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Disability Erasure And The Apocalyptic Narrative
By Shoshana Kessock
Aug 28, 2017

Content note: discusses violence towards disabled characters; images of guns; some ableist language used

Examination of a widely-used SF trope:
As a disabled woman, disaster epics, apocalypse fiction, and post-apoc tales aren’t a vicarious thrill for me anymore. Theoretical zombie apocalypse escape plan BS sessions with friends aren’t amusing anymore. They’re an exercise in facing my mortality.
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We Need to Talk about the Ableism of Orange is the New Black by Alex Haagaard, at Medium

[CW: ableist slurs, ableist abuse, ableist violence, filicide] and discussion of prisons
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Hi everyone. I had originally planned on posting something at my journal regarding the ADA'S 25th birthday/anniversary, and I might still do that. I'm thinking it over. But I thought I'd post this link here. Fyi, I'm the one who commented about being yelled at by a couple voc/rehab people. Here it is:
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Jonathan Lavallee at Geek Feminism: Ableism in RPG gameplay

Thanks to [personal profile] j00j for this link.

Evil Albino Trope

Tue, Feb. 25th, 2014 02:49 pm
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Nalini Haynes writing at Jim Hines' blog:
Evil Albino Trope is Evil

The evil albino trope is lazy writing, creating a sense of ‘other’ by victimising a small minority group. The evil albino trope alienates albinos, punishing us for looking different and suffering bad eyesight. Reinforcing perceptions of incompetence and evil-ness in this people group is discrimination and victimisation.
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It IS exciting to see kids interested in engineering, and I know [personal profile] selkiechick posted with the best intention.

However, that announcement pushed a whole row of my Assistive Technology Geek buttons, and I gotta rant. I'll can use the "BRAIGO" to illustrate why I get so hot under the collar. (My cred: I've hung out with people who use assistive technology since 1982; I designed and sold braille translation software and embossers in the late eighties; and I've personally depended on assistive technology since 1991.) Based on thirty year's close attention to the development/PR/funding/purchasing/abandonment cycle for assistive technology, here's my take on the BRAIGO announcement.


DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT EXPERT ENDUSERS IS POINTLESS  ) That's why the BRAIGO can't create useful braille.

PR BECOMES DISINFORMATION ) A $350 embosser would be an amazing thing. Hundreds of well-intentioned editors and readers are willing to take the inventor's word for it. But this device is not a embosser.

EXPERTS ARE AVAILABLE on REQUEST! ) We live in a press release culture: what the company wants to say is what we hear. Or in this case, what a 12 year old (who mentions absolutely no contact with braille users) says gets broadcast.


Start from the first dot at the RNIB's Learning Braille site or pick an excellent start for adults at the Achayra firm in India. Teach more at the National Federation of the Blind's Braille is Beautiful resource for kids.

tl;dr Just because assistive technologies are tools for people with disabilities doesn't mean we must accept only good intentions. We want the best engineers working on our designs, the best marketers making them affordable, and the best politicians making them subsidized.

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Sun, Oct. 13th, 2013 06:04 pm
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Liz Henry: Taking up Too Much Space

I am not an emergency or an obstacle! Get used to it! My public presence will just have to be YOUR mild inconvenience!

Liz Henry: The Superfest Dissie Awards

It was lovely to feel the audience reaction all around me as we cheered and booed how bad all the performances were as they played off stereotypes and made disabled people the butt of humor. It was often a hard call which movie to boo the loudest for as the judges watched and listened to the crowd, because the spectrum of Hollywood badness was so vast!
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Rose Lemberg: Disability, Diversity, Dignity

What this means is that fans and professionals with mobility issues may feel fairly isolated in their regular places of residence; cons then become an important social outlet, a respite from this unwelcome social isolation. But when the disabled SFF geeks go to cons, they may end up spending thousands of dollars only to be in pain, to be humiliated, to be told that one is overreacting, in short to be treated as less than human.

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Sun, Feb. 17th, 2013 04:57 pm
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Do any of you feel like you need to include All The Reactions like I do? Do you think this is related to internalized ableism?
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My thoughts on the Lizard/Dr. Connors in The Amazing Spiderman are at my journal.
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teafeather in [community profile] ebooks: crosspost: ablism rant A post in defense of ebooks and how they are a boon to people with various disabilities.

Same post at teafeather's journal>

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Tue, Sep. 13th, 2011 12:48 pm
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[personal profile] lightgetsin:


I was recently treated to another round of “disabled people need to just ask for accommodations, then they’d be given them,” with the usual accompaniments of “you shouldn’t be so angry” and “you should be nicer."

So I figured, okay. I know this is bullshit from a lifetime of experience, but let’s gather some data.

Currently at 214 comments.

Dance for me, internets, dance

On alt-tagging your icons.
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People really should be more careful about sharing their plot bunnies. *nods* [personal profile] alexiel_neesan offered up a plot bunny of a deaf Jason Todd. My Jason muse sat up and smacked me up back of the head so I'd take the bunny and write it, especially since it hits very close to home for me (I've had a partial hearing loss since small childhood). This turned out to be more of a character study than an actual story but I hope that it will be enjoyed!

Title: Drowning in the Noise
Author: [personal profile] me_ya_ri
Fandom: DCU
Characters/Pairing: Jason Todd, Talia al Ghul
Rating: PG
Disclaimer: Not mine, never will be mine. Just playing with the characters. Strongly based on the Red Hood: The Lost Days series.
Warnings/Themes: Unexpected and unwelcome restoration of hearing, PTSD, profanity, but not much else. Mostly a character study.
Word Count: Approx 1070 words
Summary: Jason was legally deaf from trauma as a child before Talia threw him in the Lazarus Pit. When it fixed his brain damage the Pit also fixed his hearing, much to Jason's dismay. Written for [personal profile] alexiel_neesan for this prompt: Jason was deaf. Brought to you by comment_fic's Tuesday theme silence and I couldn't post it. Bonus if the Pit makes him un-deaf and how he deals (or does not deal) with it.
Feedback: Comments (even if it’s just that you read) are much loved and concrit is much appreciated!

Edited for wrong rating and name correction. *headdesk*
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staticnonsense @ I Am Not: Your Plot Device
I [1] have Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

Before you start thinking about all that you know about the disorder or its American historical counterpart Multiple Personality Disorder, probably influenced by media portrayals such as that train wreak of a movie Sybil – stop. Now. These portrayals are so wrong and full of tropes it’s not even funny.

[…] For now, let’s just go through a list of these tropes and just why exactly they piss me off.

Yeah, I don't think I've ever seen a decent portrayal of DID/MPD/multiplicity. :/

(I don't remember how I got this link, sorry!)

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Mon, Jun. 7th, 2010 08:44 pm
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[personal profile] megwrites: SF and ablism (or: a not-as-such brief thought)

It seems as though when science fiction envisions a better, or at least more advanced, version of humanity it is one without disability, and thus one without disabled people. When you imagine a future without disability, it is a future in which you imagine that there are no disabled people.

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