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Since I've often thought to myself "I wish I could read another disabled person's take on this character" I made up a list of fanworks I've created involving (canonically) disabled characters. I haven't always had disability at the front of my mind when creating, but it affects my point of view regardless. Of course that doesn't guarantee that other disabled people will agree with me!

Also, here's some recs to fanworks by other people about disabled characters.
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
You can now read my story "The Flight of the Rose Butterfly" over on Torn World. This is the first story posted (though I have another drafted that happens earlier) that features my character Rai, twin brother of Ellen Million's character Bai. It shows their introduction to a popular musical instrument, the harmonichron. This is also a good example of how they cope with Rai's visual handicap. Check out the lovely pen-and-ink illustration that Ellen Million drew for it!

If you like this story and want to see more of these characters, please consider sending me credits or karma through Torn World's crowdfunding options. Same goes if you like the art; tip the artist.

recs post?

Sat, Dec. 25th, 2010 10:26 am
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[personal profile] jadelennox
Let's make a recs post for awesome Yuletide stories about characters with disabilities.

How about link to the story with story name, fandom name, whether the disability plays a major role, and any other information you think we need to know (including warnings you think might be relevant to people in this community). I'll compile all the comments in the body of the post.

♥ Yuletide!

Disability plays a major role )

Main character has disability; disability doesn't play a major role )
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I got to talking about Torn World with [personal profile] trouble who suggested that I copy here the list of TW characters with disabilities.  Torn World is a shared world project, science fantasy with an emphasis on time-bending technology, in which a bunch of writers and artists and worldbuilders collaborate to create a large and intricate web of creative goodies.  For one reason and another, we've built up a significant number of characters living with handicaps.  Come and meet some of them...

Alko is a Southerner, a retired soldier who walks with a limp.  This character is one I created and own.  He figures into Rai's story arc.

Kalitelm is a Northerner, a healer who has a crippling form of dwarfism.  She is adoptable and appears in a bunch of stories, linked on the character page.  Here's one of mine:
"The Song of the Wind, the Sigh of the Willows" (publically visible)

Marai is a Northerner, a childcare worker who is deaf.  I did most of the construction on this character, and she is adoptable.  She appears in several stories; here are a couple of samples:
"A Day of Silence" (publically visible)
"These Teeth, Like Stars" (publically visible)

Rai is a Southerner, a shopkeeper who is legally blind.  I created and own this character.  I've written a couple of stories featuring Rai but they haven't been posted yet.  He does appear briefly in a story about his twin brother, Bai:
"Paper Butterflies: Paper Trail" (publically visible)

Ularki is a Northerner, a pest hunter who is mentally handicapped.  I created this character, and she's adoptable.  She appears in two stories of mine, plus a poem by someone else.
"Odds and Ends" (publically visible)
"The Rats!" (supporters only)

Also worth mentioning is the story "Pretending" (supporters only) in which "The life of a cripple in the Empire isn't exactly what you might think..."

For sake of completion, there is a different form of dwarfism in the Southern Empire, a population with a substantial number of intersexed individuals, and provisions for citizens to change their legal gender identity.  In context these characters aren't generally considered disabled, but some people consider those things to be handicaps; if you count them, you can dig around in the Torn World archives for more information.

Feedback on the accuracy (or possible lack thereof) in these renditions is welcome.  Some of the contributors and canon board members did considerable research to make sure these characters and their conditions were presented in a responsible and plausible manner.  (Bear in mind, though, that neither the Southern nor the Northern culture is a really close match for the world we live in; they handle some things differently than we do, which can work out better or worse.)  We found some good tips and articles about portraying characters with disabilities, but links to more such are always helpful.

Do you want to see more portrayals of characters with disabilities?  Support and encourage the people who create what you like!  If you register as a Torn World member (which is free) then you can leave comments on art or stories, send karma points to favorite contributors, and/or participate in the discussion forums.  If you become a supporter (at various price levels) then part of your fee turns into credits which you can direct to favorite contributors; you can also adopt a character for free.  If you get really hooked and want to contribute, there are options for creating new characters or adopting current ones.  (The cool thing about a shared world project is that it allows interested fans to get involved in creating canon material.  No standing on the sidelines while other folks get to have all the fun.)  Finally, you can watch the Torn World community over on LiveJournal for our Muse Fusion days when we call for prompts -- that's your chance to ask our artists and writers for whatever suits your interests.  Some of the items that come out of a Muse Fusion are posted free, while others first appear as "supporters only" but are available for sponsorship; that gives you another option, sponsoring your favorite stories or illustrations so that everyone can see them.

Vote with your attention and your money.  Those are the most effective ways to get more of the things you consider important.
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[personal profile] sqbr
These all have brief descriptions on the site which should make sense if you're familiar with canon, plus there's more info under the cut.

How to Train your Dragon: Repairs
(This picture is a bit spoilery)

"How to Train your Dragon" is a lovely, entertaining kids film which, while not perfect, has a pretty good portrayal of disability in my opinion.

Homestuck: Terezi as Toph

Homestuck: Tavros as Teo

The webcomic Homestuck is funny, clever and has a terrible depiction of disability.

Tavros is a sweet, nice boy who is a little slow on the uptake and ends up being the butt of many jokes. He was introduced offscreen and people drew him in a wheelchair which inspired the author to make him a paraplegic in canon too.

The inspiration for the Tavros picture was seeing fanart of him dressed as a mermaid for Halloween looking sad and wanting to draw him looking happy and awesome.
Meta about the repeated motifs which spoils How to Train Your Dragon )
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
Oh Happy Day! A member of [community profile] access_fandom gave the comm a month of paid time! This community is made up of a passel of awesome people, so let's celebrate our paid time by having an Open Thread for introductions, pictures, links, and general chatting. Post recs of movies, books, fanfic, or other media that have positive portrayals of disability. Post pictures, vids, art, or icons. Say a little something about yourself and how your day or week has gone.

I'll get us started with this amazing video of a man, Michael DiMartino signing and dancing to the Britney Spears song "Womanizer". The video warns that "some images may not be suitable for children." There is also text at the beginning that says, 'Womanizer: a man that uses women for his own "needs"', by which I interpret that the vidder is subverting the word.

The direct link to the YouTube clip is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z1Yw3bKniFM

lyrics to the song under the cut )

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