Publicly available Slide show and notes on disability

I created a slide show and notes for and introduction to social model of disability.  This is suitable for tweens, teens, and up.  It is creative commons licensed.  Please feel free to provide feedback and to use these slides and ideas for your group (with attribution).  The slides and notes are on Google Drive.  My brother gave this talk (with some coaching from me) for his kids’ Boy Scout Troop, and it took about 20 minutes.


Disability Intro Slide Show


Notes on the Slide Show

Are You Well Read in SF/F?

Have you read the following core science fiction and fantasy books? The year listed is the year published and includes YA books.

  1. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey, 1968
  2. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin, 1969
  3. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, 1973
  4. Kindred, Octavia Butler, 1979
  5. Psion, Joan Vinge, 1982
  6. Alanna: The first adventure (The Song of the Lionness series), Tamora Pierce, 1983
  7. Shards of Honor, Lois McMaster Bujold, 1986
  8. The Steerswoman, Rosemary Kerstein, 1989
  9. China Mountain Zhang, Maureen F. McHugh, 1992
  10. Ammonite, Nicola Griffith, 1993
  11. The Sparrow, Mary Doria Russell, 1996
  12. The Thief, Megan Whalen Turner, 1996
  13. Bellwether, Connie Willis, 1996
  14. Crown Duel, Sherwood Smith, 1997
  15. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling, 1997
  16. Ship of Magic, Robin Hobb, 1998
  17. Kushiel’s Dart, Jacqueline Carey, 2001
  18. The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer, 2002
  19. Fire Logic, Laurie Marks, 2003
  20. Princess Academy, Shannon Hale, 2005
  21. Zarah the Windseeker, Nnedi Okorafor, 2005
  22. The Privilege of the Sword, Ellen Kushner, 2006
  23. Graceling, Kristin Cashore, 2008
  24. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins, 2008
  25. Liar, Justine Larbalestier, 2009
  26. Half World, Hiromi Goto, 2009
  27. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N. K. Jemisin, 2010
  28. Among Others, Jo Walton, 2011
  29. Adaptation, Malida Lo, 2012
  30. The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson, 2013

WisCon’s access expenditures

WisCon is a non-profit venture and our funds come from memberships.  So I think it’s appropriate to publish where the money goes, at least for my part.

I also see people decrying that access is too expensive for their event.  It may be cheaper than you think, at least in some areas.

The following are my best estimates although I’m not a finance person.

Print job for interaction badges:  83.08.  We cut them up ourselves and the graphic design was donated.
(I got 500 of each color and yet somehow we ran out of yellow and had to print more of those at registration).
500 paperclips for the badges 6.32
Food for disability lounge: 50.63
Blue tape: Zero dollars since we used leftovers from last year
Total supplies = 140.03

Captioning:  $1000 came from a service fund from the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing from the State of Wisconsin, for which I am very grateful.  We spent an additional $2000 paying our excellent captionist and her assistant for the weekend.

SF3 (our governing body) also purchased a ramp as a long-term investment for our convention.  I do not know how much this cost and am not including it here; it shoud be a once-in-a-long-time expenditure and not part of a yearly budget.

Some expenditures such as signs and consuite contribute to access, while serving other functions, but they are not a part of our department. Access can be everywhere!  I shall attempt to keep focused.

If our budget is roughly $45,000 (~900 people times a 50 dollar membership –this is just a guess), then the total access expenditures listed above amount to about 4.8% of the total budget.

2,140 / 45,000  x 100 = 4.8

Put another way, this is about $2.40 out of your 50 dollar membership fee.

.048 x 50 = 2.4

Please correct me if I am wrong!  I will edit and fix!




Spoon Theory as a Deficit Model

Thanks to Gregg Beratan on Twitter for this idea.

Spoon Theory is useful to many people as a measure of energy and fatigue. It is difficult to wrap your head around what chronic pain, fatigue, and illness are actually like, and I say this as someone who has them. We all tend to normalize our experiences and we think that everyone around us must feel like we do– and yet other people are somehow accomplishing more. So spoon theory is helpful in validating our fatigue and providing the phrase “out of spoons”.

Yet a limitation of this theory is that it’s a deficit model: It assumes that something is wrong with us, rather than something being wrong with society.

Instead of saying “I’m out of spoons,” try saying “The world needs to give me more time to rest” or “Accommodations for my fatigue will help me accomplish this task.”

The deficit model is the dominant narrative of illness. And it can be seductive: it feels like there is something wrong with me. But the social model of disability states that it is society that disables us– that it is moral and normal to need more time and more support and more rest.