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March 11th, 2014

03:16 pm - ASL Interpretation at WisCon
WisCon is happy to have limited ASL interpretation again this year. If you are an ASL user and would like to arrange for interpreters, please contact access@wiscon.info. Thank you to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and to the concom for generously providing funds to help us hire interpreters.


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October 19th, 2012

03:19 pm - Survey!
I am working on my own local conventions access services (arisia), and at the same time trying to write up Some "best practices" to write up at conrunner.net and share at SMOFcon in December.

Now, i do that the best practice is to put a link to your accommodations statement and information right there on the front page, but that is a hard sell, so i am looking at the second best option- how to make the information easy to find by search (because not everyone has the time/patience to dig through the menus/org chart).

When looking over a convention page to find out if they have any accommodations for fans with disabilities, which search terms are you most likely to use? At the moment I am including all of the following search terms on the access services website, because, especially as fandom ages, different people know different terms for what they are seeking.

A. access/accessibility
B. accommodations
C. disabled/disability
D. Handicapped
E. More specific terms, Blind, Deaf, Wheelchair, etc.
F. Some other REALLY obvious term I failed to list.

Thank you very much for your time!
(crossposted to access_fandom on dreamwidth)

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May 8th, 2012

12:12 pm - ASL interpretation at WisCon 36
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 http://wiscon.info/access.php

For specific questions or requests for accommodations, write to access36@wiscon.info.

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April 27th, 2012

02:55 pm - ASL at WisCon

WisCon is looking at introducing ASL interpretation this year (probably on a limited basis) thanks to a generous grant from Wisconsin's Department of Health Services.

If you are an ASL user who has attended or is attending WisCon, or otherwise want to be part of the conversation, please contact the access team at access36@wiscon.info.


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February 12th, 2012

07:36 pm - Access advice
Hello all,

A long time ago, someone somewhere sent me the advice-to-con-goers put out by a con which asked people to be thoughtful about their behaviour, so as to give people with disabilities the best possible chance of a really great con (not vaguely 'think about people with disabilities', but precisely).

Now I need it, of course, I cannot find it - can anyone point me at good stuff?

Many thanks,


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January 28th, 2012

09:15 pm - More bad news about benefits
Please read this post at the "Where's the Benefit" blog. I think it's likely to be urgent.

Current Mood: anxiousanxious

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June 4th, 2011

08:17 pm - So badly read ...
Abe books have put up a list of books where mental illness is depicted: http://www.abebooks.com/books/bell-jar-schizophrenia-depression-novel/mental-illness-fiction.shtml?cm_mmc=nl-_-nl-_-110601-h00-illnessCA-_-02book#row1.

I am horrified how few of these I have read. Where do I start? Your definition of speculative fiction probably will vary from mine (and also your definition of mental illness), but if any of the list is, to your mind, sf worth reading, please could you comment?

One book which I think _is_ sf with depiction of mental illness, and which is missing is Sara Water's
. Checking that I'd remembered the title correctly, I came across Mind's listing: http://www.mind.org.uk/blog/4902_a_novel_take_on_mental_health_issues I was surprised by a reader's comment that Affinity is 'not really about mental illness'.
Current Mood: busy

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April 19th, 2011

04:59 pm - WisCon: CART and interpreters
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 access35@wiscon.info.

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March 22nd, 2011

08:53 pm - Among Others - Jo Walton
I have just finished reading Jo Walton's latest fantasy
Among Others
. I am going to be writing a formal review for
(The Journal of the Tolkien Society), but before I do, I thought I would quickly note the book's existence here, as the heroine, Mor, is disabled.

Having a major character with a disability provides authors with (at least) two major opportunities to fail - neither of which is taken by Jo Walton.

The first point of failure is the complexity of disability. Mor's disability is not reduced to 'not being able to run for a bus or play tennis'.

The second potential point of failure is 'special compensation' - something about the disability results in some compensatory power. In mainstream fiction, this (like the first point of failure) is not restricted to speculative fiction, but fantasy offers the author limitless opportunities for special compensation. Mor's disabling pain drives the fairies away.
Current Mood: tiredtoo much work

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September 12th, 2010

06:29 pm - Experiences using a mobility scooter at Worldcon 2010
Using a mobility scooter at Worldcon 2010.

In short: it was amazing, huge thanks to karenbabcock for organising it.

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