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This blog cogently summarizes the damaging ableist assumptions in the latest J K Rowling movie. She sees the death of a disabled character treated without any true concern.

http://ada-hoffmann.com/2016/12/03/fantastic-beasts-and-how-to-be-ableist-when-you-find-them
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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:
quote begins
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).
quote ends


The text of How To Suppress Women's Writing cover )
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Wolf Schweitzer, a Swiss forensic pathologist (and above-elbow amputee), has a rich blog full of details on low-tech amputee hardware design.

He also has extensive thoughts on "Mad Max: Fury Road,"
begin quote
Again, the Punch & Judy department of Warner Brothers throws a faked disability, a faux handicap, at us, in their Mad Max: Fury Road (2015) movie, and again, we consider it, just as we considered the attempts in Kingsman, or, Home of the Brave (2006), or, maybe in the ill-fated attempt for cinema titled “Hancock”.
[...snip...]
So, here they go again; what do they do there? Is it good? And, before glorifying it just because (they even write “watch Furiosa punch Max in the face, with her nubbins” which she really doesn’t; she punches him with her hand while sticking the nubbins out in the air) – why not actually *use* our eyes, to look, to ogle, to view, and (in a more strict sense) “watch” it? It is so much a visual and so not much a verbal movie so we really have to switch on our eyesies. What is there to be actually seen, what do they really show? Is this empowering or what does it really say?
end quote


The full article is on his blog:
http://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4762

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