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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 22nd, 2017 09:15 pm)
When Fan Conventions Exclude Deaf people, they fail everyone
by Alex Lu, at the Establishment

https://theestablishment.co/when-fan-conventions-exclude-deaf-people-they-fail-everyone-a138b0182b04

Creation Entertainment’s refusal to provide access comes at a time when the inclusion of people with disabilities at fan conventions is increasingly recognized as an issue.

How Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon Manage That 'Big Sick' Illness in Real Life
by Ashley Lee, at the Hollywood Reporter

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/big-sick-emilys-illness-is-real-based-a-distressing-true-story-1015698

It’s not ideal to fall in love with someone who’s in a coma, but that’s what happens to Kumail Nanjiani in The Big Sick — and in real life. The Silicon Valley actor co-wrote the romantic dramedy with wife Emily V. Gordon, based on their actual courtship (Zoe Kazan portrays her onscreen, and Holly Hunter and Ray Romano play her parents).

The titular sickness remains unnamed throughout most of the movie, as it was to Gordon for much of her life.
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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 20th, 2017 05:45 pm)
Uncanny Magazine: Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction / Year 4: Kickstarter coming in July

http://uncannymagazine.com/uncanny-magazine-disabled-people-destroy-science-fictionyear-4-kickstarter-coming-july/

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction will be an issue of Uncanny Magazine 100% written and edited by disabled creators– an official continuation of Lightspeed Magazine’s immensely popular and award-winning Destroy series of special issues. The Kickstarter will launch July 24 and run through August 23.
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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 18th, 2017 01:43 pm)
We Need to Talk about the Ableism of Orange is the New Black by Alex Haagaard, at Medium

[CW: ableist slurs, ableist abuse, ableist violence, filicide] and discussion of prisons
I just thought this might be of interest to some - there was an amendment passed in Australia earlier today and the Australian Copyright Council has already put up a info sheet about it.

Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and Other Measures) Bill 2017

Summary: Amends the
Copyright Act 1968
to: replace the exception for persons with a disability and others acting on their behalf with a fair dealing exception; replace the current statutory licences for institutions assisting persons with a print or intellectual disability with a single exception; harmonise and modernise the preservation exceptions for copyright material in libraries, archives and key cultural institutions; consolidate and simplify the statutory licences that allow educational institutions to use works and broadcasts; allow copyright material to be incorporated into educational assessments conducted online; set new standard terms of protection for published and unpublished materials and for Crown copyright in original materials; and update references to ministers and preconditions for making regulations extending or restricting the operation of the Act in relation to foreign countries.

-----------Extract from ACC's newsletter.---------------

Copyright Amendment (Disability and Other Measures) Act 2017
Passed At Last

Following introduction to Parliament in late March, and debate in May, the Senate has today finally passed the Copyright Amendment Disability & Other Measures Act 2017. The Act streamlines the copyright regime for people with a disability, educational institutions and libraries. The reform was made possible by constructive collaboration between copyright stakeholders as s Senator Fifield acknowledged.

“The Government thanks all those who worked collaboratively to provide constructive feedback on the measures contained in this important legislation.”

We have published an information sheet on the Act and will be updating our materials accordingly.

Our new education titles will cover the amendments in detail

We will also be addressing the amendments in our national seminar series

The Act is accessible here

-----------/Extract from ACC's newsletter.---------------
Fran Wilde is a contributor to Invisible 3, Jim Hines & MaryAnne Mohanraj's collection about representation in SF. She's posted a lovely essay on Jim's Dreamwidth


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It turns out that what I wanted wasn’t the story of a young woman coming to terms with her brace or her body (seriously it’s a fine story, but it didn’t fit me at all—or, rather, it fit me like a brace, constraining and awkward). What I wanted was something to love. I was listening for that familiar thunk on the hull; I just didn’t know it. That recognition that there was a mind inside a cage of muscle, bone, pain, fiberglass, and metal. The acknowledgement that a mind could do things—heroic things! Cool things!—even if the body rebelled.
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read the whole essay here: http://jimhines.dreamwidth.org/437695.html
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([personal profile] wisconsf3 posting in [community profile] wiscon Jun. 12th, 2017 10:56 pm)
Did you attend WisCon 41 just last month?  We would love your feedback!  We have 2 surveys:

General Survey:  This is about all aspects of the convention, from how you got your information about WisCon to what you thought of the hotel to what you liked / didn't like about our various spaces and events.

Programming Survey:  This is for everyone who attended programming or was on a panel or modded a panel.

Surveys will close on July 15.

We always read all your comments and take into consideration every ranking so that we can continue to shape WisCon into what our members want.  Thanks for taking the time to give us your thoughts!
([personal profile] jazzyjj posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 12th, 2017 09:01 pm)
Hello all. I have not yet tested this out but am planning to do so later this week. But there is now a client that can be used with Second Life, which is accessible for users of screen readers. Actually this client has been around for several years, but the original developer passed away and the new one has updated the client. I can't wait to get started with Second Life. Check out this great article: http://onj.me/2xxc- . Last I checked which was just this past weekend, the latest Mac version of Radegast hadn't been posted to the new site but that may have changed by the time you read this.
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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 12th, 2017 01:02 pm)
The Tardis is Inaccessible: Disability in Doctor Who by crippledscholar

https://crippledscholar.com/2017/06/12/the-tardis-is-inaccessible-disability-in-doctor-who/

Contains some spoilers for the show.
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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 12th, 2017 01:30 am)
This post contains some spoilers for the film.

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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 11th, 2017 10:24 pm)
On Tumblr, Disability Fest runs July 1-31.

http://disabilityfest.tumblr.com/post/161701181247/image-a-digital-sketch-of-toph-beifong-from

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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([personal profile] sasha_feather posting in [community profile] access_fandom Jun. 10th, 2017 06:11 pm)
The linked article contains some spoilers for the film

The Wonder Woman Movie's Treatment of Disability, by Carly

https://medium.com/@carlyrm/the-wonder-woman-movies-treatment-of-disability-34dd3df945a5
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