jesse_the_k: Human in professorial suit but with head of Golden Retriever, labeled "Woof" (doctor dog to you)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
Published three times a year, the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies combines essays, ideas, and discussion between academics, non-academics and folks like us.

They've just issued a call for submissions for their theme issue on the relationships between fanfiction and disability.

The full call for papers is here:

A taste of what they want follows:
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However, disability and accessibility have not been explored in either academic or fan scholarship as crucial aspects of fanfiction practices, and disabled fans and fanfiction writers have not been included as significant contributors to online fanfiction communities.

Yet, disability and fanfiction are in a complicated relationship with one another. Fanfiction loves its disabled characters ( Stiles from Teen Wolf, Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon, Homestuck, House, River Tam from Firefly), and loves to disable its characters (Harry Potter is iconic in this respect), to get all the feels, to explore all the possibilities, and because you hurt those you love, a lot, especially in fanfic.

Many fans and fan creators have identified online as disabled and/or people with disabilities/impairments. Fans are sharing their experiences and having discussions about disability representation in fandoms and fanfiction, about ableism and accessibility. How disability manifests in online fanfiction works and communities remains to be brought into play in critical disability studies and in fan studies.
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We welcome single and multiple authored pieces. Formats can be written, video (must be captioned), audio (must include transcript).
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Submissions are due 15 April 2016 and can be emailed to
Cath Duchastel de M. at:

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Please signal boost like there's no tomorrow.
jesse_the_k: John Watson regards the void looking puzzled with white puzzle piece floating above him (JW puzzled)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
Have you longed for a place on the web where disability is central but not "special"? A place where we live and write and make art as we are. Not a support group, and not about just the body, or the brain, or one particular assistive tech. A web-based zine which could include political rants and silly pictures to gaze at when the brain weasels swarm. Sex tips and cleaning tips and poetry and comics. A site where our disabled selves are the authors and the audience, and everyone else is welcome to learn.

[personal profile] lizcommotion is gathering ideas & volunteers for a "blog-zine-website type thing a la The Toast or Autostraddle, but aimed at disability-type issues or interests."

RIch discussion is happening now, including what sort of content to publish, how to fund it, soliciting volunteers and other notions -- at this post:
or via private message

[signal boosts welcome!]
sasha_feather: dolphin and zebra gazing at each other across glass (dolphin and zebra)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
[community profile] dark_agenda: Promotion Fest: Dis/ability

Celebrating characters of color with disabilities for the kaleidoscope challenge! A list of suggested characters is provided in the post.
meloukhia: On open book at the top, showing the alphabet on one side, text on the other. 'Books are cool' & 'I love books' below. (I love books)
[personal profile] meloukhia
There's a call for for submissions to a Jane Eyre zine, and the organiser is particularly interested in disability-centric readings of the text. (The call mentions Bertha specifically but there's more to mine.) Information about how to submit at the link, and I definitely encourage you to do so whether you're an Eyre-hater or -lover!
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[personal profile] lightgetsin is hosting a Disability flicrle meme (a friending/subscribing meme) as part of 3 weeks for Dreamwidth. Non-disabled allies are welcome to participate.
were_duck: Ellen Ripley from Alien looking pensively to the right in her space helmet (Wonder Woman Don't Take Shit)
[personal profile] were_duck
Thanks to [personal profile] kate, who posted about this earlier today.

[ profile] evilpuppy posted about an awful experience flying United Airlines. She is a young disabled woman who was treated horribly by every United Airlines representative she encountered on her trip and after, when she tried to file complaints about the poor service.

[personal profile] twistedchick has also written about this incident, and further assembled a set of relevant links with contact information for various agencies, should you wish to learn more or write a letter of complaint.

ETA: [ profile] cleolinda also has a post with updates on United's response to the situation.
jesse_the_k: Macro photo of my Blue Heeler Lucy's deep brown left eye (expectant)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
Over on the [site community profile] dw_accessibility community, I proposed a way to make it easier to follow who's talking with whom on long comment threads.

Particularly if you use a smaller screen (netbook, phone), large print, audio or braille to read your Dreamwidth circle, I'd love your sampling the discussion and contributing your thoughts.
sasha_feather: Retro-style poster of skier on pluto.   (Default)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
[personal profile] ysobel, in Davis, CA, is seeking a female roommate and is offering free rent in exchange for someone to be on call in case of emergency.

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