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I wrote about social interaction badges at WisCon, over at my Wordpress blog:

Interaction Badges at WisCon: Part 1

Part Two
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
The editor of the WisCon Chronicles is looking for more submissions, particularly regarding the portrayal of disability in speculative fiction.

Here's the LJ post!

She says:

I'm also willing to consider submissions from people who have never attended WisCon before, but who would like to. So as long as you know what the con is and isn't about, I'm all ears.
jesse_the_k: those words in red on white sign (be aware of invisibility)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
The WisCon Chronicles have now become an annual tradition, published by Aqueduct Press. This year's edition (covering WisCon 36, which ended nine days ago) will feature disability as a theme. Jo Vanderhooft will be editing. Her call for submissions is right here

Spread the word!

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Tue, May. 8th, 2012 12:12 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
I am happy to say that we will be introducing ASL interpretation to WisCon for the first time this year. Thank you to the ConCom and to the Wisconsin Dept. of Health Services for their generous support, and to all the people who helped out with this project.

You will likely see ASL interpreters at Opening Ceremonies, the Tiptree Auction, and at a few panels.

Learn more about our accessibility policies at

For specific questions or requests for accommodations, write to
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
We're happy to announce that at this year's WisCon, there will be CART (captioning) services at the Guest of Honor speech.

Longer term, we are also looking to get ASL interpreters at our event.

WisCon is a 1000-member feminist SF convention that meets annually in Madison, WI. If you are interested in providing interpretation at this event or know of someone who is, or if you have any other questions, please contact

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Tue, Dec. 7th, 2010 05:26 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
Geek Feminism Blog: Quick Hit: WisCon Gets its Own Strain of Norovirus

Good discussion of accessibility concerns at conferences in the article and in comments.
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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?
jesse_the_k: Sprinter with right AK prosthetic leg, shot from neck down (prosthetic sprint)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k help us spread the word about speaking up.

One of the goals of this year's WisCon access endeavor is to improve the con's experience for members with hearing impairments. We're supplying more mics for the panels. We reserve spaces front and center (marked with blue tape) which are handy for people who are speech reading.

But the crucial element is cooperation from all the members. I've come up with a wordy and sober statement. I'd love it if the collective wisdom could make this more succinct, more powerful, more impressive, more funny ... it just needs a whole lot of "more":

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It's important for all panelists to use the mics when provided, without hesitation, shyness, or complaint. What we say is interesting enough for the people without hearing impairments. If we don't use the mics, we're effectively preventing members with hearing impairments from participating. Since members in the audience don't have mics, we ask panelists to wait until the moderator has repeated the question before responding.
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Ideas? Thoughts?
jesse_the_k: Ultra modern white fabric interlaced to create strong weave (interdependence)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
These guidelines come out of my experience working on WisCon, a 1000-person annual convention in a recently remodeled hotel.

There are many elements to making your event wheelchair-accessible. While U.S. law requires minimal wheelchair access, never rely on a venue's general assertion of "oh yes, we're accessible." Those little wheelchair stickers? Anyone can buy them and post them at will, even at the bottom of a flight of steps.

There's an entire shelf of 2-in (5,08 cm) thick books on this topic;Consider this the wordy Twitter version )

Hello! Welcome!

Wed, Aug. 12th, 2009 07:39 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
My ideas behind this community are as follows, but I hope you will use it however you like. Here are some of my ideas:

--complement the [community profile] accessibility_fail and [community profile] disability communities, but with more of a focus on improving access and disability-friendliness within fandom and specifically at science fiction conventions and conferences.

--promote the idea of Access for Everyone, as part of our culture, as just something we do and expect, and as something that benefits everyone. This is not meant to take the focus off of disabled people, but rather to shift cultural expectations so that access is something we can all think about and all work toward, whether we identify as disabled or not. All people benefit from good access: a excellent example of this is having good signs.

--promote and develop the Access Fandom Wiki. This will be a Wiki where people who are planning conventions can go and learn about how to do Access, and those of us who have done it before can perhaps impart some of our wisdom. A centralized location to discuss, learn, teach the nuts and bolts of this job. I've never worked on a Wiki before, so anyone who wants to jump in and help is so very welcome. All you need to do is register a username and password. This community is an ideal place to discuss the Wiki.

I learned about Access from WisCon. Here is our (WisCon's) Disability Inclusion Statement

While certainly not perfect, it seems that WisCon is ahead of other cons when in comes to Access, and we'd like to get this information around. This community and the Wiki are part of that effort.

Credit where credit is due: [personal profile] jesse_the_k, [personal profile] kestrell, and [personal profile] sparkymonster are current and past Access team members who have developed this statement, with the support of the WisCon Convention Committee.

I am WisCon Access chair for this year. Please note, however, that I'm not running either this community nor working on the Wiki as an "official" WisCon website-- just doing this as my own self.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me or Jesse the K.

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