writing," Lemberg precisely enumerates the frustrations of getting access accommodations.

A brief snippet:
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She asked for access, but look how she asked. (Too quietly, too loudly, too soon, too late, she was rude, too wishy-washy, too oblique, too pushy, she asked the wrong people, she did not write an essay about it, she wrote essays in all the wrong places, we did not see the links, she sent emails to the wrong people, we lost the emails, conrunners work very hard).
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The text of How To Suppress Women's Writing cover )
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Call for proposals

Call for Proposals
Canadian Journal of Disability Studies
Disability and/in/through fan fiction

http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/announcement/view/10

Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to Cath Duchastel de M. at: electrocrip@gmail.com and Bridget Liang at b.jianjian@gmail.com.
[personal profile] jazzyjj2015-11-18 11:55 am
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One Link 11/18

Hello everyone. Earlier this morning a friend sent me the following link, and I'm wondering if anyone has seen or heard about this. It sounds very cool.

http://www.theblindcafe.com/about/
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Links 14 November 2015

Catching up on a few posts

Mari Ness: World Fantasy Convention 2015 -- Disability and Accessibility
https://marikness.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/world-fantasy-convention-2015-disability-and-accessibility/

Mari Ness: New Accessibility and Disability Policy
https://marikness.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/new-accessibility-and-disability-policy/

File 770: Mari Ness posts World Fantasy Report and a New Personal Policy
http://file770.com/?p=25970
(some faily stuff in comments)
jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)

Disability and/in/through fanfiction — CJDS wants you!

Published three times a year, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies combines essays, ideas, and discussion between academics, non-academics and folks like us.

They've just issued a call for submissions for their theme issue on the relationships between fanfiction and disability.

The full call for papers is here:
http://cjds.uwaterloo.ca/index.php/cjds/announcement/view/10

A taste of what they want follows:
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However, disability and accessibility have not been explored in either academic or fan scholarship as crucial aspects of fanfiction practices, and disabled fans and fanfiction writers have not been included as significant contributors to online fanfiction communities.

Yet, disability and fanfiction are in a complicated relationship with one another. Fanfiction loves its disabled characters ( Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Homestuck, House, River Tam from Firefly), and loves to disable its characters (Harry Potter is iconic in this respect), to get all the feels, to explore all the possibilities, and because you hurt those you love, a lot, especially in fanfic.

Many fans and fan creators have identified online as disabled and/or people with disabilities/impairments. Fans are sharing their experiences and having discussions about disability representation in fandoms and fanfiction, about ableism and accessibility. How disability manifests in online fanfiction works and communities remains to be brought into play in critical disability studies and in fan studies.
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We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript).
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Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to
Cath Duchastel de M. at: electrocrip@gmail.com

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Please signal boost like there's no tomorrow.
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one more link

Redefining Heroism by Jennifer Bohlman
http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2015/11/06/redefining-heroism/


Science fiction and fantasy tell us that anything can happen, and yet disabled people are often told that their narratives don’t fit into the genres. If anything can happen, why can’t we be heroes too?

1 link 6 Nov 2015

Huffington Post: Sickle Cell in Primetime: How a Character Reveal on Shonda Rhime's "Grey's Anatomy" Renewed my Hope
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kamms-theace/sickle-cell-in-primetime-_b_8456276.html
[personal profile] jazzyjj2015-11-04 12:50 pm
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On-Demand Video of ADA Event

Hi everyone. This morning when I checked my work email, I found a message from the My Blind Spot email announcement list containing something about a webcast that actually took place exactly a week ago. Rather than tweet it out for my volunteer job and make everyone have to travel back in time, I thought I'd go to the website and see what all it offered. While there I found this and listened to it in its entirety. I think y'all will enjoy it. http://is.gd/keoykD
jesse_the_k: John Watson regards the void looking puzzled with white puzzle piece floating above him (JW puzzled)

Happening now: Creating A Disability Site By & About Us

Have you longed for a place on the web where disability is central but not "special"? A place where we live and write and make art as we are. Not a support group, and not about just the body, or the brain, or one particular assistive tech. A web-based zine which could include political rants and silly pictures to gaze at when the brain weasels swarm. Sex tips and cleaning tips and poetry and comics. A site where our disabled selves are the authors and the audience, and everyone else is welcome to learn.

[personal profile] lizcommotion is gathering ideas & volunteers for a "blog-zine-website type thing a la The Toast or Autostraddle, but aimed at disability-type issues or interests."

RIch discussion is happening now, including what sort of content to publish, how to fund it, soliciting volunteers and other notions -- at this post:
http://lizcommotion.dreamwidth.org/267487.html
or via private message
http://www.dreamwidth.org/inbox/compose?user=lizcommotion

[signal boosts welcome!]

Mad Max game and disability

Tariq Moosa at Polygon: Your Body isn't your World: The Heroes of Mad Max and disability

About the Mad Max video game and franchise.

Playing as Max, experiencing characters with disabilities, is a reminder that we can and should create worlds that treat respectfully those so often forgotten - if games want to be more inclusive. It makes us feel welcome, it makes our enjoyment that much more personal: I have little doubt this feeling of empowerment has shaped my perception of what many consider a mediocre game.
[personal profile] jazzyjj2015-09-16 11:19 am
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Article About an Abilities Expo

Hello everyone. For those of you in the Boston area, this sounds like it will be a lot of fun. I just tweeted this article out for my volunteer job as well. http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/16/abilities-expo-boston-to-feature-latest-products-and-services-for-people-with-disabilities/

Apologies for not shortening the link. I can do that if the original doesn't work for anyone.
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)

Another Amputee Details His "Mad Max" Criticisms

Wolf Schweitzer, a Swiss forensic pathologist (and above-elbow amputee), has a rich blog full of details on low-tech amputee hardware design.

He also has extensive thoughts on "Mad Max: Fury Road,"
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Again, the Punch & Judy department of Warner Brothers throws a faked disability, a faux handicap, at us, in their Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) movie, and again, we consider it, just as we considered the attempts in Kingsman, or, Home of the Brave (2006), or, maybe in the ill-fated attempt for cinema titled “Hancock”.
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So, here they go again; what do they do there? Is it good? And, before glorifying it just because (they even write “watch Furiosa punch Max in the face, with her nubbins” which she really doesn’t; she punches him with her hand while sticking the nubbins out in the air) – why not actually *use* our eyes, to look, to ogle, to view, and (in a more strict sense) “watch” it? It is so much a visual and so not much a verbal movie so we really have to switch on our eyesies. What is there to be actually seen, what do they really show? Is this empowering or what does it really say?
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The full article is on his blog:
http://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4762
[personal profile] jazzyjj2015-07-26 01:19 pm
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From AFB on this 25th Anniversary of the ADA

Hi everyone. I had originally planned on posting something at my journal regarding the ADA'S 25th birthday/anniversary, and I might still do that. I'm thinking it over. But I thought I'd post this link here. Fyi, I'm the one who commented about being yelled at by a couple voc/rehab people. Here it is:
http://is.gd/KmOTUq