[personal profile] jazzyjj2016-05-12 12:08 pm
Entry tags:

New Room in the iTunes Store

Hi everybody. I'm pasting a link to a post about Apple. I just read about this this morning but I am so excited about it. I haven't yet watched any movies in iTunes, and in fact I'm waiting to download any until I see somebody at the Genius Bar about the decreased free disk space on my hard drive. But I have previewed some of these movies.

davidgillon: A pair of crutches, hanging from coat hooks, reflected in a mirror (Default)
Entry tags:

Linkspam: CfP Disability and/in/through fan fiction

Call For Proposals: Disability and/in/through fanfiction

I don't think I got round to mentioning this when it first came up. It's theoretically closed now, but they just said on the Fans for Accessible Conventions FB group that if anyone is working on something, get in touch and they'll see what they can do.
jesse_the_k: Woman holds camera overhead, captioned "capturing the stars" (photographer at work)

Concrit needed re photo description

Monroe Street Entrance

Here's what I have so far...

Photo: Photo shows entry of retail brick building sited at intersection. The corner store sits back from the sidewalk in a five by twelve foot rectangle (knocked out of the very corner). In this alcove, there's a recessed entry door swinging out, handle on right side, next to building. On the right of the door assembly is a two-foot wide vertical window (side light). A three-shelf display (topping out just at handle height) runs diagonally from the edge of the door frame to the outside wall, completely blocking access to anything aligned with the the handle side of the door. A narrow wooden bench extends from the wall's juncture with the shelf to the forward edge of the building. The display and bench combine to require a person to stay precisely behind the door to open it.

Nicola Griffith

Science Fiction Author Nicola Griffith writes about Coming Out As A Cripple, and the need for greater accessibility in the world:


Warning for presence of a known troll (WS aka Beetlejuice) in the comments.
Entry tags:

Deadpool: 1 link

Dave Hingsburger: It's a Choice! Oh Shit!

On Deadpool as a disabled character experiencing stigma, and audience reactions to him.
jesse_the_k: harbor seal's head with caption "seal of approval" (Approval)

Great essay for educating about disability representation

Save this link to Annalee Flower's outstanding "Geeks Guide to Disability." I think it's a great resource for folks who are wondering why there are issues beyond just getting into the con.

quote begins
I’m hoping that if I walk through some of the more common misconceptions, I can move the needle a little–or at least save myself some time in the future, because I’ll be able to give people a link instead of explaining all this again.

[&hellips; snip &hellips;]

The science fiction community tends to take this diluted version of the medical model to extremes. Because we’re used to speculating about abilities that humans could have if certain fictitious conditions were met, some of us consider all human bodies fundamentally broken. It’s easy for us to fall into the trap of thinking that, for example, since being able to fly unaided would be really cool and convenient, we must all be disabled because we can’t fly.

Here’s the thing, though. Because we can’t fly, we have built a world that is accessible to people who cannot fly. We build roads and sidewalks to facilitate ground travel and elevators to provide access to tall buildings.

quote ends

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.


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:

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:
quote begins
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).
quote ends

The text of How To Suppress Women's Writing cover )
Entry tags:

Call for proposals

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


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
Entry tags:

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.

Entry tags:

Links 14 November 2015

Catching up on a few posts

Mari Ness: World Fantasy Convention 2015 -- Disability and Accessibility

Mari Ness: New Accessibility and Disability Policy

File 770: Mari Ness posts World Fantasy Report and a New Personal Policy
(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:

A taste of what they want follows:
quote begins
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.
[ snip ]
We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript).
[ snip ]
Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to
Cath Duchastel de M. at: electrocrip@gmail.com

quote ends

Please signal boost like there's no tomorrow.
Entry tags:

one more link

Redefining Heroism by Jennifer Bohlman

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?