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1 link 22 March 2015

From June 27 2014

Coral Sheldon-Hess: Conference Inclusiveness

A report about inclusivity at AdaCamp and Open Source Bridge conferences.
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1 link 16 March 2015

NPR: People with Disabilities, on screen and sans cliches

Zablocki co-founded a film festival to showcase films made by and about people with disabilities. The festival, called ReelAbilities, is now in its seventh year and takes place in 15 U.S. cities. It opened in New York this week.
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[personal profile] elf2015-03-06 09:09 am
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Hotel policy: People with disabilities should travel alone

I'm at Escapade, which is being held in the LAX Four Points Sheraton, which has a fascinating arrangement for ADA-compliant rooms: they only have them in single-king rooms, not rooms with 2 queen beds. I'm rooming with one person who's currently stuck in a room with two beds; I drove down with another who opted for the single king bed version--and was told she'd have to pay extra for a rollout bed.

Both of these people reserved rooms with two queens, and checked the box on the website requesting a room with disability access. Both of them have mobility problems that mean it's very unsafe to bathe without bars in the tub to hold on to... and this hotel, unlike many of them, has no safety bars in the standard bathrooms.

After asking around, it seems this has become a common hotel policy: they apparently don't want to "waste" the more valuable double-queen rooms by making them accessible and pulling them out of the general-use pool of rooms. People with disabilities are not offered the option of rooms with two beds--AND they're no told this when they reserve the room. They are informed when they reach the front desk that they have a choice between sleep and bathing; they don't get to have comfortable and safe arrangements for both.

Anyone know a good ADA lawyer?
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Electricity is an Accessibility issue

Real Social Skills for Autonomous People (a Tumblr)
Electricity is an Accessibility Issue

from Jan 13 2015

tl;dr Electricity is an accessibility issue. Having an event (and especially a conference) in a venue without reliable electricity excludes people with disabilities whose adaptive equipment requires electrical power.

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Unobfuscated: What is accessibility?

Above all else, as accessibility professionals, we should take our actions thoughtfully, recognizing that the actions we take directly impact what people can and cannot achieve on the Web every day.

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verity at Tumblr: Writing Trauma and Survival: A Marvel Primer

After several months of reading and writing in Marvel fandom, I decided that I wanted to write a primer on trauma from the perspective of being a trauma survivor and coming from a disability studies background. You might be interested in the stuff in here if you’re writing about Bucky post-CATWS, Sam’s counseling practice, or the experiences of any number of Marvel characters. I’m drawing on a variety of articles, zines, and books, all of which are available to read online or download.

1 link 8 Feb 2015

From July 2014, on the need for web accessibility:

An Alphabet of Accessibility
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1 link 26 Jan 2015

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.”

2 links 22 november 2014

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!

1 link 29 Oct 2014

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.
[personal profile] jazzyjj2014-10-28 11:39 am

My DiversifYA Interview

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!

Access at Tech Conferences

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.