Fandom and Disability

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Fandom and Disability

Postby Selkiechick » Thu May 31, 2012 4:41 pm

Many fen have disabilities, and they aren't always obvious to the outside world. Physical disabilities are not always easy to spot, and mental disabilities can easily go unnoticed by most people. What can conventions do to make sure every fan gets the full convention experience? What can all fans do to help their fellow fen who need it? How can we, as attendees and organizers, make our conventions more welcoming and inclusive?
(borrowed from the program 2 years ago)
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Re: Fandom and Disability

Postby dash » Sun Jul 22, 2012 10:02 pm

I'd also like to see a panel on the medical model vs. the social model of disability. Two years ago at Arisia, this came up at a panel on disability in spec fic, and there was support for a panel on it. Not sure if that could be included in this panel, or should be its own panel.
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Re: Fandom and Disability

Postby LongHairedSfFan » Sun Sep 16, 2012 12:27 am

As someone whose wife has mobiiity issues i'm very encouraged by how far Arisia has come in
recent years in the way it handles disabilities. Arisia should serve as a model for other conventions on how disabilities are handled.
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