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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.

DESIGNERS GET COOKIES FOR PROTOTYPES, NOT AFFORDABLE PRODUCTS )

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.


FAST FACTS RE EMBOSSERS & BRAILLE )

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:

Data

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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Now with quotes because it's what the other cool linkspammers do!

FWD/Forward: Guest post from RMJ: Ableist Word Profile: Crazy

Crazy [is] a destructive word, used to hurt people with mental disabilities. It’s used to discredit, to marginalize, to make sure that we feel shame for our disability and discourage self-care, to make sure that those of us brave enough to publicly identify as having mental disabilities are continually discredited.

[personal profile] kaz: Ableist words and all that

This is what I have discovered by trying to rid my vocabulary of those words: one of the main things I use them for is to hurt myself. Whenever I think I've done something wrong or remember something I think I did wrong, I turn them inwards.

[personal profile] telesilla: 3w4dw -- Day ???

I don't need to explain to anyone why I'm on government assistance, because you know what? It's none of anyone's damn business.
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Inspired by both the Physical Disability Bingo Card and the Invisible Disability Bingo Card (and IDBC the sequel), I'd like to make a bingo card highlighting the horrifically unhelpful things people with disabilities all too often hear from people who should really, really know better: doctors (and other medical personnel including but not limited to nurses and EMTs, but primarily doctors).

My personal "favourite" is when I see a doctor for a follow-up appointment after they've ordered some tests, and they announce to me, "Great news! You don't have [insert diagnosis here]!" without actually having the real good news that they've identified the cause of the symptoms I came to them about. Especially when this is then followed by them essentially washing their hands of me, as they've looked for "everything" and "all the tests came out normal." Thanks, genius, unless your statement alone magically makes my body work again, it's not helpful at all.

I know other people probably have their own contributions to this category of fail!statements and fail!questions, and other people may come up with better phrasing than mine for many of them. (Brevity, alas, is rarely one of my virtues.) So please, contribute your own "favourite" inanities you've heard from doctor after doctor.

Another favourite of mine is "I'm not filling out any disability paperwork for patients (any more)" -- sometimes phrased as, "If you want the doctor to fill out disability paperwork, there's a fee of $___ for each form, which your insurance won't cover because oh right, it's actually illegal for us to charge for that especially when we're already billing for the office visit."

Then there's "No, I won't prescribe that medication for you, even though it's neither controlled nor a risk for addiction, and I actually don't have any particular reason for refusing, I'm just being stubborn."

Yet another favourite, though I haven't run into it personally in years, is "Either you really have that symptom/condition, OR you know some technical terms used to describe it in medical literature and other exclusive content like WebMD and Wikipedia; any patient who comes in and uses the correct terms to discuss either a symptom they claim to have or a specific diagnosis they want to be checked for is obviously either a hypochondriac, a malingerer or both!"

edited to add:
"If you just go back to your regular routine, you'll be feeling yourself again in no time." (Yes, this is different when it's actual medical advice and also being given in place of appropriate medical care, as opposed to when some doubtless-well-meaning layperson says it.)
and
"Your presenting with both symptom A and symptom B is suspicious, despite the fact that at least a dozen recognised illnesses feature both symptoms as common and/or diagnostic."
and
"I see that you're taking medication X, based on which I will assume that you have condition B, even though you helpfully wrote right next to the medication name and dosage that the medication was actually prescribed to treat condition A, and even though you wrote in the medical-history section that you have condition A and made no mention of condition B."

Although I've heard things like "but you're so young!" and "you seem fine / don't look disabled" from doctors and other medical professionals, I'm aiming for things which are profession-specific and haven't already been addressed on one of the other bingo cards.

As you can see I need help trimming these down from rant-size to bingo-card size, so suggestions toward that end are appreciated.


While I'm here... I've been wondering how screen readers and/or other assistive technology handle emphasised text, be it bolded, underlined, italicised or formatted with some other HTML tag, and whether some tags are more likely than others to get dropped by (or become illegible to) people using various kinds of assistive technology. Toward that end, some examples so people can tell how their tech does at letting them know what formatting the writer has applied:

1. This sentence has no HTML formatting tags.

2.
This sentence is enclosed in HTML "pre" tags.


3. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "B" (bold) tags.

4. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "U" (underline) tags.

5. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "I" (italic) tags.

6. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "em" (emphasis) tags.

7. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "S" (strikethrough) tags.

8. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "sub" (subscript) tags.

9. This sentence is enclosed in HTML "sup" (superscript) tags.

Those are most of the tags I use. If there are other tags other people use frequently and are willing to change their usage of, if necessary, so that their intended meaning can be better conveyed to those using assistive technology -- or tags that people who use assistive technology know don't come through for them -- please comment, and I'll modify this post to reflect those, too. Please also note which software and/or hardware you're using, not so much for me as for other AT users, so we can helpfully compare how text renders in different programs. I encourage people using magnification (or some other assistive technology) rather than or in addition to a screen-reader to contribute their experiences as well.

Finally, does the "fandom heart" emoticon, <3 (less-than / pointy-bracket numeral-three) get lost in translation for anyone? Would the ASCII ♥ be better?

(Please also suggest any tags -- post tags, that is, not html tags -- I ought to have included but didn't. Or, actually, other html tags would also be good! But for different purposes.)
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ETA: Temporarily removing these links until the bingo card is altered to fix disabling language.

[livejournal.com profile] haddayr: Phsyical Disability Bingo Card

[livejournal.com profile] dot_gimp_snark: Crosspost of Physical Disability Bingo Card

(comments recommended at both places)

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