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Found an awesome book by Carrie Dearborn called Quiet In The Tornado: A Disability Primer.  Thanks, library!

Its sections on "Disability 101: Where to go for Housing, Work, and Benefits," "Work and Benefits," and "Getting on SSI or SSDI" are some of the most concise and readable I've seen.  Highly recommended!

Will add to healthymultiplicity.com when I can.

--Rogan

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Whenever ANY issue of access comes into play, INVARIABLY you will have at least one person who points out, “Look, accessibility is hard. It takes a lot of effort. Give the creators a break.”

Sure, it’s hard, but it’s also vital. Accessibility is an imperative part of good design. That this would be even considered a question shows a very flawed idea of what good design IS. The whole point of good design, in my opinion, is wedding aesthetic appeal with functionality. Your product should work as well as possible for as many of your customers as possible, and it should be appealing while it does it. (And when in doubt, function wins out.)

I have passionate feelings about accessibility in design, okay? )
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Welp, just got a letter saying I’m losing my stupid healthcare at the end of the month.  Apparently, in the past four months, I’ve gone for being eligible to Medicaid, to INeligible.  Even though NOTHING about my circumstances have changed, far as I know.

I wouldn’t lose all healthcare, just get kicked back to Medicare alone, which doesn’t cover dental and involves $60 a month in other costs. (Yes, I know this doesn’t sound like a lot, but I live with very little financial margin for error, and am legally forbidden from widening it.)

I have a week to find out what the fuck happened and if there’s anything I can do about it.  I’m not even sure what agency to fucking call--my current health insurance?  Medicaid?  Medicare?  Social Security?

Goddammit, I was just getting used to financial security, and now it’s back to being on the edge afuckingain.

--Rogan
 

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I was tabling at a craft fair earlier this month, and at some point, a person, while looking at my copies of The Homeless Year, asked me, “Was it a good year?”

I said no, it wasn’t, and I guess some of my reaction must’ve shown in my face, because she went on to describe a friend of hers, who had apparently couch-surfed for a while and found it all very empowering and full of personal growth.

Read more... )
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I noticed there wasn't a page that collated webcomics with transcripts, figured I'd make one.  This post will get updated over and over, likely.  If you know of comics with transcripts, please let me know so I can update this post!

NOTE: I make no guarantee of quality, merely accessibility.

EDIT: Added Trans Bunny
EDIT 11/12/2016: Added explainxkcd, Life, the Articles section and Comics Empower.
EDIT 11/13/2016: Added LOTS.
EDIT 6/24/2017: Added Robot Hugs.
  • Ask TBOI Big Sibs, by LB Lee (that's us!)  A tumblr ask blog for Maggie and Samson from the game the Binding of Isaac.
  • Awkward Fumbles, by the Comics Irregulars.  A collaborative webcomic: you send in pictures, they write the words.
  • Comics Empower: A comic book shop intended SPECIFICALLY for blind folks; it is all meant to be heard via audio.  Lots of different comics here, mostly by blind creators.
  • Darths & Droids, by David Morgan-Mar.  If the Star Wars prequels was actually a roleplaying game where half the folks are taking the piss.
  • The Dinosaur Whiteboard, by the Comics Irregulars. " I got a really cool Dinosaur Comics whiteboard (in fact I bought two, one for home and one for the office. No, really!), and decided to make comics with it and - this is the tricky bit - let people see them!"
  • General Protection Fault, by Jeffrey Darlington.   Geeky sci-fi comic, I think? I can't SEE the transcripts myself, but according to him, the entire archive is done.
  • Help Desk, by Christopher B. Wright. What if tech support actually were run by evil demons?
  • Irregular Webcomic, by David Morgan-Mar.  Comics involving Lego folks!
  • iToons, a webcomic that asks the simple question "What would it be like if you took every comic strip in existence, put them in a blender, and pressed max?
  • Kernel Panic, by Christopher B. Wright.  More tech comics.
  • LB Lee's Comics, by... well, us!  Mental health comics.
  • Leftover Soup, by Tailsteak.  Slice of life strip with various sexualities and relationship orientations.
  • Life, by Phillip Meyer.  Not web; a simple tactile comic intended to be perfectly readable for blind and sighted alike, done in Braille.  Apparently you can buy some print copies by contacting him directly!
  • Lightning Made of Owls, by the Comics Irregulars.  Gag a day.
  • Newspaper Comics Transcribed, by various.  Exactly what it sounds like.  Not in order.
  • Old Skool Webcomic, by Christopher B. Wright. "Two Circles, Mr. A and Mr. B, talking about whatever happens to tickle their fancy at the time."
  • PC Town, by Christopher B. Wright.  Techy noir.
  • Planet of Hats, by David Morgan-Mar.  A comic retelling of the original Star Trek episodes.
  • The Prisoner of Monty Hall, by Ian Boreham. "Mostly one-off strips. The only thing they are likely to have in common is that I think they are funny."
  • Rapid City, by Josh Dahl.  Superhero noirish drama! (I happen to know the creator.)
  • Robot Hugs, by RH.  Queers, kitties, depression, no ongoing story.  Note that the transcripts don't go all the way back; you'd be best off starting at the most recent strip and working backwards.
  • singingstranger's comic transcripts.  Not necessarily all by singingstranger.
  • Square Root of Minus Garfield, by the Comics Irregular. "a webcomic devoted to parodies and mash-ups of the popular comic strip Garfield, by Jim Davis"
  • Theri There, by frameacloud.  A strip about otherkin.
  • Trans Bunny, by KC Clearwater.  A surreal poetic doodle strip.  I know the creator! (NOTE: the transcripts are just for the dialogue soooo may not be the most clear.)
  • xkcd, by Randall Munroe.  Comics about SCIENCE!  And MATH! (Needs plug-in to see transcripts, but they are there.) (EDIT: Until I find that plug-in, there's this site devoted to transcribing and annotating every strip.)
Articles ABOUT Comics for the Blind
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Hey guys, I know I have some dyslexic readers here, so when I heard about BeeLine, I thought I'd share it here!  As you can see, it uses color gradients to help keep text lines more contiguous and easy to follow!
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My husband is the absolute best.

We were woken up this morning at a quarter to nine by my cell phone vibrating.  I admit, I was tempted to just say fuck it and let it ring, but we answered it, and good thing we did!  It was the food stamps guys!

Basically, our appeal had crossed his desk and he was calling to talk with us. (Man, thank god our verbal skills wake up way faster than the rest of us; we might be dumb as a sack of hammers, but we can still hold a coherent conversation.) He seemed totally bewildered as to why our food stamps were getting terminated in the first place, since it was obvious we still lived in the state and had been hammering at our case for months on end.

He apologized for our inconvenience, reinstated our food stamps, and told us to have a nice day.

My husband is the best and I owe him favors.

--Rogan
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Okay, so I burned about a hundred minutes calling half a dozen different agencies and people, but I've found us folks who can help with our food stamps and address stuff.  I still have to go to the office again Thursday, but at least our food stamps aren't going to be shut off, and if the office doesn't fix the address, I have someone who'll help us with it.

So our food isn't going to disappear yet!  I got us some Ritz crackers and arugula to celebrate.

--Mac
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Dear LB Lee,

We will stop your Food Stamp benefits on 10/09/2015 because you and/or a household member are living outside Massachusetts.

...

...

*screams*

OMGYAY

Sep. 9th, 2015 01:53 pm
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WE DID IT! WE HAVE FOOD STAMPS! AHAHAHAHHA!  It took us six months but we finally have proper food stamps in this state!

*system dance party*
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My latest pet peeve is movies without closed caption.  I don't know how much is the TV's acoustics and how much is me being hard of hearing, but it's at the sad point that without closed caption, I'm constantly asking my roommates to repeat everything everyone says.  If the movie's animated or from a different country, then it gets even worse, because I'm trying to decipher an unfamiliar accent or unable to do even basic lip-reading.

I don't have this problem with real people, by the way.  Because I'm only deaf on one side, and automatically position myself accordingly, and most people have the decency to face me while they're talking, so I have visual back-up.  But movies?  Movies are awful about having their characters talk while not facing the camera.  I get it, it's art, you have mood and subtext and all but seriously, me and Sneak thought Ondine was just a magical realist movie the whole way through because apparently we completely missed all the talk about [SPOILER].

This has led me to discovering that apparently a lot of movies/shows don't even COME with subtitles.  Or, in the case of Ondine, there are subtitles... but only in Spanish.  For an Irish film.  SERIOUSLY WHO DOES THAT?  Who puts subtitles ONLY in the foreign language?  Are people with audio processing or hearing problems just not intended to watch movies or what?  I can sort of understand it with children's cartoons that lack budgets, but movies with A-list stars?  Come on!

This might have to end with me and Sneak making up whatever we think the movie is actually about.  It worked great for that one 80s anime!

--Rogan

Collapsed

Mar. 2nd, 2014 01:32 pm
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Hey folks, I'm afraid I've been collapsed since Monday, so things have gotten a bit behind.  [livejournal.com profile] creatore_magico, I swear that your zine is on the way, I just haven't been strong enough to walk to the post office.  It should be sent off to you tomorrow, courtesy of my able-bodied roommate.

This has been a long collapse.  Hopefully I will pull out of it soon, seeing as I live on a third-floor walk-up and stairs are the hardest to navigate.  I'm going stir crazy.

In other news, me and Sneak have decorated our wooden crutches with flames and rainbows.  I figure if I'm going to be stuck with them, I might as well try and make them feel like fashionable accessories, rather than durable medical equipment.

--Rogan
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Welp, my body took revenge on me for too much excitement--between all the writing, the SSI app, and an unfortunate email I'd rather not discuss, I've been incapable of doing anything but basic shit since Sunday.

I want to let everyone know, I'm not done with the writeathon yet--I still have one prompt to write, plus a handful to post--but they're going to be delayed a little bit.  When my health is back on track, I'll put them all up.  This is just what happens I guess when you're me.

Thanks for your patience, everyone!

--Rogan
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