So, you wanna write a blind character? by Elsa Henry

From April 2016

by Elsa S. Henry

So, You wanna write a blind character?

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/20/elsa-henry-so-you-wanna-write-a-blind-character/

content note: brief description of eye trauma
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Disability in Star Trek

http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2016/07/26/star_trek_beyond_is_more_diverse_but_forgot_about_disability.html?wpsrc=sh_all_dt_tw_bot

"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."

1 link 9 June 2016

The Guardian: Disabled People don't need "Me Before You": We've Got Avengers.

https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/jun/08/disabled-people-avengers-superheroes-me-before-you-film

CN: This article discusses the film "Me Before You" which has a euthanasia plot line.

2 links 28 Jan 2016

[personal profile] silmarian: Lines at Events

Regardless, line management isn't a security issue, it's a customer service issue.

Dr. Kathryn Allan: Categories of Disability in Science Fiction

This is an academic article.
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Redefining Heroism by Jennifer Bohlman
http://disabilityinkidlit.com/2015/11/06/redefining-heroism/


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?

1 link 6 Nov 2015

Huffington Post: Sickle Cell in Primetime: How a Character Reveal on Shonda Rhime's "Grey's Anatomy" Renewed my Hope
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kamms-theace/sickle-cell-in-primetime-_b_8456276.html

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.
jesse_the_k: Hands open print book with right side hollowed out to hole iPod (Alt format reader)

Another Amputee Details His "Mad Max" Criticisms

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

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.
dirty_diana: colored pencils sit in an empty latte cup. (colored pencils)

a post on disability and fanfiction

a post on disability and the right to personhood, and how I want to see more of it in fanfiction is up at my journal. Main fandom mentioned is Marvel Cinematic Universe, along with a couple jabs at Star Trek AOS because it will never really get worse for me than the infantilisation of Jim Kirk. :)

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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!

Storify of tweets of Daredevil premiere on Netflix

Daredevil and Disability created by Alice Wong.

This show does not have audio descriptions for blind and low vision fans. The Storify contains spoilers for the first episode.
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1 link 16 March 2015

NPR: People with Disabilities, on screen and sans cliches

Zablocki co-founded a film festival to showcase films made by and about people with disabilities. The festival, called ReelAbilities, is now in its seventh year and takes place in 15 U.S. cities. It opened in New York this week.

2 links 22 november 2014

Hollywood's Disability 'Inspiration Porn' is Terrible, but Here's how We can Fix It

AV club: American Horror Story's Mat Fraser won't star in your 'Inspiration Porn'

We’re not used to people with “radically outsider” bodies like myself, so visibility is the number one thing.

Number two: We know we’re not allowed to play ourselves in contemporary dramas, because apparently those are reserved for able-bodied actors who want to get Oscars. Statistically, and we know this is a fact, the quickest way to an Oscar is to play a disabled person. So all the choice roles are earmarked for fading actors who want one last stab at the possibility of getting an Oscar. Of course, that comes across as sour and bitter—I am being ironic and sardonic!