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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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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)

1 link 9 July 2015

Thu, Jul. 9th, 2015 08:10 pm
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David Perry at Chronicle Vitae:
Removing the Barriers to Participation for Disabled Scholars

About access at Academic Conferences
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Video Game Accessibility: A Legal Approach
George Powers, Vinh Nguyen, Lex Frieden

The authors all work at the Southwestern (U.S.) ADA Tech Assistance Center, so they're familiar with the law and its limitations. They believe a legal approach would result in more, lasting access.

Video game accessibility may not seem of significance to some, and it may sound trivial to anyone who does not play video games. This assumption is false. With the digitalization of our culture, video games are an ever increasing part of our life. They contribute to peer to peer interactions, education, music and the arts. A video game can be created by hundreds of musicians and artists, and they can have production budgets that exceed modern blockbuster films. Inaccessible video games are analogous to movie theaters without closed captioning or accessible facilities. The movement to have accessible video games is small, unorganized and misdirected. Just like the other battles to make society accessible were accomplished through legislation and law, the battle for video game accessibility must be focused toward the law and not the market.

Full article in Disability Studies Quarterly
http://dsq-sds.org/article/view/4513/3833
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From June 27 2014

Coral Sheldon-Hess: Conference Inclusiveness

A report about inclusivity at AdaCamp and Open Source Bridge conferences.
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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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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.”
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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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Activist Mia Mingus:

Access Intimacy: The Missing Link (from 2011)

Access intimacy is that elusive, hard to describe feeling when someone else “gets” your access needs. The kind of eerie comfort that your disabled self feels with someone on a purely access level. Sometimes it can happen with complete strangers, disabled or not, or sometimes it can be built over years. It could also be the way your body relaxes and opens up with someone when all your access needs are being met.
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Rock, Paper, Shotgun: Accessibility Jam

The Accessibility Jam wants to give “developers knowledge and experience of how to make mainstream video games accessible to gamers with disabilities, to provide good examples of what’s possible, and move accessibility towards being widely accepted good practice in the game design process.” The jam begins in a little over 5 days and you should take part or pay attention.

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May 15th is Global Accessibility Awarness Day aimed at digital accessibility.

Nine Worlds Con

Thu, May. 8th, 2014 04:40 pm
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I appreciated reading this report regarding feedback and plans for future, from the 2013 Nine Worlds Con in London.

Nine Worlds Feedback Report: Access

Also includes sections on affordability and diversity.

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