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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.

1 link: web accessibility

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.
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Call for submissions: Accessing the Future

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.
davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Crutches)
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Interviewed on being Bendy (aka living with HMS)

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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1 Link 25 Sept. 2014

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

Larime Taylor's website
ambyr: pebbles arranged in a spiral on sand (nature sculpture by Andy Goldsworthy) (Pebbles)
[personal profile] ambyr2014-09-17 02:01 pm
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Asthma and The Mirror Empire

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.

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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.