If you've followed my blog, you'll know that I am not a fan of seeing nondisabled actors play disabled characters. Those who perpetuate this trend have a myriad of excuses but the two most common are. You should cast the best actor for the job. and It's just acting, you're supposed to pretend to be … Continue reading A Basic Dismantling of the Most Popular Defenses of Cripping Up
A few weeks ago I found myself in the Occupational Therapy Kitchen of my local rehabilitation hospital. My physiatrist was filming me demonstrating how I undertake various cooking tasks as a person with hemiplegia (to be shown to her medical students). Cooking for me is both time consuming and laborious. It can take me nearly … Continue reading The Cost of Unnessecarily Medicalizing Acts of Daily Life
This is genius and gets at what I think is so important about discussions of disability in the media. This pushes people to go further than just generic constantly rehashed narratives of not just disability. A great read and fantastic suggestions.
Generic “diversity panels” are boring.
I get it: you schedule “Women in Gaming” and “Disability in Genre Fiction” with the best of intentions. You know these are hot topics of discussion in the fandom community right now, and you want your con to add to the conversation.
But these generic panels don’t so much add to the conversation as recap it. It’s impossible to go into a subject as broad as “Race In Science Fiction” in any depth in a one-hour slot, and without knowing how well the audience has educated themselves on the topic, the panelists generally just end up summarizing the background reading.
What makes this worse for panelists is that, as members of underrepresented groups, we’re in high demand for this kind of “diversity homework.” We get scheduled for these panels instead of panels on subjects related to our actual expertise or current projects. While folks with…
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Being a student with disabilities can be a complicated and expensive endeavor. While university is a financial strain for most students, disabled students often have additional costs associated with either services or equipment that we require to succeed academically. The government does recognize this additional financial burden and has grants in place to offset them. … Continue reading How Secret Limitations on Grants for Disabled Students Hurt Us