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Keidra Chaney has posted a most excellent essay on her process of coming to terms with progressive vision loss. You may know her as part of The Learned Fangirl. She addresses the barriers fandom erects as well as her own shame and confusion.

But I didn’t anticipate how much my vision disorder would eventually affect my own view of myself, my work, and my life in fandom.

In pop culture, disability is a trope, especially visual impairment.


http://uncannymagazine.com/article/living-working-fangirling-chronic-illness
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[Content Note for suicide mention at the link]

I'm sharing this absolutely everywhere I think is appropriate, because it is game changing for me.

How ADHD Ignites Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria: "Rejection sensitive dysphoria (RSD) is an extreme emotional sensitivity and emotional pain triggered by the perception – not necessarily the reality – that a person has been rejected, teased, or criticized by important people in their life. RSD may also be triggered by a sense of failure, or falling short – failing to meet either their own high standards or others’ expectations. [...] RSD can make people with ADHD anticipate rejection — even when it anything but certain. This can make them vigilant about avoiding it, which can be misdiagnosed as social phobia. Social phobia is an intense anticipatory fear that you will embarrass or humiliate yourself in public, or that you will be scrutinized harshly by the outside world."

[Image description for the link: Cartoon man paddling through the ocean using an umbrella as a boat]

Hahaha (sob), I even have to deal with RSD when posting this. "But what if it's not fandom applicable enough?" Hush, brain, it's definitely fandom applicable!

Ahem. For anyone who's ever been absolutely terrified to post something fannish because "what if no one likes it," this might just be the answer you're looking for.
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Hey everybody. I believe this is my first post to this comm. In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, I thought these links would be of interest. Courtesy of the American Foundation for the Blind:
http://www.afb.org/blog/afb-blog/10-accessibility-resources-in-honor-of-global-accessibility-awareness-day-gaad/12
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Here's a "call for papers" to be published in an academic volume:

Disability and Social Media
edited by Dr Katie Ellis & Dr Mike Kent
Internet Studies, Curtin University


Abstracts are due 15 July 2014

Social media is popularly seen as an important media for people with disability in terms of communication, exchange and activism. These sites potentially increase both employment and leisure opportunities for one of the most traditionally isolated groups in society. However, the offline inaccessible environment has, to a certain degree, been replicated online and particularly social networking sites. Subjects, references to current work in this area, and more in the cut )
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Tor.com is hosting threads on the three episodes comprising Season 3 of the BBC's Sherlock. They're timed to the UK broadcast times, and enthusiasts like me who take advantage of TunnelBear and iPlayer to stream them before their U.S. premiere.

major SPOILERS for SHERLOCK season 3, episode 2 really SPOILERS )

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