Disability in Star Trek


"Star Trek Was Among the Best Franchises at Representing People With Disabilities—Until Star Trek Beyond"

By Marissa Martinelli

"But for better or worse, Star Trek has always made an effort to address disability’s place in a utopian future, and more radically, to suggest that it does have a place there. In an era where cancer can be cured with a hypo spray, characters with disabilities are not magically “fixed”; in fact, practicing genetic engineering is strictly forbidden after the Eugenics Wars. Instead, people with disabilities are accepted, their lives improved by advanced technology, increased accessibility, and progressive social attitudes."

Nicola Griffith

Science Fiction Author Nicola Griffith writes about Coming Out As A Cripple, and the need for greater accessibility in the world:


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Hello everyone. Earlier this morning a friend sent me the following link, and I'm wondering if anyone has seen or heard about this. It sounds very cool.

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Links 14 November 2015

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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Redefining Heroism by Jennifer Bohlman

Science fiction and fantasy tell us that anything can happen, and yet disabled people are often told that their narratives don’t fit into the genres. If anything can happen, why can’t we be heroes too?

Mad Max game and disability

Tariq Moosa at Polygon: Your Body isn't your World: The Heroes of Mad Max and disability

About the Mad Max video game and franchise.

Playing as Max, experiencing characters with disabilities, is a reminder that we can and should create worlds that treat respectfully those so often forgotten - if games want to be more inclusive. It makes us feel welcome, it makes our enjoyment that much more personal: I have little doubt this feeling of empowerment has shaped my perception of what many consider a mediocre game.

Mad Max: Fury Road; 1 fan's reaction

Laura Vaughn: http://nospockdasgay.tumblr.com/post/119381643753/my-reaction-to-mad-max-fury-road-and-the-utter

This Tumblr has a moving gif on the front page. Includes image descriptions.

Watching Fury Road, I felt like I was watching my own struggle brought to life (albeit in a very fantastical setting), and I don’t think I ever realized how truly profound that could be for me.

1 Daredevil link

Elsa S. Henry at Her Story Arc: Daredevil and Disability Politics

By throwing away the cane, Murdock (and the writers of the show) make a statement. They make the statement that the cane doesn’t matter, that Murdock’s superpowers make everything better. That there is no consequence, no hardship, that is earned through his sight issues.

More Daredevil links!

Joe Strechay:
Working with Charlie Cox in preparation for his role as Daredevil

There is a transcript of the interview at the bottom of the page.

Robert Kingett:

I will be on NPR

The interview will take place on Friday at 3:00 PM. We’re going to talk about the accessible Netflix Project and other topics as well, including the early days!
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[links] Ongoing Conversation about Disability in Film/TV

at Twitter with the hashtag #FilmDIS
The recent convos re: demanding Netflix add audio description to DAREDEVIL were in that hashtag

I discovered at this Daily Dot article