Disability Fest

Sun, Jun. 11th, 2017 10:24 pm
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On Tumblr, Disability Fest runs July 1-31.


Disabilityfest is a celebration of disabled characters across all media, we encourage everyone to make any contribution to it; art, videos, fics, gifs, meta, fanmixes, anything that you do!

Original characters and content are absolutely allowed as well as fanworks!
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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: electrocrip@gmail.com

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Please signal boost like there's no tomorrow.
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Disability Fest is a tumblr for fannishness about canonically disabled characters, they have a fest coming up in July and some nice posts in their archive.
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New article on disability in specfic at SF Signal:

MIND MELD: Disabilities in Speculative Fiction

To summarize: Aaaargh! *Headdesk* *Headdesk* *Headdesk*

The Ship Who Sang suggested as an example of positive depictions of disabled characters - just shoot me now....

Disability overwhelmingly presented as a struggle, people coping with disability dismissed as non-representative, not a mention of the Social Model or the disability rights struggle, a panel that's clearly overwhelmingly non-disabled. There are one or two who have a clue, but overall, just no.

I have committed (possibly harsh) commentary.

World Fantasy Con

Sun, Oct. 27th, 2013 12:22 pm
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Cheryl Morgan: Welcome to WFC

From the latest Progress Report from World Fantasy:


Because the Hilton Brighton Metropole is an old building, please note that access to some areas may be limited or unavailable for those with mobility issues. This includes the Registration area in the Sussex Lounge, which is inaccessible by wheelchair.
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As suggested by [personal profile] aris_tgd in the comments to [personal profile] jadelennox's last post:

Perhaps instead of straining anyone's spoons with a formal challenge, this year we could just have volunteers list disabled creators/characters that they recognize in the nomination list, and compile them here? And then transition to a more formal challenge next year if people feel more organized then?

I am hereby volunteering to compile and update such a list - please comment with any characters/fandoms you think should be on it.

Also, I'm mostly copy-pasting from your comments here, but please do let me know if anything on the list is phrased in an ableist way, and I'll correct the masterlist.

The list so far )
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Does anyone have the resources/time/desire to run a challenge similar to [community profile] dark_agenda's chromatic Yuletide challenge? At least in my perception, that challenge has done a fair amount to raise visibility of and thoughtfulness around chromatic sources. I think it would be fabulous if we did a similar challenge for characters with canon disabilities, but I am (obnoxiously) promoting the idea while admitting that there's no way on earth I have time to help run it.

(Only one of my Yuletide nominations is for book starring a character with a disability: Dia Reeves' awesome Bleeding Violet, whose protagonist has bipolar disorder.)
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[personal profile] kestrell, who's been involved in SFF fandom for 2/3 of forever, is a regular writer for Green Man Review, an aficionado of horror, and was half of the team to bring Better Access to WisCon31, just got back from Readercon. She presented on "What Good Writers Still Get Wrong about Blind People"
 begin quote Because my goal is to discuss specific representations of blindness and blind people, I am going to use concrete examples from specific works. I don't wish for this to be interpreted as personal attacks upon the writers who wrote these works; I specifically mention in the title of this talk that these are all good writers, really, the best writers. The problem, I believe, is that there is so much mythologizing and misinformation about blindness and blind people that it is difficult for even the best authors to always distinguish fact from fiction, reality from stereotype.  quote ends 

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Announcing [community profile] access_fandom’s first Fanworks Festival, Festibility!

What: Hosted by [community profile] access_fandom, Festibility is a fandom festival accepting all kinds of fanworks (fic, meta, art, icons, podfic, vids, recs, picspams, drabble sets etc) about disabled characters. Works can focus on canonically disabled characters or canonically able-bodied characters that you reimagine as disabled. Pieces can be as long or short as you like.

When: July 15 to September 15, 2010 (for those who work best under deadlines). Yes, this starts one week from today!

How: We’ll make a post soliciting prompts from you tomorrow! Prompts can be general or fandom-specific. Feel free to respond to prompts with commentfic, or use them for longer works posted during the festival posting period. You don’t have to claim particular prompts to post, and claiming a prompt does not mean you’ve committed to posting a fanwork filling it. You can also post fanworks without filling any prompt--basically, anything goes!

ETA: Here is the prompts post!

Who: For Festibility, your mods are [personal profile] kaz, [personal profile] lightgetsin, [personal profile] sasha_feather, and [personal profile] were_duck. Any and everyone is welcome to participate!

We will also host a beta pool of folks willing to check other folks’ fanworks for portrayals of disability. This is entirely volunteer and optional, though we ask that participants make a strong effort and do their research in order to create positive and affirming portrayals of characters with disabilities. Your mods will do our best to provide resources to help you reach this goal!

Please note that you can post links to fanworks or recs in this community at any time. The end date of this festival is when your mods will stop cheerleading; it does not mean that you have to stop posting. This is intended to be a low-pressure festival.

Please watch this community for more information. Leave comments here or contact one of the mods listed above with any questions or concerns.

here is a list of canonically disabled characters that we came up with to get you started thinking! )

VividCon links

Wed, Jul. 7th, 2010 01:25 pm
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I have personally been staying away from the internet somewhat, but I want to let the community know that there are some interesting and relevant discussions going on right now in regards to accessibility at VividCon.

[personal profile] astolat has been hosting a collaborative re-write of VividCon's accessibility policy as well as a discussion of the warnings section.

Here is the VividCon Background and Policies Document.

[personal profile] thuviaptarth has been collecting links related to the issue of warnings for vids, and other relevant links. [community profile] metafandom also does an excellent job of collecting links.
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[personal profile] rhivolution: So Fucking Special: mental illness panel ftw

Main point of discussion: Are there accurate representations of our own experience (of mental illness) in SFF?

1 link

Mon, Jun. 7th, 2010 08:44 pm
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[personal profile] megwrites: SF and ablism (or: a not-as-such brief thought)

It seems as though when science fiction envisions a better, or at least more advanced, version of humanity it is one without disability, and thus one without disabled people. When you imagine a future without disability, it is a future in which you imagine that there are no disabled people.
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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.
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There has been some discussion lately about ableism and fanfic challenges, specifically Yuletide, many referencing [personal profile] kaz's October 24th post about Challenges. The are now 99 comments at that post.

Here are a couple of links I've seen from my corner of fandom; feel free to add more in comments if you like. If you would like to use this space to talk about social anxiety issues in relation to online fandom, fanfic challenges, etc, I invite you to comment as you feel comfortable.

[personal profile] noracharles: On the accessibility of fandom fests

[livejournal.com profile] sheafrotherdon: Accessibility

[personal profile] erda: Spoons, Emotional and Physical
Cross-post: Spoons, Emotional and Physical

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