Katherine discusses writing for NCIS: New Orleans.
kestrell explains how we can make more books readable.
Many writers and publishers still don't know about Bookshare, so in my emails I usually include a link to the Bookshare page describing how authors can get their books added to the library
Sarah Smith Rainey
This article uses a queer, critical disability studies framework to examine a diverse set of films in which one lover literally changes bodies to be like the other lover, such as in The Little Mermaid (1989), Avatar (2009), and the Twilight saga.
(Note: There are photos of shirtless guys at the site)
DC Universe has cast Chella Man, a 20-year-old trans, deaf and Jewish artist and actor of color, as its newest superhero: Jerico in the streaming series Titans.
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry questions the dearth of disability community in a context where it would naturally thrive: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series on Netflix. In the first of snarkbat's Tor.com essays Constructing Blindness she asks why her family seems clueless, since Sabrina’s witchy powers are accompanied by hereditary blindness.
It’s important to acknowledge that it is scary to lose vision when you don’t know how to cope. Of course it would be frightening to Roz—but what bothers me is that her family treats it like it should be frightening, rather than giving her the adaptive tools to lead a life she’d be happy with. In a family that knows what blindness is like, a holistic approach that would give Roz safety and security seems like something I would expect—and something I’d love to see depicted on screen. A family that copes through knowledge and adaptability; a family (like the one in A Quiet Place) that understands and utilizes interdependence to create access.
Hollywood should know better: You can't tell evil just by looking.
Moviegoers are supposed to know that characters such as Scar in “The Lion King,” Freddy Krueger and Doctor Poison are evil simply by looking at them. And it’s an impression that lasts long after moviegoers leave the theater, conditioning the general public to fear individuals who, like me, have asymmetrical faces, burns or scars, and to believe that we are not worthy of equality, empathy and inclusion.
Andrew Todd at /Film:
Off the Deep End: ‘A Star is Born’ and Why the MPAA Needs to Include Depictions of Suicide in Its Ratings
Content warning: this article contains forthright descriptions of suicide and suicidal thoughts. It also contains spoilers for A Star is Born.
"It's Time to Rethink Who's Best Suited for Space Travel"
We need the strongest, smartest, most adaptable among us to go. But strength comes in many forms, as do smarts. And if you want to find people who are the very best at adapting to worlds not suited for them, you’ll have the best luck looking at people with disabilities, who navigate such a world every single day. Which has led disability advocates to raise the question: What actually is the right stuff?
Uncanny Magazine 24: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction!
It's available for free:
This special issue includes thirteen stories, nine poems, forty essays by SF creators and readers, and two interviews. Uncanny also produces audio excerpts in podcasts. One can support the magazine by purchasing ebook editions–details at the site.( destruction in context )
Miles Vorkosigan and “Excellent Life Choices”: (Neuro)Divergence and Decision-Making in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga.
Contains spoilers for all of the books, particularly for the book "Memory".
Making good life choices is hard. Making good life choices when you’re neurodivergent is damn hard. Perhaps the most relatable and engaging such struggle I’ve read is that of Miles Vorkosigan, from Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga. Miles and his “excellent life choices” entertain, astound, and horrify me even as they dig at something deep inside my bipolar, ADHD brain.
2. Peter Wong at BeyondChron: Nicola Griffith's 'So Lucky' tackels disability rights. Warning for some ableist language in the review.
But Mara’s greatest source of stressful anxiety comes from her being bombarded directly and indirectly with messages of her helplessness and lack of control over her life. Her neurologist is just the first of many people to treat Mara as a non-person lacking individual desires. More dangerously, what feels like a spectral threat of death that only Mara can see might be more than something imagined.
An angry Twitter #CripRage thread helps Mara begin to fight back. Re-claiming the derogatory term “crips” as a mark of pride, she proceeds to verbally chew the legs off those who profit from, sentimentalize, or even ignore crips’ needs.
3. An access-fandom community member suggests this Go Fund Me as being of interest to the community! It's raising money to make sex toys specifically designed for disabled people.
(thanks to davidgillon for this link).
Kristen Lopez: ‘Skyscraper’ is a Surprising Mark of Improvement for Disabled Representation on the Big Screen
Kristen Lopez at the Daily Beast: Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ and Hollywood’s Misunderstanding of Disability.
(warning for some ableist language in this article).
I've included everything I can think of that would help people make that decision or might impact that decision, but I'm sure that there are things I haven't thought of. In fact, I've thought of one while typing this entry that I'll be adding momentarily. If anyone has any suggestions of things I've missed, concrit of things I've included, or anything along those lines, I would greatly appreciate it.
Here's the link if you want to check it out. Thanks in advance!
Side note: While it's (probably) too late for me to arrange this year, as the con I'm staffing is in three weeks, next year I will be looking into hosting a Therapy Dog for a few hours to help out with anyone who does have to leave their ESA at home or in their hotel room. I'm hoping it'll also help defer people distracting service dogs, since the Therapy Dog will be there for them to pet and snuggle and generally go goofy over.
(Final paragraph edited for clarity.)
Dr. Sean Zdenek is an associate professor of technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University. I'm here to rave about his Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture (print, ebook). It was full of immediately useful information and showed how captioning contributes to an aesthetic experience. He's a fan of genre TV, and he brings fannish enthusiasm to the task.
He hosts a supplementary site with videos of all the material discussed in his book. Just reading that site provides much of his message. It's also an excellent example of audio description.