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The World Institute on Disability is seeking "Disability Ambassadors" to attend various professional conventions and advocate for improving con accessibility. This is NOT for SF cons, but for academic/business/political cons. As WID says on its site:

"Across America, convenings of civil rights and community development organizations help to set the economic opportunity agenda. Unless the conferences fully integrate disability access issues into their content—and people with disabilities are present—the needs and perspectives of the disability community will be largely left out of the discussion."

They supported folks attending ten conventions last year, including the NAACP, La Raza, and the National Housing Coalition, and nine cons this year so far!

Apply to be an ambassador here

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WisCon 41

Apr. 30th, 2017 12:49 pm
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Yep, I'm going. Last year was the best one ever, so I'm taking a chance...

I'm also on one panel:

Beyond the Fix or How Do I Live this F***ing Life?
Sat, 10:00–11:15 am
Conference 5

M: R. Elena Tabachnick; Shayla D, Lenore Jean Jones, Jesse the K

When you know there's no fix, your disability's never getting better, might get worse, and acceptance is the only possibility, it's time to share (aka vent). On this panel, we'll air our pet grievances, exchange survival strategies, and discuss the challenges—both surprising and predictable—of life with disability. We'll also share stories we've used to keep going.

I'm always eager to meet first-timers, and of course I'm thrilled to see my con-pals. I'll be at the hotel & therefore available for most any occasion.
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Sue Smith, Independent Scholar, writes

I am proposing a disability and science fiction panel for the
Centre of Culture and Disability Studies
Liverpool Hope University (UK)
Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on
Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies
5-6 July 2017.

The conference is looking for work that is interdisciplinary in nature. For example, I am putting forward a paper proposal that draws upon a range of disciplines that intersect Disability with Cosplay, Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Film Studies in order to examine a particular fan’s response to the female character, Imperator Furiosa, from the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Similarly, I would be interested in papers that intersect with other disciplines in their examination of disability and science fiction.

Please feel free to get in touch informally in order to discuss suggestions

More on the conference as a whole
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Home from a lovely WisCon 40 …with

  • detailed panel notes
  • enlightening chats with old friends
  • hazy memories of chats with new folks
  • fist-bumps with all folks
  • joyous spreading of gifts in the con suite
  • and only one shoulder squeeze

I actually stayed up until 1:30am today, which is highly irregular. I’m feeling droopy but not brain rotten. (Hope this psychic warm front continues; I’m not manic yet.)

More to come.

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I’m looking forward to meeting new folks and catching up with you. I want to prevent any other person from the loneliness and befuddlement I felt at my first two WisCons. I like talking to strangers and I’d be tickled to serve as a first-timer guide.

I noped out of all volunteering, so my time is free between 8:30am and 9:30pm. I live in town, so if you're early or late to the con, I'd be happy to meet then.

If you prefer low-key, in my hotel room, the K Café will serve many varieties of tea. I’m also happy to share time indoors or out, stroll the city, hide in the Capitol, or gawk at the construction surrounding the hotel.

come play: the directions )
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I attended the two parts of the con I never have enough time for when I'm going to programming: the Art Show and the Dealers' Room. I had a wonderful chance to catch up with some of my WisCon besties, from the West Coast, the Rocky Mountains, and darkest London.

Thank heavens for [ profile] tahliaday Not only does she create beautiful, dreamy, scary watercolors "Uncharted territories from another reality", she also coordinated the WisCon Art Show this year. The art was lovely, as always, but the layout completely changed. She opened up the space so that there was room to contemplate each piece. A dozen people could be in the show and move around freely. It was a masterpiece of accessible design, and it made all art show visitors very happy.

All the WisCon 39 concom, please take a bow. Peruse the list of more than 70 names, volunteers all. They coordinated and planned and lugged boxes and created press releases and monitored safety and wrangled programs and made it all happen. Some folks predicted the year of succession would be rocky, but I was impressed by how smoothly things ran. Sure, there were ocassional glitches, but mostly I've heard great reports from all around. HOORAY!
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I'm excited about all the fans I don't yet know who are attending Think Galacticon 3. I look more or less like this icon, plus the vrooming black power-chairs.

BTK midweek sometime.

Will be AFK at con as well; text me at
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