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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.
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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)
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I wrote about social interaction badges at WisCon, over at my Wordpress blog:

Interaction Badges at WisCon: Part 1

Part Two
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I'm at Escapade, which is being held in the LAX Four Points Sheraton, which has a fascinating arrangement for ADA-compliant rooms: they only have them in single-king rooms, not rooms with 2 queen beds. I'm rooming with one person who's currently stuck in a room with two beds; I drove down with another who opted for the single king bed version--and was told she'd have to pay extra for a rollout bed.

Both of these people reserved rooms with two queens, and checked the box on the website requesting a room with disability access. Both of them have mobility problems that mean it's very unsafe to bathe without bars in the tub to hold on to... and this hotel, unlike many of them, has no safety bars in the standard bathrooms.

After asking around, it seems this has become a common hotel policy: they apparently don't want to "waste" the more valuable double-queen rooms by making them accessible and pulling them out of the general-use pool of rooms. People with disabilities are not offered the option of rooms with two beds--AND they're no told this when they reserve the room. They are informed when they reach the front desk that they have a choice between sleep and bathing; they don't get to have comfortable and safe arrangements for both.

Anyone know a good ADA lawyer?

World Con report

Thu, Aug. 28th, 2014 04:39 pm
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DavidG at FlatOut: WorldCon on Wheels

A long report about attending WorldCon from someone who rented a wheelchair.
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After many delays and much swearing over internet outages, I finally have my report completely posted. You can find my account of AnimeIowa as the head and lone staffer of the Accessibility Department here: Part 1 and Part 2

Now, an importnat question: Would anyone be interested in regular reports/updates on the running of AI's accessibility department? I feel like it could be a useful resource to anyone attempting to start their own such departments, or who want to help others do so/generate interest in getting one started. I also think it might help me run the department better, if I need to keep outlining my actions, and especially if I can get feedback on them. Any thoughts?
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Interaction Badges.

A photo (described in the post) and explanation of color-coded interaction badges used at a convention for and by autistic people (Autscape).

ETA: Social Skills for Autonomous people

More explanations for the history and usage of these badges.

Red/green is not ideal by itself due to color blindness; therefore symbols can be added.
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Call for Panellists: ‘Positive Practice: Awesome portrayals of people with mental illnesses’ @ Nine Worlds GeekFest 2014

This is a chance to talk about characters and storylines that have resonated with us, and about what new ground we’d love to see broken in fictional portrayals.

If you’re coming to Nine Worlds 2014 and would like to get involved, let us know in an ask or by emailing

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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I am on a committee of a conventions and we are talking policy. We are talking about medical documentation requirements for accommodations, and I am having a hard time finding the right words to tell them why this is a /terrible/ idea, and as a newb of sorts, I'd love to have some authority to stand on. Is there a good blog post or website out there already outlining the reasons why that is a bad requirement, and why?

Thank you.

(I promise, my next post will have content)
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[personal profile] kate_nepveu: Arisia Panel: Blindness: More than Metaphor


Blindness has been used as a metaphor in fiction for centuries, a way to talk about knowledge, enlightenment, ignorance and agency. But for some people it is a simple fact of everyday life. We have moved away from using gender and appearance strictly as metaphor in stories (pretty = good, ugly = bad). Are we ready to look at disabilities as part of who people are, and start including them in more kinds of stories and in more diverse roles?

Gann Monroe, Sarah Smith, Rachel Tanenhaus, W. A. (Bill) Thomasson, Tanya Washburn (m)
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That Crazy Crippled Chick [ profile] spazgirl11 encountered frustration upon frustration at the Long Island Dr Who con held 8-10 November 2013. Wheelchair access promised but not delivered on the shuttle, leaving a paid-up member in the street; narrow corridors; heavy doors preventing travel; jam-packed panel rooms; and total indifference from con staff.

She wrote an outstanding complaint letter, posted in full here:

quoting from the rousing finish:
begin quote The Doctor says that he’s never met anyone who wasn’t important. But your convention and apathy towards accessibility made me feel like my fellow disabled Whovians and I were not important enough to be worth considering. I am saddened and disgusted that a convention representing such a diverse fandom failed to include people with disabilities. quote ends

I loved this letter because it was specific, forceful, yet not furious. From personal experience, I know how being furious makes me incoherent. When I can turn off the snark and fire, I can organize my complaint as thoroughly and clearly as [ profile] spazgirl11 has. Non-disabled people generally need all the detail we can stand to give to make their cons accessible.

(I'm trying not to make the "tone argument", but may have failed.)
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So my local con, Arisia, is having a Ribbon Game this year, a contest to see who can collect the most ribbons on their badges.

To this end, they are encouraging staff members to make their own ribbons to hand out. So I thought that perhaps I could come up with a good disability advocacy message to offer fans who want to be advocates. Last year my little pins with the icon for sign language, handed out to anyone who could sign, and wanted one, went over pretty well.

But I cannot, for the life of me think of a good message.

I thought about "Not all disabilities are visible" but that is well over the 28 character limit.

Suggestions, ideas? Is this a terrible idea?

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